Sometimes Magic Lantern makes me want to pull what little hair I have remaining out of my head.
Case in point: absolutely gorgeous footage shot and edited by Danne over at the Magic Lantern forum. Not only does he show us the finished product, he shows us his workflow.
And there's the rub.
The footage has the kind of dynamic range and sharpness that so many of us wish would just come “out of the box” from our Canons — and why we drool over the Sony A7s and Panasonic GH4 and Blackmagic (oh, if only we could put all three cameras together!).
But filmmaking is vastly more complicated than still photography, so every bit of complexity added to an already complex endeavor gives one — especially small, one-man band commercial videographers and indie filmmakers — pause.
The camera makers know this; the NLE makers know this, too.
And every few months, they make progress toward an ever-changing holy grail of combined functionality and ease of use. We, the target audience, are fickle, fickle, fickle. But right to want what we want.
In the meantime, we have people like Danne to show us what is possible and what we're missing — and for that transparency and inspiration, one can only say: kudos, and thanks.
Magic Lantern Dual ISO 2.5k Movie thread
From Danne at Magic Lantern Forum:
Hi! Decided to deepen my testing with dual iso movie mode again and created some 2,5k movie files which show what an amazing kind of dynamic range dual iso can achieve. Alex work on refining the conversion tool has been amazing to say the least. I get the best results when in 3x zoom mode. (less aliasing, cleaner picture). 3x zoom mode is closer to dual iso still photography. Movie and workflow description here: Movie (Watch in 1440HD)
Dual ISO Movie 2.5k Raw
Via Youtube Description:
“Workflow” Dual ISO Movie Raw
Via Youtube Description:
Workflow on how to work on 2,5k movie files filmed with dual iso mode 3x zoom mode, magic lantern. Programs used: – Rawmagic www.magiclantern.fm/forum/inde… – Mlvmystic www.magiclantern.fm/forum/inde… – After effects – Premiere pro All info at: www.magiclantern.fm/forum Discussion thread here: www.magiclantern.fm/forum/inde… Big thanks to Alex and all contributors at magic lantern!
Before and After Postprocessing Screen Grabs
See full details at the Magic Lantern Forum thread.
(cover photo credit: snap from the Magic Lantern Forum)
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