RAW, huh, Good God YES!

So I finally bit the bullet and bought a 5D Mk3 and a couple of fast (probably not fast enough) CF cards (1000x is pretty much a yes). The aim is to start playing with the raw video features implemented by Magic Lantern (www.magiclantern.fm). If your not sure on the process go check out the forums and you will find a plethora of help and instructions on installing a recent build for your camera.

With this hack installed I filmed a couple of shots and put them together to have a day one, out of the box test. It took me about 20minutes to update/retrograde Firmware to 1.1.3 and then write the ML boot to the disk with MacBoot.

Once up and running….. my god is it glorious. I will be posting vids with the h.264 recording mode and some post work as it’s still the most usable and feasible on the job option.  None the less time to experiment. The below features two shots that are video, but just static to show detail (more for me than you guys :P), following that are two graded motion scenes. The first graded in my standard manner of noise reduction, add film grain, work with Magic bullet looks. The second graded shot is using LUT replacement then Colorista II to get a little more complicated.

I will be posting more as I test more. Can’t wait to film a short with this. The below test was handheld (sorry for the shakes, I should have used a tripod or something), shot with a Zeiss 50mm T*Planar at 1.4, ISO100… yes thats right because it’s RAW you can use the photo intervals rather than the digital ones as stills don’t develop noise the same way as compressed motion graphic.

5D Mark3 RAW Video Test – Magic Lantern Hack – First Day Test from Col B Cadell on Vimeo.

Keep checking back for further tests and shoots using the RAW hack.

– Col B.

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