Magic Lantern’s Low ISO Raw Video Leaves H.264 In The Shade

It is probably safe to say that Magic Lantern’s RAW video is just so much better than the native H.264 that Canon camera usually put out. (and if you want to judge for yourself just head over to this huge collection of ML’s RAW footage).

Magic Lantern's Low ISO Raw Video Leaves H.264 In The Shade

So we got better resolution and better dynamic range, but it seems that we also get the buff of better low light performance. Dustin J Tolman over at Vimeo did a low light test and results are great news! Mitch over at planet5D has an interesting analysis.

Midas pretty much followed the standard RAW fetch process and the results are shown above.

  • First I converted the RAW files with ML’s raw2dng.
  • Next I dragged the files into Photoshop which opened up Adobe Camera Raw.
  • I selected the first image and used the auto white balance setting which got rid of the heavy magenta tone.
  • Then I synchronized the additional files, and exported them as 16bit tiff files.
  • First I tried to use QuickTime 7 to create an image sequence, but it render the video with incorrect color.
  • So instead of QT I ended up using Final Cut Pro X to create an image sequence to a ProRes 422 HQ output.

Another interesting “quirk” was noted by FM member squig in the video comments. Usually in video it is safest to use ISOs in multiplication of 160 – it gives the least noise. But when using ML RAW, the best noise performance are achieved with multiples of 100. (click for the larger, original post over at FM)

Magic Lantern's Low ISO Raw Video Leaves H.264 In The Shade

[Magic Lantern vs H264 ISO Shootout via planet5D]