The Magic Lantern team made an announcement that they added 4Kraw video recording to Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Since the news was released on April 1st, it left us all wondering – can this be true? And a few days later, we realize that it apparently can. It’s still an early concept with some of its quirks, but it works and achieves what seemed impossible to achieve.
Here is something that can have a huge impact on how Canon shooters will aces their files. Up till now, they were dependant on Canon’s proprietary raw format – CR2. But a recent proof of concept from Magic Lantern shows that Canon bodies can shoot DNG right inside the camera.
As a short recap, each camera maker has their own closed proprietary format in which the provide RAW files. Canon uses CR2, Nikon has NEF, Sony uses ARW and so on. The thing is that each of those formats are proprietary. Adobe DNG, on the other hand is open, light and releases software makers from their dependency on camera makers.
Magic Lantern used “a1ex” (who seems to be very active in ML development) released a proof of concept snippet of code that makes Canon cameras save DNG files rather than CR2 files.
If you are a long time reader of the blog, you know that we are big fans of Magic Lantern. Magic Lantern is a piece of software that you can install on Canon DSLRs to gain extra abilities that the original camera firmware did not have. They have added RAW video, more dynamic range, and about a million other little features like peaking, zebra lines, better audio control, built in timelapse and more. You can think about it as Jail Breaking a camera. To be honest, I think that Canon is secretly supporting ML.
We have seen Magic Lantern grow into (almost) every DSLR that Canon release and now it the turn of Canon’s new EOS 5D Mark IV. Here is the thing, the Magic Lantern forums are kinda of a geektalk place, so exciting news can slip by. It turns out that first signs of a 5D mkIV port were sent almost a month ago and were buried in the forums.
Magic Lantern Is one of the more powerful pieces of software ever released for Canon cameras. ML was released a good few years ago, but I am still getting quite a bit of mails asking us for more information about it.
Good! Because videographer Jake Coppinger just released a Magic Lantern for Dummies guide. It only covers the installation of ML onto a Canon DSLR and turning some of the features on, but it’s a great starting point if you’ve been wanting to play with ML.
What if Sony’s camera has so much more power internally than what they expose? We have seen Canon cameras getting a performance boost via
hacked custom firmware – Magic Lantern, so the idea is not unthinkable.
Now, youtube user Nabil Fathi claims to have hacked the Sony A7S to record 4K internally, along with providing higher bitrate and better subsampling (HDMI 10bit 422). The message was attached to a video Nabil uploaded to Youtube:
For years Magic Lantern has been loved and trusted by many Canon users, and envied by Nikon users, thanks to the host of features the free software adds to the camera’s firmware.
A miserable April Fools’ joke, however, has many users irritated with the developers.
Turns out Magic Lantern though it would be funny to set the camera to have a 1 in 1000 chance of getting the blue screen of death, as long as the camera is not busy recording video. That’s right, ML intentionally crashed cameras.
The team a Magic Lantern has done wonders for the filmmakers industry (and arguably for Canon as well). They made RAW shooting on DSLRs available, implemented a scripting language, and even improved the exposure and dynamic range of the Canon EOS line.
But announcing that the ML team managed to run a 3.19 Linux Kernel on several EOS cameras has the potential to make a huge difference in how apps are developed for cameras. Apps for cameras? yes. This may become a reality.
According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is about to drop a bomb into the firmware update process that stayed relatively similar throughout the 12 years or so since DSLRs became common. NR received a pastebin mail copy presumably from Nikon suggesting that Nikon is working on a new firmware download program which is “free to join“. The program suggests that Nikon shooters will be able to “download advanced firmware updates” that “add new functionality to their cameras“.
Joining the program is free to join for the first three years, but it is not clear what will happen afterwards, and once the following link becomes live, you will be able to join it here: http://imaging.nikon.com/advancing.
According to the mail the first batch of firmware update will be available for FX format cameras (Nikon D750, D810, D800, D800E, D610 and D600) and will include the following features:
According to the owner, his camera is running firmware version 1.3.3, which does not appear on Canon’s website and is not supported by Magic Lantern. It is also worth mentioning that the user states he was unable to downgrade the firmware to an earlier version that is supported by the third-party software.
Assuming this is true, is it simply an updated firmware version that hasn’t made its way to Canon’s support website and the Magic Lantern team, or is Canon aiming to cripple your camera?
Over at Magic Lantern forum we saw a happy announcement today. According to nikfreak, the Popular 70D just got “Boot Disk Enabled“. A boot disk for a DSLR is kind of similar to providing an autoexec.bat to a dos system via an external system. It enables a user (or a developer) to instruct the camera to run a dedicated set of commands.
This of course marks a big step for porting Magic Lantern over to the Canon 70D, which is in the market for over a year.
The announcement came yesterday, with an image to show…
Enabling Magic lantern on the sub $1.000 Canon 70D is quite interesting. Aside from the low cost this camera boasts a 22MP sensor and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF which provides smooth focusing in live view and video modes which may be an awesome feature for videographers.
It would be interesting to follow up on this….