Magic Lantern’s Dual ISO Feature May Boost Dynamic Range To 14 Stops (Or Fry Your Sensor)

One of the recent Magic Lantern announcements is in my eyes a real bomb on the photo industry. Their Dual ISO feature (announcement here) may increase dynamic range by three stops. (video sample below).

Magic Lantern's Dual Iso Feature May Boost Dynamic Range By 3 Stops (Or Fry Your Sensor)

This feature is a bit different from adding zebra lines or removing automatic gain, or even providing RAW video as it changes low-level sensor parameters directly. It also is the first time, AFAIK, that Magic Lantern does imaging R&D rather than simply enabling camera hidden features. The analysis can be found on this PDF. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

How To Install The Magic Lantern General Availability Release [video]

Over the past month we’ve been sharing a lot of Magic Lantern hacks, and I think this is something that is not going to stops (or at least I hope it is not going to stop, we have some info coming right up on the next post).

How To Install The Magic Lantern General Availability Release

However, we never actually shared anything that shows how to install Magic Lantern into an operating camera.

This video by Dave Dugdale does not even touch on the features of ML, but it does a great job at showing the install process. While there is actually a pretty good Install Guide available on the ML site, it is sometimes easier to follow a video. [Read more…]

24P Raw Video, Soon In A 60D Near You

I am not sure if the Magic lantern team are wearing shoes, but if they do then the other show just dropped.

24P Raw Vidoe, Soon In A 60D Near You

One of the more common requests coming after the 24p RAW video hack with the 5DmkIII was “I would love having this on my ($700) 60D“. Well, last night marekk of ML released the following statement:

Hi all 60D users :)
I prepared special version of autoexec.bin like 550D user mk11174 and RAW video works now on 60D :) This ML version has only few options enabled. I’ve got no skills to fix 60D’s boot problems with full ML package with modules and tcc enabled so I removed everything except ability to record raw videos and load modules.#

This is great news, bringing the possibility of raw video to a camera under the $1000 price tag (comparing to a $3300 5DmkIII). More info and videos after the jump. [Read more…]

The Quickest Workflow To Get 24P Raw Video On A 5DmkIII

A few days back we reported about the Magic Lantern team hacking a 5DmkIII to shoot 24p RAW video (probably the best thing that ever happened to Canon, even if they did not mean that).

The Quickest Workflow To Get 24P Raw Video On A 5DmkIII

While this was super good news, the process of getting the files out of the camera and convert them to a RAW video was a bit cumbersome involving windows, mac, and after effects.

The good folks at Cinema5D just released a video explaining the fasted workflow to get a 5DmkII ML RAW file stream to RAW video. (movie after the jump) [Read more…]

Why Magic Lantern Raw Video Is The Best Thing That Happened To Canon

If you are living anywhere on this little planet of ours and are subscribed to any of the blogs about photography, videography, HDSLR, or cinematography you are probably aware that the Magic Lantern team has a firmware that can shoot RAW video on a Canon 5Dmk3 in up to 3592×1320 resolution.

Magic Lantern Raw Video Is The Best Thing That Happened To Canon

While this is not an official release by Canon, and so far I have not seen any response from their PR department or from other reps, I think that this is the best thing that Canon could have wished for. [Read more…]

Magic Lantern: Canon 5DmkIII Raw Recording Up To 3592X1320 + Double Buffering

Yesterday we shared that the Magic Lantern team managed to pull a RAW HD stream from the Canon 5DmkIII and today EOSHD shares some hands on with this mode achieving good quality 2.5K (2880 x 1320) and even 3.6K (albeit with some frames dropped).

Magic Lantern: Canon 5DmkIII Raw Recording Up To 3592X1320 + Double Buffering

This is in addition to a new announcement on the ML facebook page, where they share that they implemented double buffering on RAW for the mkII and mkIII.

This double buffering will reduce screen tearing on shot footage.

Screen tearing is “glitch” that shows up when two frames are mashed up in a video stream. An artifact that ML’s double buffering seems to reduce.

A few videos and more info after the jump. [Read more…]

Magic Lantern Pulls RAW Video at 24FPS From Canon’s 5D mkIII

Here are some great news to start off the week. The team at Magic Lantern – Canon’s unsupported firmware just shared an interesting bit of information. They were able to use the firmware to pull uncompressed RAW video from Canon’s 5DmkIII.

Magic Lantern Pulls RAW Video at 24FPS From Canon's 5D mkIII

Usually, the video that’s coming out of the 5D is a compressed H.264 stream which both reduces the resolution and the dynamic range of the data coming from the sensor. But the RAW video provide more resolution and more dynamic rage, just like a RAW file provide those over a jpg file. [Read more…]

Magic Lantern’s Focus Peaking Makes Freelensing A Snap

Magic Lantern's Focus Peaking Makes Freelensing A Snap

Freelensing is a form of photography where the lens is hand held in front of the body and is not inserted into the bionet. If you ever tried it, it is pretty cool and creates tilt/shift like effect, only with a random aspect to it because you are… well… hand holding the lens. This is why it’s called Freelensing.

If you are new to the subject, or just want a refreshment, Luke Roberts has a great introductory tutorial on freelensing (which is where the title sketch was taken from).

One of the harder things to do while freelensing is focusing, you are constantly moving, the camera is moving in relation to the subject, and the lens is moving in relation to the camera. This is where Magic Lantern can help. Magic Lantern is a custom firmware pack for Canon DSLRS which adds features to the camera. [Read more…]