Magic Lantern did it: 24fps raw video from the Canon 5D Mark III

May 12th, 2013
Magic Lantern did it: 24fps raw video from the Canon 5D Mark III

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Only a few weeks after Canon finally gave us the 5D Mark III firmware update for clean HDMI out and after the firmware hackers extraordinaire at Magic Lantern announced that raw video from the 5D Mark III is indeed a possibility, they have now managed to squeeze a very impressive 24 frames per second of continuous RAW video recording at 1920×850 pixels 1080p (!) out of said camera. [UPDATE]: complete guide for 5D RAW HERE

In other words: 24p raw from the Canon 5D Mark III is a reality and it looks MUCH better than the soft look we have grown accustomed to from Canon’s DSLRs over the years.

Check it out here – the video on top was recorded with the standard H.264 ALL-I codec, the bottom one is raw footage recorded onto a 1000x CF card (oh yes, you do need very fast and expensive cards, just like when recording 4K with the Canon 1DC):

The resolution of the raw footage is at 1928×850 at 24fps right now. User lourenco from the Magic Lantern forum said that frame rates above that resulted in the camera’s buffer to fill up.

Personally, I think this development is significant since the picture quality is much better even without additional grading involved. The notoriously bad sharpness of most Canon DSLRs (apart from the 1DC and 1DX) in video mode has tired us all over the years, especially because enhancements only reduced aliasing and increased light sensitivity – but with regards to sharpness, the 5D Mark III is almost as weak as the 5D Mark II, which makes it very hard to match with cameras such as Canon’s very own C300 or even C100.

So let’s see where this all leads, but it certainly makes the 5D Mark III a much more valuable proposition if you are willing to risk using the Magic Lantern firmware. After all, it has that unique full frame look, so having the option to get raw video out of it can make it a camera like no other – especially with all those enhancements the guys over at Magic Lantern are certainly working at.

Here’s another video from the Magic Lantern forum – it’s just a 1 second clip, but to investigate the quality, be sure to head over to the Vimeo page and download the ProRes 4444 version that user squig uploaded.

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March 31st, 2014

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get expensive. Also, a homeowner is usually concerned with the
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Like most things in life, it’s not quite that simple.

dio
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May 14th, 2013

dusting off my 5dmlll now

Don
Don
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May 13th, 2013

Is it just me.. or do those highlights look all blown out in DNG?

Sherwin Lau
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May 13th, 2013

I wanted to pass along a test that I did with my 5D Mark II using the new Magic Lantern firmware that unlocks RAW DNG video recording.

http://vimeo.com/66037206

The video compares the DNG to the internal H264. There’s a little bit of information about what I did in the description box, too.

Currently, for the Mark II it’s not continuous (just 41 frames) but they’re doing it on the Mark III and 6D and potentially porting it to other cameras.

I think this is an amazing breakthrough!

I think they also just did the continuous recording with the 5D Mark III now.

Don
Don
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May 13th, 2013

What will the DR be compared to the BMCC/BMPC ?

And will this be available on the 5dmkII ???

Justin
Justin
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May 12th, 2013

Why didn’t you make a single video and do side by side? It’s too difficult to tell a huge difference in quality when they’re two separate videos and one is graded.
And the 24 frame video of the biology skeleton is useless…you can’t get much out of it.

Alex
Alex
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May 12th, 2013

So if you combined this with the clean hdmi out and use an external recorder, will that mean you dont have to bother with gas cards? Anyone have info in this??

Sebastian Leitner
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May 12th, 2013

I’d say, let’s wait a little before freaking out. as long as I don’t get more than only a few seconds in solid quality I do not get too nervous about it ,)

Kahleem Poole
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May 12th, 2013

Whoa…..

raj ahmed
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May 12th, 2013

What about 5D mark II ?

CN
CN
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May 14th, 2013
Reply to  Nino Leitner

No, it’s more the CF card’s bandwidth that’s the limiting factor. See the forum:

http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5247.0

Stephen Bolton
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May 12th, 2013

5D Mark III’s 1080p DNG raw format.

Sandro Mendes
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May 12th, 2013

If only Magic Lantern could hack the FS700… At least to get a god damn 10 bit 4.2.2 or even better, a brilliant 2K RAW in a card, same way they are doing it for Canon dslr.

Hubert Hotte
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May 12th, 2013

The 5D captures individual Raw DNG files. The same kind that photographers use when exporting raw photos with photoshop and lightroom.
It’s multiple stills that you need to batch process and combine later. That’s why there is no sound recording when shooting raw.

CN
CN
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May 14th, 2013
Reply to  Hubert Hotte

Yes, there is sound recording with raw shooting. See the forum for examples.

http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5247.0

Ambroise Becchio
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May 12th, 2013

I second that question.

Moritz Mössinger
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May 12th, 2013

what kind of “RAW” are we talking about? Uncompressed tends to have various meanings and it would be interesting to know to what codec the final clip was recorded!

Coutts
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May 12th, 2013

RAW as in 14-bits of color, and uncompressed as in we dont’ use the h264 encoder, just dump the frames straight to the card.

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