Yes, the source for the video above is a 1080p 14bit RAW shot with the 5D mark III!!! Here’s a framegrab. And a comparison to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is in the works (give us some hours to finish the editing). But we can already say: The 5D mark III RAW module hack blows the BMCC far away!

Yesterday the developers working on the Magic Lantern hack for the Canon 5D mark III posted about their progress on a RAW hack that enables the Canon 5D mark III to shoot continuous 14bit RAW at 24 frames per second (!!!). The results are totally breathtaking, make sure you download and watch the source at vimeo: LINK

For a complete dummies GUIDE on how to achieve the RAW hack on your Canon 5D mark III see THIS ARTICLE.

TEST NOTES:

First and most important, I would like to thank the ML team for what they did. Adding RAW recording to a very popular camera and the plan to add RAW recording for most of Canon HDSLR family is earth shaking news. It is as big as allowing HDSLR cameras to shoot video.

johnnie 5d 300x250 Canon 5D mark III 24p RAW test   A RAW in the parkThis short test we did was shot in an hour and meant to test the following:
-The quality of footage coming out of the Canon 5d markIII in RAW shooting mode.
-Workflow from shooting to delivery (see the related article here:http://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=17898)
-Cleanness of footage in ISO 1600 (see from minute 00:51:05)
-Comparison of few shots between this camera and the BMCC (coming soon)

RAW recording in this camera price range was till now only possible with the Blackmagic cinema camera which has a relatively small sensor, and unsatisfactory low light performance and in some conditions a major amount of moire. By introducing a RAW recording possibility for the Canon 5d MarkIII you can now enjoy full frame image, Canon’s extremely clean high ISO performance and almost moire free footage.

The high quality footage coming out from the camera in RAW mode is simply INSANE!. I recommend downloading and watching it on a big screen in order to appreciate what ML did. Yes, there are still some glitches like horizontal color lines popping up un-expectedly in the footage (you can see one at 00:53:22 ) and the actual digging in the ML menu in order to activate RAW recording can be a pain but all in all this feature implementation is huge!

If you buy a Canon 5D mark III, please get it HERE to reward our efforts and PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE YOU DONATE TO MAGIC LANTERN FOR MAKING THIS AWESOME DEVELOPMENT POSSIBLE: LINK

Notes:
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 used on 16mm focal length
Camera picture profile: Neutral

UPDATE:
The files are really strong. Some DNG RAW files if you would like to test it yourself (open in Photoshop):
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Sam Nesbitt Reply
Sam Nesbitt May 14, 2013

Shit me, the quality is amazing. The shots at ISO1600 of the guys doing Kendo are jawdropping.

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Ryan Farnes May 14, 2013

Encouraging. Is the aliasing pretty bad though? Is it line skipping to generate the 1080p image off the full sensor?

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Hi Ryan.

To answer you question clearly a bit more testing is required.
We will get the camera again soon and experiment more.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Ryan Farnes May 14, 2013

Great developments though. Thanks for posting these tests.

Ruben Kremer Reply
Ruben Kremer May 14, 2013

Isn’t the Tokina 11-16mm actually a crop-sensor lens? How did that work on the 5D? :-P

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Hi Ruben.

On the 16mm side of it, no problem!
Also, unlike Canon EF-S lenses, there is no problem to attache the lens to the comera body.

Thanks.

Johnnie

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Myles May 14, 2013

The horizontal lines are a bit of a concern.

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Hi Myles.
Concern yes, but I am sure the guys who made it possible will over come that problem!

Thanks!

Johnnie

Julien Faucher Reply
Julien Faucher May 14, 2013

nice job !!!

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Thank you Julien, appreciated!

Johnnie

Julien Faucher Reply
Julien Faucher May 14, 2013

i don’t know yet if i take the C100 or the 5D mark III

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John Vigran May 14, 2013

Excellent work, guys. Very much appreciate the post and especially the ongoing pioneer spirit.

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Thank you John for taking the time watching the video and commenting.

Johnnie

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Dimitri May 14, 2013

Amazing!!! How about rolling shutter? It’s a same like “normal video mode”? And how hard is RAW format for PC(or Mac) to editing? I mean if I need powerful machine? Wonderful work boys :)
Ps: I am sorry for my English :)

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Johnnie Behiri May 14, 2013

Dear Dimitri.

Rolling shutter was not really tested. We will do it soon.
The process/workflow is lengthy but worth it…

I’m sure the dear people at Magic lantren will come up with a solid workflow solution soon…

Thanks!

Johnnie

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber May 14, 2013

You couldn’t pick two cameras more different than those. It depends on the project and shooting style.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber May 14, 2013

You couldn’t pick two cameras more different than those. It depends on the project and shooting style.

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Olly Newport May 14, 2013

Will be interesting to see how this compares to the Blackmagic Pocket Camera and Cinema Camera 4K (considering it’s Super35 sensor.)

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Dave May 14, 2013

The horizontal lines are an error of writing the data to the card. I’ve had a few with photos, very rarely. Maybe 3 out of 10,000. I’ve had it with both the 5dii and 5diii so I’m assuming it’s the card but I’ve also had it with different cards. Once with a Lexar 1000x 32gb and another with a Duracell 32gb 600x.

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robin saini May 15, 2013

Hi,

I was wondering if this update will be any use for shooting stills on 5D Mark III.If so can you update how will benefit…

Rds

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Ben May 16, 2013

Holly ****, this is freaking awesome!

Great job guys.
Any decent tips on getting an audio sync source to work with this?

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AO May 16, 2013

hows it going CInema5D world, can somebody please tell me what are the benefits to shooting raw vs the regular way?

Thanks in advance…

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Andrew May 16, 2013

There are no benefits. For someone like you, I would stick to shooting the regular way.

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Sascha May 17, 2013

Are you kidding me? There a many advantages.

-Highly improved dynamic range (No more blown out highlights – More “filmlike”)
-Higher quality (improved sharpness, no compression artifacts.)
-Better low-light footage

The only disadvantage is the huge filesize.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber May 17, 2013

It works on 16mm :)

Ruben Kremer Reply
Ruben Kremer May 17, 2013

Ah – so it’s more like an coincidental functionality on a fullframe sensor. It just so happens to just cover the FF on its widest angle ;-)

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Leon May 19, 2013

Hi guys, amazing stuff and great work on the tests. Im very interested – Just wondering how long you guys were able to record for? Does the camera / CF card heat up so much that it seems like its going to burst into flames?

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Johnnie Behiri May 19, 2013

Hi Leon.
For now it is possible to record around 50 seconds in 1 go due to the FAT32 4 GB structure limit.

Camera/CF card did not heat up (more then usual). In general the RAW recording is easier on the camera then the H264 recording. The CF card is a bit more stressed but so far no evidence of bursting into flames…:)

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Leah September 24, 2013

Amazing quality and great job guys! We use the 5D on the majority of our shoots and raw has amazingly crisp sharpness. http://www.diamondviewstudios.com/tampavideoproduction

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Johnnie Behiri September 30, 2013

Hi Leah,

Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting!. Also thank you for sharing the info on your site.

Take care.

Johnnie

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Muh November 14, 2013

Great comparison, but does the 5D really “blow the BMCC away?” No it doesn’t. They both look great. Oh wait, your site is called Cinema5D, I see you’re unbiased. Continue wanking!

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Zia January 26, 2014

Great effort nice video keep up the good work guys .

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Johnnie Behiri February 3, 2014

Thank you Zia.

We try doing our best.!

Johnnie

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Stephen Vele April 15, 2014

How about going wireless HDMI to an SSD recorder?

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Johnnie Behiri April 22, 2014

We never tried that.

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