It is an interesting time for filmmakers since Magic Lantern enabled the RAW functionality for Canon DSLR’s. Due to its fast card interface the Canon EOS 5D mark III is the most popular RAW shooting DSLR reaching resolutions of 1080p and beyond (5D3 RAW guide). But other Canon DSLR’s can shoot RAW too! Even the non-video capable Canon EOS 50D released in 2008 is now a RAW monster. Incredible. In May we learned that the outdated photo camera Canon EOS 50D was hacked as well (they’re even working on the 40D now) and turned into a movie making machine. The video below shows a video recorded in 1280×960. The creator used an anamorphic lens that squeezes the image which could later be desqueezed into a stunning 2560×960 pixel video. For a camera that actually doesn’t shoot video at all that’s quite a braintwisting number. For a real beating though I suggest you download the source video.Read more
The testing phase for Magic Lantern 2.3 is over. Magic Lantern 2.3 release version is now here and the creators say it’s no longer a “hack”. We can safely say it’s no longer a hack, but it’s strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust. We have worked a lot on bug-fixing and usability improvements and we sincerely hope you will find it a great companion for all your shooting sessions – from hobbyist to professional.Read more
Some promising news comes from the Magic Lantern website today. Feature highlights of the upcoming version: – First full support for 5D mark II – Supports latest Canon firmware for 5D mark II, 60D, 600D and 50D – Advanced ISO control (ISO 80, improved highlight rolloff, ISO 51200…) – Advanced FPS control (24.000 FPS and 0.2 FPS possible) – High speed operating through shortcuts (read more) – New menu design – Much improved stability (read more) This is what they wrote: As promised last week, we are very close to the 2.3 release. We’d like to run a release candidate testing first (RC1), so we’ll start this today. As a special gesture to the donors and contributors to the ML project, we would like to thank them by giving them access to the release candidate in the forum section accessible to contributors and supporters. Currently we match donors and forum members by hand, so if we miss any of you, please contact me or Bart via PM. For providing testing feedback, you will have to complete a small quiz. Your feedback will help us fix any remaining problems and announce a release date for the stable v2.3, which will be available to those who donate at least 10 euro to keep us running. After three weeks, this version will become free for everybody. ML 2.3 RC1 works on Canon 5D Mark II 2.1.2, 550D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 600D 1.0.2, 50D 1.0.9 and 500D 1.1.1. via MagicLantern.fmRead more
The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
Dave Dougdale from Learning DSLR Video posted this nice video in which he looks for the perfect exposure settings in snowy conditions. Dave is using a 550D/t2i with the very convenient histogram from the Magic Lantern firmware hack. via the Learning DSLR Video blogRead more
Dave Dugdale from learningdslrvideo.com brings us a very nice Canon camera comparison once again. This time around he compares the 5D mark2 allstar hdslr camera to the 3 times more affordable Canon T2i (550D). So can the 5D’s video mode justify it’s price over the T2i? Dave doesn’t think so. What do you think? [polldaddy poll=5331617]Read more
One of the nice things about Dave Dougdale’s videos over at learningdslrvideo.com is his honest attitude. Dave looks at the stuff from a non professional standpoint and shares his experiences and observations while “learning dslr video”. This time around he compares the video capabilities of the relatively new Canon T3i / 600D with it’s flip out monitor to the older Canon T2i / 550D dslr camera. One of his notes: Very interesting; watch the comparison at the beginning at full screen and then look at the aliasing on my sweatshirt on the left (T3i), why is the T3i worse? The Canon T2i is currently $699 The Canon 60D is currently $999 See Dave’s post on learningdslrvideo.comRead more
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