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A 1080p video player for 300 dollars, Canon is partying it up like it's 2008. I could see this device being reasonable if it had an output for UHD(8.3MP), but HD(2.1MP) is being phased out. Hopefully a firmware update can fix this.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:57:36 AM »
4K and UHD is not only about the resolution, it's about the color! We've been using Rec. 709 for almost 25 years, but UHD will bring Rec. 2020 which has a much wider color gamut and supports up to 12 bit instead of 8 bit. While not everybody will see the improved sharpness from UHD, we will definitely see the large increase in the color gamut and the jump from 8 bit to 10 and 12 bit. This is why professionals want to buy UHD and 4K cameras, we do not want to spend thousands on a new camera that's already behind the curve.

Magic Lantern would help combat the exposure changes with the gradual exposure ramp ISO. The focus peaking is also very valuable for focus assist.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Advice for New Camera
« on: April 04, 2014, 11:42:16 AM »
I have all the cameras you've listed along with the 5D with Magic Lantern and use the Blackmagic. The stock video quality in the 60D is the same as the 7D, the T2i, T3i, T4i and very similar to the T5i. Most of the cameras are stuck with 2009 lineskipping technology, but the 7D would be the way to go out of all those cameras with Magic Lantern. The CF card helps and gives you the option to shoot RAW video with Magic Lantern. When using the crop mode on the 7D in ML it will give the look of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera and will not have the aliasing issues that are plagued by most of the Canon cameras.

As a Canon owner and user of he cameras listed above, I recommend either the D5200/D5300 a GH3 for your price range and for using the camera for mostly video and some stills. The reason is because the 60D and 7D look very soft and full aliasing in the stock video mode when compared to the others.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Advice for New Camera
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:44:26 AM »
If you're focused on making videos instead of photos then the GH4 is the DSLR to go with if you can afford the 1600 dollar price tag, it has professional video features on it and allows for XLR output to be added when you need it. If that's a bit too much then the D5300 would be a grew option or the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. The current Canon cameras are good for photographers who want to catch a little video here or there, except for the 5D with Magic Lantern.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DIY Steadycam
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:36:32 PM »
I love my modified Steadicam Jr, I picked it up on Ebay for nothing and kept bolting on large washers until it'd balance a DSLR. It is great for run and gun, due to the center of balance being above my hand I can shoot for eight hours on the 5D Mark III and 24-105 with little fatigue. I also recommend the Flycam and Glidecam, but the Steadicam Jr. or Merlin is the way to go if you plan on shooting all day and don't want a vest or brace.


Thanks ... one more question, I see that Davinci Resolve has a free "Lite" version ... can the shadows be pulled effectively in the Lite version?

That's what I use and you sure can, the big difference between the two is the lack of noise reduction in the lite version. It takes a bit of practice to be able to work with Resolve, but once you're good at it you can make an image look as good or almost as good as ACR. It also has a lot of other fine controls that ACR doesn't have.


Messin around with Dual ISO now.
When you use dual ISO for RAW video, which software can we use to pull the shadows?

I use either After Effects and ACR or Davinci Resolve. If I'm on a tight deadline, I use Resolve since it is quicker and much more reliable. With ACR it can be difficult to take advantage of the dual iso through tone mapping alone, using any of the sliders can create flickering.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 18, 2014, 04:28:41 PM »
lets have a look at a video from guys who actually shot video.

enough boring talk from guys in this tread who know not much about video but talk like they have invented photography and videography.

just for a change...

Don't get me wrong, I love the look from the C500, but I was lost when they talked about reliability. it is incredibly annoying when the fan comes on during an interview setting, but experiencing the overheating warning and followed by an error makes it far from reliable IMHO. For reliable 4K professional video I think renting the F55 is still the way to go.

For affordable large sensor 4K cameras to own, the Blackmagic and the GH4 are my top choices. But I'll still need to rent a real camera until we have a few better solutions. I can't wait until we have CFast 2.0, it'll be nice to be able to record 4K at 23.976 and 29.97 fps 4K on a compact flash card and not have to worry about hooking up external recorders.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:50:14 PM »
People often mention it... expose to the right... so you over expose your image a little and then in post move it back... less grain... more info that's not lost...

This is true for RAW, but not compressed video. H.264 will compress the highlights, using a flat picture style like Cinestyle and exposing normally is the best thing for H.264.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D+VAF5D2 vs 5DIII for video?
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:45:15 PM »
That's easy, the 5D Mark III offers better image quality in video mode than the 6D with a VAF. The 6D downsamples the sensor using lineskipping and takes it down below 1080p, then scales it back up. The 5D will also produce better results and perform better in low light due to the pixel binning. The 5D Mark III can also record full 1080p RAW with Magic Lantern, the 6D is only capable of capturing around 720p.

For stills I feel that the 6D is the way to go, it has a great sensor that can outperform the one in the 5D.

Personally I would only consider a Canon camera for video if you plan on using the RAW feature with Magic Lantern, otherwise there are much better options out there. RAW with Magic Lantern isn't video, it creates RAW photograph stills at the desired framerate. H.264 on the other hand feels like standard definition, even when comparing the two on Youtube after the edit.

Global shutter is nice, but isn't absolutely necessary. I just hope the camera doesn't line skip and has a CFast card slot, then let Magic Lantern take care of the rest.

I've been poking around on the magic lantern website over the past month, but can't seem to find the answers to some very basic questions:
1) When using this in the intended fashion, do I still get to see the regular canon menu options (i.e. the focus modes, etc)
2) Does installation of this reset my canon settings to stock (custom button reassignments and such)?
3) Does pretty much everybody have the slower boot described in earlier posts here?
4) Do we know for a fact that canon refuses to honor warranty after installation of this?
Thanks for help, mostly I'm curious about question 1 and 2!

1) The Canon menus and functions still work and are visibile.

2) This does not reset the camera settings.

3) I use ML on three cameras, the boot might be a second or two slower. I'm guessing because I don't notice the delay.

I've been using Magic Lantern for three years and on 3 different cameras. It has been very stable and I could never imagine using a Canon camera without it. The day I can no longer use Magic Lantern will be the day I switch to Blackmagic.

OK...I have a 5DMarkIII running Firmware Version 1.2.1.  I have never used Magic Lantern.  I did spend about $3400 on my camera body (yes, I was an early adopter, but was able to sell my 5DMarkII for $2000 so I guess it evened out), and I do not want do ruin it as it is an expensive piece of hardware in my life. 
1. Is ML easy to install and use?
2. Can I switch back and forth between ML and My Canon OS?
3. Can anyone direct me to a site where someone has solid experience and simple information (for dummies) on how to set your 5DMarkIII up and use the software to its fullest.
4. Have users destroyed their camera when installing of using this software.

Seems like there are a lot of benefits....but if I do something to the camera and it is not repairable ....I might have to kill myself.  :o

1) It is not difficult to install Magic Lantern if you can follow the instructions. A simple Google search will show you a lot of tutorials, or you can go to and buy the 5D Mark III ML RAW guide which will show you how to install and use ML. ML is easy to use, it's simple, but there are a lot of features that give you plenty of room to play around or use as tools.

2) The Canon OS is always running, but you can have a clean boot without ML by holding "SET" while starting the camera.

3) if you want to pay for it or search, there are a lot of tutorials out there.

4) I have not heard of anyone destroying or bricking their camera as a result of ML, but you can search on Google to see for yourself. It is possible to have issues with some of the builds, but nothing that will break the camera. I use the nightly builds and I always test a build for 2-3 days before taking it out on a paid shoot. I only had one instance where ML wouldn't boot and the camera hung up, but it was related to the memory card. I put a different card in and had to rely on H.264 for the day.

I have firmware 1.2.3
is it possible for me to run ML?

It is not possible to run Magic Lantern on 1.2.3, you'll need to roll back.

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