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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Prices trending higher?
« on: May 18, 2013, 11:02:12 PM »
It might be a longshot guess.

But possibly with the anticipation of the Magic Lantern success with the RAW video on the 5D3, people are buying them for some really 'cheap' high end video coming out soon?

I dunno if people buy things like this in anticipation of such functionality, but it is moving quite rapidly with ML and very successful so far....maybe people are buying them for that reason, and well, when demand goes up, so does price?

My $0.02,


Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 18, 2013, 10:59:44 PM »
I'm toying with the idea of one 600.

But thinking for multiple lights...getting them to work with cheaper ones.

I saw a GREAT set of classes on Creative Live, about flash, and doing it manual and how that with some rules of thumb, it wasn't that much harder to figure things out, especially for environments you have control over.

With a few charts/cards to look at...you could do a LOT manual with multiple flashes/strobes on the cheap for great results.
I'm looking to go that way to start out maybe.



EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Need help with video lighting!!!
« on: May 18, 2013, 10:56:46 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good book on the topic (video lighting)?  Clearly there's a bit more of a learning curve that I anticipated.   :o

Not sure about the book.

But one thing, as a noob I CAN speak of....if you can get the lights to match at same temp..DO THAT FIRST!!

I don't care what temp, indoors especially, but if you can get them all one temp, that will save you so much grief in post.

I speak from experience starting off......



ML RAW gives MUCH better quality, have to blind AND not trying to not instantly see the difference. The Ninja 2 1.2.1 external recording stuff is a minor little difference that most times you have to reallllly look to notice and well a basic static shot and you'd be hard pressed to see much difference but with ML the difference leaps out at you.

Of course the Ninja 2 does record gobs of footage at once and is tres easy to handle and you don't need to do slow pr-processing step for every little minute clip (OTOH that slow pre-process also is done with full power of ACR and even ACR and PS so you can get things so good that you don't even need to process anything in PP or use any slow tools there which does greatly speed up final compression time in PP so you gain some time back there, it's just it is a bit nicer to have the slow stage later rather than earlier, but whatever).

But most people have been kinda hmm eh I mean I guess a little about the HDMI+Ninja 2 and like OMG!!!!!!!!!!! about the ML RAW.

Once ML works with 1.2.1 the Ninja would make a nice zebra/focus peaking monitor though over HDMI since, at least for now, the ML RAW hack tends to crap out earlier at times if you try to force it's focus peaking and zebras and fancy stuff to run full force at the same time as the ML RAW is going.

If you do run 1.2.1 over HDMI I think the Atmos Ninja 2 type stuff is the way to go over the Black Magic for various reasons.

But man that ML RAW is just wow!

I wonder if they will find a way to feed the HDMI out with a less mangled signal. It would have to be 10bits at most and probably 8bits since I bet Canon didn't use HDMI 1.3 although who knows 1.3 is ubiquitous these days. It seems criminal that it took Canon six months to get the same crappy singnal out of HDMI and ML gives us this RAW stuff in three weeks. Perhaps the digic chip just utterly sucks at debayer and processing (in cam jpgs were never nearly as crips as RAW, but then again they do seem much better than the video stuff so....) and maybe that is why they say they do not use digic in C300 but use older video cam chips for processing?? (but still the in cam jpgs are better than the video they get out of it so....)

That said they did slightly tweak the video for 1.2.1 so whether hmdi or internal it does produce a bit better signal than it does with the older firmware. (which also reminds me DO NOT compare 1.2.1 HDMI Ninja 2 footage to pre-1.2.1 internally recorded footage since that footage is worse than the new internal footage quality).

I gotta think the Ninja and other external HDMI recorders out there, expecting the 5D3 market to open up to them are just hating life right now, with the new ML Raw stuff coming out...that is so far, exclusively CF based.

There goes a market for them unless the ML people can somehow put this stuff out of HDMI, which by the numbers, doesn't look hopeful.


Warning: Komputerbay 128GB cards are too slow. They won't work for this. I hear their smaller sized cards are faster though.

I'd kind of think any CF card that was "cheap" would be suspect for any real high speed recording like this.

I'm thinking going with 64GB quality cards, and having 2-3 three of them on hand..one in the computer unloading while the other two are in rotation.

I don't think you'd need a full 128GB at a time with this...how often for video do you record more than a few mintues at a time?


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 18, 2013, 10:48:40 PM »
Magic Lantern RAW video for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes to the Mac & OSX

This was very helpful. It looks like the RAW workflow is starting to take shape!

I want to preface my next question by saying that I'm a video n00b. Should I do most of my tonal/color adjustments in ACR, or should I wait until I have the footage in AE/Premiere and do most of it in Davinci Resolve, MB Looks, etc.? Does it matter where I do it? My instincts tell me that there are two competing issues:

1. Which program is better at a specific task (e.g., recovering blown out clouds).

2. Flexibility of not having to go upstream to make changes to footage and then re-import downstream. For example, if I do my tonal/color work in ACR, won't that mean I have to go back-and-forth, rather than being able to quickly make adjustments via plugin without the extra step of re-importing?

Again... I'm just a n00b here. :-)

I'm of the thought, at least for me. If I can get it from the camera, in the raw-est form possible to Davinci Resolve Lite, I'd like to do that...color correct/grade there, and then use in FCPX for editing...and round trip it from there if needed for tweaking....

Man, this looks like it may actually happen here in the not too far off future.

I do IT for a living, but I'm not familiar enough with this type of hardware hacking..so, waiting for something a bit more refiled to be released from ML.

I rarely with $$ equipment, test the waters with both feet.


Hi all,

I'm looking to get a simple sling type bag, that I could use for going to concerts here in NOLA.

I'd like to be able to have my 70-200 IS f2/8 II lens on it at times and still be able to fit that on the 5D3 body in the bag along with maybe one more lens, like a 70-40mm wide angle zoom or something else.

I tried at a local shop today one of the lowepro (sp?) bags and it wouldn't handle the long lens plus 5D3 body.

Can someone recommend one that might work with the big lens plus room for one more and decent access in/out the sling type bag as needed?

Thanks in advance,


USB 2.0 maxes out at 40-45MB/s

At 1920x1080, I'm getting 60-90MB/s

Don't think it will happen unfortunately.

The most frustrating part of shooting this video right now is that raw2dng app. It will not recognize clips bigger than 2GB in the OSX version, which really limits what you can do!

Or maybe it just means I'm a sloppy shooter ;)

Have you tried running Win7 in a VM with VMWare or Parallels, and doing the raw2dmg that way?

That might help...?


Does anyone know if this kind of shooting could be possible on the 6D in the future?
By the way, fantastic job (again) to the ML team!  :D

They said they're working on other cameras as well, and there is a limited build for the 5DII, and appears to be working well, albeit not as good as the 5D3. The problem though here is with the cards, SDs don't go as fast as CF and even then you need the fasted available CF cards. So the SD only 6D may not work well. Though, lower resolution with the fasted SD cards could work, not sure, much is in development with so many changes coming so quick~

Thanks for the respond! Makes me regret a bit buying the 6D a few weeks ago  :(
Do you think with HDMI out, the writing speed could be fast enough? That might be a solution to get pass the SDs lower writing speed.

I think so far, they're ruling out HDMI. But then again, they do seem to pull of miracles.

I did hear them talk at one time of USB, but not sure if USB2 would be fast enough.

There has even been talk of doing some kind of CF card adapter to cable, but that won't help with the SD card situation.

Right now, the best speed to capture size is the extra speedy CF cards, and the cheap ones aren't working too well, especially the one that starts with a "K" and is 128GB. The 32and 64 of that seem to do ok at times, but not the cheap 128GB one.

At least, that's what I've been reading.


Hello all,

I had such good luck with the NIK plugins when they went on sale awhile back and only took the plunge after the great feedback on these forums.

So, I'm wondering if ya'll could chime in on the FilmConvert software:


Looks like you can get the bundle for about $299.

Watching the examples, it looks like you not only can add some grain in interesting ways, and emulate different film stocks, but looks like this is a quick, down and dirty color grading tool too?

Does anyone have experience with this software, and if so...what are your thoughts? Is this worth the $$? What would other options be that you might recommend looking into?

Thanks in advance,


Video & Movie / Re: First real attempt at video with 5d
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:57:38 PM »
Very interesting!!
What did you use to color grade this? Interesting colors...reminiscent of the old 70's polaroid photos.

My one thing was..WOW..did you really take your 5D3 out to that run where they throw all that colored dust on everything?

Ouch..dunno if I would have risked that...hahaha. How hard was it to clean the camera after that?

Nice video, enjoyable to watch.


Video & Movie / Re: I made a quick a dirty time lapse in wales
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:43:58 PM »
What did you use to put the shots together?

Did you shoot in raw or jpg? Looks like you could use a bit of post processing to get a bit better color in the shots...it looked a little flat.

Construction of the timelapse itself is well done.

You might get that pulled off of YouTube for unauthorized use of that Pink Floyd song tho....

Just my $0.02,


Video & Movie / Re: Chromakey Green Screen Editing help
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:41:01 PM »
I'm not sure what's available on windows but the adobe products, like Premier. That gets a bit $$$.

I use Final Cut Pro X on my mac...that was only $300. I'm about to start doing some greenscreen work hopefully this weekend.

Get on youtube and search for green screen, chromakey...etc. That might give you some leads.



Video & Movie / Re: Wildlife Doc
« on: May 16, 2013, 03:38:31 PM »
VERY Nice!!

Well, shot, good looking and entertaining to watch!!

On the timelapse..did you shoot RAW or jpg?

Again, a great effort!


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod for video?
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »
OK, I'm finally going to try video on my 7D and 6D - going to Yellowstone in a month.  I have a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 tripod with a Manfrotto ball head (496.)  I assume video will be much better using a tripod.  Any recommendations for an inexpensive head I could use on the Manfrotto tripod?  Thanks!

I forgot what model Manfrotto tripod I originally got..came with a cheaper video head, which was ok, but I needed to get a QR system that would work on a bunch of things, including the new manfrotto monopod I got.

So, I got this head as a replacement and I'm happy with it so far:




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