My first RAW shoot with Magic Lantern on Canon 5d MK II. H.264 vs RAW
i remember the first 3ccd camcorder I touched. It was the sony vx-1000. I was amazed that finally a regular consumer like me can take some pretty cool looking images like the big boys. I haven't felt that excited about a camera since then. That is, until I purchased the Canon 5d mkII (except maybe when the Panasonic DVX100 came out). I was blown away with the image quality and film like look.
I was considering adding an additional member to my camera family when my buddy Vinny Minton (Imperial Video Productions) told me to check out some RAW footage taken with my camera model. He said I may reconsider. I saw amazing videos online about the RAW functionality that Magic Lantern (ML) offered Canon users. Once I installed it on my camera and used it, I fell in love with my camera all over again.
I use an iMac from 2010 with about 12 GB of RAM. It took about 6-8 hrs to import, process, and export the raw files you see in this sample. That did NOT include editing, exporting, and color grading. So it does take a lot of patience.
Is it worth it? Well, I certainly believe so in most cases if you have the time and ability to re-shoot if something goes wrong (i.e.software crash or frame skips etc). I don't see myself shooting RAW all the time. There are certain limitations and a longer workflow process that I don't think, realistically, I will make the time for.
I haven't purchased a camera since 2008 when the Canon 5d mkII came out. I was always tempted to buy the the newest gear out there but there was so many cool and innovative cameras out on the market, I felt I needed to make the best with what I have. I think for now, I'll concentrate more on the art of film making vs getting the most expensive gear. Plus this high quality hack will keep me happy in the meantime :)
I always remember when a good friend once told me, "it's not the paintbrush that makes the painter."
Hope you enjoy this sample. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!
Canon 5d MkII
Lenses 16-35, 50 1.2
CF Card (need a fast 1 - preferably 1000x and 100-150mb/s): Toshiba Exceria Pro 32GB.
Adobe Premiere cs6
"The Sound of Your Voice" - Jim Brickman
"Baby Steps" - Sarah Trevino
*Please be aware that installing ML may damage your camera!