The Magic Lantern guys never cease to amaze with what they can pull out of Canon HDSLRs. In the latest Magic Lantern firmware that’s in development, the Canon 5D Mark III now manages to capture raw video at 24p. This comes after it was previously teased running at lower frame rates.
The resolution isn’t quite up to full 1920 x 1080; however, 720p is no problem. Additionally, they have been able to record up to 1928×850 with continuous recording. Bumping the resolution up to 1928×902 only allows for 700 frames of capture (or 29 seconds) before recording stops.
For an example of what raw video offers over Canon’s internal ALL-I recording, check out the below sample videos.
This first video is the new Magic Lantern raw video captured at 1920×820 on the 5D Mark III (that’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio). Each raw frame captured by the camera is roughly 3MB in size, which is why they recommend using 1000x CF cards.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jd6WaqYovA&w=640&h=360]
This next video is the standard ALL-I internal recording on the 5D Mark III.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CANqYdhx_U&w=640&h=360]
The difference between the internal footage and the RAW footage shows just what the 5D Mark III hardware is capable of doing . . . with the right firmware. The raw video allows so much more detail to be retained in both highlights and shadows.
While this latest firmware isn’t quite ready for everybody, it’s amazing to see what Magic Lantern is doing with Canon HDSLRs. And, it probably won’t be long before this is readily available to everyone.
We’ll be watching and waiting closely to see if Magic Lantern can push the resolution beyond the current stable resolutions for continuous recording.
Of course, there’s no additional news on the 5D Mark II raw video developments – yet.