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Demonstration of the new and free High Dynamic Range VIDEO feature for control over ultra contrast situations.
Magic Lantern is a custom firmware add-on for Canon dSLR cameras. It is not a hack, or a modified firmware, but it runs alongside Canon's own firmware, booting from the card every time you turn the camera on. The only modification to the original firmware is the ability to boot software from the card.
Credits to: A1ex and G3gg0
Music by: Compilation Piano - Ludo Auzannat et Rémi Tournaire - Jamendo
Gear used: Canon 600D + ML + Pentax 50 1.4 + small tripod. I don't need anything else.
Ready for Pro use and full support for Canon 5D mark II
Release notes: magiclantern.fm/releasenotes
Behind the scenes:
This is a quick 3 minute walkthrough of installing the latest (October 2011) version of Magic Lantern for Canon DSLRs. The link to follow, bookmark, and download from is:
Please note even if you camera says it has xxx firmware, please download the applicable canon firmware and install first from here:
With these more recent versions you DO NOT have to go through the process of making cards bootable, because what you place on the card does that for you now. This makes it super easy for anyone with a card reader to install and benefit from. This unified build works on the Canon 50d, 60d, 550d (shown in the video, aka T2i), and 600d. The 5d mkII also has a build, but it is different from the one shown in this video.
Make sure you also read the instructions and manual that are in the downloaded zip package. If you are running an old Canon firmware you will likely need to update that first.
Apologies for the nasty looking out of focus Flip cam footage, but you get the idea.
Huge thanks to Alex for making this tool so easy to use and useful.
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This is a test of the Optical Flow feature in Motion that lets you retime footage to obtain high-quality slo-mo. Canon 60D with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @59.94fps retimed to 1000fps using Apple Motion. Graded with Magic Bullet Mojo and FCP. Titles created with CrumplePop Revealer. Tutorial video with the complete workflow is here on Vimeo and at crumplepop.com/blog.
Music: Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1 played by Jed at CrumplePop
Some notes from Alex, regarding bugs and usage:
- Autofocus in intervalometer: in Full Auto mode, it does autofocus,
but in A or M it does not (at least on my camera). Tou may also switch
the lens to MF.
- Zebra overwriting Canon menus: should be fixed in latest pre-
release, but this slowed down a bit the drawing routines.
- GlobalDraw: turns off zebras, cropmarks, spotmeter & audio meters
with a single click.
- Live View bug is still not fixed, sorry.
- Save Config is also safe to use (and you will usually want to use
In fact, from the debug menu, the only potentially dangerous is
draw_event (it is sometimes unstable on my camera). Not sure about the
items in the Boot menu... Powersave should be safe as long as you
don't forget your camera on :D