We wanted to see just how much better the Magic Lantern RAW video was than Canon's 5D MarkIII's h.264. So to check resolution we chose Miss Krista, an actress and model with extremely fine, almost white blonde hair. Alex Lake and I laid out the lighting design to maximize our results.
To check color space and sensitivity to color variations we lit her from camera left with a 5600k Alzo Digital PAN-L light, and from camera right with a 3200k light.
To check noise in the blacks and moire we had her wear a black silk robe.
To check various other color sensitivities we had an embroidered patter in the back.
To check how quickly the dark, dark greys went to black we provided very little fill light from camera position. The lens was an EF 70-200 ISM II, f stop 3.2.
This test went so well we shot another with the 5D MkIII right next to the RED 1 MX. This video will be up next week.
To quote Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz', "we're not in Kansas anymore". The Magic Lantern software add-on (I think this is how they wanted it referred to as) has so much more of the sensor's power to the table it virtually doubles the value of the camera. And they're not done yet.
The RAW video speaks for itself. The blonde clumps of hair of the h.264 video suddenly becomes strands of extremely fine hair...the way it should be. It's REALLY hard to even consider shooting with h.264 anymore. I know it's a HUGE compromise of the scene I'm trying to capture. It's like smearing the detail out of the shots. And the color space of ML's RAW video just sort expands to portray her hair is white, blue/white, light blonde, warm blonde and warmer blonde. In h.264 it's just barely three hues of blonde.
We'll shoot additional tests. If you have tests you'd like to suggest, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Association is a film and video production company that produces the Cine Boot Camps. We're the highest rated Canon HDSLR training according to students' surveys. Our studio is a block from Warner Brothers in Burbank, California.
Thanks to Alex and the other crusaders leading us so diligently into a whole new world of production looks for the Canon HDSLR.
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