1. Initial port of the Magic Lantern firmware to the Canon 550D / T2i camera. This version only adds on-screen audio meters, but shows that it is possible to add the film making features that users need.

    magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/550D

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  2. A test of the new Magic Lantern feature "Dual ISO" in raw video mode.

    UPDATE 8/5/13: Just shot a TV commercial using Magic Lantern Raw... vimeo.com/71749184

    UPDATE 7/18/13: I updated this test to use a newer optimized version of RawToDNG which significantly reduces the aliasing of the original video. If Alex from Magic Lantern adds any additional quality improvements to this feature, I'll just update it here so everyone can see the current status of Dual ISO Raw.

    I added an additional comparison of Dual ISO footage vs Normal Raw "Denoised" vimeo.com/70511941

    This is not a scientific test but just rather something to give people an idea of the quality improvements to Raw video using this new feature.

    Testing methods used...

    Camera: 5D Mark III (shot 24fps at 1080p)
    Dual ISO was set to use 100 and 1600 ISO.
    Normal Raw ISO was set to 100.
    Footage was shot in a dimly lit room with both a tungsten lamp and dark areas in the frame.
    Shot handheld to reveal any moire or aliasing which may increase using Dual ISO feature.
    Raw was converted to DNGs using the newest rawtodng.exe.
    Postprocessing via Adobe Camera Raw using identical settings for both Normal Raw and Dual ISO shots...
    Exposure was brought up a bit to +2.8
    Highlights -100,
    Shadow +70,
    Sharpening 0,
    Noise Reduction 0,
    All other settings were at 0 or default values
    Exported via After Effects to intermediate AVI files (Cineform 444 Filmscan 1)
    Edited in Premiere Pro CS6 and rendered to H.264 1080p (10Mbps).

    General Observations

    This test was designed to be a worst case scenario. Bright light in a dim room including fabric textures to help reveal moire. The reduction of shadow noise is dramatic to say the least. Without Dual ISO the footage would have been unusable. But it does come at the cost of increased moire/aliasing, something which Alex from Magic Lantern clearly indicates in his technical documents describing the new feature. Clearly, many scenes won't exhibit the level of moire/aliasing shown in this test, so one just has to be mindful of the content of your scene and weigh that against the need to retain both highlight and shadow information when the dynamic range of the scene if greater than 12 stops. But when you are unable to properly light a scene to even out the exposure, the Dual ISO feature allows you to bring up the shadows in post significantly with very little increase in noise. Regarding any minor resolution decreases that are supposed to accompany this feature, I think that is a moot point... the footage wouldn't even be usable in my test scenario without the Dual ISO feature (short of lighting the scene properly). I'm sure in some usage scenarios, the benefits will outweigh any disadvantages.

    Oh.. and for all those asking, the reason the Normal Raw footage is so noisy is that it was shot at ISO 100 in a dim room and the shadows were significantly boosted in post. ISO 100 was used in order to retain all of the highlight detail of the lamp. The whole point of this feature is that you can now significantly boost the shadows in the Dual ISO footage with very little noise penalty.

    Thanks to Alex from Magic Lantern for all his generous work and contributions. Greatly appreciated.

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  3. Some bulb ramping tests with Magic Lantern.

    Guide: magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Unified/UserGuide#bulb-ramping
    Download: bit.ly/ml-oct02

    First timelapse (~260 shots):
    Start: 18h45, ISO 100, 1/350, f5.6
    End: 20h15, ISO 6400, 20s, f5.6

    Second timelapse (~300 shots):
    Start: 21h00, ISO 6400, 60s, f3.5
    End: 01h30, ISO 6400, 48s, f3.5

    Editing: Avidemux, VirtualDub, MSU deflicker, Hugin.

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  4. *UPDATE* Here is the LUT version
    vimeo.com/23157870

    Today (April 30th) TechniColor released their "CineStyle" Picture Style for Canon EOS DSLRs, so I tried it out.

    Download and instructions here:
    technicolor.com/en/hi/cinema/filmmaking/digital-printer-lights/cinestyle

    I used two different styles to compare them to the "CineStyle":

    "Standard", which is the default Picture Style

    "Neutral", with Sharpness: 0, Contrast: -4, Saturation: -2 and Color Tone: 0

    Lens: Asahi Pentax 50mm f/1.4
    ISO: 160
    Shot with the latest Magic Lantern using the zebra.
    vimeo.com/groups/magiclantern

    I used the "Standard" as the control, and shot scenes where the shadows were slightly crushed. Using the same exposure, I just changed Picture Style to see how much of the crushed blacks were restored.

    The "Neutral" setting is what I've been using for my other videos.

    No CC. Edited in FCP and AE.

    Music
    Cloud Generator - Tycho
    open.spotify.com/track/620wKeWGOsrU8gQfTnaOL1

    2011

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  5. Updated video: vimeo.com/34313293

    This is a short video showcasing my personal workflow, along with some discoveries about how to shoot better HDR, for the Magic Lantern firmware.

    This was all shot on the Canon T2i (550d)

    Alternate workflows:
    GingerHDR: vimeo.com/34072049

    Free and open source workflow:
    bitbucket.org/hudson/magic-lantern/src/tip/hdr
    Video coming soon(?)

    Footage download:
    minus.com/mo8xQ556o#1
    Note: That footage can be streamed this is highly compressed and at a low frame rate/

    the video is a little long, but I hope you will bear it! ha ha.

    EDIT: thanks to Ioda Media on the forums there is a different, more efficient, way to perform a very similar workflow

    In after effects, bring your footage into a timeline. Duplicate it until you have four copies of the footage.

    After duplicating it, take the top two layers, and pr-compose them. This will be your highlights, name the pre-comp as such. Repeat this pre-composition with the other two clips. these will be your lowlights/shadows.

    Go into your Highlights composition - take your top clip and set the blending mode to MULTIPLY. Move this top layer one frame forward. Your shadows will be highly crushed, and this will result in a very high contrast image this is what we want.

    Now, go into your low-lights/shadows pre-comp and select the top clip. Change the blending mode of this to SCREEN, and move it one frame forward. This will do the exact opposite of what we did in the highlights comp. Instead of making a high-contrast image with the highlights preserved. We made a high-contrast image with the shadows preserved.

    Next you can do the luma key as shown in this video. I feel as though this results in much less ghosting etc. than the current method I have here. I will be uploading slightly modified tutorial soon (Probably just adding something to the end of this one :) )

    EDIT2: Malcolm Debono on the forums suggested shooting at 48FPS and I realized that this is totally possible. With the latest magic lantern hack; you can choose your framerate in small increments. so, it is theoretically possible to shoot at 48FPS @720P

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