***Update - 24-08-2013 - Updated zip to contain latest module and Autoexec. This is probably the most complete version to date and has Dual ISO, Auto ETTR and Auto Exposure] etc. Again, this is NOT an official release
***Update - added Rawanizer to zip and changed guide accordingly.
Okay, so here is my "little" guide to installing Magic Lantern on your 6D and getting started with RAW video. As boring as it is to go through all of this - it's for the best that you follow it through 'til at least step 17 to make sure you don't bugger anything up.***I want to make it perfectly clear that I am only a part of the Magic Lantern Team in the capacity of being a Forum Moderator, I am not a Dev and I have absolutely NO technological expertise in software developing or even where to begin when it comes to hacking so the guide provided here is based purely on my experience of going through this process myself and is in no way whatsoever the doing of the Magic Lantern Devs. Also, if you want to know how general features of Magic Lantern work, visit the FAQ and Documentation pages on www.magiclantern.fm as they really do cover (almost) everything and if you can't find it there then the search function in the forum is your BFF.***
This guide is mostly for Windows users at the moment but you can still follow along if you are on a Mac or Linux - you just need to figure out how to make your card bootable with software other than EOScard (as I have only ever done this on Windows myself). Mac users can adapt this guide and replace any steps that use EOScard with this handy bit of advice from "cineblah" (thanks dude).
Noisyboy, thanks to you I was able to install ML on my 6D on a Mac!
For anyone who wants to try it on a Mac:
The only difference seems to be step 11: on a Mac you need to insert your card in your cardreader, download MacBoot, open it, and select "DSLR Bootable" and then press "Prepare Card". That's it
Download MacBoot here: http://www.zenoshrdlu.com/macboot/macboot.html
If you're on Mountain Lion you also need the Mountain Lion fix: http://www.zenoshrdlu.com/macboot/macbootcommand.zip).
Also there are probably a few unnecessary steps in here and it can be done much quicker by skipping these steps but at least this way I'm pretty comfortable that you will get up and running safely.Anyway, here it is. An Idiots Guide to installing Magic Lantern on your 6D, from an Idiot who doesn't have any software developing skills but has plenty of experience of being an Idiot...Of course it's worth mentioning that even though there is no evidence that the "official stable versions" can damage your camera it does come with no guarantees and you install this completely at your own risk. It's worth mentioning even more that what you install right now is in no way an official stable version so if your camera explodes (or just stops working if you want to be picky) you know who to blame (in case you didn't get that, that's you buddy).
In most cases, when something scary happens, pull the battery and restart the camera. I've had plenty harmless crashes
in my short-lived time of using bleeding edge Magic Lantern builds and a quick battery pull and restart has always *touches wood* done the trick. This is just the nature of the beast when using experimental software.Okay, so here we go:*You will need an SD Card reader, just plugging your camera in doesn't allow you to copy files to your SD Card.
1: Download this zip file which contains all the stuff you need : http://ge.tt/api/1/files/14cvNmp/0/blob?download
2: Make sure your camera is running Firmware 1.1.2. YOU HAVE TO BE RUNNING ON 1.1.2 TO SET THE BOOTFLAG AND RUN MAGIC LANTERN.
If it is already on 1.1.2, you can skip straight to step 5.
3: Extract Firmware version 1.1.2 (6D000112.FIR) from the zip in step 1 and put onto a formatted SD Card.
4: With a full battery
, upgrade (or downgrade in this case) your cameras firmware as per the Canon 6D instruction manual. Basically, by scrolling to the 3rd tab from the right in the 6D menu (first Ratchet/Spanner icon which is next to a camera icon) and selecting the item at the very bottom of the menu which has a picture of a camera and the words "firmware ver.:x.x.x (x.x.x being your firmware version). Follow on-screen instructions.
5: Format your SD Card.
6: From the zip in step 1, extract all the files contained within "Files to run Magic Lantern on 6D Firmware 1.1.2" folder and copy them to the route directory of your card.
6.5: Clench buttocks and cross fingers.
7: With a full battery
, with "M" (MANUAL) shooting mode, update your cameras firmware as per the Canon 6D instruction manual. This will now use the ML Developer Firmware (6D-112.fir) to "Set the Bootflag" on you camera. In n00b terms, this basically means that you'll be able to use Magic Lantern on your 6D.
Don't touch anything on your camera or power it off until you see the "SUCCESS" screen. Then turn your camera off and remove the SD Card.
8: Put the SD card back into your PC and FORMAT IT.
8.5: Seriously, FORMAT YOUR SD CARD DUDE!
Even if you are used to this whole Magic Lantern thing - just do it. It saves the risk of potential problems which I can't advise you how to fix.
9: From the zip in step one, extract the Canon 1.1.3 Firmware and place onto the route directory of your SD Card.
10: Put your SD Card back in your 6D and With a full battery
, upgrade your cameras firmware to 1.1.3 as per the Canon 6D instruction manual. Once this is finished, power down camera and remover the SD Card.
11: From the zip in step 1, once again extract and run EOScard.exe. Check the EOS_DEVELOP and BOOTDISK boxes and press save.
12: Navigate to your SD Card and delete (DON'T FORMAT) all the files you can see there.
13: From the zip in step 1, extract all of the files and folders contained within the "Files to run Magic Lantern on 6D Firmware 1.1.3" folder and drag them into the route directory of your SD Card.
14: Put the card back into you camera and switch on.
15: In "M" (MANUAL) shooting mode, power camera back on and hit the Trash button. Voila! Hello Magic Lantern Menu It's worth mentioning at this point that the part of ML that allows you to shoot RAW video comes in the form of a MODULE file called "raw_rec.mo". The reason you need to know this is as it gets updated (which you will find by going to 1%'s bitbucket) you will need to replace this file (along with the others that come zipped up with it) to get all the new ML coolness BUT the easiest and safest way to update is to wait for a new build from 1% (which will usually be named something like [6D]xxxxxx.zip) and replace the files on your card in the appropriate folders with the files contained in that zip. It is also worth noting that the main file that runs Magic Lantern is called Autoexec.bin and this file lives in the route directory of your card. So whenever you hear someone talking about the latest bin, you can USUALLY assume that (in "Idiots" terms) they mean the latest build of "that" cameras version of Magic Lantern.
The files I have included in the "Files to run Magic Lantern on 6D Firmware 1.1.3" folder are made up of files which I'll try my hardest to keep updated (this will be done regularly until it goes Alpha) but if you want to help the rest of the ML Community test the very
latest build then you can download the latest files needed from 1%'s Bitbucket (for those who don't know - 1% is the ML Dev that is, among other things, porting Magic Lantern to the 6D)
:https://bitbucket.org/OtherOnePercent/tragic-lantern-6d/downloadsAll the latest stuff will always be found at the very top of the page which of course is worth getting so we can help 1% and the rest of the Dev's make things cooler, faster.
Okay - so you have installed Magic Lantern - what's next?
16: In the Magic Lantern menu (that's right - the trash button
) scroll to the "M" (MODULES) tab and you should notice 2 things at the bottom of the menu. You should see "lv_rec" and "raw_rec" and also a tab "L" at the top on the far right for shooting RAW bursts. The stuff found in the "L" tab isn't really what you want for RAW video so for now ignore that bit).
If you don't see these items just hit "Load modules now...".
17: Vaguely speaking you'll find all the sexy raw goodness at the bottom of the movie settings tab so scroll on over to there. It has an icon at the top that looks like a video camera. Then scroll all the way to the bottom of that menu (you have to scroll down to see it)
and select RAW video (with the Magic Lantern menu you enter any sub menu by pressing the "Q" button on your camera).
And now you are there
You start and stop recording by pressing the "START/STOP" button back in Live View. The blue and green bar which is displayed when recording raw represent the memory buffers that Magic Lantern is using so pay attention to how fast that fills up when trying to work out what settings work best for your camera/sd card. Note that 1080p continuous RAW recording isn't possible due to read/write speeds of the camera to the SD Card
Now - go and film videos of plants and cute pets and pick up chicks by uploading cool "Test Videos" with "Epic Music" that shows off how super-badass it is now that you can see the sky and it's like 3 in the afternoon and stuff (take it from me - my girlfriend DIGS dynamic range)
Oh yeah - also, play with the different height and width and settings to see what works best for you performance wise with RAW recording and report back to the "6D - Install guide and raw shooting" thread. With the current version I have provided in the handy little zip file, you are likely to get continuous recording by selecting 1504x640 or 1536x600 @ 24fps. Even if you are in a PAL zone as I am, unless you REALLY need 25fps, until it gets worked out you will get much longer record times by shooting in 24fps and if you need to make it 25fps then conform the footage in post. That said - try EVERYTHING and see what works best for you. That's what this is all about right now So you've recorded some wicked-good RAW video, now what?
Within the zip file I shared there is a program called Rawanizer (by marten) which is the clever little program for Windows (sorry mac users, but read on for a handy link
to help you out) which is based on raw2dng by a1ex which is used for extracting all of the DNG files from the raw files (the raw video is basically made up of a sequence of RAW DNG files - basically every frame is like a RAW photo). You can follow the development and get updates for this software from here: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5557.0
18: Finally, copy your raw files from your SD Card to your computer (you need a card reader as just plugging the camera in wont let you see them). Then extract you DNG files using Rawanizer and edit away using your preferred NLE or compositing software. My preferred workflow can be found here
Mac users can use raw2dng to convert your raw files to DNG which is in the zip file in step 1. To find out more about this and to check for updates check this thread
So there you have it. I know this could have been half the length but I really wanted to make this as clear and easy to follow as possible coz I know exactly what it's like to be staring at this forum for days, trying to understand what the hell everyone is talking about and yelling at the screen "WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS A GOD DAMN BIN, I JUST WANT TO FILM CATS IN CRAZY HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE AND UPLOAD THEM TO YOUTUBE WITH AN EPIC SCORE FFS!!".
Anyway - good luck and enjoy it! I shall update this guide as time goes on.
Look forward to seeing your kick ass movies
Ps. 6D Development
discussions are had here: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=3904.0