This is the main thread for raw video recording on the 50d.LATEST UPDATES AND DOWNLOAD DETAILS AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST
is a 10 megapixel APS-C camera that writes to Compact Flash Type I or II cards. It has Canon's older Digic 3 processor which may restrict some Magic Lantern functions and a lower resolution 3.0" TFT LCD with 230,000 pixels (which may ultimately affect frame size of raw video if it becomes possible): DPReview - http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos40d
is a 15 megapixel update to the 40d. It features a Digic 4 processor (same as 550d, 5d MKII, 60d etc) and a higher resolution 3.0" TFT LCD with 920,000 dots. It writes to a Compact Flash Type I or II and can use UDMA 6 cards for fast data transfer. The 50d can already use the features of Magic Lantern's unified build. DPReview - http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos50d
Neither camera featured dedicated video recording however, the 50d did have the feature, disabled in the Canon firmware. ML unlocked this to enable 1080p at 30fps with the ability to use FPS override for 24/25p. There is however NO 720p/60p mode enabled and may never be available.50d
Magic Lantern is in development and supported in the Unified build. Raw video is also now supported
and is being improved on a daily basis. See the bottom of this page for updates.40d
Magic Lantern is unfortunately stalled and is still to be ported fully. Any further developments will be highlighted here and in separate threads.Here are a few important things to remember if you are considering getting a 50d
1. The 50d has NO AUDIO RECORDING OR AUDIO INPUT
. It was never designed with video in mind so there was no reason to add an input port. You MUST use external audio recording if you need sound.UPDATE:
@Menoc has plugged in a HDMI monitor and it works! http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5586.msg42109#msg42109
This means you can plug your monitor feed into an external device with audio recording capability to record a proxy with sound. This should help with syncing audio to raw video footage.
2. The 50d uses CF cards and will need FAST
ones (at least UDMA 6) to get the best results. Fast CF cards are expensive
. If you are considering getting a 50d you need to factor the extra cost of CF cards into it.
3. Raw video is very data heavy so you will need a lot of CF storage or be able to offload the CF cards when shooting. The files are large
so you ideally need a USB 3 CF card reader
connected to a laptop for anything more than a few minutes of footage.
4. The raw video recording features on the 50d are still at a very early stage of development so don't expect everything to be working flawlessly
. Other features already implemented into other cameras may not yet be available and some may never become available (such as audio recording) due to hardware or other limitations.
5. If you are considering buying a 50d remember this camera was released in 2008 around the same time as the 5d MkII so they can be up to 5 years old. Check the shutter count if you can!USEFUL INFORMATION FOR SHOOTING RAW VIDEOEOS DSLRs raw video capability thread
: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=6215.0How to download, set-up and record raw video thread http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5520.0Active 50d Magic Lantern developers
: Smeangol, GregoryOfManhatten, 1%UPDATE: 26th May 2013
Raw video performance is improving on the 50d. There are still numerous bugs to fix but test footage from @JulianH is proof that the 50d is more than capable. Another exciting discovery is that 50d raw video performance is better than expected in low light!
The latest discovery is that the once maligned high ISO performance of the 50d is actually not that bad for video, in fact it's pretty amazing in low light! Check out this test footage from @JulianH. Shot at ISO
6400 (for a better look download the original file 1592x720 mp4 from vimeo)
EOSHD's Andrew Reid is also getting excited about the 50d's potential: http://www.eoshd.com/content/10507/it-lives-5-year-old-350-canon-50d-becomes-raw-cinema-monster
Julian also shot some nice anamorphic test shots at 1280x960p 24 fps on a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 + Kowa B&H 2x Anamorphic and output the video at 2560x960p (yes, that's 2.5k width). Download the original footage from Vimeo, watch it then ask yourself does your H.264 footage look as good in terms of detail and color? ::)
[/spoiler]UPDATE: June 1st
has been busy porting the latest updates for raw video. To download his latest build and for basic installation please check out his post here: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5586.msg43359#msg43359
We are also very lucky to now have 6d and 600d developer @1%
on board thanks to @JulianH
purchasing a 50d for developer use. Although the 50d has been purchased and heading to 1%, Julian is accepting donations from appreciative 50d users who would like to contribute to his gracious donation. Please see this post and contact Julian privately if you wish to help out: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5586.msg44199#msg44199 We all owe these guys!
[/spoiler]UPDATE: June 9th
- sorry, I was a bit late with this update
[spoiler]@GregoryOfManhatten has updated his build and it has been accepted as part of the unified build
You can download it here: https://bitbucket.org/GregoryOfManhattan/magic-lantern/downloads/08June13-50D-UNIFIED.zip
This build has more choices for frame sizes and can now shoot 2000px wide in 5x crop mode and works (for some users) continuously at 2000x800. (almost 2k Cinemascope)
The new features include:-Auto ETTR
(for getting accurate raw photo exposure)File Manager / browser module
- You can now manage, delete, copy files including raw video files Silent Picture bursts
- Shoot DNG bursts until buffer fills (with selectable options)Bolt
- raw video module for shooting lightning (not tried this yet but looks cool) http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=6308.msg48560#msg48560
Plus many other improvements.
In other news: @1%
has posted that his 50d camera is now in the US and apart from helping to refine current 50d functionality he will be looking at improvements to H.264 recording - ALL-I anyone?
Massive thanks go to @JulianH
for organizing everything and for his initial purchase of the 50d and a BIG BIG thankyou to everyone who showed their appreciation by donating towards the cost of the camera and fast CF card. The goal was achieved in a few days thanks to your fantastic enthusiasm. Thank you guys!
[/spoiler]UPDATE: June 11th
's latest build (70MB/s capable raw video) - note ETTR is not currently working in photo modehttps://bitbucket.org/GregoryOfManhattan/magic-lantern/downloads/09june13-50D-45e63064ec08-70MB.zip