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Share Your Videos / Anamorphic testing
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:55:21 AM »

The approach behind the rendering of this test were inspired by the resolution demo of Steve Yedlin:

I would love to have some pointers on where to start on learning more about re-sampling algorithms :)

Stupid Little test with the Kowa B&H 2X and Super Takumar lenses.

Dobule focus pull made with the 55mm f/2, close ups with the 135mm f/2.5, random shots at the end with the 50mm f/1.4
Flares test of the:
50mm f/1.4
55mm f/2
85mm f/1.9
135mm f/2.5

Recorded at 1600x1200 with Magic Lantern, blown up to UHD at  3840x1440

Edited and slightly colored in Resolve 12.5 Rendered to h264 in after effect

Here's the link of the same video but in fullHD for comarison

Reverse Engineering / .MXF to dngs
« on: November 30, 2016, 01:35:28 AM »
Since .mlv files are basically a "container" for the singular .dngs

I was thinking, so is .mxf files a container for some other type of singular images or instead it instead a proprietary code?
If that's the case, is there a way to unwrap the .mxf files?
Why you might ask. Firstly, just to know if it possible and secondly because I quite like to work with dng sequences. I found them to be quite adaptable.

Thanks for your time reading this! :)

General Help Q&A / White balance issue.
« on: September 28, 2016, 06:32:26 PM »
Hi Everyone, for quite some time I started noticing one thing: my MLV files seems not to register the white balance I set at the time of filming.

At first, I didn't really pay much attention as I used to take advantage of changing it easily in Lightroom.
But recently some footage I shot at 3000k turned out to be at 5400k once converted through MLVrawviewer. And the same happened for other footage that was supposed to be shot at 6000k and 5500k.

for normal h264 videos and CR2 files the white balance remains set as correctly shot with the camera.
I did a couple of searches to see if anyone had the same "issue" (sorta) but nothing came up.
Is that supposed to be normal?

Thanks! :)

Share Your Videos / My Latest Effort, In anamorphic!
« on: June 10, 2016, 12:52:59 AM »
And here it is: The latest "test" I did recently.

Camera: 5D3 + Magic Lantern
Lens: Zenit Jupiter 9 85mm f2 + Kowa 2X Anamorphic adapter

shot at 1600x1200 4:3 Aspect ratio

Not 4K, Still the best way to get something "bigger" thank standard FullHD, But that it's only my opinion

Share Your Videos / CHICORIA - Filo spinato RAW 5D3 music video
« on: April 06, 2016, 05:38:49 PM »
ello ello everybody! This time THIS is a video that I have shoot.


CAM: Canon 5D3
LENSES: Nikkor AI-S 28mm f2, Helios 58mm f2, zenitar 85mm f2, Canon 24-105 IS L f4
GRIP: DJI Ronion-M + a very, very rude and vulgar 4 wheel trolley, Tripod, snorricam
LIGHTS: Mostly natural + a few LED panels
POST: Editing in final cut (Thing that I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, let happen again) coloring in Lightroom.

There are errors-a-plenty in this video, who spots them all wins a prize.. ;)


But I bet my ass* it was done with magic lantern. Any opinions?

A "similar" video from another prominent Italian Rapper that I have shot will be out tomorrow.
So, what do you think, is this magic lantern or not? :)

*To be intend as donkey ;)

General Chat / Tailor Making Magic Lantern?
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:19:20 PM »

I was thinking:

Probably, for most people £10000 / £15000 Is not much money. An easy loan that most people could get from the bank.

For me, that means literally living with £25 a month for food, clothings etc. for 2 years more or less.


Because my credit score is so low that I can't get a loan anywhere (a part from loan sharks aka payday loans, (or actual loan sharks))
so, in order to rack up that amount of money I will have to save up £500 a month from my salary: £1177 (And i live in London, UK. My rent + buss pass + phone bills + direct debits is £650)

Even if thanks to magic lantern i can shoot RAW, all the paid job i got as a Camera Operator were shot with my 5D3 in h264 (not my choice)
and mostly, I believed i got them because I have a Ronin-M.

Now, what I have noticed in the last few jobs is that, the people who hired me, they didn't really cared about my skills as a filmmaker. What they wanted to know first, even before hearing my experience was: The brand of my Camera. The brand of my lenses.
Obviously, once i told them my camera (5D3) and my lenses (Samyang 85m T1.5, Helios 58mm f2, Nikon 28mm f2.8, Canon 24-105 f4 L) They were not willing to pay me £150 per day.

So, that made me thinking: "If I save every penny for the next 2 years, I might be able to afford the RED RAVEN jetpack package + Batteries and wireless follow focus, so then I could be totally justified charging £500 per day"

But that span TWO other thoughts:
1) for the things I want to do, I NEED to be able to record at least at 120 fps in 2K RAW.
2) The RED RAVEN seems to be the only solution, because all other cameras in that price range can't quite match what the RED RAVEN offers.

But then I thought: "If I am ready to put such a strain on myself in order to rack up £10000 in 2 years more or less, would I be crazy thinking maybe to buy a 1DC or a C300 and with the rest of the money, pay somebody to develop Magic Lantern for them?"

I know that Magic Lantern for the C series will never exist, but I like so much working with DNGs that I would be gladly willing to take the risk.

Am I crazy, stupid or shall I stick with my original project of buying the RED RAVEN in 2 years? (Or earlier if I find a sponsor)
I hope you will help me out! :)

Hardware and Accessories / M42 lens mount with focus confirmation chip
« on: December 11, 2015, 10:42:55 PM »
Hi guys, not to sure this is the right section of the forum to post this, but I will go ahead anyway. Hopefully one of the "big guys" will pick it up.

In short, I recently bought this:

It is an M42 to EF adapter with AF confirmation chip. Sold by Xsource on Amazon UK, made by don't know who.

In short: It does not work well with ML 5D3 1.2.3 August 2014 version.

This is what happened: (just 5 mins ago by the date of this post)

Camera off,
adapter and lens mounted
LED blinking weirdly
Turn camera on: Failed firmware update screenshot.

Panicking and cold sweat (have a shoot sunday the 13th)

taking battery out
wait 10 sec
put battery back in
camera on
all normal.

That's good!

Camera on
Removing lens
putting the same adapter with AFchip on
As soon as it is in place, Error message.

Mini heart attack

Remove battery
Wait 10 sec.
Turn camera back on
All normal.

Apparently, it does not seem to fuck your camera up, BUT IT DEFINITELY messes with Magic Lantern / (canon firmware?).

I am very sorry not to have recorded or memorized the error message i received or how many time he LED blinked when I putted it in the first time. But the fear of losing my 5D3 just took over and the only thing I was focused on was to get the battery out ASAP.

I am doubly sorry not to be able to replicate this test because I scraped the chip out of the adapter straight away out of pure fear. Hopefully, this event has been documented before. If not, I hope this post will help future people looking to buy AF confirmation third party adapters.

Share Your Videos / How Are You?
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:57:16 PM »
Fake Commercial we filmed recently in london:

Camera: 5D3
Lens(es): 24-105 f4 L

Lightroom for coloring
Premier for editing
Ableton live 9 for sound design

Hope you will like it. :)

General Help Q&A / Rack focusing and focus peaking?
« on: October 03, 2015, 12:27:35 PM »
Hi guys, for an upcoming shoot i am fiddling around the rack focus function (never used it before :) and i noticed that while you are rack focusing you lose the focus peaking. I was wondering if there was a way around it or if it is just the way it is.

I did a bit of digging into the Q&A section, but i don't seem to have found a previous topic regarding this matter. Anyway, if turns out that you can not have Rack focusing plus focus peaking while recording i will just us the focus peaking from the monitor instead.

Thanks a lot! :)

Hardware and Accessories / Cheap anamorphic solutions
« on: July 07, 2015, 12:04:07 AM »
Hi guys,

Recently i have been doing some test for an upcoming short film for a respected british director. Long story short, i threw the word: "anamorphic" in it and they got hooked. One little problem: The budget of this movie is too low to afford shooting with such lens, so i have been tasked to come out with some alternative.

did some researches and come out with basically this:

anamorphic filters


anamorphic adapters.

The fine guys at Vidatlantic: have some interesting filters that mimic few of the great characteristics that we would like to have on our short.
Thanks to a scalpel, black cardstock, an adapter ring and fishing line we already manufactured basically the cinemorph filter, and it works a treat for bokeh and flares. thing is, we would like to have the same effect on wide lenses as well.

In this days we will be creating using the same materials a copt of this other cinemorph filter:

basically being the same thing, only placed on the rear element.

Will post the result as soon as it's ready.

The thing is, i have been eyeing up this anamorphic adapters:


But they are a bit pricey.

Does any of you know any good anamophic adapter (and has experience with it possibly) worth looking at that would not rape our wallet?
Thanks in advance!

Also, i have found this tutorial that would be quite helpfull to recreate that look i am after:

Thanks in advance! :)

Share Your Videos / Another music video shot with Magic Lantern
« on: June 30, 2015, 09:04:42 PM »
Hi guys, here's the latest video i shot with 5D3 + ML

all with 24-105mm f4 L
Dji ronin-M

Colors: Lightroom 5
editing: Preimer cs6

hope you will like it

Share Your Videos / LONDON STREET FEST 2015, anyone?
« on: May 12, 2015, 09:47:48 PM »
Hi everyone! This is the latest video i did with Magic Lantern for the Tattoo Magazine i am working for. I was tasked to put together an AD for them at the London (UK) Street Fest 2015.

hope some of you are a bit into graffiti, Hip-Hop, tattoo, Skateboarding, BMXing, because that's what the street fest is all about! :)

It could have been much better if i had enough money to buy the DJI Ronin before hand.. It was all entirely shot with the Canon 5D3 firmware 1.2.3, 07 August 2014 build, sigma 15mm f2.8 and eimo 60cm steadicam

colors in Lightroom 5.2
editing in Premier Pro

Hope you will like it and please, please, please, give me some feedback! I need to better my craft! :)

Thanks again, to all the Mighty DEVs and contributors who made all this possible!

Hardware and Accessories / Wireless field monitor
« on: April 27, 2015, 11:37:01 PM »
Hi guys, has anyone tried to use a wireless field monitor with magic lantern? I am not interested into being able to "use" magic lantern through wireless. All i care is being able just to monitor the frame from a distance without using a cable. and of course, being able to record RAW :)

Ideally, i was wondering if anyone had experience doing that, preferably on a 5D3 with firmware 1.2.3 I am looking to buy the lilliput 665-O-P-WH:

but, if i understood well, i could save me some money and use this hack instead, as mentioned in an older post about using the DSLR controller app and a tablet:

In the end all i care is simply to have a device to one end that receives the video feed of my 5D3 where i can check framing, zebras and focus peaking.
I will be using this set up in conjunction with the DJI Ronin.

I hope this post was clear, any help will be much appreciated! (Avoiding me to spend money uselessly) :)


Hardware and Accessories / Aputure V-control and Magic Lantern
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:56:20 PM »
Has anyone experienced this combo? I am thinking to get one so to use it in conjunction with the DJI Ronin and a field monitor.. Any suggestion, ideas? Thanks! :)

Ideally what i would like to do is connect the v control through the usb port of the 5D3 and use a field monitor through the HDMI. while everything mounted on a DJI ronin.

This is the gadget:

Share Your Videos / Have you got INK? Magic Lantern AD
« on: March 22, 2015, 01:22:37 PM »
Hi guys! and mighty DEVs

Here's the latest video i did! It is an AD for an UK based Tattoo Magazine I hope you will like it!

CAMERA: Canon 6D
LENSES: Canon 24-105mm L f4, Sigma 15mm Fisheye f2.8
GRIP: Cambo Studio Studio stand, eimo 60cm steadicam, Manfrotto fluid video head


MLV > DNG > Colored in Lightroom > After Effects rendering single clips in Uncompressed AVI > Editing Premiere pro > Export in H264 resized to 1920.


General Help Q&A / ETTR guide by renatophoto
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:28:06 AM »
Hi, i can not find the post that renatophoto did recently talking about ETTR and how it works better on LOW iso, while Audionut replied backing the opposite. I would greatly appreciate if anyone can link me that post or simply tell me how to find such things in the future!

Thanks guys

Forum and Website / Other ways to donate to the Magic Lanter guys
« on: March 04, 2015, 12:56:35 AM »
Self- explanatory, are there other ways than bicoins to donate to the magic lantern guys?

Even though as my nickname would suggest, i would be more than happy to donate £100 to the amazing developers who made my filmmaking life WAY better! :)

Share Your Videos / Will Magic Lantern bring me happiness?
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:06:51 PM »
Here, i humbly present to you my very first Magic Lantern video i made with a Canon 6D.
Thy video is littered with mistakes of all sorts.
It was made with a budget of £0 literally. The actress you will see actually paid me lunch and had to pay the travel expenses as well because i was (still i am) broke.
Please, feel free to unleash all your criticism o mighty professionals that happen to click on this link.

Canon 6D + Magic Lantern
Samyang 85mm T1.5
Canon 24-105mm L f4
Sigam 15mm Fisheye f2.8
Tripod + Manfrotto MVH500AH + Koolerton 120cm slider (cheap, unstable and jittery as hell)


Lightroom: color grading / correction
after effects: Single clips export and stabilization
Premiere: Editing and rendering

Please, be mercifull.. :)

Hi guys, here is the link of my very first music video

I used a Canon 6D with the 24-105mmL lens for the reharsal shots. The band also wanted me to use the footage they got from their trip to sweden during the video. They used a GoPro for it. I guess you can easily spot the difference.

RAW footage was color graded in Adobe Lightroom and After Effects, montage was done in Premier Pro. Final export was at 1080 h.264 for iPad
I hope you will like it :)

General Chat / Need some help with your project? I might be just the man..
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:28:33 PM »
Hi everyone, this post is self-explanatory.

If you need an extra man that is totally willing to work long hours for £0, if you need a partner to develop your projects, if you need a man that has tools that could improve your project, if you need a still photographer, if you need a graphic designer to design your film cover and posters, if you need sliders, steadicam or led lights for your project and you don't have them, if all you need it is only a person to hold your lights, bouncecard, mics. etc. the way you need it,
I am the man for you! :)

To make it short, i come from a musical background. I can write and produce music, i have a fair bit of knowkledge in sound engineering, and i spent the last 10 years trying to make it into the music business. It did not work out.
What i am doing now? Trying to make it into the film business! But, i had to start from scratch. and i literally do not know NOBODY here n London that shares my same passion, or works within the industry

I have a degree in graphic design, and back in italy i have worked for a photographic studio, for the RAI (the italian BBC) as a grip and cameraman assistant before moving to London (To pursue foolishly the Music Dream).

And now, after 6 years spent in England i am just aching to get myself involved into making movies. They say, that movies are a people's business. One thing i am struggling to find is actually, people to do movies with! Hence this post! :) I thought that there just might be another magic lantern user here in London UK that could use my help!

I hope you are gonna like the images i have posted below. I actually did a couple of videos with magic lantern, but they are so littered with problems, that after having seen what other people are able to do here with ML, i would feel ashamed of posting them.

Here below are some frame extracted from the latest project i am trying to finish (everything shot with Canon 6D + Magic Lantern)


And here below are some still photo and old graphic jobs i did back in italy.

One last thing, i am NOT ASKING for any payment of any kind. All i want to do is help and get experience! :)
Maybe the magic lantern forum is not the right place where to post this message right now, but.. i have got to start somewhere!

General Chat / Lens Known For Barrel distortion
« on: November 29, 2014, 04:36:04 AM »
Hi guys, i was browsing the web.. Searching for a lens that has heavy barrel distortion. As, i am afraid getting a fish eye might be too much for what i need. Do any of you have any idea what i am talking about? :)

General Help Q&A / "Upgrading" Magic Lantern?
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:28:53 PM »
I was wondering..

If i wanted to change the nightly build i am using now on my 6D and "upgrade" to a newer version, all i will need to do is: Format the card deleting magic lantern, and simply put on it the newer version i fancy correct? Theoretically, there is no risk to brick the camera right? :)


Share Your Videos / Canon 6D + ML Aylesbury estate
« on: November 16, 2014, 05:50:17 PM »
Hey guys! Here's the link to this short handheld movie i made. It was the very first thing i shoot and, well.. I just posed on-line.. Better ones are scheduled to come! :)

Shame i didn't export it properly..

General Chat / Hollywood Blockbuster Curiosity Challenge
« on: November 16, 2014, 05:45:44 PM »
Hey, i was wondering, is there anyone apart from me that is planning ( OR, has already done it ) a short clip, no more than a minute or so made with magic lantern that could stand up with the big studios?

Since i stumbled across Magic Lantern what i have been driven to do is a teaser trailer that is gonna look exactly like your next hollywood blockbuster.
I mean, i see it duable with a budget of £1500 but, maybe i am just a crazy person..
What you guys think? :)

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