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General Chat / Re: Kickstarter Campaign
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:13:13 PM »
Krashnik, it's quite clear to me that you're new to the ML community. I've been here for quite a while now, and one of the things I love most about this community is how passionate team members are about what they do (be it developers, mods, etc.). That is what truly keeps a community running, not funding (although that doesn't mean that it isn't important).

I think Red have pretty much got that covered.  :D


General Chat / Re: Anybody still sticking to H.264 after testing RAW?
« on: June 13, 2013, 05:31:14 PM »
Definitely sticking with h264 for now. I shoot weddings primarily, and at the moment I end up with nearly 100gb footage by the end of the day. Can't imaging how much space this would be if it was shot in raw. Don't forget that you'd need to invest in fast, high capacity cards, as well as working drives and archiving drives for backups.

Besides, even if shooting raw was more feasible, 90% of brides wouldn't notice the difference in quality (most of my clients still prefer DVDs...). This also applies for the 4k argument.

Very interesting project, and sounds like you're moving in the right direction. However, I would make sure that it actually works (using cameras like the 5D) first rather than basing everything on theory. Many others have tried similar stuff which didn't work.

Hardware and Accessories / Re: Canon 10-22mm or Tokina 11-16mm?
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:45:04 PM »
The 10-22 is quite a nice UWA lens for crop bodies. I had it for quite some time and only replaced it when upgrading to full frame. One of its main advantages is the way distortion is controlled for an UWA lens. Having an f/2.8 lens can be nice if you intend to shoot in low light, however remember that when shooting at the widest end (10mm & 11mm respectively) there's only a 2/3 of a stop difference.

Just weight out the pros of each lens and decide on which factor you want most. At the end of the day, both are excellent lenses and I'm sure you'll be pleased with whichever you get!  :)

General Chat / Re: 5D MK III vs. 5D MK II with ML
« on: June 02, 2013, 10:03:04 AM »
5D3 can also write data at a faster speed and as such can shoot raw at a width of 1080, unlike the 5D2.

Similar thread here:;topicseen#msg44633

I'm curious why is there settings to change ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, WB, Etc. when it is already available in the Canon Quick Menu. Isn't it redundant? Or am I missing something...

Because ML offers more control, for example when it comes to WB you can open the submenu and modify loads of stuff (auto WB, magenta/green balance, etc.) and the ISO menu item also makes intermediate ISO values (such as 160, 320...) possible for bodies that don't have it. Besides, it's handy to have everything grouped together  :)

Modules Development / Re: 14bit RAW DNG silent pics!
« on: May 12, 2013, 10:48:48 AM »
How can i use silent pics? I downloaded a nightly biuld, but i found only the 1100D-105.fir, there isn't for 5D2.
Where can i download?

You need the 2.3 build for the nightly to work (i.e. use 2.3 build files and replace the files with the nightly)

Hardware and Accessories / Re: HDMI RECORDER
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:02:54 PM »
Here's the link for a Blackmagic products:

That recorder doesn't has an HDMI input so it cannot be used with DSLRs, and besides it still records in compressed H264 (rather than uncompressed).

While I don't have much experience with recorders, the Atomos recorders seem quite popular.

General Chat / Re: 6D - Best ISO in Video mode
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:43:25 AM »
I've you're a run & gun type of shooter (for example covering events or weddings) you'll appreciate how handy a variable ND filter is. Just set your exposure (1/50, f/2.8 or similar, ISO 160) and adjust exposure using ND.

General Help Q&A / Re: Audio Problems with Magic Lantern 2.3 & 60D
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:06:28 PM »
You should be fine with somewhere around +10dB analogue gain if the mic you're using is powered (such as the Rode VMP). That's what I use for recording ambiance at weddings (the VMP is set to +10dB gain). If the mic isn't powered, increase the analogue gain until you get a decent level (digital gain is useless since you can boost gain in post). This is why powered mics work best with DSLRs.

Edit: Saw your new post. Since you're using the Juicedlink, set ML analogue gain to 0dB and adjust the Juicedlink's levels until you get a decent level. The pre-amps from an external recorder will always be better than the camera's pre-amps.

What mic do you have connected to your Juicedlink, and under what scenario are you using it (dialogue?)?

Share Your Videos / Cyber Trends (short documentary)
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:28:59 AM »
Cyber Trends is a documentary about the latest internet sensations happening around us, produced as a project for University. Footage was shot on a 5D2 running ML, with a NEX5N as B-cam.

General Help Q&A / Re: 5DmkII: Still developing?
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:21:32 PM »
For the veteran cameras - 5D Mark II, 550D, 60D, 600D, 50D and 500D - try the nightly builds to preview the latest feature set and help us polish it for the next stable release - v2.4.

More info & download link for nightly builds:


General Chat / Re: New Black Magic cameras announced
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:16:07 PM »
Tempted to sell my NEX5N which I occasionally use as a B-cam and get the pocket camera. The only thing keeping me back at the moment is the cropfactor. Something like the Speed Booster (which should be released for micro four thirds soon) would be ideal, yet it's as expensive as the camera.

Here's an alternative data recovery app that you might try (it's usually included when purchasing Sandisk media):

I highly doubt you'll be able to recover videos, but you never know... good luck!

Shoot preparation / Re: Live view recording in b&w only?
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:50:30 AM »
Check footage on PC.

If the footage is B&W, change picture style.
If footage is in colour, either you have one of the false colour modes enabled or you have an image effect enabled (as 1% mentioned).

General Help Q&A / Re: Recommended color code settings
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:17:47 AM »
There's no way to switch it on / off, i.e. it should be working by default. What colours are your exposure info at the bottom of the liveview screen?

I see... thanks. But you could have been more precise when you only said "use false colors" - how could I have known you didn't mean the standard settings? I can't read thoughts and it wasn't obvious to me, that this other setting exists.

That's why the userguide exists  :)

There's no way to tell if the white balance is right - especially when moving from indoor to outdoor while filming.
And for a visual person like me it is not possible to evaluate the look when you have 3bit colors.

There's a reason why display presets exist..  ;)

General Help Q&A / Re: CF card speed restriction?
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:06:41 PM »
One of my early cards which I still use is a Kingston 266x, which has roughly 40mb/s write speed. Never had any recordings stopping, so I guess you should be fine with similar cards - Transcend cards (such as the 300x) can be found for quite a cheap price.

General Help Q&A / Re: ML Overlay in Playback Mode
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:29:41 AM »
Go to 3rd tab of ML menu (Overlay), and set Global Draw (first menu item) to all modes.

General Help Q&A / Re: Using ML with a RODE Videomic
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:24:51 PM »
As long as input is set to external, you'll be recording from the Rode Videomic.

However, don't expect that you won't pickup any background noise just because it's a shotgun mic. Just watch out for sound reflections depending on your environment. Personally, I would opt for another mic which can be placed as close as possible to the person being interviewed. I have just finished filming some voxpops and I used a similar setup, and had the person asking questions hold a Zoom H1 with a windshield in front of the person being interviewed just out of frame, and sound was much better than that of my on-camera Rode ViMP.

General Chat / Re: SD to CF adapter for video
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:39:39 PM »
As far as I know they are quite limited when it comes to speed. Why not see if the rental company has any available for rental as well?

We use the setup you're talking about at weddings. The audio guy mikes up every source possible into a mixer with 2 outputs: an audio recorder and a Sennheiser transmitter (G3). The receiver is then mounted on the main camera (the one used for speeches etc.) which is connected to the camera through 3.5mm cable. If you're going for this setup, remember to check with the audio guy at the venue to make sure you're not using any of his frequencies.

Alternatively, you can avoid the wireless lav since they're expensive, and get a decent on-camera mic. I use the Rode VideoMicPro. You can then record the feed from the mixer directly into your Tascam recorder and sync everything in post (e.g. with Pluraleyes).

General Help Q&A / Re: Cannot see audio metering in movie mode - 60D
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:38:13 AM »
One of these may be the cause:
- Audio recording is disabled from Canon menu (set it to Manual instead of Disabled)
- Audio meters turned off from ML's audio menu
- You're in photo mode

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