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General Chat / Will ML save the 7DmkII?
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:08:51 PM »
The specs have been confirmed, and aside from 60fps at 1080p, this seems like same-old same-old from Canon.

I hope that ML will unlock some unexpected features from this camera once the developers can get their hands on it.

Just thought this might be an interesting read for people interested in shooting in ML raw in more demanding settings.

I assume Sebastian Wöber hangs out here, perhaps he can chime in with some additional input. I find the article to bring up some very good points, although I don't know if I agree with the assessment that shooting in raw added as much as 4 days to the shoot.

Raw Video Postprocessing / ProRes 4444 XQ
« on: June 28, 2014, 05:55:48 AM »
New Codec was released by Apple (along with new versions of FCPX). I winder if this new codec will be an even better intermediate or even finishing format for all of our 14bit raw file?

Raw Video Postprocessing / New RAWMagic is out!!!
« on: May 14, 2014, 07:01:33 AM »
Big news, the new RAWMagic 1.1 is officially out. The new version supports both MLV and Raw, and creates CDNG files which look flawless in Premiere Pro.

I still feel that RAWMagic is the single best solution for Mac based post processing of ML raw, I've been waiting for this update for a while now and it's finally out. Thomas has figured out something that others have not and all of the CDNG files look exactly the way they should in Premiere Pro, the audio syncs properly and is imported correctly in Premiere and Resolve.

Best of all, I think the price is very reasonable...this is a big game changer for many of us! Let's show Thomas some support, grab it here:

Raw Video / Benefits of 1.2.3 on 5DmkIII
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:43:56 AM »
Just curious about specifically what are the benefits of updating my firmware to 1.2.3 when using ML raw vs. staying in 1.1.3.

Alternatively, what are the downsides?

This is obviously a question for people who have updated and are using the new 1.2.3 ML build. I'm interested in updating, but not if there are no specific benefits to doing so (if it's not broke...), or if there are some functionality downsides that make shooting raw less reliable than it is in 1.1.3.

Many thanks.

Raw Video / Scratch Play from Assimilate can playback ML raw!
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:03:57 AM »
Anyone else seen this? It's a free player and I can confirm that it works with .raw files. Haven't tested it yet with .mlv but plan to soon. It also plays back CDNG and DNG sequences. I know we have MLRawPlayer but you might want to check this out too:

Raw Video / Is MLV all that it's cracked up to be?
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:42:48 AM »
First of all, I want to make it abundantly clear that this isn't a criticism or a slam on ML and .mlv.

I'm just trying to get a sense of what exactly .mlv gives me that .raw doesn't. Looking at the EXIF data written to DNG files from .mlv files using MLVMystic and comparing them to the EXIF from CDNG derived from .raw files using RAWMagic, I'm not seeing a whole lot of additional information coming from the .mlv files. There is ISO, and some focal length info, but everything else is pretty much the same in both files.

Besides that, when recording in .mlv on my 5D3, I seem to get slightly worse CF card performance than when recording in .raw. I also noticed that DNG files derived from .mlv seemed to display more pronounced dead pixels than similar takes extracted from .raw as CDNG.

Last but not least, there is the severe lack of a good conversion app on the Mac, and pretty much nothing to get CDNG as opposed to DNG files. RAWMagic has worked flawlessly for me with Resolve, and to a lesser degree with Premiere Pro. .mlv on the other hand has presented challenges until very recently thanks to MLVMystic. The problem with MLVMystic is that it's still in fairly rough beta, it converts considerably slower than RAWMagic, and it doesn't spit out CDNG files which means, for better or for worse Premiere Pro wants nothing to do with them and import into Resolve is a wee bit more of a PITA.

Having said that, I am still wanting to give .mlv every chance in the book, but I have to ask -- what is the specific advantage of .mlv vs. .raw in real world usage?

Thanks for all your replies, I am really curious to know more about the advantages of .mlv over .raw.


Tomorrow I'm doing a camera shootout with the following cameras:

1. Arri Alexa
2. Red Dragon
3. Red Epic
4. Canon C500
5. Canon 1DC
6. Canon 5D Mark III (ML raw)
7. Sony F55
8. Panasonic GH4
9. Blackmagic Cinema 4k

Should I shoot in .mlv or .raw?

Hardware and Accessories / Best CF USB 3 Card Reader
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:11:08 AM »
Is there any general consensus on what the best CF card readers are out there? Particularly for UDMA-7 Komputerbay 1000X and above cards?

I read that Lexar readers could create some corruption in some of the cards. I've been using this guy for a while with no issues:

It works well but I've been wanting to move to USB 3 for faster transfer speed, been contemplating this one:

Any thoughts or recommendations for any other readers?

Many thanks!

Hardware and Accessories / Lilliput 663 external monitor
« on: November 10, 2013, 05:31:00 AM »
Hello guys, I'm getting ready to pull the plug on an external monitor. Trying to pull focus on the real built-in monitor on my 5D3 is next to impossible even with focus peaking so I've been looking at various options.

The Lilliput 663 seems to have good specs and the price seems right:

Any of you have any experience with this external monitor, and will it work with ML?

Many thanks!

Hardware and Accessories / New Komputerbay 64gig 1050X
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:30:32 AM »
Anyone around here tested this puppy yet?

Price is only $10 cheaper than the 128gig card, so I'm not sure it makes any sense to buy it....unless the write speed is substantially better than the 64gig one.


Raw Video / 5D Raw vs. Alexa vs. BMCC
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:58:52 AM »
I shot this test to see how the 3 cameras would do. I imagine a scenario where the main body of footage would be shot with an Alexa, while the BMCC or the 5D raw would be used on some shots. I wanted to see how these cameras would cut together and compare (not necessarily in quality, but overall visual continuity).

EDIT by SDX: use vimeo url with http:// instead of https:// ;)

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