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Walter Schulz

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ML in the media: PetaPixel article
« on: June 20, 2022, 10:43:52 AM »
There is not that much coverage of ML project activity these days and for a reason: not much to report.
Petapixel posted some kind of retrospektive headlined "The Cameras That Helped Shape the Mirrorless Revolution" and has some words about ML's contribution.
This Mark II version set a new level of cinematic quality from DSLR. The popular camera was the first to shoot broadcast quality Full HD video, making productions adopt the camera body as a discrete, cheaper alternative. Television production famously used the camera in Episode 22 of the American medical drama House, which aired in May 2010. Previous to this, there was a smattering of production houses using the camera, including the BBC and Saturday Night Live.

This sort of leap in cinematography was only possible with the assistance of free software called Magic Lantern, which ran alongside Canon’s own. All that was required was to insert the ‘better’ firmware on an SD card. Cinematographers could then control the H264 bitrate, record HDR video, monitor and manually control audio, and use focus assist tools. Without this perfect pairing of camera and software, we would have possibly had to wait several more years for manufacturers to build features cinematographers were crying out for. This open-source development approach shows the power of collaboration and its impact on the industry.

Since then, we’ve seen further development from manufacturers as the race to an 8K standard matures, but much more needs to be done regarding open-sourcing camera software to see more innovations beyond a product release.