Magic Lantern Manages 4K RAW Video From the 5-Year-Old Canon 5D Mark III

canon 5d mark iii 4k videoIf you are a Canon 5D Mark III owner, then you just got a great April Fools prank… only turns out, it wasn’t a prank.

Magic Lantern, the software enhancement for Canon cameras that increases their functionality, made a big announcement that many felt was an April Fools prank. Well it turns out that it was not a prank, and they have, in fact, managed to milk Super 35 4K RAW video recording out of the 5D Mark III camera.

If you aren’t familiar with Magic Lantern, they are a community development group that has been building enhancements for the Canon DSLR line of cameras for several years. The software sits on the memory card and does not impact the actual firmware of the camera. While it is not endorsed by Canon, the software has been used by DSLR filmmakers to draw more performance out of the stock camera.

New Resolutions on the 5D Mark III

  • 1920×960 at 50p (both 1:1 crop and full-frame – 3×3 pixel binning)
  • 1920×800 at 60p (same as above)
  • 1920×1080 at 45p and 48p (3×3 binning)
  • 1920×1920 at 24p (1:1 square crop)
  • 3072×1920 at 24p (1:1 crop)
  • 3840×1600 at 24p (1:1 crop)
  • 4096×2560 at 12.5p (1:1 crop)
  • 4096×1440 at 25p (1:1 crop)
  • Full-resolution LiveView: 5796×3870 at 7.4 fps (128ms rolling shutter)

None of the 4K resolutions are aspect ratios that fit a typical 4K ratio, so the video produced with these will have a significant crop. The resulting footage has a very wide angle feel.

While many of the Magic Lantern faithful are flocking to try out the new features, it is worth noting that this feature is only available on the nightly experimental builds. The experimental builds are the ones that are not guaranteed to be stable as the team is still testing it and fixing bugs. Normal end users will want to wait until the final build is released, which will be much more stable and refined. If you are one of those who just can’t wait to give it a try you can download the most recent experimental build here. I will warn you to make sure you read the documentation carefully before trying this out for yourself.

(via Canon Rumors)

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