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Magic Lantern enables Canon EOS 50D raw video output

By dpreview staff on May 28, 2013 at 19:15 GMT

Camera feature modifier Magic Lantern has piqued interest in the now five-year-old Canon EOS 50D by enabling video recording on this previously stills-only camera. The development work is still in early stages, but a user has posted raw video footage at 1592 x 720 resolution at 24p. The EOS 50D was announced less than a month before the ground-breaking EOS 5D Mark II, but offered no video recording capability.

Early reports of the camera's video output point towards potentially impressive low light performance. In addition, the EOS 50D has the feature set and handling of an enthusiast DSLR, which makes it stand out even against current EOS novice-oriented video-capable models. Of course, since the 50D did not include video capability, it provides no audio recording or input port. You'll need an external setup to record sound. Users attracted by the low cost of a used 50D must also take into account that recording video requires very fast CF cards, which are themselves expensive.

In addition to Magic Lantern's usual warning that its software has been created by reverse engineering and cannot be guaranteed 100% safe, we stress that Canon never intended the EOS 50D to record video at all. Issues of heat buildup could potentially pose significant risk for those who choose to enable this functionality.

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Total comments: 36
khambu53
By khambu53 (11 months ago)

can anyone tell me what this is all about??I know it's about 50D and magic lantern's magic thingy....but what would I need to shoot video with my 50D??software???hardware??firmware upgrade???

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

Firmware update from ML.

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MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (11 months ago)

Ha, ha new that the 50D could do video right from the start. I had to open the cabinet for some reason. I saw there where hardware prepartions for videorecording. Canon is not the only one with hardware/software limiting their camera's. The 5D Mk II was the last one I bought Canon. Thank you

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MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (11 months ago)

Any info of audio recording because there's no mic (hardware missing).

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

No audio.

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pulsar123
By pulsar123 (11 months ago)

The article is somewhat misleading. Magic Lantern added video capability to 50D long time ago (probably more than a year ago; I did some shooting with my Samyang 8mm fisheye - pretty cool). Compressed video could be shot all the way up to 1080/30p. It is the RAW video recording which is the news.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

Hence the big news headline:

"Magic Lantern enables Canon EOS 50D raw video output"

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LJ - Eljot
By LJ - Eljot (11 months ago)

Why did they use a Nikon Lens for the video?

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (11 months ago)

aperture control? better manual focus?

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Deorum
By Deorum (11 months ago)

Great an option for my 1ds3 too, would be great!

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mugupo
By mugupo (11 months ago)

Price of 50d is been going up almost $500 now.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (11 months ago)

How much would it cost to purchase this add on product?

Is it offered FREE?

Serious video consumers can buy new video featured DSLR's for around $400 these days...

...and still keep their warm 50D's by their side.

.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

>>Serious video consumers can buy new
>>video featured DSLR's for around $400 these days...

Not ones that are capable of 14-bit RAW video, they can't. Not in this universe.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

And yes, it's FREE.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (11 months ago)

1D Mark III .. that would be interesting. :) No sound too I think..

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makofoto
By makofoto (11 months ago)

Last week I sent my 50D in to be turned into an IR camera ... wonder what type of video footage I'm going to be able to get out of that package?!

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Araucaria
By Araucaria (11 months ago)

That could be something amazing. Let us know once you got it back. Anyway depends on the exposure time you need once they changed the camera. If you can take photos with 1/30s then you can also make videos, if you need longer times you can always make some fast timelapse with the silent shutter.

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Benarm
By Benarm (11 months ago)

For those of you who are using Magic Lantern, consider donating to them, Magic Lantern deserves it!

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Araucaria
By Araucaria (11 months ago)

Great, even the 5 years old 400$ worth 50d takes better video than my d800. Guess it's time to get some adapters for my nikkors and some used 50d.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (11 months ago)

Crack 6D and make it a 1D X? Could happen but Magic Lantern always focus on video. A 7D firmware update type improvement would be great.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

That's funny. What could they possibly do to a 6D to make it a 1DX? 6D is a toy compared to the 1D X,, it doesn't even have a CF slot

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jgardia
By jgardia (11 months ago)

Thank god it doesn't have a CF slot. I agree CF cards are faster than SD, but a broken pin is game over until it gets repaired.
Broken pins are so common that in the 5D mkIII they put the CF slot in a different board to make it easier to replace.
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/04/5d-iii-strip-tease

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macjonny1
By macjonny1 (11 months ago)

I think Magic Lantern is rockin' it lately. Bravo to organizations like this.

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rallyfan
By rallyfan (11 months ago)

This is interesting. I do wonder how much of a problem heat will be. Nice work though.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

This is like some urban legend,,,, dunno why it keeps coming up. Why would heat be a problem? All the processing is done in post,, that's kinda the point of RAW video.

Magic Lantern never overclock as far as I know,,,, so If anything the camera would run cooler.

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5inchfloppy
By 5inchfloppy (11 months ago)

The image processor was probably never designed for video capturing, so it might overheat in this case.

Probably similiar levels to when you do long exposure on bulb, but as it's constantly writing to the CF and purging the buffer, I'd imagine the heat would build up pretty quick.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

The image processor is the same as the one found in the 5DII, T3i & 60D,, it was designed to handle 14 bit RAW. Absolutely no reason whatsoever for this camera to heat up.

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new boyz
By new boyz (11 months ago)

14 bit RAW in 3 fps. If you ever record a video, DSLR heats up pretty fast. I'm far from saying this hack is useless, but there's a reason for a camera that was not designed for video to heat up in video mode. Maybe not the processor, but other things like heat sinks or whatever.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

"14 bit RAW in 3 fps"

Huh?

>>If you ever record a video, DSLR
>>heats up pretty fast.

Absolutely no reason this body will run hotter with this hack.

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RobertSigmund
By RobertSigmund (11 months ago)

My utter respect. Where can I still get this camera?

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makofoto
By makofoto (11 months ago)

eBay

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (11 months ago)

wait before getting to exited : the EOSHD users report serious frame dropping.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

Serious frame dropping at insane resolutions. Seriously,, a 5 year old, $400 camera producing 1280x960 and 1592x720 14-bit RAW video without dropping frames,,, that's completely mad,, anyone with brain #1 can see that.

This hack has been around a week,,, it's already amazing,,, give it time,,, it'll improve.

I sometimes think that if Canon gave everyone on this forum a gold brick for free,,, half of you losers would complain, genuinely upset, that your gold brick wasn't shiny enough.

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cordellwillis
By cordellwillis (11 months ago)

Well said Juck!

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (11 months ago)

Juck, it's too heavy!

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pulsar123
By pulsar123 (11 months ago)

Sorry, was double-post

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