Magic Lantern Raw vs H264 and Random Thoughts on the BMPCC

My 2nd round of testing.


Since I will be getting a Black Magic Pocket Camera (BMPCC) soon, I need to learn more about shooting raw video and how I can take advantage of post processing the images.

First off let me tell you about my experience shooting raw with my Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern. Let me say while I have run many tests, I want to say I am no expert with it at this point, and I am still trying to figure out the best workflow in post since their a many ways to go. At the end I will tell you when I shoot raw and when I shoot h.264.

Now that I am using Davinci Resolve more I find myself wanting to really push the image to my will, and with ML raw and the new pocket camera I can start doing that as my grading skills get better.

Sharpness in the rocks is a big improvement, h.264 starts to look mushy after starring at raw for a while. But when you go for a close up the skin can look perhaps a little to detailed, but that really ok because within Resolve you can pull a fast key on just the skin and add a slight blur to it while keeping the eyes and everything else nice and sharp.

The real noticeable difference is when you really push and stretch the image, for instance here a shot with both somewhat similar settings and they both looks pretty good, but once you start to add saturation or really push the levels all over the place check out the banding above the mountains and look how the clouds are starting to fall apart image wise.

So you can push the image to make it look like the camera has more perceived dynamic range by stretching it, but even with raw you can only push it so far, but you can push more than the h.264. For me the new Black Magic Pocket Camera is very interesting because it appears with will have a nice wide dynamic range and it shoots raw or to a editing friendly codec like ProRes so can perhaps push the image even farther because of it’s actually larger dynamic range.

Love that I don’t need an external recorder for raw, within seconds I can switch between raw and h.264 without switch cards. But the question I am trying to figure out is when do I shot to either format? I think

Real estate video – yes.

Wedding video, probably not unless your in a high dynamic range shot.

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