When I was in middle school, I saved my pennies until I had enough money to buy a Gameboy. I played Tetris until I could close my eyes and see falling blocks. All the game graphics were gray/green monochrome, because that was the limitation of the technology. About 15 years later, my wife got a Gameboy Advance SP. It was billed as being backwards-compatible with original Gameboy games, so I dug out my old Tetris cartridge, and plugged it in. To my amazement, the falling blocks were in color! The programmers of that game put color data in the game code, even though they thought nobody would be able to see it.
The way I felt when I read that the Magic Lantern team had discovered a way to record RAW video from a Canon 5D Mark II reminded me of the way I felt when I saw those colored Tetris blocks. How is it possible that a five-year-old DSLR can have state-of-the-art functionality? It leaves me shaking my head in awed disbelief.
I didn’t spend a lot of time in disbelief, however. I immediately downloaded the Magic Lantern RAW module, shot some test footage, and decided to use it for a real project.
So, I did. Here’s what I learned.