How To Shoot RAW Video On Your Canon 5D2, 5D3 or 6D

After spending most of the morning sifting through the Magic Lantern forums, I’ve figured out how to install Magic Lantern on my Canon 5D Mark II (note that it is the II, not the III). As far as I know, the process is identical for all three cameras.

1) Make sure you have the up-to-date official firmware on your camera (2.1.2 for the 5D2 available here).

2) Copy the official firmware files to an CF card, and use the “Firmware Update” function in the menu to update it.

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3) Download the latest Magic Lantern complete module for your camera model from here.

4) Unzip the Magic Lantern file. Copy ONLY the “5D2-212.fir” file to the root directory of the CF card. Do NOT put it in the camera yet.

5) Download the latest RAW build from here.

6) Unzip that build file. You’ll see an “autoexec.bin” file and an “ML” folder. Copy BOTH to the root directory of the CF card. The CF card root directory should like like this.

ml folder

7) Now, put the CF card in the camera, and run the “Firmware Update” again. Follow the onscreen instructions. If all goes well, you’ll eventually see a screen with green text saying that you can restart your camera now. Go ahead and turn it off, and then back on.

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8) Now, press the button on the camera that has the trash can icon on it. This will open up the Magic Lantern interface. Pretty impressive, eh?

9) Scroll all the way to the right to the “M” tab, and click “Load modules now.” You’ll see “raw_rec” pop up at the bottom.

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10) Now scroll back to the video camera tab, and click on “RAW video.”

11) Turn Live View on, to enable the rest of the functions. Set the width and height to your desired resolution (your maximum resolution will depend on the camera model and speed of your CF card).

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12) Click on “Start.” You’re now recording!

13) When you’re ready to stop recording, click the trash can button again to see the menu, and click on “Start.”

That’s it! Now you have a RAW video file on your Canon DSLR. You’ll need to repeat this process with each CF card that you want to use with Magic Lantern.

14) Once you’re done shooting, you’ll need the “Raw2DNG” app to convert the RAW files to DNG files (which are actually a sequence of still images). Here is the app for Mac, and here is the app for Windows.

15) The DNG files can be imported into either Photoshop (where you can adjust the RAW settings, and then export an image sequence which can be imported into your editing software of choice) or After Effects, where you can work on the files directly and – if you wish – export them as ProRes for use in other programs. If you import the sequence into your editing software, be sure to set Preferences -> General -> Still Frame Duration: 1 Frame

NOTE: There are a number of “gotchas” right now. I spent the whole morning carefully shooting scenics, only to get an error message from Raw2DNG that meant that none of the files could be used. D’oh! Since then, the developers have fixed that bug (but others may crop up). Also, the faster your card, the better your results. My SanDisk Extreme 60 MB/s cards were only borderline successful (lots of dropped frames), but my Lexar 1000x cards worked perfectly.

  37 comments for “How To Shoot RAW Video On Your Canon 5D2, 5D3 or 6D

  1. May 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    This is the best guide in the web for canon 5d mark 2. Thank you so much!!!

    • seeker
      June 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      thumbs up

  2. Aslak
    May 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hi!
    Where did you find the link to download the raw build? I’ve got the 500d and can’t find any downloads to it where raw is mentioned. Some work have been done on it, so I’d loved to find a build giving the 500d raw module.

  3. May 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Excellent article, will give this a go at work tomorrow.

    Thanks!

  4. Chancho
    June 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hi thanks for all the info. I wanted to ask you where do you install the raw_rec.mo file. Is there an special folder for those?

    TKS.

  5. June 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Hi I just upgraded to magic lantern and wanted to start shooting raw. I came across your really nice post. I have an issue. my screens are not the same as yours. I dont have those options. I did the V2.3. Can you help me out with this. I would really appreciate it.

    Regards,

    Nouman Akhtar

  6. evan
    June 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi, thanks for the post. I am new to after effects. Do you know of a quick tutorial explaining how to go from dng to prores/mov?

  7. 5mk begin
    June 25, 2013 at 5:29 am

    where are the help files for this build or will they be available?

  8. PAulo
    July 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Does this firmware works with the 60d?

  9. federico
    July 24, 2013 at 2:35 am

    HELP!
    I installed ML many times already, but there’s no way to find the M (Module) menu and the overall look of the ML menu is completely different from the image shown here.

    Although, I haven’t understand how to install the raw_rec.mo.
    Should I manually move to a folder on my CF card?

    My firmware version: 2.1.2-ml-v2.3. There’s no “NEXT” written there.

    I spent days and days on that!
    I would really appreciate your help.

    Thanks,

    F

    • August 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      NEXT is only ava on nightly builds, try the lastest one without change in file size, ie if size goes 6,6.2,6.2,6.3, get the 6.2,but newest!

    • bart
      August 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

      I’ve the same problem

  10. seb
    August 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

    idem, im exactly the same problem : no module module on canon 5d mark ii; PLEASE HELP US 🙂

  11. Lennon
    October 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

    can some one please do an update to this for Date: 2013-10-11 09:10:09 +1100 build, i am really confused trying to work with the new build when all the forums are on the old build! some one please help me.

    or just link me to a new forum that will help me resolve this issue please!

  12. hwy29
    October 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this guide, it’s helped a ton! Just a quick questions…when you set your resolution, is there a way to pick resolutions other than the preset numbers? For instance, can you choose a 1800 x 900 frame? I’ve read all over the ML forum and still can’t figure it out. Thanks for any insight into this.

  13. ali adli
    November 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I dont understand why it is so difficult to make such a step sby step explanation. and even not on ML website. I spend days searching for activating or installing raw capability to my 5d mark ii. Thank you very much…

    • efi
      November 15, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Browse through the ML menu until you see ‘MODULES’ -> then go down to raw_rec and turn that on. After which you can enable raw video under ‘MOVIE’ -> raw video (it’ll now appear)

      Of course, after adding the Module, you gotta reboot the camera then you’ll see it appear under Movie.

      Hope this helps.

  14. November 18, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Best guide in the net.
    I also use a Canon 5D Mark 2 It all works very well. The only problem is that I may no longer 1920 but only 1880 record width. I use a SanDisk Extreme 60MB / s How do the work for you? Could you get with a faster card a higher resolution size?

  15. ravikumar
    January 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    i have installed magic lantern for my cannon 5D mark ii on 16GB sandisk extreme CF card 60MB/s ,its working fine able to do all operations,now i want to record raw video on this camera for that i have following questions
    1)to record raw video i bought 32 GB sandisk extreme pro 150mb/s write speed since already magic lantern installed in camera what will be the options?
    instal raw module and update firmware?
    2)if i boot from this new CF card magic firmware what happens?
    3)if i install camera raw files on this firmware and boot form new card should i upgrade firmware? or camera will recognise and boot with new features?ie raw recording

  16. Chris
    January 20, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Hey,

    I installed it how you said. It all went well. But when I load modules I get an error and I cant select the raw option or anything for that matter.

    Am running 5dmk2 2.1.2 ml v2.3 NEXT

    error states:
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    tcc: error: undefined symobol ‘ edmac?memcpy_res_lock’
    [E] failed to link moduels

    Anyone come across this? I might just try installing a fresh copy again of ML and start the whole process to see how it goes.

    I dont need the nightly build for this do I?? Before I put the raw one one?

    Cheers

    Chris.l

  17. chris
    January 20, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Yeah that fixed it. Reformat in camera then wipe all ML off card on pc and repeat the process.
    I think cause I had some nightly build files on there once and went back to stable 2.3 thats where the issues was. cheers.

  18. Pete
    February 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I’m lost. I’ve gone through all these steps 5 times and can’t seem to figure this out. I have do “Models” mode and no option for “Raw video: start.”

    • Alexander
      February 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Sounds like the Magic Lantern interface has been changed since this post was written. As long as you can boot your camera into Magic Lantern, the hard part is done … Now, it’s just a matter of exploring the menus. The official ML forums should be able to fill you in on that info.

    • Brooks
      October 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Did you figure this issue out? I am in the same problem.

  19. Bianca
    April 2, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Hi, on the 6th step you show how the card directory should look. That means you have to delete the firmware update from before, right? When I do this the camera says that no update is found, to check my card and battery. My batteries are 100%charged so this is not the problem. Or should I keep the update also? I am with a 6D and 16GB SD card. Thank you.

  20. Shazi
    June 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks Bro,it really worked for me

    5d2

  21. November 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I do not understand why I cannot find he Module tab in my Magic Lantern software. The last tab I see in the ML menu is the Help tab. I don’t understand why everyone else see’s the Module tab.

    I am running Firmware Ver. 2.1.2-mlv2.3
    on my Canon 5DMark2

    • JoelC
      January 8, 2016 at 4:40 am

      I have a tab with 4 little squares, which seems to be the same as the M tab

  22. December 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This is a great tutorial! However the links in step 14 are broken 😉

  23. JoelC
    January 8, 2016 at 4:39 am

    it worked for me, only using the magic lanturn files (not using the build files). My question is, why do you have to do this for each card? Once it’s all installed on the camera shouldn’t it be fine to just throw in any card?

    • Alexander
      January 8, 2016 at 4:56 am

      ML doesn’t actually install into the camera … The camera boots it up off the CF card. So, if it isn’t on the CF card, the camera won’t have access to it.

  24. September 15, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    These instructions are not correlating to my version of magic lantern on my 5dmk2. I’m running v2.3.5d2.212 and There is no “M” Tab where I can “Load Modules”. There is no tab with “4 little Squares”. In fact, There are no tabs that show a setting saying, “Load Modules” anywhere. I scrolled through all the tabs. Nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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