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Published on Jul 5, 2013
In this comparison we push the 5Dmkii to it's limits in terms of high ISO and low light/no light situations to see what difference there is from the standard H.264 codec when compared to the 14-bit RAW mode made available by Magic Lantern(ML) as a firmware addon. 14 bit color is great for grading, but what about when there is little to no light? The results were surprising. The H.264 codec turned our footage into mush and detail completely disappeared. The Magic Lantern addon on the other hand, showed remarkable detail for such harsh filming conditions.
We learned shooting in 5X crop mode makes achieving smooth pans very difficult, as it essentially gave our normal 50mm lens a long telephoto FOV! Another interesting note is the apparent gamma shift that occurred when converting H264 with Apple Compressor to ProRes.
We shot at ISO 3200 on the 5Dmkii Ziess Prime 50mm f1.4 shot wide open No Noise Reduction was used The ML footage was left as is in ProRess 4444 The H264 was converted to match the ML format Shots were dropped into a ProRes 4444 timeline Final file uploaded to Youtube as ProRess 4444