Raw video has been all the rave and with magic lantern, we can use raw video with the cameras we have. While it may not be the best setup, I'll talk about that in a minute, It's a great way to learn skills you would need for Raw video shooting. Before I begin to talk about my review, I'd suggest you check out my video of some shots I got with RAW video bellow.
About the Video
Above Video Camera Settings;
So for the above video this was my workflow;
So I got my 2 minutes and 18 seconds of footage and using RAWMagic converted it to .DNG files. The RAW files were 2.68GB, which is 1.23 GB per minute. So a 16GB card could roughly record 13 minutes of footage. That may sound like a lot but it isn't horrible for RAW recording. (It's due to the lower resolution which I used 1024x440) Then once it was converted to .DNG it took up 3.06 GB and the same space as ProRes out of Davinci. I then color corrected and graded in FCPX.
The Actual Review
So the RAW footage definitely has more Dynamic Range. However it has much more noise than footage from H.264. Which could be the reason for the Color Grading being about the same as Cinestyle. It also has roughly the same detail as the H.264 mode, however this may also be due to the noise. Another drawback is that it crops into the sensor. This is a bit annoying so If you plan to make any significant amount of videos with it, you will need wide lenses. Another thing is that once and awhile it will have some odd purplish or other color flicker or digital artifacts, so you have been warned. So while it's not something you'll want to use daily due to the massive files or use on a professional shoot because of lower resolution, more noise, and digital artifacts, it's a great tool to learn more about RAW Workflow and get better at color correcting so that one day when you get to a project you want to shoot with a RED Epic or Blackmagic Cinema Camera, You'll know how to handle the files already.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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