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The EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw
Shooter’s Guide
By Andrew Reid

First Edition

A guide to recording cinematic raw video on the 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern

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Index
TIP: If you are reading this book on an electronic device, you may click or touch the
chapter heading to go to that page.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Enabling Raw Video
Chapter 3 - Recording Raw Video
Chapter 4 - Recommended settings
Chapter 5 - Recommended software and editing codecs
Chapter 6 - CineForm raw workflow
Chapter 7 - Uncompressed Cinema DNG raw workflow
Chapter 8 - ProRes / Ginger / After Effects
Chapter 9 - Kodak, Fuji and Alexa film looks for Resolve
Chapter 10 - Suitable Compact Flash cards
Chapter 11 - Raw shooting advice from Andrew Reid
Chapter 12 - Cinematography advice from Andrew Reid
Appendix A - EOSHD articles and sample videos
Appendix B - Technical glossary
Appendix C - Troubleshooting and FAQ
Appendix D - Disclaimers

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Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
An introduction to the world of raw recording with Magic Lantern and the 5D Mark III.








Welcome to the book
New 5D Mark III specifications with raw enabled
Magic Lantern: liberators
Advantages of raw
Types of filmmaking suited to raw
Understanding raw

Chapter 2 - Enabling Raw Video
Practical advice so you can begin shooting raw video on the 5D Mark III immediately.








Preparing your 5D Mark III
Preparing your Compact Flash card for raw recording
Installing Magic Lantern - Step 1
Installing Magic Lantern - Step 2
Installing Magic Lantern - Step 3
Activating the raw recording module

Chapter 3 - Recording Raw Video
A guide to making use of raw video and exploiting the full extent of the feature.









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Changing resolutions and frame rates
Aspect ratios
Higher resolutions than 1080p (2k to 3.5k)
What are the maximum continuous recording times?
Understanding data rates
What is crop mode?
Playback and file manager

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Chapter 4 - Recommended settings
This chapter contains my most frequently used reliable and interesting settings for shooting
raw video on the 5D Mark III.









Introduction
Recommended settings
Optimizing performance
Slow-motion 48p / 50p / 60p
1:1 crop mode
Anamorphic aspect ratios
Movie tweaks menu

Chapter 5 - Recommended software and editing codecs
Canon raw video files usually require converting to an editable raw format. Here’s an
introduction to which formats you can use to edit raw.








Summary of software requirements
List of recommended software
Standard DNG uncompressed raw
Cinema DNG uncompressed raw
CineForm compressed raw
Compatibility with editing software

Chapter 6 - CineForm raw workflow
CineForm saves huge amounts of storage space but maintains the advantages of a raw
workflow. This chapter deals with how to use it.





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Introduction / advantages
System and software requirements
Converting to CineForm

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Chapter 7 - Uncompressed Cinema DNG raw workflow
For maximum image quality you can edit uncompressed raw in DaVinci Resolve and other
applications (such as Adobe After Effects) which support Cinema DNG (but not Adobe
Premiere).







Introduction / advantages
System and software requirements
Converting to Cinema DNG on a Mac
Converting to Cinema DNG on a PC
Getting started with Cinema DNG in DaVinci Resolve

Chapter 8 - ProRes / Ginger / After Effects
For alternative ways of processing your raw footage - conversion to ProRes does not allow
grading of raw on-the-fly but maintains a high level of image quality and a codec which is
compatible with almost any editing software. Ginger allows direct editing of 5D Mark III raw
clips in Premiere via a plugin but it is in the early stages of development.




Convert to ProRes in After Effects
Ginger for native raw clip editing in Premiere and After Effects

Chapter 9 - Kodak, Fuji and Alexa film looks for Resolve
LUTs are common film industry tools for giving raw footage a certain look and feel. Along
with a selection of carefully crafted cinematic looks, this chapter deals with how to use them
in DaVinci Resolve.








What is a LUT?
Recommended software and format requirements
Kodak & Fuji film looks by Juan Melara
Rec.709 to Canon LOG
Alexa film look by Hunter Richards
Applying a LUT in Resolve

Chapter 10 - Suitable Compact Flash cards
Raw recording on the 5D Mark III is extremely demanding on Compact Flash card
performance and capacities. In this buyer’s guide I look at which ones work, and which
don’t.




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Benchmarking your card
Card buyer’s guide

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Chapter 11 - Raw shooting advice by Andrew Reid
With raw shooting the DSLR video rulebook has changed. Here I look at shooting
techniques and how to shoot better looking raw footage.











Be economical with your footage and ‘edit in camera’ like John Ford
Prioritize shadow or highlight areas
Avoid too much highlight recovery in post
Ignore the native ISO
Shoot at these ISOs for best results...
Experiment with crop-mode framing before selecting another lens
Don’t be shy about investing in Compact Flash cards and spare batteries
Stop down the lens when necessary
Try to avoid shooting handheld without a rig, avoid a complex rig

Chapter 12 - Cinematography advice by Andrew Reid











Drama in simplicity
Rule of thirds
Composition
Natural light
Tips from the Tree of Life cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC
Dead space
Color
Focus and depth of field
Location - not just a backdrop

Appendix A - EOSHD articles and sample videos
An index of articles and videos relevant to raw video on the 5D Mark III
Appendix B - Technical glossary
Commonly used jargon explained
Appendix C - Troubleshooting and FAQ
Common questions answered and problems solved
Appendix D - Disclaimers
Legal disclaimers from EOSHD, Magic Lantern and Canon

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About the author
Andrew Reid (silly pose, left) is a British
filmmaker based in Berlin, where he directs
his own personal film projects, music videos
and writes the popular blog about cameras EOSHD.com
As well as running EOSHD.com, Andrew has
written for DPReview.com, Mac User
magazine, Sound on Sound magazine and
EOSHD articles have been featured on
Gizmodo and Engadget.
I am pleased to bring you the third book in the EOSHD Shooter’s Guide series. Each book
so far has covered a subject I’m passionate in, be it the groundbreaking Panasonic GH2 or
the cinematic beauty of anamorphic lenses. Raw video on the 5D Mark III is no exception it’s an enormous breakthrough and an ingenious technical achievement by the Magic
Lantern developers and their community.
I’ve been using it a lot in my filmmaking, even though still early days. The 5D Mark III is the
first DSLR to shoot raw video and the first camera of any kind to offer raw video on a
photographic 35mm full frame sensor.
This book aims to bring you fully up to speed with the bleeding edge world of raw video on
the 5D Mark III. It will expand your technical knowledge on the subject and hopefully inspire
you creatively too.
Please do enjoy the book and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask myself and
the EOSHD community on my forum and at the Magic Lantern forum.
EOSHD Forum
http://www.eoshd.com/comments/forum/4-eoshd/

Magic Lantern forum
http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/

Cheers!
Andrew Reid, EOSHD.com

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Important advice
Please keep this document safe - a message from the author
EOSHD.com is one person. A large corporation can
absorb losses from piracy but I can’t. It has a personal
impact on my life and my filmmaking.

•Please do not pirate this book
•Please do not upload to your personal web server
•Please do not share with forum users
This book contains a digital stamp to identify the owner
and uploader. Please do not upload to a non-password
protected folder on your web server or webspace even for your own use.
This book is only available at http://www.eoshd.com/eoshd-5d-mark-iii-raw-shooters-guidepdf-book-download.
If you feel you have come by this document through a source other than EOSHD please
contact me at http://www.eoshd.com/contact or tweet me at https://twitter.com/EOSHD
Andrew Reid
EOSHD.com

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Chapter 1 - Introduction








Welcome to the book
New 5D Mark III specifications with raw enabled
Magic Lantern: liberators
Advantages of raw
Types of filmmaking suited to raw
Understanding raw

Welcome to the book
The Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern is the first full frame 35mm photo camera in the
world to shoot raw video.
Raw video on the 5D Mark III gives you the most cinematic image quality available in video
mode on any DSLR and far better than the stock Canon video mode. Raw recording (like
raw for stills photography) is an industry gold standard and the raw format is used on
cutting edge Hollywood cinema cameras like the Sony F65, Arri Alexa, RED Epic and
now.... the 5D Mark III.
This book has the emphasis on the 5D Mark III but you can also apply most of the
knowledge in this guide to the Canon 600D, 60D, 50D and 5D Mark II.

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