A friend of mine (thanks Nils) just sent me an email about a very interesting open source project – the Magic Lantern Canon 5D Mark II custom firmware (!!!). It is based on the 1.1.0 fw by Canon which recently enabled manual video controls. So what does it?
- On-screen audio meters
- Disabled AGC
- Manual gain control
- Zebra stripes (video peaking) [or what photographers call blinkies]
- Crop marks for 16:9, 2.35:1 and 4:3
To find out more follow this link: http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_Lantern_Firmware_Wiki or see a demo video under http://vimeo.com/5267475?pg=embed&sec=
Very cool, I think. If anybody tried it I would be eager to know more about it.
It is still public beta, you can download it here: http://www.osresearch.net/~hudson/magiclantern-0.1.2.zip
Keep the following in mind though [written by the authors of the custom firmware:
“THIS IS DANGEROUS AND MIGHT DAMAGE YOUR CAMERA. NO WARRANTIES. NO GUARANTEES. DO NOT TAUNT. IF IT BREAKS, YOU GET TO KEEP BOTH PIECES.
This software is not fully functional yet. The Err70 bug is still somtimes affecting recording while drawing to the screen.
Do not use this for production work: if you can’t deal with a lost take or dropped frame or other problem, you shouldn’t be running it!”
That’s it lads, ’till next time..