The EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide

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

Written entirely by Andrew Reid as if one-to-one consultation – absolutely no guest or ghost writing – the EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide is an indispensable book for filmmakers. In the book I guide you through the emerging world of raw video on the 5D Mark III.

  • Suitable for beginners through to advanced users.
  • Harness the power of raw with clear expert advice every step of the way through 12 chapters and 106 pages
  • A permanent reference and only the relevant info all in one place. No need to search a forum or Google for it.
  • E-book, instant delivery – a high resolution digital book with clear layout and interactive chapter navigation.
  • Immediately delivered – no need to wait for snail mail.
  • Professionally photographed and illustrated throughout.

In the book I also cover brand new workflows such as direct editing of Canon raw in Premiere and complete guides on how to use newly developed software such as RawMagic, Ginger, Rawanizer and GoPro CineForm converter, for both Mac and Windows users.

For highlights of the book, sample pages and full contents scroll down…

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Highlights include

  • EOSHD’s recommended settings for raw video
  • Completely new Magic Lantern installation guide for optimally enabling raw video on your 5D Mark III
  • Performance enhancements and tweaks
  • Editing 5D Mark III raw video directly in Adobe Premiere without transcoding
  • Anamorphic shooting advice and aspect ratio cheat-sheet
  • Kodak, Fuji and Alexa film looks for Resolve
  • Guide to 1:1 crop mode and continuous 3.5K raw timelapse recording in video mode (without mechanical shutter)
  • Overcrank 48p / 50p / 60p for beautiful raw slow-mo
  • Going beyond 1080p resolution at 24fps
  • A guide to recommended software and downloads
  • Comprehensive workflow guides including -
    • Cinema DNG uncompressed raw
    • CineForm compressed raw
    • Native Canon raw
    • ProRes
    • LOG conversion and grading
    • Applying LUTs in Resolve and more…
  • Creative advice including -
    • Advice on applying raw to your specific kind of filmmaking
    • Raw shooting and cinematography guides by Andrew Reid
  • Technical subjects expertly explained for readers of all experience levels -
    • Understanding data rates and a buyer’s guide to Compact Flash cards
    • Technical glossary, trouble-shooting, sample videos and FAQ
    • Gain an understanding technical subjects with upmost clarity

Look inside the book

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Full content listing

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.

  • 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

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.

  • Introduction / advantages
  • System and software requirements
  • Converting to CineForm

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
  • Rec.709 to Canon LOG
  • Alexa film look
  • 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.

  • Benchmarking your card
  • Card buyer’s guide

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