MagicLantern + EOS M Workflow

Hey, hello, hi all! Today I am going to walk through editing RAW video shot on my EOS M utilizing MagicLantern’s MLV App and also merging all the clips in Blender! Let’s get into the edits!

Importing Footage:
So, if you are a returning reader you may know that I use Chrome OS Flex now for all of my editing, the first step is to get all of the video footage from my SD Card into a folder accessible in Linux. So, first you need to select all of the .MLV files to copy and as you can see, there are a ton of files here. Small side note, always ignore the .IDX files, they have no purpose apart from temporary files for the camera and can be deleted.

I copied these all to a Linux video folder which for me took 4 minutes, but may take a lot longer depending on your SD Card speed. Now that the files are copied over, we can move on to importing!

Importing to MLV App:
2 of my files were broken, but it was just from the shutter firing when the camera was in video mode which I knew while shooting. Luckily I can just skip those and continue! Here are all the clips in MLV App:

Now I just go through and remove the duplicates and clips that didn’t turn out well! Also, sometimes I get clips like this… again, it happened during shooting so I knew the clip wouldn’t turn out:

I reduced the files and you can see by the scroll bar that it didn’t get rid of too many clips, but I do still have a lot that I’ll export in duplicate or in two directions to see what I like better in the final stages of edits.

Editing RAW:
Now it is time to edit the videos in their RAW form, get rid of RAW artifacts, and get rid of MagicLantern extra artifacts. I am at the first clip and ready to edit:

CLIP #1

I did a few minor tweaks on the first edits. An auto bad pixel fix and the Chroma which I’ll talk about more in a bit.

Next I adjusted exposure and contrast a bit to a less exposed image:

After a few more adjustments to the exposure I ended up with this:

CLIP #2
I want to demonstrate the importance of that Chroma Smoothing. Take a look at these red dots on this next clip:

Looks really bad but if I use the Chroma Smooth to 3×3 or 5×5, then it vanishes!

This is just a weird MagicLantern artifact but luckily easily resolvable. I ended up with this after a bit of exposure editing:

CLIP #3
This next clip I already edited but I want you to look really close at the dandelion seeds and you’ll see another minor artifact. There are different coloured dots that I have to resolve. This is the best I could get it too and it will look a better once exported…

CLIP #7
I skipped a few clips since I didn’t really do much to them, but this flower I wanted to share because I was happy with how it came out!

CLIP #9
For this next clip I took down the highlights and here is a before & after! It doesn’t look like a ton but is just enough of a difference to make a difference.

Of course I am doing very similar stuff to these clips, so I’m going to skip around a bit to any extra edits or longer edits.

CLIP 18
This is a more aggressive focus dot correction. It isn’t too obvious unless you see the side by side and you really see how many little artifacts there were. Honestly crazy how much it can eliminate!

Lost count:
This clip was upsetting since a bird got really close while I was capturing this flower, but I didn’t focus fast enough as it flew 😦

CAUTION:
At this point, I am very upset to say that MagicLantern didn’t save my work which was not a small amount… So, I’ll be spending a chunk of time to catch up and unfortunately that means the end of this post will probably be pretty rushed (sorry). Definetly double check the file in a seperate file manager before exiting. It seems that MLV App told me the file saved when really there was no save 😦

After a LOT of edits, I finished the MLV edits and am exporting the 51 clips I kept. For me it’ll take 2 hours, but you get to skip right to the next section 🙂

Into Blender we go!

I started the edit in Blender with a simple pan to the dandelion seeds… It then switches to a slow focus onto the same dandelion slightly closer. I wanted to use a screened transition and downloaded this spark vid. If you want to use any of this stock footage, click on the image.

I brought this clip into blender and made it green to match the footage:

I screened black background out to get this over the footage:

I then transitioned with fades into this clip of a bee:

Oh! Before I move on, I want to mention that I modified Blender a bit with some keybinds and quick fades using the PowerSequencer Add-On. This just let’s me scale the clips better, move them around without calculating on each axis. Also adds some convenient keybinds. Anyways, on with the edit!

I added another stock transition to the next clip, although I am still debating whether I like this one…

I worked with it for a bit and think I’ll keep it, at least for now… Instead of screening it I used a soft light and dialed back the opacity and it seems better.

The next clip I just used a simple quick-fade:

It cuts of quickly to work with the music and I also just faded the clip out. I did the same for these next two clips to build up to the climax in the music.

I transitioned into the cymbal crash with this bokeh and a somewhat hidden quick fade.

I continued adding clips with quick fades and got to the next “special clip” with a screened lens flare through branches…

The flowers in the back are frozen from a shaky video… I then transitioned this from the bright sun into a leaf of the same branched bush/tree.

I did some fade shifting between clips here with some flowers in some grass…

I made the clips get as wild as possible for the absolute song climax into the full cut to purple flowers…

This clip had a focus rack which I further used to transition…

I added some gamma fades and more fades to the next few clips and this overlay with a cool yellow flower:

Honestly, at this point I was kinda cramming a clips to make the music matched up after I shortened it… I didn’t want the video to be too long. The last few clips were fast moving fades:

I finally ended with these two trees in a clip fading slowly…

Now time to export… and this is probably going to be slow since I thought exporting in 5k was a great idea 😮‍💨

I exported in 5040 x 2160 which is just under a standard 5k screen at 5120 x 2160.

Here goes the export:

Final Video!

Conclusion:
I hoped you enjoyed seeing my process of editing MagicLantern RAW footage. I really love the things that MagicLantern open up for me and love the company supporting such a wide range of editing OS’s MLV App supports including Chrome OS via Linux which they specifically test MLV App on too! This is the first video I’ve shot using only MagicLantern without interlaced footage from my Pixel! The team at MagicLantern is working on a version for the EOS 250d and I am super excited for that mostly since that camera’s 24mp sensor would be awesome with MagicLantern and give it a HUGE video upgrade. Anyways, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

-Digital Wonders & Smiles

Published by Digital Wonders and Smiles

I am a photographer, writing a photography blog here on WordPress. I am based in the USA and take photos in my hometown. I also occasionally travel both domestically and internationally and write photoblog posts and make videos about these trips! On my blog, I cover everything from mobile photography to dslr photography to photography techniques for anyone!

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