CinemArt Color Grading Reel 14-bit ML RAW in details

Today published my Color Grading Reel on their website which is created from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Magic Lantern RAW. I described all the process in postproduction so maybe all of you who will like to use 14-bit RAW in your work will find it interesting.
The current market is changing rapidly. We are witnessing the large increase in the arrival of the new and excellent cinema cameras. Going through the comments online I saw that everyone wanted to know whether DSLR cameras steel have their place under the sun. In short, I will try to express my own experiences in working with the RAW format.
This is our Color Grading Reel, based upon Canon EOS 5D Mark III 14-bit ML RAW format which enabled amazing opportunities in color grading.
edited/color graded by: Slaven Blagsic
filmed by: Cinemart team
You can see for yourself how much it could be used from the each video.
Despite the existing disadvantages there are two reasons why I always like to work with DSLRs. The first reason is, of course, the possibility for RAW shooting and the other reason is the form factor. Its small weight and dimensions during filming provide us with the fast movement and availability for changing positions, when such work is required.
Filming and working with RAW is much more demanding, but isn’t it so with the Red cameras as well and filmmakers still love it? :)
RAW requires much more work in post production, however it pays off at the end.
The difference between the classic and Magic Lantern RAW filming is huge. RAW contains much more information that provides better dynamic range, 14-bit colors, excellent correction and high picture sharpness, generally saying; a professional work in each feature project.
What it is important and rather rare, even on high-end cinema cameras, is the possibility of DSLR for the internal recording on the CF card. Although, they must be very fast cards with minimal speed of 1000x.
The latest versions of Magic Lantern allow sound recording and as such, provides easier synchronization with the sound taken from the outside sound recorder.
There are many methods available but the Magic Lantern Raw workflow I use is the following:
I convert .mlv file from the camera with mlv_dump or MLVMystic. Later on, I import it to After Effects (at this point, if you wish, you can go directly to DaVinci Resolve instead of After Effects).
During importing I use basic color correction with Camera Raw, and in Project Settings set color to 16-bit, then export to ProRes 4444.
Next I import to Premiere, synchronize with PluraEyes and edit, then export XML to DaVinci Resolve.
At this point the complete color grading is done. After this is finished I export XML and then again import to Premiere. I use stabilization as necessary, further edit in After Effects and Premiere and then export the final version of the video. All After Effects edits or similar are done after DaVinci Resolve, of course, because it is not supported by the XML.
If you are not familiar with the usage of the DaVinci Resolve the entire processes could be simplified by Color Grading in excellent Red Giant Colorista II in Premiere or in your favorite NLE.
Hopefully this way I managed to inspire you to try to include DSLR RAW filming into your projects and enjoy the possibilities of the Color Grading :)
Videographer Slaven Blagsic
Rijeka, Croatia


Only registered users can leave comments. Sign up or Sign in