Free Software on Your Camera
We present Magic Lantern, a free open software add-on for Canon DSLR cameras, that offers increased functionality aimed mainly at DSLR pro and power users. It runs alongside Canon’s own firmware and introduces to consumer-grade DSLRs features usually only found in professional high-end digital (cinema) cameras.
With downloads in excess of half a million and tens of thousands of registered users, Magic Lantern has become one of the largest examples of collaborative efforts of users hoping to get the most out of their devices… by hacking them. Being a free, open source non-commercial project developed by enthusiasts, Magic Lantern is not endorsed by Canon in any way. Apart from giving an introduction of the project and it’s collaborative structure, the talk will present a live demonstration of Magic Lantern, focusing mainly on DSLR video work, it’s challenges, and practical day-to-day use of the unique functionality offered by Magic Lantern, like RAW 2.5k 14 bit video recording and workflow, live audio monitoring, as well as display enhancements like focus peaking, zebras, histogram and waveform assist tools. Although the talk will focus on compatible Canon cameras, it will present a solid, practical overview for any user interested in both the positive and negative aspects of using modern DSLR cameras for professional video and cinematography work.
Speaker: Michael Zöller
Event: 30th Chaos Communication Congress [30c3] by the Chaos Computer Club [CCC]
Location: Congress Centrum Hamburg (CCH); Am Dammtor; Marseiller Straße; 20355 Hamburg; Germany
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