More ML – Magic Lantern Updates

ML - Magic Lantern has been an ongoing software mod for the Canon 5D Mark II & now Canon T2i / 550D. Here's a video from Vimeo member Moira O'Brien showing off some of the latest mods some DSLRs lacked in it's release. Lots of cool tools thrown in that not even Canon's latest T3i has, but keep in mind that this modifies the camera's original design (not permanently).

When running the ML software on your camera, you're asking it to do things it wasn't originally designed to do. Is it safe? I've never heard any complaints, i've never head of any cameras failing because of the Software, but the T2i was notorious for over heating issues on short recordings. One thing I don't think i've ever recalled seeing is a temp gauge as part of Magic Lantern's features. As always, you do this on your own risk.

I personally am no longer using Magic Lantern software just because it didn't fit into the work flow. When it was first released, the software needed to remain on the media card (or all the cards you are using) in order to boot up from it. This means you can't quickly format your cards. I do totally support the Magic Lantern idea, I think it's awesome and it's developers like these that give more ideas to the Manufacturers about how they need to step up their game, and add these new features to future models. These types of mods changed the way people saw the Panasonic GH1. In fact, ML was out before Canon released a firmware update for the 5D Mark II to add manual audio levels. We'll just have to wait and see how many more of these other ML features are implemented into newer cameras.





16 thoughts on “More ML – Magic Lantern Updates

  1. Joseph

    Hey Emm, I just updated my Magic Lantern and I wanted to let you know there's this new nifty little feature they added where you could format the card (in-camera) and keep Magic Lantern on it at the same time! Just thought i'd let you know!

  2. New generation cameras should be compatible with 3th party plug-ins, just like our softwares. So no more risk, no more hack.

  3. Randy

    The video shows ML for the 5d not the T2i. The T2i ML firmware has a different look. But it's great software that turns the T2i into a professional video camera with zebras, manual audio with levels, peaking, waveform, and a host of other features. I've been using it for about three months with no problem. It's an awesome upgrade for the T2i.

  4. Emm

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    @Kevin - Thanks. It's not part of my workflow, could be for some people. I have several camera bodies that I swap media around to and I don't usually format in PC. Manual audio and 24fps was the big deal when ML came out. Those were addressed with the new cameras + firmware for 5D, 60D, T3i. Reasons i'm not shooting on T2i, so ML doesn't work out for me right now.

  5. Kevin

    Take 2 minutes out of your day and put the software on all the cards you have, when you reformat the cards after transfer, you are still on a computer and just redrag the files over again.

  6. Emm

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    @GW - You have to make sure you have it on your card(s). If you happen to need another card, you need to make sure the card is configured with the software to work.

  7. where can i download this software? for the t2i does anyone have a direct link, how diffrent is the on screen format i have a gig in a few days and i dont want a toatally diffrent look when i turn on my camera?

  8. Yeah, the temp gauge is there but i haven't had any problems with overheating running Magic lantern. Granted i have only ever run into over heating problems two times on my camera and both were pre magic lantern. as far as formatting cards you can use the delete all pictures option in the canon menu. This will remove all of the pictures and videos but leave all over files in tact. I use this method when shooting for a long day.

    I am a huge fan of magic lantern, now i get usable audio, focus assist, headphone monitoring, false color, and all other manner of highly advanced features in such a cheap little package.

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