October 28, 2015 at 4:21AM


Magic Lantern .RAW Video on Canon 7D

Hi All,

I'm a complete newbie to Magic Lantern but I wanted to have a go at filming some test footage in a .RAW video format.
I have the .RAW files but I'm confused as to what to do now? I've seen online that you have to convert them to .DNG's first in order to actually view your material? What are my options in terms of 3rd party software for this conversion?

To be honest, at the moment I'm losing faith a little bit. It seems like a ridiculously long winded process that I'm not entirely sure is worth while. Should I stick with it or scrap it?

Thanks in advance,



You can use a bunch of conversion apps, depending on what OS you have.
ML provides a program called raw2dng for this purpose. There are loads of other options on the ML forums: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?board=54.0

You can then even compress the DNG files to save space. I use this program: http://www.slimraw.com/ It pretty much halves the size of the raw data, keeping the full original quality and the files work in DaVinci and Premiere and, I guess, in everything else.

October 28, 2015 at 4:41PM

Ezi Seel

oh man, I would've killed for slimraw back when I was shooting TB's worth of 5D III raw. That's amazing.

Zack Wallnau

October 28, 2015 at 11:58PM, Edited October 28, 11:58PM

What?! I've never heard of SilmRaw thanks for the find. I'm still shooting 5D3 Raw and using many TB's. Moving to compressed raw on the red scarlet soon but this is killer for managing the 5D Raw as a good b-cam.

Josiah Duncan

October 29, 2015 at 11:47AM

Yes, it is awesome! But you are right, it is probably the industry's best kept secret, haha. I don't recall ever seeing it mentioned in an article. I found about it from a big thread on DVXuser. People there use it with raw from Sony FS cameras which they capture on Convergent Design recorders and apparently that sony DNG gets compressed down by SlimRaw even more.

Ezi Seel

October 29, 2015 at 12:58PM

I use MLV Mystic to convert them to DNGs - then I bring them into Davinci Resolve Lite (free) and use hunters LUT for Mkiii Raw. Export it to Apple pro res 4444 and hook the audio back up in post in Premiere. Its worth the time - the image quality is incredible

June 6, 2016 at 9:51AM

Brian Jackson

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