December 12, 2017 at 7:53PM


ML with Canon t3i. RAW or no?

Pretty new to Cinematography. Starting off learning simple lighting by just taking stills. With advice from other users on this site and some common sense, I decided to invest more in lenses instead of buying what little money I had on an expensive body. So I purchased a Canon t3i because someone suggested installing Magic Lantern would "open it up to a new world of possibilities". After installing ML and having done a few experimental photo shoots for friends and family, I realize I'm not getting the RAW files (usually shown as .CR2) even though I shot in RAW+JPG. All my photos come up as .JPG. Before purchasing the camera (and installing ML) I didn't see any mentions of this being an issue. I've done forum/google searches today and NOW I'm seeing that there are some limitations using ML on t3i but I still don't get it. In camera it shows my photos as being around 23-25MB. When importing to my computer I only see the JPGs at around 5-7 MB.
What am I doing wrong? Is it even worth using ML anymore if I want to practice lighting and grading? Thanks in advance for any advice

*My sd card is a
10 class
80 MB/s


You ought to be getting both even with Magic Lantern. I have ML on my EOS-Ms so I'm in similar territory. Will you actually be post processing photos? If you are not then don't worry about RAW. If you might be, then shoot in RAW perhaps don't bother with jpeg. You will get jpegs out when you batch process at the end anyhow (assuming you use Canon's software). If you are storing on Google Photos, then store them up there in RAW, Google handles them just fine.

RAW is great because you can adjust white balance, change contrast and lots of other functions that i haven't found yet.

ML is great because it gives you focus peaking and all sorts of aids that your camera doesn't have (and my hint to Canon is, should have). Not got into RAW video but I have used the anamorphic tools.

Look at getting picture profiles onto your camera. I have one that is optimised for getting it right first time without post but I also have Cinestyle and Marvel which are both flat profiles for video. Cinestyle is great as there are LUTs to convert to film looks and other things.

December 13, 2017 at 7:48AM

Julian Richards
Film Warlord

I'm a big fan of Cinestyle myself!!!! I'd recommend it, I was a bit nervous to put ML on my camera haha. Cinestyle was easy to put on and has worked well for me.

Molly Kath Lewis

December 26, 2017 at 2:38PM

I do want to practice post processing my photos which is why I chose RAW+JPEG to shoot. Jpeg in case some of the photos look good as is and I want to keep them.

Problem is I am not getting the RAW photos on my computer. I am using a mac and simply insert my SD card into the reader and import using the Photos app. Maybe it's because I am not using Canon software to import the photos? Before installing Magic Lantern the RAW photos would show up just find within the Photos App.

Thanks for responding Julian

December 13, 2017 at 7:11PM


Had a think about this. CR files are proprietary Canon aren't they? If your Mac isn't set to handle them then they won't show up. The Mac hasn't a clue what they are. I think that you have to use the Canon software or at least install what you need to for the Mac to know what they are.

Julian Richards

December 19, 2017 at 5:49AM

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