Magic Lantern now on T2i/ 550D and 60D coming…no sign of 7D yet.

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Tramm Hudson has been hard at work as there is now a Magic Lantern firmware hack for the baby brother of the Canon Video DSLR line.

He has given it the following features:

  • GUI menus: press the ERASE button to display them
  • Bit rate control (QScale parameter) for the H.264 encoder
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed / underexposed areas
  • Spotmeter, histogram
  • Cropmarks (16:9, Cinemascope, Fisheye)
  • Simple intervalometer
  • Trap Focus: camera takes a picture when something comes in focus
  • Wireless trigger with the LCD face sensor & your own hand
  • AE bracketing (like on 5D2 ML)
  • Rack focus
  • Stack focus (Live View only)
  • Lens data computation
  • Onscreen audio meters
  • Manual audio gain, selectable input source, disable AGC and digital filters
  • Display time remaining during video recording
  • Debug functions (display CMOS temperature, screenshot, logging)

WARNING: This is not pre-Alpha software and COULD damage your camera and invalidate your warranty. If you choose to do it, it is at your own risk.

Tramm is working on a 60D version and is getting there, I have not seen any news of a 7D version yet.

The install instructions are here:

Magic Lantern 550d Update, December 12th from Renny Hayes on Vimeo.

Some notes from Alex, regarding bugs and usage:

– Autofocus in intervalometer: in Full Auto mode, it does autofocus,
but in A or M it does not (at least on my camera). Tou may also switch
the lens to MF.
– Zebra overwriting Canon menus: should be fixed in latest pre-
release, but this slowed down a bit the drawing routines.
– GlobalDraw: turns off zebras, cropmarks, spotmeter & audio meters
with a single click.
– Live View bug is still not fixed, sorry.
– Save Config is also safe to use (and you will usually want to use
In fact, from the debug menu, the only potentially dangerous is
draw_event (it is sometimes unstable on my camera). Not sure about the
items in the Boot menu… Powersave should be safe as long as you
don’t forget your camera on 😀

Magic Lantern – 550D/T2i port from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Initial port of the Magic Lantern firmware to the Canon 550D / T2i camera. This version only adds on-screen audio meters, but shows that it is possible to add the film making features that users need.