How to import Magic Lantern MLV clips to Adobe Premiere Pro CCMagic Lantern MLV RAW

Digital cameras from Canon with Magic Lantern firmware are very popular. Nevertheless, there is no direct way to import MLV raw data into Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Usually it can be done via MLVFS (ML virtual file system) or via transform to CinemaDNG/DNG with mlv_dump utility. MLV raw format is open and raw data is stored either in incompressed 14-bit format or in compressed with Lossless JPEG encoding.

Currently, Adobe Premiere Pro CC software doesn't support MLV raw files, so it's impossible to import and to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro raw mlv files from Canon cameras with ML firmware. That's why the main idea to offer such a possibility is to implement MLV RAW converter to the format which is native to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. It means that transform from Magic Lantern MLV to CinemaDNG with Lossless JPEG compression or to Uncompressed CinemaDNG could be a solution for such a task.

MLV pipeline at Fast CinemaDNG Processor

  • MLV RAW import, parsing, decoding, saving all embedded metadata
  • Export options: Uncompressed CinemaDNG, CinemaDNG with Lossless JPEG, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1, CinemaDNG RAW 5:1
  • Optionally we can add to transcoding some more RAW processing: Crop, Curves and Levels, Raw denoising, Bad/Hot pixels removal

How to import Magic Lantern MLV into Adobe Premiere ProMLV workflow to prepare raw footage for Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Run Fast CinemaDNG Processor
  • Load MLV footage via drag-n-drop or via context menu
  • In Properties widget choose project output format to be DNG
  • Go to DNG export tab to choose encoding method which is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro or AE: Uncompressed or Lossless JPEG
  • Press red button on Player
  • Wait for the transcoding to be finished
  • After transcoding you can find at Output folder new CinemaDNG footage with specified encoding

Uncompressed export option includes the following bit depths: 8-bit, 10-bit, 12-bit, 14-bit, 16-bit. For compatibility with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects, one have to utilize either Uncompressed or Lossless JPEG export options.

Apart from MLV RAW transcoding scenario, we can apply full image processing pipeline to compressed footage from Canon cameras with Magic Lantern firmware in realtime on GPU: native support of DNG/CinemaDNG/MLV/Blackmagic RAW formats, fast decoding, high quality debayering, realtime denoising, DCP and LCP profiles, 3D LUT, smooth playback for 4K and much more.

Full version of that pipeline is implemented in Fast CinemaDNG Processor software. Please visit www.fastcinemadng.com

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