The process is really quite easy – you may be a bit cautious about it as it does seem a bit scary, but don’t fret, follow the video below and you’ll get thru it very easily

Do be aware tho: you do want to make sure you have a completely charged battery as you don’t want the power to die in this process. If it does, your camera will be making a trip to the repair shop!

Here’s a video demo:

here’s the official Canon video:

Magic Lantern?

If you want some additional functionality on your Canon DSLR, have a look at this free ebook on software called Magic Lantern – it has tons of special features that Canon didn’t install!

By the way, here’s the planet5D review of Magic Lantern 2.3


  • Audio:
    • Change source
    • Wind filter
    • Mic power settings
    • Switch off Auto Gain Control (AGC)
    • Headphone monitoring (requires cable)
    • Audio Meters on screen
  • Exposure:
    • White balance
    • ISO
    • Shutter speed
    • Aperture
    • picture style
    • Exposure override
  • On screen overlay:
    • Zebras (over exposure)
    • Focus Peaking (also known as focus assist)
    • Magic Zoom
    • Cropmarks (see the right screen ratio while recording!)
    • False Color
    • Histogram in video with live updating
    • Waveform in video with live updating
    • Vector scope live
  • Movie mode:
    • Change video bit rate – constant or variable bit rate
    • Movie Logging (get text file with clip settings)
    • Movie auto restart at 12 minute end (does include 2-3 second delay tho)
    • Recording/not recording notification (large red slash when not recording)
    • HDR Video! (records alternating frames at 100ISO and 1250ISO )
  • Photography (stills – remember them?):
    • HDR Bracketing
    • Intervalometer! (Canon – still don’t know why you can’t build this in!)
    • Bulb/Focus ramping on timelapse (attempts to adjust for change in daylight at sunset for example)
    • Take a photo on these situations: LCD face detection / Loud sound (clap for example) / Motion detection
  • Misc:
    • Shutter count function!
    • Sensor temperature detection
    • battery level %
    • Full Magic Lantern manual is in-camera – and accessible for each screen option
  • MORE! There’s so much in here it is impossible to cover it all
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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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