Today, Blackmagic Design announced the release of new camera firmware, Version 1.8. The new firmware is massive and will provide enhanced lens control support for EF lenses, better peaking, better audio performance and a new interface for all cameras.
Here are some of the new features in Version 1.8
- New code base for all Blackmagic cameras
- RAW DNG support on the Production Camera 4K
- New debayer
- Enhanced lens control support for EF, giving auto focus when pushing focus button on active EF lenses
- Improved focus peaking (which is now green in color to see easier)
- Improved audio performance
- Enhancements to Cinema Cameras when shooting at 1600 ISO
- Updated user interface
- Losslessly compressed RAW DNG recording support
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At Cinegear 2014, we got an update on Blackmagic’s Studio Camera. Again, Tina Eckman of Blackmagic Design takes us through the features and specs of the Studio Camera. If you are planning on doing live or live to tape broadcasts from anything from news, talk shows, podcasts to church services, to education, you should be thinking about this camera.
Here’s a great article and interview from Creative Cow’s Debra Kaufman with Rodney Charters, ASC, who talks about shooting the television series Dallas and using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera on the show.
Recently the blog for lens rental compoany, LensProToGo.com , did a comparison between the 5D Mark III and the Blakmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Two very different cameras, so not really the best comparison but interestingly nonetheless interesting. Here’s more from them:
Taking the 4K in the air – review from ProVideo Coalition’s Brian Hallett
Flying The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera
By Brian Hallett | March 23, 2014
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is great for a lot of reasons. It’s compact, captures a fantastic image, and it’s easy to find a place for it in your camera kit. So beyond its interesting rise through the world commercial videography is some of the ways shooters are putting the BMPCC to use.
This is an awesome first look review of the Blackmagic 4K from Brian Hallett of ProVideoCoalition.com
“Me+Her” is a live action short about cardboard people in a cardboard world that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, all captured on Blackmagic Cameras. The team at Island Creek Pictures chose the Blackmagic Cinema camera for the bulk of their shooting, citing the “…form factor, color space, latitude, image quality and flexibility for color correction with RAW…” as the reason they chose it over the many other cameras they tested. The film was shot over 18 days and came out to 10 terabytes worth of footage that the team transcoded to ProRes Lite. The transcoded footage was then edited, and converted back to RAW for use in DaVinci Resolve.
Due to the smaller subjects of their film, “Me+Her” director Joseph Oxford notes that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was invaluable as well. “It’s safe to say that this film would have been exponentially more difficult to make with a larger camera. It was very important to me to minimize the limits equipment would put on us so I could operate more from a creative mindset rather than a logistical one.”
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The following interview with Captain Hook, the man responsible for some footage of a prerelease of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera back in August. In the interview, he discusses a great way to use the Redrock Micro LiveLens MFT so you can use Canon EOS lenses.
As a journalist covering NAB, your back is against the wall to see as many manufacturers as possible in a short amount of time.