Blackmagic Design announced a new firmware release for all of their cameras including the Pocket Cinema Camera, the Cinema Camera and the Cinema Camera 4k. This new firmware adds three new Apple ProRes™ file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Yesterday we attended Blackmagic Design’s live seminar in Los Angeles and it was, in a word, amazing. Between the wonderful presenters and the quality of the manufacturers in attendance it was an excellent place to learn about Blackmagic products and how they work within the industry. The attendees were also some of the best we’ve met at any trade show, and we really enjoyed speaking with a lot of new people that were right in our own back yard.
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