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Blackmagic and John Brawley Release RAW Cinema Camera Files for Download

08.22.12 @ 9:50AM Tags : , , , ,

We often have to blindly trust spec sheets and compressed online footage before purchasing a camera. Sony, Nikon, Canon, and anyone else that builds cameras are all guilty of this — at best we get a few 720p YouTube or Vimeo videos, and at worst, we don’t get any footage at all. Thanks to Blackmagic and John Brawley, you won’t have to do the same thing with the Cinema Camera because just this morning, he posted RAW files (in Cinema DNG format) on the new Blackmagic forum. Five short clips were selected from a film he had been shooting that range from internal lighting, to external lighting, to low-light — all in a completely adjustable RAW format. So what are you waiting for? Download the files now and start pushing this footage as far as possible.

Here is a quick grade of that footage thanks to Shian Storm:

Here are the shots – you can download them by clicking on the photos themselves or using the links below. Remember they are in Cinema DNG format so you’ll either need Resolve, one of Adobe’s products, or any other specific color program that might be able to handle them.

Shot 1: ISO 800. 24 FPS 172.8 Deg shutter. 5600K. 85mm @ Zeiss Compact Prime T2.1. Schneider sapphire ND 6.

Shot 2: ISO 800. 24 FPS 172.8 Deg shutter 5600K 35mm Zeiss Compact Prime @ T2.1 Schneider Sapphire ND 6

Shot 3: ISO 800. 24 FPS 172.8 Deg shutter. 5600K 50mm Zeiss Compact Prime. T 5.6 2/3

Shot 4: ISO 1600. 24 FPS 172.8 Deg Shutter. 5600K. 50mm EF Canon “L” @ F1.4

Shot 5: ISO 1600 24 FPS, 172.8 Deg Shutter. 5600K. 50mm EF Canon “L” @ F1.4

The biggest thing that people have been wondering about is how this camera performs at a higher ISO setting and in lower light — and thanks to this footage — we can see both of those things in action, and actually get to mess around with the files ourselves. All of these clips just reinforce the things I have been saying about the camera. There is something about the way this camera renders colors and skin tones that I haven’t seen in any other camera under $10,000.

I have to applaud both John and Blackmagic for releasing footage like this for people to mess around with. While it would have been nice to play around with some of it sooner — we honestly can’t complain if we consider that none of the big manufacturers have done anything remotely like this before their cameras are released. On the one hand, I understand why they do it, but on the other, it forces people to trust compressed web footage and reviews from sites like this one.

Download the footage and let me know what you guys think. Even better — upload the footage that you’ve graded and post it here in the comments. It will be interesting to see how far people can push these RAW files.


[via Blackmagic Forum - Afterglow]

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  • very nice image quality.
    but i still dont get it
    how is it that most camera making companies (big or small) get away with rolling shutter.
    how do they do that?

    i wish black magic next camera has global shutter.

  • Caleb Moseley on 09.19.12 @ 9:25PM
    Here is my little test with this footage. I didn’t have the right hardware to use DaVinci Resolve so I used my own little process that I made up along the way.

    My grading process:

    1. Imported the dng files into After Effects as a Camera RAW Image Sequence.
    2. Balanced color levels in Adobe Camera RAW
    3. Exported footage out of After Effects as a 1920x1080p Apple ProRes 422 Clip
    4. Imported the footage into Final Cut 7 and sent to Color
    5. Touched up the color grades with Color and sent back to Final Cut.
    6. Exported out of Final Cut

    Just impoted in Resolve
    and exported in H264 shit…kind of magic.
    Forgot to set up a correct framerate))))
    Thanks for the footage…

  • LaMarmotaInsomne on 08.29.13 @ 4:55AM

    This is my grade, I hope you like it.

  • Love the footage.
    I grade as follows.
    Import into Lightroom 5 as Copy ( do not import as DNG) and grade as required.
    Export as dng as Lossy 720p sized files.
    These are the proxy files for editing in premier elements 11. The dng’s drop straight onto the timeline.
    When the edit is done and final grade info is provided.
    Re grade in lightroom and export as original dng un sized.
    Drop these files into the lossy dng locations and overwrite originals.
    Then output from premier in whatever format you like.
    Job done with no format changes and original frames can be re inserted if required.

    Hope this makes sense.

  • Hello! this is my work in lightroom and after effects

  • look in hd 1440 =)

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