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December 17, 2012

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review Part 2: Rule Boston Camera Learning Lab

Not only do these cameras exist, as I pointed out before, but I, as a person, actually exist (believe it or not). I've written a lot of posts so far for No Film School, but the only video I have participated in up until now is the NextWaveDV Blogger's Breakfast which was during NAB 2012. Now, there is one more. Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, I was able to get a hold of the camera, and I also participated in one of their Learning Labs with Adam Van Voorhis, specifically on the BMCC. The entire video is embedded below, but if you want a sneak peak, here is a quick preview of what you'll find in the presentation:

The whole (almost) 2 hour video is here -- also keep in mind that you can skip forward and back in Vimeo, and you can also download this video for viewing later:

There were some things I didn't mention, and anything that I might have forgotten is most likely online within the thousands of words I've written on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, or will be in these review posts. I had another shoot planned in addition to the footage that was shown, and through a series of unfortunate events, that completely fell through -- so what you're seeing is me putting the camera in particularly difficult situations to see what it can really do. There should be a more in-depth video soon where I put a tough grade on the images, but when I say I pushed the images hard in the video above, what I mean is that if I had applied the same grade to DSLR footage, it would have fallen apart in a particularly ugly way, and I barely noticed any change -- maybe some slight shadow noise, which is always present in the camera anyway since it's not doing any noise reduction.

I'll go a lot deeper into the image and what I think you can, and can't, do with this camera -- and also what situations might break the image in a real-world shooting scenario -- in future posts. I'm going to attempt to make something downloadable beyond just Vimeo, but that will depend on how large the files are and what we can work out as far as download space.

Rule Boston Camera has a number of these Learning Labs every month, and if you're in the New England area, they are a great resource for the latest technology and a place where you can ask a lot of questions. If you can't be there in person, every one of them is uploaded to Rule's Vimeo site, so you should head on over to check out some of the others.

This should go without saying, but let's keep the comments constructive on the actual topic at hand, as Adam and I both spent a great deal of time outside of work hours putting this together.

If you haven't read it already, you can check out part 1 here.

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Good work.

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marklondon

Thank you. Adam put together the slideshow, so he really should probably take a lot more credit.

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Joe Marine
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Cool to see you on video at last!

December 17, 2012

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Hopefully more to come!

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Joe Marine
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Wait, so the other authors here aren't just Koo's multiple personalities???

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David S.

Not that I know of :)

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Joe Marine
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This changes everything!

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Damn, the cat's out of the bag!

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Ryan Koo
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Cool.

1 note you guys both say 11mm = about 17mm... mistake?

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Jeff Akwante

As compared to Super 35mm, on Full Frame (which that lens won't cover anyway) it would be about 25mm

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Joe Marine
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Joe is that you in the video?? you are cute!!

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Marvin

+1

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Dave Kendricken
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Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the rest.

December 17, 2012

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Joe, sounds like Luke is jonesing to make that blue film you've been promising him to lead in... =)

(Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

December 18, 2012

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Peter

Well done guys! Putting that together is alot of work. Good information that clears up alot.

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Ron

Joe Marine is a guy i'd love to have a beer (or whiskey) with.

December 17, 2012

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That's nice of you to say Gordon :)

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Joe Marine
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your the man joe rogan lol

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hazem abdulrab

i listen to most of your podcasts

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hazem abdulrab

This is wonderful. Thank you. Can't wait to get mine soon!

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I'm having trouble seeing the embedded video links Can someone post the vimeo link URL in the comments.

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earnest reply

Me too. The video just disappeared.

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Frederik O.

I think it's here: http://vimeo.com/55552890

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earnest reply

Wish I went to this! I work at High Output in Canton MA and Rule is a brother company. My all time favorite teacher from film school Howard Phillips is sitting in the front row. Great presentation boys!

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Caleb

Wow Joe in an actual video! :)

December 17, 2012

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Thanks lads. Just watched the trailer. Will watch the fill vid later. Thanks again.

December 17, 2012

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joe you are way skinnier than i thought you would be

December 18, 2012

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john jeffreys

Joe,

Here's a suggestion: Just use WeTransfer.com to upload footage (upto 2GB, 5GB with a channel account) and share the link here. It won't be up forever, but long enough for readers to download it. Dropbox also provides a similar service with public links, I believe.

December 18, 2012

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Thanks for the tip, Richard. I'm still trying to work out all of those details, but it's definitely an option - and one I've never actually heard of before.

December 18, 2012

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Joe Marine
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This is awesome...

December 18, 2012

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Joe

Hi Joe. I just watched the preview and can't wait to watch the full video. One question I had: you mention in the preview video that the crop factor is 1.6? Did I misunderstand that? I thought the crop factor on this was going to be 2.4 (which was one of my concerns about using the camera in a close set)? Thanks.

December 19, 2012

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Dave Mueller

1.6 as compared to Super 35mm (basically APS-C), and 2.3 as compared to Full Frame

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Joe Marine
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