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.