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Finally, the First Footage from the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K!

12.18.13 @ 5:29PM Tags : ,

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 3.06.34 PMAt NAB earlier this year, Blackmagic Design announced two new cinema cameras, the Pocket Cinema Camera, which has already made its way to market, and the Production Camera 4K, which features an s35 global shutter sensor and is not yet shipping. Like the original BMCC, the Production Camera has been temporarily delayed due to sensor calibration issues. With that said, the prospects for seeing the BMPC very soon are bright as it is now nearing its final testing stage, and at long last, we finally have our very first test footage.

First things first here’s Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, with an update on the camera and a few notes about the footage that you’re about to see.

As I have mentioned previously we have been working hard on redesigning part of the camera due to differences in the production sensors to what we experienced in the early camera builds, however that work is completed now and we are in final testing.

I wanted to post some clips that I personally have shot from the camera as I know people are interested in them. We have other more experienced camera operators out shooting with beta cameras now and they can post more realistic clips with lens details and other shooting information soon, however I wanted to post something now so I thought I would upload some of the clips I have shot personally.

In Grant’s update on the Blackmagic Forum, he included the link to download all of the footage he shot. As always, keep in mind that this is 1080p h.264 footage. If you’d like to see higher quality, download the ProRes files. Here’s the footage.

Here’s what Grant had to say about his methodology for capturing these shots:

This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.

To my eye, this footage looks absolutely fantastic. It certainly has a little bit less dynamic range than its little brothers (only a stop at most) but the image doesn’t seem as critically sharp, which is one of the valid criticisms of the first two cameras. It should also be noted that none of this footage was captured in RAW, so it’s technically not the highest quality that the camera can produce.

In his post, Petty also mentions that the BMPC is also in the hands of some experienced cinematographers as we speak, so within the next few weeks we should begin to see some legitimate camera tests as well some professionally crafted images. So it’s only a matter of time before we know the extent of what this amazingly affordable camera can do.

If you’d like to read more about the footage that Grant shot (and download the footage and play around with), head on over to this post on the Blackmagic forum and click on the download link.

What do you guys think of the footage? Are you excited for the BMPC to hit the market in the coming months? Let us know in the comments!

Link: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update – Blackmagic Forum

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  • I am really impressed with this footage. Very seriously considering dropping some change for this bad boy now.

  • forget 4k…i want 8k…12k for 2014….wait a minute i have it….thank you Kodak

    • You’re a very annoying person.

      • you don’t like Bowie? knowing how to work with high end film cameras…put me in the union in Los Angeles…(and pro show reel) if that’s not what you want ..fine..but people who do want that..i’m giving a gentle hint..from the front line of film making…no matter what…believe in yourself..not in a camera..HAPPY NEW YEAR!

        • Film rules

        • Yeah, people do want that…maybe not a ton on a forum for video cameras and discussing video cameras. Sure, film is great…tell us something we don’t know.

        • not this douche again

        • Dio I love your comments. You sound like me. I have shot high end TV commercials, documentaries and 5 independent movies on film (16-35mm) for over 35 years and I miss doing so. I am now shooting digitally but I shoot it the way I used to shoot film. I have a crew (now small), HMIs, a gaffer, Cam assistant, Grip equipment and needless to say, knowledge of photography, composition, lighting, etc. Can I add great taste? I am so sick of so many people talking about how fantastic the new camera is, you know, the one before the one that comes out next week, The one you don’t need lighting for, the one that you can use hand held, Raw, 100000K. I wish I could see some good work after the tests I guess I am getting old. The business used to have standards of quality. Maybe Crap is the new standard

          • Dio would be fine if he didn’t keep making the same tired point in every thread. We get it, film is nice, I agree, I like it better than digital but digital is here to stay and I use digital myself for a lot of reasons, get over it. Find a film forum to whine in.

    • Pierre Samuel Rioux on 12.19.13 @ 6:18PM

      I like D.Bowie great color …. too bad to not get budget too using film.

    • Seriously can we get rid of this joker?

  • I’m all for what Blackmagic is doing and absolutely adore my cinema camera. However, losing a stop of DR and still no slowmotion capabilities? I can pass on 4k and global shutter.

  • shaun wilson on 12.19.13 @ 5:00PM

    Nice to see Flinders Street and St Kilda Rd in 4K RAW :)

  • Here’s my take on grading the footage and not going overboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKWOwLxSp_0

  • Pierre Samuel Rioux on 12.19.13 @ 7:41PM

    Image are nice but soft in the same time, i really like to know witch lens are used and what year.
    Happy to see them not color graded, i wish to see clip with some angenieux or Lomo cinema lens.

    It’s will be fun if this camera was made a way we could hacked them like the GH 2 to be more creative
    and made a group around this..

    • That’s what I thought, but then I downloaded the originals and was impressed. The vimeo version above seems unusually soft for a downconversion. Not sure how it was scaled, but whatever software was used seems to have done a poor job of it.

  • Good images can not wait to see some footage graded and maybe some different film stocks look added to it.

  • Why does every digital camera have forums? I thought everyone wanted to be BETTER than RED.

  • Well… Blackmagic is O.K. for resolution, but 4K is new technology and it’s still too early for making jump and “swimm in that waters”.
    However, “swimming there” will allow you to produce video material for only… maybe 1% of population that have 4K TV and monitors.
    They have to improve camera for DR, fps, lower the price a bit more… maybe next year, but just maybe!
    And, at the end, I’m unimpressed with very, very low, unnatural contrast, that made look sample video so pale that it hurts.
    Please apply some contrast to see that Blackmagic DR. Thanks, but for now I’ll pass!
    Patience is a virtue, and I’m not in a hurry ;)

  • Ma biggest disappointment in this camera is the non removable battery..pliz update another one wid a removal battery atleast.

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