June 30, 2014

Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty Discusses URSA & Image Issues with Production Camera 4K

A little over two years ago, Blackmagic Design completely disrupted the cinema camera market, and changed expectations about how much we should be paying for excellent image quality. Their goal with the first 2.5K Cinema Camera was to make something with as much flexibility in post as possible, and would be a companion to cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II -- which is why they chose the Canon EF mount. They haven't stopped with just one camera model, as they have since introduced the Pocket Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4K, and the URSA 4K Digital Cinema Camera, which features interchangeable sensors. At the recent NAB show, I interviewed Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty and asked him all sorts of questions about their camera line, firmware updates, and what he thought about the image issues some people have experienced with the Production Camera 4K.

Some of my questions have since been answered thanks to the 1.8 firmware update released last week, but there are still other additions, like card formatting, that have not yet been added. Here is the full audio interview with Grant Petty:

Here are the timestamps of specific questions if you want to jump ahead:

  • 2:58 -- The 2.5K camera was created with image quality as a priority, not final cost
  • 11:10 -- Higher speed sensor for the URSA may or may not be available by the ship date, but higher frame rates should come this year
  • 13:31 -- The URSA sensor blocks aren’t really made to be switched out every day
  • 14:26 -- Using all of the current Blackmagic sensors with the URSA
  • 15:20 -- Using the Super 16mm Blackamgic Pocket sensor with the URSA
  • 17:02 -- Higher frame rates on the 2.5K and Super 16mm sensors with URSA
  • 18:58 -- Why CFast Cards in the URSA?
  • 20:23 -- SSD vs. CFast, and issues with SSD reliability
  • 22:42 -- Hot swapping CFast cards with the URSA
  • 23:39 -- URSA is not meant to be used on your shoulder with the 10” monitor flipped out
  • 24:57 -- What about a Blackmagic EVF for the URSA?
  • 27:05 -- Firmware updates: audio meters, histogram, card formatting in-camera
  • 30:06 -- Image issues with Production Camera 4K

While Blackmagic has certainly been the least expensive option for the image quality offered, it's interesting that cost seems to be such a secondary consideration. The first Cinema Camera is still one of the cheapest RAW cameras out there, so it shows how far ahead the company was in terms of pushing higher IQ with their products.

The thing that has now been reiterated over and over again is how powerful the URSA 4K camera is under the hood. Since they are designing it for sensors that haven't been released yet, a lot of headroom has been built-in for higher resolutions and frame rates. This means that not only are higher speed 4K sensors possible, but the current 2.5K and 1080p sensors should be capable of higher frame rates if they are eventually paired with the URSA camera body. I have been told that these sensor packages should be available separately from the cameras, but we'll have to wait and see how that works out.

The company has also tried to use off the shelf media as much as possible, which is why they have not developed their own proprietary cards for the URSA, and have chosen CFast (just as the ARRI AMIRA has). Sustained card write speed is one of the biggest reasons they have moved in the CFast direction. SSD manufacturers tend to bend the truth a little when talking about write speeds, because these speeds aren't necessarily maintained over longer periods, which is an important statistic for camera media. CFast cards should have better and more reliable sustained write speeds, which is needed for 4K RAW and high frame rates and higher resolutions.

Part of their recent firmware update 1.8 for the current cameras was reworking the back-end so that they can more quickly deliver updates and new features. Now that much of that work has been completed, getting audio meters, a histogram, and card formatting in all of the cameras is only a matter of time. Even though these things are already in many other cameras, the company has limited resources, and chose to prioritize certain things in order to get the cameras out there. I think Blackmagic recognizes that they aren't going to get everything right at the beginning, so having the core features allows people to take advantage of the product and also let the company know what features they are really missing, and what features people really need.

I was only scheduled to talk with Grant for 15-20 minutes, but our talk went well over 30 minutes. Just before he had to leave for another meeting, I did ask him about image issues people are seeing with their 4K cameras, and he did not seem to think this was happening (though that could be for a number of reasons, and he may even have a different opinion at this point).

If you aren't familiar, some people have noted that they are seeing excessive fixed pattern noise in their 4K cameras (especially with log profiles), or even white dots on the image. I tested the Blackamgic 4K camera earlier this year, and while I did have the white dots at one point shooting in very cold conditions, I did not really notice the fixed pattern noise, except on areas that were underexposed. Here is a quick clip I shot at ISO 400 ProRes Film/Log (download the original ProRes clip over on Vimeo):

Fixed pattern noise is something that is present in all CMOS sensors, and is usually removed as a step in the image processing. The Apertus Open Source 4K camera project has been testing a similar (or maybe even the same) sensor as the one in the Blackmagic 4K:

The hardware in the smaller Blackmagic cameras is obviously limited due to size, but it's unclear why something that can be corrected out of many cameras is still in some final production models (other cameras have suffered from similar issues to some degree, the first model GH1 that I owned had quite a bit of vertical banding in underexposed areas). It's unclear if the firmware in the Production 4K camera can be improved to make the fixed pattern noise less apparent, but there is no question some people are seeing it more than they have seen with other cameras.

Blackmagic has had a hard time delivering cameras when they say they will, so it will be interesting if the URSA follows the same pattern, or if they deliver many more cameras closer to the scheduled ship date this summer.

Even though I didn't have time in the audio clip above, I want to thank Grant for sitting down to talk with me, and Terry for setting up the interview.

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82 Comments

I for one am amazing with what Black-Magic has been able to do. I have not used the cameras on a paid gig yet as I dont own one, but even though the URSA is a huge camera it really was the camera I looked at and liked out of all of them. Now to hear it will be be getting better sensors in terms of speed and res is really amazing and Im excited to see what it can do in the right hands.

June 30, 2014

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Russell

Technically he still did address the issue to the point ifvresloving the issue , either fix the cameras or do not make or sell any more until you fix or have a solution to the problem

This is not hate just honest truth

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cjay

+1

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Adam

When is it "supposed" to hit the streets?

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XML

End of July/early August, essentially sometime this summer, which has been their goal with the previous two releases, but obviously there were delays with those cameras.

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Joe Marine
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I'm sure the last 4 min are going to piss some people off, but I thought it was awesome!

June 30, 2014

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CoolHandLuque

I happen to be one of the customers who had a BMPC4k with fixed pattern noise. I pre ordered it on April 2013 and waited 8 months for the camera to arrive only to be a dead investment. I really despise Grant Petty after hearing this interview. he basically says there is no problem with the 4k (all you have to do is read the forums, everybody with a 4k camera has FPN, some more noticeable, some lesser). And he actually says BMD has a great PR department, they didn't communicate and still fail to do so. Most of us expect a little something on the forum when we buy a product that doesn't work properly, is extremely late and/or missing features.

I learned a hard lesson when buying this camera. I hope I'll never go through anything like this again

June 30, 2014

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Carlos

agree 1000%

Hey Grant Petty, answer the tough questions about why your products don't work. And hey Joe you too...why don't you ask them, and hold these people accountable. Well I guess if you piss them off by bring up the tabu conversations they wont give you another interview next time, because your now the guy who likes to "cause problems", right?

Hey BlackMagic... Transparency is not a choice, its going to happen. The only choice is does it happen to you, or do you participate in it. And when it happens to you, its proven to be really ugly. Check your forums.

June 30, 2014

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Adam

I asked him at the end of the interview. If he doesn't believe (or maybe he does now) that there are image issues with some 4K cameras, and I don't have any examples in front of me to show him, what else is there for me to say?

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Joe Marine
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Yes, I heard that, Joe. And thank you for trying to go toe-to-toe with they ALMIGHTY ceo.
I also heard him get a little defensive at 32:12 when you ask him about supporting the products.

Products people have paid good money for based on their advertise specs and promises. What IS "relevant" is the fact that you have taken peoples money, and not delivered what was advertise the product to be. Its not the press, its your customers/users - once again BlackMagic, check your forums. Respond to your user base .....they are "real" people.

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Adam

Frame pattern noise in the 4k camera is prevalent (and, like you said, inconsistent) and I think BM's lack of a statement about it is telling that it is a pretty serious problem. I have 2 cameras and a friend in my town has a third, all were preordered and delivered at different times, and all three inconsistently exhibit FPN at 400 iso, and it really comes out if you try and push the image in post. 200 is dependably clean and awesome though, but being limited to 200 iso is a tough pill to swallow.

I'm sitting on both of them before trying to get replacements from Blackmagic, because I've seen camecras that the replacement had worse FPN than their original. Hopefully this summer a firmware update can improve the situation, or someone can release a post production technique that can fix affected shots. It would be nice to have a useable 800 iso, but that is a pipe dream as far as I'm concerned.

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Chris

You have to shoot at 200asa? Is this the 1950s!

June 30, 2014

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Keith

Not as miserable as only a few years ago when we had to shoot at effectively 16 ISO because we were using the HVX-200 with mini 35 and Superspeeds.

July 1, 2014

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Harry Pray IV

According to someone on the CML mailing list, who did some extensive tests, even the Red Dragon has the best signal-to-noise ratio at it's lowest ISO: 320.

While being stuck at one ISO is a major pain, having the option of low ISO's is really great. Having a "native" ISO of 800 is kind of obnoxious because you have to throw a ton of ND in front of your lens to shoot during the day, which really degrades your image.

July 1, 2014

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Kenneth Merrill

The F5 base ISO is 2000 and while it helps having built in NDs keep in mind if you want to shoot higher frame rates you want a higher base ISO because you need more light the higher the frame rate. 800 ISO is really not much of a starting point for shooting slow-motion.

July 1, 2014

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Not trolling, but in the 50s, cine film stock ISO/ASA ranged from 16 to 50. Even as late as the mid-90s, 200 was the highest you tried to ever go (especially with 16mm) because even 500 on 35mm was visibly grainy. To anyone who learned on film, shooting at 1600+ ISO was at one time almost unfathomable.

July 1, 2014

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+1

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Geno

About CFAST: "doesn't make camera body big..."

June 30, 2014

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k

I am wondering how big URSA would be if they would use SSD's...

June 30, 2014

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k

"people aren't having issues with the 4K camera"

I love what Blackmagic has done for indie filmmakers, but that was a pretty slimy comment.

June 30, 2014

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+1

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Ricks

+2. That's the kind of dismissive response I'd expect from a corrupt corporate CEO getting grilled on 60 Minutes, not a fair question regarding customer feedback. I'd like to think he made that comment because he lacked a thoughtful answer, not because he really thinks Blackmagic is the victim of online trolls.

July 1, 2014

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Marc B

Hey Joe, the CFast 2.0 cards are not just a little more. THEY ARE TWICE THE COST of CF cards.

That's HUGE, not a casual and minor difference.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1032305-REG/sandisk_sdcfsp_120g_a4...

June 30, 2014

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Ricks

still cheaper than RED media...

June 30, 2014

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sean

I've seen about a dozen different 4k production models. Not one of them has been identical to the other in FPN behavior. Some are ok, not too bad. Some are rough. A few are frighteningly bad, as in no normal operation even at 200ISO. Something is up with the sensor, and the fact that this lack of QC and the same model are headed into the Ursa doesn't give me much confidence.

June 30, 2014

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alex

Yeah me too.

June 30, 2014

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Tommy Stevens

Great interview. Very interesting and honest no BS interview. I was interested in buying a Blackmagic cinema camera a while ago, but what with all the negative feedback about delays, mis-calibrated cameras, software, workflow and formatting issues, I felt the need to wait. Now the GH4 & Sony A7s, I'm thinking of one of those instead....

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I have fixed pattern noise on my BMPC and it is quite visible at ISO 800 in the shadows, some people may accept that level of FPN, but for me it means ISO800 is not really usable.

At 400 ISO the FPN is barely visible and at ISO200 it is gone. So I can use ISO 400 and ISO 200. The GH4 doesn't have that problem. I hope they will find a solution for it. If they do, I will send in my BMPC for a recalibration.

June 30, 2014

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Erwin

Don't avoid the inevitable, just get rid of it altogether and get a GH4.

June 30, 2014

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Adam

There were real issues with BMPC 4k cameras. I find it annoying and bizarre that Black Magic would release such a product. I loved the image the BMCC created and preordered, but for Grant Petty to play it off like it is BS from the competition He is either mis informed or full of crap. I waited for 2 months for a fix. Thank God I was able to return my camera after much pushing my dealer to help me. Im not a sales guy, Im a camera man with a reputation for quality. Hope they get it together as I really to like the image their cameras create and would like to use them in the future if I don't have the Fixed Pattern or banding noise in my image. I applaud Black magic for being innovative and opening doors and lowering the point of entry in the industry but come on.

June 30, 2014

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And people STILL want to pre order the URSA? Why not just wait and let this company sweat a little until you know it comes out right?

June 30, 2014

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VinceGOrtho

I think their problem is project management.

Issues across 3 cameras has to be down to the project manager. Any claim its the component manufacturers fault is BS. Its the project managers job to sort that crap out.

Blackmagic is, if not already has developed a reputation for below average/bad cameras. At least their reputation is rapidly heading that way, but at the same time have a great reputation for Resolve.

I would hate to see them have to sell off the Resolve division to pay for the camera issues. Thats almost never a good outcome for software. Just look at Softimage ending up at Autodesk after being the hot potato between companies for years and there was a time when Softimage was the very best in the industry as I would say Resolve is now...

Blackmagic your first camera was your best camera and everyone wants you to do well. But you need to do well.

June 30, 2014

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BMD is very well funded and I would speculate that margins on their cameras are very thin to begin with.
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That said, BMPC4K has some very bad reviews, both on the independent forums and on the various retailers own sites. Many give it a 1-star rating as basically a defective product. GH4's lowest rating on B&H is 4 stars, which is why it's a top seller. And it's amazing how quickly both good and bad reviews spread in this day and age.

July 1, 2014

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DLD

As I said above.... Transparency is not a choice, its going to happen. The only choice is does it happen to you, or do you participate in it. And when it happens to you, its proven to be really ugly.

July 1, 2014

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Adam

There is a lot of anger over these cameras. Bear in mind the current cameras all cost 4k and below. If I pay $2.99 for a prime steak, should I be suprised when the waiter brings me shoe leather? And this is not hate against BM. These cameras used to cost 200k. If you want a fully pro camera pay for it. Go to canon, red, arri, or sony they all make great working pro cameras in the 20k range except for arri. Or better yet rent them. Again what BM is doing is phenomenal at this pricepoint. But it is still a rock bottom price, from a 2 year old camera company. Quality costs.

June 30, 2014

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david

Sorry but I disagree with you. You can't sell a product at a price, promise the same quality minus some things as a higher range product and then shield in the ridiculous argument that you get what you paid for.

June 30, 2014

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Carlos

Yeah, but that $2.99 prime steak is being sold/advertised as a GREAT steak. Not shoe leather. So yes, people are pissed when they get shoe leather and not the great prime steak they were sold/promised.

June 30, 2014

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The other David

Yeah but there are entire TV shows dedicated to helping people who paid the lowest bidder to renovate their house and their house fell apart, because they got ripped off. I'm not white washing BM, I'm saying Pay for a good camera! Buyer beware. if you're paying 2.99 for prime rib something is wrong with it.

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david

I bet they don't shoot those TV shows on a BM.

July 1, 2014

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ronn

I do know that Castle has used the BMCC without any issues.

July 2, 2014

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Christian

Even Phillip Bloom will say rent the camera and test it before you buy it. Shane Hurlbut says test it before you film with it. And all cameras have their quirks, the lower end cameras are expected to have more. If you buy a camera with out testing it you roll the dice. Besides last I checked B&H has a return polixy, if you didn't like it return it.

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david

And I did.

Hey BlackMagic, you can keep your camera. I wont be buying anything from you anytime soon until you fix the well documented issues.

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The other Da

And those brands you mentioned DAVE? They infalte, pad their prices. For one reason only; to make a profit, staisfy their shareholders and board members and that's it. You would have to show me the detailed facts that a 60 grand ARRI 4 k...actually costs over 30 grand to make. No goddamn way, not when the same tech is being used by opther countries...and selling just as capable 4k cameras for under 20 grand!

Just because the prices is inflatedly high...doesn't mean...it cost that much to make! Or, that a high prices is dues to the highest professional quality tecs and equipment used -- not when everyone in the digital age pretty much has access to the same tech and equipment.

BM will get this ship straightened out; likewise with KINE...and RED and ARRI can keep their high prices in the Hollywood studio system allto themselves. Only to get knocked off their inflated pedestal a few years from now by...yeah...the growing competition with just as highquality techs and equipment for the "truthful" half the cost

July 1, 2014

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MARK11

Well yeah... But.... Those cameras - Arri, Canon, Sony - are reliable. Sorry, but you CANNOT use a BM4K on any type of network shoot since you run the risk of never working for them again. BM4K is not a real production camera until they make it right. It's only good for art projects, birthday parties or no budget Indy films at this point where buggy footage is sorta acceptable.

I've been using the FS700 + 7Q on a number of network gigs for Disney and Discovery because it's a real camera in that it's dependable. Yes, Convergent is lagging on some features, but overall is works well and the footage is stellar to say the least. The BM4K is not dependable, therefore it's NOT a production camera. Sorry. And yes, my friend had one of the first BM4Ks and the FNP was clear as day on higher ISO on our tests. He wisely sold it quickly.

BM4K is garbage until they fix it.

July 1, 2014

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Gene Sung (non-...

Drew seems to agree with you ;-)

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRLbOpj9MfY ]

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Geno

Blackmagic have tried to do great things with their cameras by giving us high specs and low prices. Unfortunately one of the most expensive aspects of a camera is building in reliability and R&D to deliver a reliable camera that is user friendly. That, is where BM have really failed. While their cameras 'seem' like great value for money, once you start using them their issues quickly become apparent.

June 30, 2014

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Tone13

I wanna see or hear the interview with Grant Petty from someone who asks the tough questions directly and demand an answer from the CEO of this company. I don't care if your misinformed or what, as CEO your responsible for your company and its products. Sorta like the Captain of the ship.

And if he thinks there are "no problems" with their cameras he's delusional, and should be fired immediately.

June 30, 2014

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Chunk from Goonies

I would rather interview the product manager of the cinema camera and ask him the hard questions. At least he should be able to get a real answer out of as to why they shipped the camera the way he did. Not all ceo's are like Steve jobs.

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david

Very true.

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Chunk from Goonies

Some BMCers had poor calibration sensors causing FPN. Most that complain about it don't know what they are doing.

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ryan

Well I think there are a lot of people with the FPN in the cameras, and MANY of those people know exactly what their doing, and some are seasoned pro's. Read the forums, those people are not idiots who are experiencing these problems. Its a legit issue, and as most feel, completely unacceptable for a camera they paid good money for.

July 1, 2014

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Matt

Can I exchange the BMPC with the UrSa?

July 1, 2014

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Sameer

As I sit contemplating which camera I will purchase next, I know now it will not be a BlackMagic Camera.
Grant Petty is in HUGE denial, and he totally just b**ched slapped everyone who has shelled out money for their cameras and are having issues (which seems like quite a lot of folks).

Guess what? You don't matter. That is what he really said. He 100% invalidated you with his comments at the end. Unbelievable! Instead of even at least acknowledging that there are some issues, he refuses to even talk about it, and gets angered when it's brought up. Hmm, imagine GM refusing to believe they had ignition problems with their vehicles.

Denial, Grant. 100% denial, and it ain't gonna go away until you address it... or, just lose customers.

I think I'll give Joe Rubinstein my money.

July 1, 2014

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Jeff

Grant Petty does not think there is FPN problems in the BMPC 4K?
Eiethr he need to go to Specsavers or living in denial like his compatriot Rolf Harris.

July 1, 2014

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Simon

"compatriot Rolf Harris" ?????

July 1, 2014

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Yes compatriot as in countryman. Did you not know?

July 1, 2014

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Simon

I know but I dont understand the relevance and its unfair to compare Grant to Rolf, firstly Grant cant sing and technically Rolf hasnt been convicted of anything yet... Besides Rolf hasn't even lived in the country for 30 years. He's a pom now ;)

A better comparison would be to compare Blackmagic to Red (cameras released too soon, full of bugs, denial) having said that at least the BM cameras turn on reliably unlike the Red One.

July 1, 2014

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I went through eight faulty (four pairs of) BMPCC's that all had the hot/stuck pixel problem to an absurd degree (hundreds of them, present in all images shot at 400asa and above) AND my original BMCC had to be fixed for the 'Rolling Noise' issue. BMD's support was the most abysmal that I have ever encountered from ANY company. EVER!

After seeing an online interview where Stuart Ashton blurted out that they don't actually have a dedicated camera team, they just poach engineers to work on whatever they consider to be most pressing, and they way that they neglect to reply to people on their own company forum, unless it is to censor any (legitimate) negative comments, to seeing this interview above, I've now got no respect left at all for BMD and Grant Petty.

They treat their customers with utter contempt. All they care about is stoking the hype juggernaut with more unbelievable specs at rock bottom prices. So long as the dough rolls in, they aren't at all bothered about actually delivering products that work as they should.

BMD are shysters. Get a GH4, and don't look back.

July 1, 2014

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Could this be Grant Petty's "Ratner moment"?
Remember back in 1991 when Ratner CEO Gerald Ratner describe his highstreet jewellery chain were selling "crap". What was suppose to be a tongue in cheek comment turned into a major backlash resulting in customers stop shopping at Ratner resulting in the demise of Ratner.
I feel Grant Petty's gaff might not only turn people away from buying URSA and any future cameras from Blackmagic but also other products from the company such as switches, Resolves, etc. Customers deserve to be respected and Mr Petty just tard a lot of his customers who put faith in his company. A sad sad day for BMD.

July 1, 2014

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Rodriguez

You hit the nail on the head. The dude just dug his own "market" grave - the best would be if he just left the CEO position. The problem of many company owners is that they only surround themselves with "yes-men" and constantly drive out any people from the company who have a different opinion - never by firing them but over time making their life in the company harder and harder until they just leave on their own. I'm pretty sure this is the case because every BM rep I saw was always speaking totally in-line with what Grant has ever said.

Would be cool if Grant followed the whiney Jim Jannard - I'm happy for what he has brought to the market but his EGO and his "yes-men" were driving me crazy.

Why do some market pioneers have to be so stubborn in some areas? They should learn a trick or two from Gabe Newell who ain't perfect, but he figured out that many things can get figured out on their own if you leave them get figured out and not poison it with your own goddamn opinion.

July 2, 2014

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Pietro

This company is a mess! If you screwed up, own it, and people will respect you for it and be loyal customers. I am moving on to the Sony a7S.

July 1, 2014

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Abe

"Get a GH4, and don’t look back" - Adam Jeal, 7/1/14 @ 9:54 AM
"I am moving on to the Sony a7S." - Abe, 7/1/14 @ 10:59 AM
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And this is a beauty of competition.

July 1, 2014

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DLD

Hope your not implying that either Abe or myself are shilling for Panasonic and Sony! ;)

BMD have really 'shit on their own doorstep'. They had a golden opportunity to do something truly amazing, and they have thrown it all away through sheer unadulterated greed and arrogance.

How they can show their faces at IBC and NAB now is beyond me.

July 1, 2014

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Well, if you do work for Panasonic, the next time, maybe a box of GH4's could .. you know ... fall off the back of the truck.
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Anyhow, BMD rep is in tatters now, so they have to come clean on a bunch of things and kiss a lot of customers butts. As you said, this was their opportunity to break into the camera biz and they had done reasonably well with BMCC and BMPC but the rep is driving the sales of BMPC4K way, way down and their competition is circling them like sharks in the water anyway. Once the market is full of 4K Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Nikon cams, BMD will no longer have any reason to exist.
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MARK11 - 7/01/14 @3:40PM said this :"And those brands you mentioned DAVE? They infalte, pad their prices. For one reason only; to make a profit, staisfy their shareholders and board members and that’s it".
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You can't satisfy your stockholders unless you satisfy your customers first.

July 1, 2014

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DLD

I wish! - re: a consignment of GH4's (no desire to work for Panny or any other corporation tho') :D

BMD will still have plenty of reasons to exist. They are a post-production centric company (just not a good, or even competent camera manufacturer). Although, if you have experience with their other products, you will also know that they leave a lot to be desired. AJA may be more expensive, but unlike BMD, their products are solid and their support ROCKS!

July 2, 2014

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The pocket camera (in my experience - see above) Is utter shite! - I know my case was extreme and that other people's cameras seem to be OK, but I was far from the only one. I know of loads of people all over the world that went through three or four cameras before they got one that was satisfactory.

It's therefore curious that all the talk about the pocket camera's hot/stuck pixel problem has seemed to evaporate recently, because afaik it is a major issue and it needs addressing.

Wonderful color science means nothing if your images are peppered with hundreds of hot and stuck pixels.

July 2, 2014

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@DLD - Really? GH4? You like that H.264 compression with detail blur and detail mush in the trees, fences, roofs, bricks, and grass? Not me. I instantly recognize and despise the H.264 compressed video look from DSLRs.

July 3, 2014

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Razor

Just an observation, I've often found when doing edits in the past....sometimes those people who can afford the least ask for the most revisions.

July 1, 2014

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Eric Stemen

You get what you pay for.

July 1, 2014

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Rich

Nice things cost money.

You wouldn't happen to have $50,00.00 so I can buy and ARRI Amira, wouldya? If not I'll take $100,000.00 when the ARRI 4K (or 6K, whichever rumor turns out to be right) comes out.

July 2, 2014

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Geno

Let the kiddies play with their BMCCs and 5Ds while the grown ups stick with their ARRIs ;)

July 2, 2014

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Rich

Not in the case of BMD, they don't give you what you pay for. Look at their advertised specs and then look at what you get. A non-functioning camera with constant problems.(4K)

July 2, 2014

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Tom

It is frustrating that they don't acknowledge the issues with the 4k. I waited until the Blackmagic 2.5k had been out a year and it's never given me any problems. I've owned a t2i and a GH3 and both have given me trouble, the T2i with stopping recording midway through and the gh3 with corrupted footage. It sucks that people have had lots of issues, but for me my blackmagic has been the most reliable camera I've used and has given me the least problems. I still want some features in firmware, but I would like to point out that for 500-1000 for a evf or monitor you CAN get waveforms, and histograms, and audio meters. For me the lesson is not to invest in blackmagic cameras within the first year they are released, but I love my blackmagic 2.5k dearly.

July 2, 2014

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Jacob

Using CFast 2.0 on the URSA is a joke. $1200 for a 120GB card, which will give you 20 minutes of ProRes or 6 minutes of RAW? Seriously? If you want to shoot RAW and have dual-recording for backup, this becomes at least a $30,000 camera. Just buy a C500 or an F55 at that point, and at least get a camera made by a company that's reliable.

July 2, 2014

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THANK YOU!!!!!

Gezzus I've been trying to point that out for over a month now and finally someone sees it too.

Dayum!!!!!.... there's a lot of blind people to this fact.

July 2, 2014

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Jerry

Word.

July 2, 2014

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Re: "Fixed pattern noise is something that is present in all CMOS sensors" - Yes... understood that it comes with the territory, but the "degree" of FPN in the BM4K seems to be at an unacceptable level for most.

July 3, 2014

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Razor

I would not under any circumstances pre order the URSA until I saw real working cameras out there in the field - not just reviews by carefully chosen people. Existing customers are right to feel shafted - their track record is shot to pieces and they will have to go a very long way to win back their customers support.

July 4, 2014

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Iain Philpott

Should of called him out instead of being so timid about the issues.

July 4, 2014

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VinceGortho

I actually found his attitude a little flippant and dismissive ...I salute you for what you guys have done ..But its time to go back and clean up the messes you have . There are quite a few small but fundamental issues that need to be addressed with this camera line before it proceeds. It is not a press issue ...It is your issue ..take responsibilty and deal with it in a professional manner ..Critisizing those who have paid good money for your products and have legitimate concerns ( and yes they are ..not press created ) and are not happy does not look good on you .

July 6, 2014

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mark fry

wow, i was all geared up to buy the whole line of bmd camera's, but now,I will for sure not by going for the 4k or URSA models anytime soon… so my only option would be the 2.5k rig, which has been out there for a bit and tested. for an upgrade I may lean towards the sony fs700 or maybe a c300 or c500, didn"t want to spend that kind of money however.. so for now a $1995 2.5k. rig with a few accessories won"t put me in the poor house until maybe the competition designs a bmd 4k and URSA killer

July 27, 2014

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lee Arthur

or maybe I should have just gone with the prosumer icon rig at the moment…….. canon 5D III

July 27, 2014

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lee Arthur

WTF Grant Petty. At the end of the interview he actually says that the ONLY people taking about problems with BM cameras are the press..... Open your eyes and listen to your customers. There is absolutely no way that BM has not heard from their customers with problems so Grant Petty is either extremely out of touch with company and customer base or is a liar. Very bad either way. I will never buy BM again.

September 11, 2014

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