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Blackmagic-Histogram-Audio-Meter-Time-RemainingWhile the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K got a histogram, time remaining, and audio levels last month, many were wondering when the other Blackmagic cameras — the Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera — were going to get these important features as well. That day is today, as the company has announced firmware 1.9.3, which will finally allow you to know exactly how much footage you’ve got left to shoot on both the BMCC and the BMPCC, and let you see what kind of levels you’re recording for audio. More »

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - FrontIt’s unclear what Blackmagic may be doing with their lowest-end camera in the future, but one thing is for sure right now: the $500 discount on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is only for a limited time. How limited? Though they mentioned it would last until the end of the summer, the other stipulation was that the special price was “subject to limited availability.” This means that once a certain amount of stock runs out, retailers will begin charging the full price again. This seems to already be happening in many places, though a few, like B&H, still have the camera listed at its discounted price for a little while longer. More »

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Blackmagic 4K Firmware 1.9 Addresses Fixed Pattern NoiseIt’s been a huge issue for many users, and while the severity has been inconsistent camera to camera, the new 1.9 firmware update released today for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K should address fixed pattern noise on all cameras. Though it may not be completely removed in all situations, this was a much-needed fix for those who’ve gotten some models that have suffered from excessive noise. They’ve also added some really essential features, like a histogram, audio meters, and a time remaining indicator so you can see how much recording time you’ve got left depending on your shooting format. More »

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Blackmagic Camera Firmware Update 1_8_2 with ProResThere was just an incredible price drop on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and now the company is increasing the value of the entire line. Blackmagic said updates would come faster thanks to the significant 1.7 firmware, and three weeks later we’ve got another major addition. While the Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera, and Production Camera 4K are all capable of recording to the high-quality ProRes HQ codec, for plenty of shooting situations, HQ can be overkill. In the 1.8.2 firmware update, Blackmagic has added the more highly-compressed ProRes 422, ProRes LT, and ProRes Proxy codecs, which will mean longer recording times for projects that don’t necessarily need the highest fidelity possible, and less data storage for normal recordings. More »

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraOf the myriad cinema-style cameras that have hit the market over the past year, none are as inexpensive or have as tiny of a form-factor as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Add to that the camera’s 13 stops of dynamic range and internal ProRes/CinemaDNG recording, and it seems like one hell of a bargain at $995. As most of you know, Blackmagic has a distinct history of reducing prices on their cinema cameras, and they’ve done it once again — at least for the time being — with the BMPCC. For the next month and a half, you’ll be able to snag one of these little cameras for only $495. More »

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Blackmagic URSA 4K with PL MountA 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. More »

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Grant Petty - Blackmagic Firmware Update 1.8There was quite a bit of confusion yesterday when a private download link for the newest firmware 1.8 was made live before an official release. That situation was corrected soon after it was made available, and users were told that this was not an official release. Now the company has announced the official firmware 1.8 update, and they are showing off a video with their CEO that goes through all of the new features and also hints at many more firmware updates coming very soon. More »

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Blackmagic Firmware 1.8 on BMPC4KEarlier today there was a bit of a surprise when the Blackmagic website showed a brand new firmware update download without any press releases or fanfare. We’ve been told for a while that this 1.8 update was coming, with the promise of unifying firmware across all of their cameras so that only one download would be needed. The 1.8 firmware update was available for a little while, but was then quickly removed. Downloads are floating around online, but apparently this update isn’t ready for primetime, and could have bugs that won’t be in the release version. More »

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Metabones Canon EF to MFT Speed BoosterLast year Metabones came out of nowhere with the Speed Booster, a product that seems too good to be true until you look at the results. While it does have its faults, your lenses do really become faster and wider, giving you a lot more options for mirrorless cameras that have smaller than full-frame sensors. We’ve heard rumors about a Metabones Canon EF to Micro 4/3 Speed Booster that would give full iris control on MFT cameras (we’ve already got the Nikon version which is all-manual), but nothing was concrete until now. The first product out of the gate is for the Blackmagic Pocket, which is going to make the camera that much more usable with full-frame lenses. More »

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RedRockRedrock Micro is probably best known for their award-winning One Man Crew, a motorized parabolic motion system, as well as their remote focus system microRemote. We stopped off at their booth at NAB, where Redrock’s Brian Valente not only gave us a demonstration of the new features of these two products, but of their new 3-piece, vintage style rig for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Retroflex, which allows for handheld operation. More »

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bmd_logoBlackmagic’s revealing of their new cameras at NAB has been met with great excitement from many filmmakers. However, there has been some concern among the Blackmagic community that the company is “no longer supporting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Pocket Cinema Camera.” Kristian Lam of the Blackmagic Design technical support team has addressed this in a post on the BM forums, in which he describes the background information about the development and why firmware updates are taking longer than expected. More »

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Nauticam BMPCCThough most indie filmmakers spend the majority of their time out of the water, chances are they’re going to end up submerged one way or another, whether in a pool or in the briny deep. Nauticam has just announced an underwater housing that may be of interest to fans and users of either the Blackmagic 4K, 2.5K, or Pocket Cinema Cameras — the NA-BMCC and NA-BMPCC. Designed with tactile record trigger, handles for stabilization, as well as several mounting possibilities, these underwater housings aim at giving more control and visibility to underwater filmmakers. Continue on for more info. More »

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Sleepwalkers

Director Ryan Lightbourn dropped out of film school and decided to strike out on his own, making films and music videos with gear he bought himself. Having just recently finished his first feature film Sleepwalkers, Ryan decided to let us behind the scenes, explaining his process as he made his film using an array of different types of gear, including the RED SCARLET, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and the 5D Mark III.

This is a guest post by Ryan Lightbourn. More »

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Metabones_spnfg-bmpcc-bm1_03sThis year a company called Metabones released the Speed Booster, an adapter which makes lenses faster, wider, and sharper as long as they were designed for a larger format than the format you’re currently working with. They already introduced adapters for Micro 4/3 cameras like the GH3, but now they’ve created new Nikon mount Speed Boosters designed specifically for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that make lenses on those bodies even faster and wider, and give the Super 16mm Pocket essentially a Super 35mm sensor. More »

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraBlackmagic has issued another update for the Pocket Cinema Camera (after the recent RAW firmware), this time to fix what was actually a rather annoying issue related to shutter speed and motion blur. When the camera was set to a 180 degree shutter (or 1/48th of a second) and 23.98 fps or 24 fps, the motion blur actually looked more like a 360 degree shutter (or 1/24th of a second). To see the difference, check out the video below: More »

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BMPCC ProRes vs RAWJust last night, Blackmagic Design released a firmware update for their Pocket Cinema Camera that we’ve all been waiting for since the day the camera was released several months ago, a firmware update that gave the minuscule camera the ability to shoot compressed RAW CinemaDNG files directly to the internal SD cards. With the recently released update, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing comparison videos of the BMPCC’s ProRes shooting mode and the newly possible RAW mode. Here’s the first of these videos: More »

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - FrontIt’s been in the works for some time now, but CinemaDNG RAW recording has finally arrived for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (which is now in stock at places like B&H if you’d like to pick one up). Though it was mentioned that RAW would be ready when the camera began shipping over the summer, more time was needed for testing and to ensure that it worked properly. Check out more from the announcement below as well as which SD cards you’ll need to actually record in RAW. More »

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RAW DNG Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - John BrawleyIt’s all over the packaging and documentation, but the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which first began shipping during the summer, does not actually have RAW capabilities at the moment. The only recording format with the camera right now is ProRes, but according to John Brawley, a Director of Photography who has worked closely with Blackmagic on the development of all of their cameras, has confirmed that compressed RAW CinemaDNG is coming soon. He’s also posted some DNG frames for anyone to download. Click through to check them out. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Dave Dugdale Compares the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to the 5D Mark III and RED EPIC - nofilmschoolThe new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is starting to be reviewed around the web, and this time we’ve got Dave Dugdale taking a look at just the second camera from the company. Dave compares the Pocket to his Canon 5D Mark III as well as a RED EPIC, and reviews the camera from a learning perspective. Much of the review focuses on the camera’s log ProRes shooting mode, but there is also an interesting bit about Magic Lantern later on in the review. Check it out below. More »

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pbase_frontIf you’ve used or own a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (or you’re still waiting for yours to be delivered), you might have noticed that battery life isn’t all that great. Not too dissimilar from the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera, the most compact way to use the Pocket camera won’t allow you to use it for very long unless you’ve got a stack of charged Nikon EN-EL20. Stated battery life from Blackmagic is about an hour per battery, but if you’d like a simpler way to use the camera and still keep it compact, Switronix has introduced the PocketBase (not to be confused with the PowerBase for the BMCC), which allows two Canon LP-E6 batteries to power the camera for 5 hours at a time. More »