June 1, 2015

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Gets More Frame Guide Options in Firmware 2.4

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL on O'Connor Head
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K firmware was just updated to 2.4. 

This update brings the 4K camera in line with other Blackmagic cams in terms of frame guides (which they got back in March in firmware 2.1), and also gives a few other additions, including remembering the peaking state once the camera has been powered down. Here's what else is in the update:

  • Updated camera utility
  • Adds support for more frame guides option
  • Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard

It's a relatively small firmware update, but in terms of usability it can definitely make a difference. At this point Blackmagic has released updates that make all of these cameras pretty usable out of the box, not something you could necessarily say at the beginning. In-camera formatting was a big one, but now that the firmware was rebuilt to support more frequent updates, little things will likely be crossed off the list even as the newer cameras come out. 

It's going to be another waiting game to see if Blackmagic's new URSA Mini will see any significant volume when it is set to start rolling out in late July, though we could see some of their other new cameras earlier. Either way they've stated that upgrades for the big URSA to the 4.6K sensor would happen before the Mini started rolling in any real volume.

As always you can find this update over on the Blackmagic Support page here    

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This is a great update as it add frame guides directly to the main screen. Before this, you could never use the frame guide other than through an external monitor. You actually get a lot of frame guide, hdtv, 1,85, 2,35, 2,39, 2,40 and more. Love it, great addition.

June 1, 2015 at 11:05AM, Edited June 1, 11:05AM

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Danny T
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Was the lack of guides on the main screen documented anywhere? I have a BMPC 4K and have thought this was a defect from day 1.

June 8, 2015 at 3:42AM

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David Gurney
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January 30, 2018 at 12:20PM, Edited January 30, 12:21PM

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khan saab
self
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I'm still waiting for the lower frame rate update... I really want 20, 22, even 18 fps options, for fight and car chase scenes. some day :(

June 1, 2015 at 11:48AM

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David Carmichael
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You can do that in post. HIGHER frame rate would be much, much more valuable. 48 FPS would make this camera far more useful.

June 8, 2015 at 3:43AM

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David Gurney
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January 7, 2018 at 5:43AM, Edited January 7, 5:43AM

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repeat after me.
ERASING CLIPS FROM INSIDE THE CAMERA.
Good.

June 1, 2015 at 12:04PM, Edited June 1, 12:04PM

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Edgar More
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Never going to happen. The BM cameras write their data sequentially. Deleting clips would introduce fragmentation and your SSD's performance would drop below acceptable limits. This is why, along with the generally accepted culture, that none of the cameras with super high data RAW recording do.

June 1, 2015 at 2:41PM

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seanmclennan
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Actually fragmentation doesn't affect SSD's performance because the memory controller can access the memory cells dynamically different from a mechanical drive that the arm have to move to access different points in the disc. Sorry if I made some English errors, not my native language.

June 1, 2015 at 8:55PM

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Vitor
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Don't pay attention to this. This was a repeated post (for some reason). I can't erase it by I can edit it.

June 1, 2015 at 10:08PM, Edited June 1, 10:14PM

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Edgar More
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*but

June 4, 2015 at 9:51PM

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Nice!

June 1, 2015 at 4:21PM

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J. Fandino
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Anyone experiencing trouble installing? After running the installer, and launching the new utility, i keep getting a "No Desktop Video Device Detected" alert.
I have my camera connected to my computer via the USB cable that came with the camera, and it's powered on via the direct power adapter. It simply isnt detecting my camera.
Help?

June 2, 2015 at 3:20PM

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David L. Rivera
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So much yes.

June 4, 2015 at 4:29PM

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Derek Mindler
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2.5K PRORES on the BMCC please !!!!!!!

June 4, 2015 at 9:50PM

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I don't think Apple supports 2.5k resolution as an acqusition format.
Some talk on it here.
http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=26765

June 7, 2015 at 6:18PM

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