October 24, 2019

Blackmagic Drops a Huge Update for Pocket 4K and 6K Cinema Cameras

Both 4K and 6K BMPCC models receive some pretty significant tools in this update, including a new on-screen horizon tool and anamorphic de-squeeze options.

Today, Blackmagic unleashed a ton of new functionality to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K in their latest update, including a new on-screen horizon tool, anamorphic de-squeeze options, USB PTP control support, and custom frame guide ratios for all Pocket Cinema models.

Despite some major upgrades to the new BMPCC 6K, the Australian camera company primarily focused on the BMPCC 4K, unleashing a bevy of new features that make this little cinema camera even more tantalizing for budget shooters, like new Super 16mm and anamorphic recording options in Blackmagic RAW, as well as support for the Blackmagic Pocket Camera Grip

Let's jump in and take a look at all the new features in the Blackmagic Camera 6.6 update.

Blackmagic RAW

  • Blackmagic RAW Avid Media Composer plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • CUDA general performance and stability improvements.

Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for 4K 2.4:1 4096 x 1712 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 75 fps.
  • Added support for 2.6K 2688 x 1512 up to 120 fps recording in Blackmagic RAW suitable for Super16mm lenses.
  • Added support for 2.8K 4:3 2880 x 2160 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 80 fps for anamorphic lenses.
  • Added support for 2x desqueeze preview when recording 4K 4:3.
  • Added support for 1.33x de-squeeze preview.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips as metadata.
  • Added common off-speed frame rate options above slider when changing frames.
  • Added common ISO options above slider when changing ISO settings.
  • Added 1:1 and 4:5 frame guide options.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Added ability to monitor voltage level when powering via 12V DC connector.
  • Improved autofocus performance.

Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Improved autofocus performance.

If you're ready to download the Blackmagic Camera 6.6 update, head on over to Blackmagic Design's support page    

Your Comment

15 Comments

I wonder how improving autofocus will work !!? That the only thing that makes a lot of people to not jump to purchase this camera as crazy.

October 24, 2019 at 5:49PM

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I think that when you work alone and in run and gun AF is a huge asset. I

October 24, 2019 at 10:32PM

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Paolo Mugnaini
Director/DP/Editor
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I’m assuming he’s asking for a more technical explanation. Will it be continuous, etc etc. Either way, there are third party Bluetooth TOF AF devices coming out soon (cda tek).

October 25, 2019 at 12:06AM

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cee dee
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EF mount is too much limiting, no speedboster, 1.6x crop. If they would make an alternative MFT mount, then it gets interesting. A numb MFT mount would be enough for me, I anyway do everything manually. Technically it would be very easy and cheap, but BM obviously doesn't understand. So, I probably will continue next year with Panasonic GH6 or something like Sharp 8K MKII

October 25, 2019 at 3:15AM, Edited October 25, 3:24AM

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Markus Stark
Nature 4K Film, YT: Markus Stark
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I agree, that's why I stay with the BMPCC 4k. At 1.9x crop and a speedbooster, it does the job just fine. MFT provides way more mounting opportunities than EF does.

November 2, 2019 at 5:18PM

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Eugenia Loli
Filmmaker, illustrator, collage artist
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Too bad they still didn't add a waveform instead of the traditional histogram.

October 25, 2019 at 5:47AM

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Michiel Eskens
Director & Editor
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That is a huge bummer! Seriously, why did they not prioritize that critical feature?

October 26, 2019 at 8:46AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
Director of Photography & Producer
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It is a handy camera but I just can't get work my way around getting good quality images after having used DSLRs for so long

October 25, 2019 at 6:17AM

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It is not made to take pictures. Do not buy it if thats what you need

October 26, 2019 at 8:45AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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Are there any canon lenses that fit for the 6k?

October 25, 2019 at 11:38AM, Edited October 25, 11:38AM

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Walter Wallace
YouTuber
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Pretty much any Canon lens as the 6K is FF Super 35 and EF Mount

October 25, 2019 at 1:11PM

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Tom
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There are Braw, Proress and Cinema Dng on the screenshot above at the start of the article - is it real? After upgrade (and before) I've got just Braw and Proress..

October 25, 2019 at 2:42PM

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That's a misleading screenshot. That's for the Ursa Mini Pro. You can see that it includes the 4.6k resolution which isn't in the pocket cameras.

My guess is it's an old screengrab from when they first started rolling out BRAW.

October 27, 2019 at 12:05AM

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Kent Broadbent
VFX, Editor, DP
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Thanks, Kent!

October 27, 2019 at 7:12AM

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Sounds like they just raised the resolution of the camera?

Plus - pinch to zoom ?!? That's awesome!

October 26, 2019 at 8:44AM, Edited October 26, 8:44AM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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