September 23, 2019

Blackmagic's 4K Pocket Cinema Camera Is Getting New Upgrades

With a new firmware update, the BMPCC4K Gets 2.5K Anamorphic Mode
The upcoming Firmware upgrade will allow for users to shoot anamorphic at 2.8K Central.

Blackmagic had us so busy showing off a bunch of great new products, and a host of new software features, that nobody really noticed a firmware update coming for the 4K Pocket Cinema Camera. And with it comes not only the ability to shoot anamorphic at almost 3K resolution, but it also supports for framing where the image gets cropped. While Blackmagic has yet to reveal the timing on the firmware upgrade, it's a significant one that will make shooting for filmmakers more effective in the long term. 

The BMPCC4k can already shoot in widescreen, but up to now, it had been limited to 1080p. The new upcoming update will more than double the resolution for anamorphic mode, giving shooters another great shooting option.

And when shooting in Blackmagic Raw, users will be able to window the micro four-thirds image sensor to shoot 2.6K anamorphic uncompressed and at frame rates up to 120p. 2.8K widescreen is presumably available in other modes. That shows that the plucky little micro four-thirds image processor can handle a lot more than it was originally thought. 

Previously, the 4K Pocket could only shoot anamorphic Raw in 1080p. 

Framing guides and keeping level

The Camera Update will also give shooters new frame guides, including vertical video aspect ratios, plus support for making your own custom guides as well. And lastly, Blackmagic is giving BMPCC4K shooters a digital spirit level overlaid on the touchscreen to help shooters keep the image level when setting up their shots.

This new update gives the 4K Pocket legs to keep up with Raw development for a little while longer and assures 4K users who haven't upgraded to the 6K model, that Blackmagic isn't leaving them behind.

The update is listed as "coming soon," and all in all, while not a feature-laden update, it'll definitely be a useful one.     

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"This new update gives the 4K Pocket legs to keep up with Raw development for a little while longer and assures 4K users who haven't upgraded to the full-frame 6K model, that Blackmagic isn't leaving them behind."

- Can you PLEASE check your articles before publishing them? The P6K is not a full-frame camera, it's a Super 35mm Camera.

September 23, 2019 at 11:20AM

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Devin Pickering
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"Previously, the 4K Pocket could only shoot anamorphic Raw in 1080p."

This is false, previously the 4k pocket could only shoot *120 fps* in 1080p. Now we'll be getting it at 2.8k and 2.6k anamorphic. Also the 2.8k widescreen crop is for a super 16 field of view.

"2.6K anamorphic uncompressed" I'm a little confused by this, do you mean de-squeezed? It will have internal de-squeeze which is brilliant, but it's still using BRAW which is compressed.

September 23, 2019 at 2:04PM

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Kent Broadbent
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That grip is vaporware so far. Shouldn’t take that long for bm to release it. On another note, I wish it had a d-tap connector for a monitor.

September 23, 2019 at 4:15PM

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cee dee
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I just got a Tilta V Mount plate that attaches to the bottom of the BMPCC4K. When you use a slim 98w IDX battery it's not too much bigger than a battery grip. It has 2 d-tap ports.

September 23, 2019 at 4:47PM

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oh nice

September 23, 2019 at 7:53PM

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Anamorphic on a small sensor without something like a speed booster has always puzzled me (especially when windowed)......like the 'worth' a 1x33 ratio generally has compared to 2:1 ratio

September 24, 2019 at 12:55AM, Edited September 24, 12:56AM

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There is so much wrong in this article. You need to fact check.

September 24, 2019 at 2:32AM

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Adam Prest
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No one noticed? We’ve been talking about it for weeks. NFS continues to go to shit.

September 24, 2019 at 7:57AM

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2.8K 120fps?
2.8K anamorphic?

wow. Just wow.

September 25, 2019 at 8:09AM

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Is this a real article? Is there a source? What do you mean "Previously, the 4K Pocket could only shoot anamorphic Raw in 1080p"? I'm confused by this article.

September 27, 2019 at 12:36PM, Edited September 27, 12:47PM

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Jawa
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What about the updates for the original pocket? That go left behind.

September 28, 2019 at 1:37AM

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Wayne M
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This article is so troubling. The Blackmagic Pocket 4K has NO ANAMORPHIC MODES. Widescreen has been limited to 1080p? What the actual f#ck does that even mean? The available shooting resolutions currently on the bmpcc4k are 1920x1080 HD, 3840x2160 UHD and 4096x2160 DCI. AND THAT'S IT.

It's so sad to see NFS going to garbage in recent months :(

October 10, 2019 at 10:58AM, Edited October 10, 10:58AM

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Taylor Morgan
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