August 13, 2019

Blackmagic Releases BMPCC 6K Footage (and It's Amazing)

With 12-Bit RAW with Dual Native ISO, the new BMPCC 6K offers a wide dynamic range.

Like everyone else last week, you may have been drooling over the notion of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K shooting 12-bit RAW. But if something was causing you to wait on ordering this compact 6K camera, Blackmagic has dropped a series of test footage clips to eliminate all doubt.

With its compact size, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K packs a huge punch thanks to a larger Super35mm image sensor and the ability to shoot using an EF mount lens without the need of a speed booster adapter. It can shoot in 12-bit color using Blackmagic Raw, and with dual ISO, it has the same impressive dynamic range as its younger brother, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. In fact, it's essentially the same camera with an upgraded image sensor and lens mount. But that extra sensor real estate boosts image resolution to 6K, making it the first pocket-sized 6K camera.

Blackmagic shot a variety of scenarios to give you an idea of how the BMPCC 6K performs in the wild, including an indie film, a music video, documentaries, and even wedding and real estate videos, all of which have a variety of lighting situations to take full advantage of the dual ISO capability. You can see them all on Blackmagic's website, but let's take a look at this mock indie film directed by Alice Stephens.

Blackmagic is marketing the BMPCC 6K as a versatile shooter that can prove its power in a myriad of different kinds of projects, thanks to its small form factor, high dynamic range, and, of course, that 6K resolution.

Creating cinematic virtual home tours: This is where the dual ISO can really let the camera's high dynamic range shine. It was shot using both Blackmagic extended video modes RAW Q0, and Q5 using a trio of Canon EF mount lenses. The variety of lighting conditions are handled very nicely with some solid details.

Documentaries: Shooting a documentary in the field can demand wide dynamic range to shoot in a variety of lighting scenes. The benefit is that just about everything a shooter could need, including a large 5" touchscreen with focus assist, is built-in. Note the variety of lighting challenges in the forest, that's what dual ISO buys you...dynamic range. And the detail of the bark on every tree or leaf is impressive. I'd bring extra batteries, though.

A large touchscreen display on the BMPCC6K means documentarians don't need to carry extra gear in the field

Weddings: With a Super 35mm image sensor, wedding videographers can make a couple's happy day even more dramatic with a cinematic flair, and do it while recording to an external drive for those long moments you don't want to miss swapping out memory cards. 

Music Videos: For this clip, filmmaker Hamish McGregor shot a music video at 8:1, which enabled him to know exactly how much storage he would need to get enough coverage for the 2 1/2 minute video. And thanks to shooting in 6K, filmmakers could get up to three different camera angles from a single take, making production time fast and affordable for struggling bands. 

Constant Bitrates at 6K gives shooters a fast turnaround with multiple angles from a single take.

Indie Films: At under $3,000, the BMPCC 6K can be the ideal camera for shooting your low budget indie film while still giving it a big-budget look. The low cost, frees up room in the budget for higher-end cinema primes like the Atlas Orion 35mm and 80mm T2s, or the Sigma Cine zooms giving your low budget production even higher production value.

News and Sports Gathering: Shooting at a variety of frame rates, and with its handy dynamic range, it wouldn't surprise me if the BMPCC 6K becomes a popular ENG option for smaller TV studios and websites looking to add a big city feel to their reports. 

Sports!

Blackmagic has also made the original camera files available for download, so users can play with color correction to test the grading capabilities. You can download the original camera files here.

It seems to me, that the only real competitor to the BMPCC 6K in this price point is from Panasonic and it's full-frame S1H. It's going to be interesting to watch these two go head-to-head.     

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Seriously? How much did Blackmagic pay for this 'commercial'...

August 13, 2019 at 2:31PM

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rnfr
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Please this site struggles for content. Half of its is just from browsing youtube.

August 13, 2019 at 3:51PM, Edited August 13, 3:51PM

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Jason
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I agree, how dare this website that focuses on low budget filmmaking write an enthusiastic article about a new affordable camera that many low budget filmmakers are excited about. For shame, nofilmschool. For shame.

August 13, 2019 at 5:36PM

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An uncritical article which thinks footage that’s completely bobbins is somehow remarkable. For shame indeed

August 14, 2019 at 7:28AM

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keith
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I completely agree. I thought the footage was extremely subpar. Nothing special about it.

August 19, 2019 at 4:38AM

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Nice tips to make a great film & won awards.

August 13, 2019 at 6:09PM, Edited August 13, 6:09PM

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Jessica Mallick
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Not convinced. I am a real fan of what BMD is doing - but this footage doesn't do it for me. I think 'remarkable' is a stretch, but I wouldn't be half surprised to see some incredible images captured with this camera in the future.

August 13, 2019 at 10:36PM

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Myke Scaffidi
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The bokeh in the linked video (dancing teens) is hideous... The wall looks disgusting... Of course that's not the camera, it's the lens, but still, for a promo...

August 14, 2019 at 12:09AM

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I think someone didn't know how to focus their slr magic anamorphot adapter very well.

August 14, 2019 at 12:46AM

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Vincent Gortho
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I was wondering if it could have been the anamorphic adapter that was creating more blur than usual.

August 16, 2019 at 2:34PM

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Dominique Gilbert
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Exactly if you’re going to label footage as “remarkable” let it really be.

August 19, 2019 at 4:40AM

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Hmm. I wish filmmakers would embrace crushing their blacks. It seems like a lot of youtube and vimeo filmmakers like to try to preserve as my of the image exposures as they can and don't crush their blacks or maximize contrast.
Which is why a lot of videos don't get mistaken for movies but instead look like youtube/vimeo projects.

August 14, 2019 at 12:49AM

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Vincent Gortho
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It is interesting. People do a lot in the name of achieving "the film look" but if you ever look at scans of 35mm prints on YouTube, or go see a 35mm screening at an arthouse theater, the blacks are DEEP. And there is basically no shadow detail, and it looks gorgeous. So to me that is "the film look" because it's how nearly everything shot and projected on film looked for decades yet you barely ever see it nowadays in amateur projects.

August 14, 2019 at 1:08PM, Edited August 14, 1:09PM

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agreed. when I first started, I was attracted to that milky blacks look, but now, I grow weary of that look. It's predictable and almost cliche', and I've moved on.

(BUT, some brides really like that Instagram look so...occasionally I'll do it)

August 15, 2019 at 5:00PM

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Edit: apologies for the double post

August 14, 2019 at 1:08PM, Edited August 14, 1:09PM

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This looks like one of those college projects where you get 1 hour to shoot something. So a bunch of students get together at one of their parents house and shoot some slow motion of them doing nothing. And I agree about the wall. I don't normally notice what's out of focus because by design, its out of focus and unimportant so I shouldn't' be paying attention to it. But THIS??

It's still a great low budget camera, a perfect tool to learn to shoot with. As long as you don't believe that you MUST shoot everything in RAW and you MUST shoot everything in 6k. That's the biggest take away=)

August 14, 2019 at 8:01AM

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Josh.R
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Get woke, go broke. We hire based on genitalia, not talent, in film now.

August 14, 2019 at 10:49AM

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Lol sponsored by Blackmagic. Great sales copy going through all the features and benefits!

August 14, 2019 at 10:47AM

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I think everything is ugly about that footage. Blackmagic is inexpensive but the skin tones were always bad (I owned one). It's been 10 years since Arri released its sensor, how come nobody even got close to these colors? Why is it so difficult? Is this the reason why all these brands are focusing on the resolution and useless stuffs all these last years, because they just can't figure out how to make a decent color science as Arri does?

August 14, 2019 at 12:36PM, Edited August 14, 12:36PM

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JoachimV
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I remember the BMCC 2.5k getting praise for skin tones and even being labeled the baby Alexa. I'm sure there is difference but BM isn't bad at skin tones.
I love my 2.5k more than my 4k. the highlight roll-off is great. the limitations of the sensor with the details being in the highlights gives the image texture and a bit of bloom to light sources. I'm getting mine repaired right now to use as my daylight cam and my pocket 4k as my night time camera.

August 15, 2019 at 5:56AM

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Vincent Gortho
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This is absolute dogshit. Nofilmschool down the drain. I'm out.

August 15, 2019 at 7:49AM

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Le Chat
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August 15, 2019 at 3:05PM, Edited August 15, 3:08PM

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This feels very low effort.

August 15, 2019 at 12:26PM

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Nate Brown
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why isn't the video viewable in 4k or at least 2k? expected a lot more from 6k footage being scaled to 1080, there is better footage that is shot native 1080 than this. These first footage videos have been consistently underwhelming

August 15, 2019 at 8:20PM

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erloshA
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It is known aspect for and i think necessary as well "Shooting at a variety of frame rates, and with its handy dynamic range, it wouldn't surprise me if the BMPCC 6K becomes a popular ENG option for smaller TV studios and websites looking to add a big city feel to their reports."

August 16, 2019 at 5:28AM, Edited August 16, 5:28AM

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