November 4, 2014 at 5:57PM

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BMPCC 2.0 - What features would you want?

I'm interesting in the BMPCC V1.0 but I'm thinking of waiting to NAB 2015 to see if BlackMagic announce a 2nd gen. version. It looks like BM has been good about adding features via firmware since release.
What features are still missing? What would you want to see in a 2nd generation version of this camera that are realistic at the price point they have currently? (Yes, we'd all like 4K RAW, but it's not going to happen for $1K USD.)

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- Optical low-pass filter to reduce moire and aliasing
- UHS-I Speed Class 3 memory cards
- Larger battery
- WiFi Camera control

November 4, 2014 at 10:30PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Some good thoughts there. Thanks!

Einar Johnson

November 5, 2014 at 1:32PM

Definitely would like to see compressed video out as this way my low budget Lilliput is useless.

November 5, 2014 at 2:18AM

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Bojan Andrejek
DP / Cinematographer / Producer
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To beat a dead horse

-Higher frame rates, even 48 fps 720p or anything really

-Lens mount to be a higher on the camera so that any large lens (24-105 L series) does not sit flush with the camera body, it may be at the sacrifice of the whole pocket ascetic but it can be a pain

- 2K

- and the well documented battery issues to be improved

November 5, 2014 at 5:26PM

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Dale Leszczynski
Shooter Editor VFX
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2K would be nice indeed. Maybe even 2.5K for a little more reframing possibility in post. Like your thoughts on the higher FPS as well.

Einar Johnson

November 6, 2014 at 3:32PM

What kind of adapter are you using for your Canon lenses?

Einar Johnson

November 10, 2014 at 5:32PM

I wouldn't wait, just get the BMPCC!!

I reckon the odds of there being a BMPCC v2.0 at next NAB is fairly low (after all we would expect to see a BMCC v2.0 first?? And we haven't. Unless you count the BMPC4K as some kind of v2.0? Perhaps it is not in Blackmagic Design's plans to make v2.0 models, and instead to always concentrate on releasing radically innovative products rather than refreshing old ones).

Plus even if a new BMPCC v2.0 is announced at 2015 NAB, what is the odds you might not see it shipped until nearly 2016 NAB? All the more reason to get a BMPCC now!

November 6, 2014 at 5:56AM, Edited November 6, 5:56AM

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David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer
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Very good point about the shipping timeframes. Black Magic has three product levels: BMPCC at entry level, BMCC at mid level, and URSA at the high end. I'd expect that they would want to refresh the entry level to keep it exciting and competitive by next Spring. Could be wrong.

Einar Johnson

November 6, 2014 at 3:31PM

They might not see it the same as you do in there being three levels, for instance they might well lump BMCC and BMPCC together as both being in the "entry level". And also do we really know what is Blackmagic's goals here? Is it to have 3 lines of cameras? Or just to keep on pushing out more game changing cameras which will bring even more people to using their post production productions?

David Peterson

November 9, 2014 at 5:23AM

1- LowPass Filter
2- 1080p60 minimum
3- Larger sensor
4- Much less power consumption
5- Mini HDMI instead of micro HDMI
6- XAVC
7- Global Shutter with 14 f.stop DR.

November 6, 2014 at 7:42PM

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Roberto Mettifogo
Behind Cameras.
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So, you want the BMCC with 60fps. Even with as much spec as they put into a low price, I can't see them doing that for $1k while offering less at $2k.

More likely the Cinema Cam gets higher frame rates and the pocket stays at 30fps max.

Chris Preperato

February 8, 2015 at 11:14PM

I'll run with the bandwagon here: higher frame rates, better battery life, touchscreen, etc.

November 7, 2014 at 4:28PM

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for what it is and the price, all i ask for is better battery life

November 8, 2014 at 11:49PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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What kind of battery life to you see when filming with the BMPCC?

Einar Johnson

November 10, 2014 at 5:31PM

- 1080p 60fps (even only in ProRes would be ok!)
- Larger sensor & EF-mount

If this will happen, a huge amount of people will upgrade from their dslr because they can keep their EF glass and don't have to buy a speedbooster which adds up to costs. And remaining the possibility to shoot 60fps is a big plus

November 16, 2014 at 8:01PM

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Renze Boeren
Director / DP
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in order of importance:
1. 1080 60p
2. Professional audio pre-amps
3. 2x battery life, at least.

November 26, 2014 at 11:22PM

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Devin Pickering
Cinematographer/Editor/Composer
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+ Global Shutter and it's a perfect narrative camera. You'll be using external batteries & dual system sound in most cases anyways.

December 19, 2014 at 4:40PM

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Micah Van Hove
Writer
director, producer, dp

Global shutter, more DR, and 2.5K resolution is what I want to see in the next release. Battery life is not important, external battery is a must in most cases.

January 2, 2015 at 6:08PM

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ozkan erden
Aerial Videographer
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Global Shutter, Same if not better DR, Larger Sensor (1.6 crop would be fine), LP-E6 Battery (I have lots of these), Shipping start of May. Sacrifice the physical size if required.

January 21, 2015 at 7:52PM

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2.5k proress

February 6, 2015 at 10:41PM

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Vincent Gortho
none
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slightly larger body with more dials and buttons
better battery life
more pixels to play with would be nice :)
higher frame rate options
touch screen
more settings options (iso, white balance, ect)
a new picture profile with added contrast and saturation (for when grading is unnecessary)

That would be enough to make it worth the upgrade for me! :D

February 22, 2015 at 11:05AM

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David Cunningham
freelance filmmaker/photographer
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