What's better than rigging one cinema camera to a vehicle? How about four 12K Blackmagic cinema cameras all at once! 

Check out the full test from VFX supervisor Sam Nicholson below, then dive into the takeaways.

Why 12K

Resolutions can start to get pretty confusing as companies rapidly have new camera models releasing. Nicholson explains how when you're shooting in 12K, you're getting pretty much as close to a real eye as possible. 

Not only that, but when it comes to post-production, you're given a lot more freedom to scale in and edit without losing resolution. It's a very flexible resolution and an exciting new tool for cinematographers.

The Test

The team set up four different 12K Blackmagic cameras on opposite sides of a moving train. They used 8-15mm Canon lenses at 12mm with 800 ISO as their settings. 

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The goal was to be able to get footage from each side and have a complete 360-degree view. They were able to accomplish this by having each of the cameras running at the same time, with the exact same settings. 

After recording the necessary footage, they took it back and loaded it onto DaVinci Resolve. It's a seamless transition and allowed them to quickly color correct and match the footage. 

Once that process is finished, they're now able to project it onto a screen and attempt a "Throughview Process" aka virtual production


As Nicholson mentions repeatedly in the video, the resolution really does matter. Especially when you're working on such a high-level project with a lot at stake. You want to be able to have the maximum amount of information on your footage possible.

This makes everybody's life in post-production a lot easier and can save you from unwanted mistakes. 

The technology is advancing fast, and Blackmagic's cameras in combination with their software are tearing down many barriers for filmmakers. 

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