May 14, 2019

Someone Put a Flip Up Screen On A BMPCC 4K...and It Works

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with Flip Up Screen
This camera mod is all kinds of yes, namely because you're not really doing a whole lot of modding to your camera. 

A user by the name of Power_cheung on the forum of a website, www.filmaker.cn, has recently published several photos and a few details of how he installed his own flip screen on a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. (I’m just going to call it the Pocket 4K from now on, mmmkay?)

Power_cheung states that it’s in the early stages and that future versions will be simpler and solve some of the existing problems (I’ll get into those in a minute), but for a first go, it’s got some serious potential.

On top of the pre-existing display, Power_cheung mounted his own personal display to a pair of custom made hinges. From the photos, they appear to be friction-based, allowing the screen to stay in place without any additional locking mechanism.

The hinge system is two-stage, first hinging up from the back in conventional fashion to give us a “selfie screen” (honestly, if I could have a selfie video in 4K RAW… I totally would) and then from another hinge point on the back of the newly installed screen, allowing it to move backward and forward and even to face downward and, likewise, upward.

 Rear View, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with Flip Up Screen
Credit: filmaker.cn
It is essentially the exact same screen modification that Sony implemented on their RX0 MK II, but on a full-fledged cinema camera. Nice move, Power_cheung.

I couldn’t find any specific details about how the mod was achieved, seeing as how there’s no external cable connecting to the camera. In one of Power_cheung’s photos, though, we can see a ribbon cable sneaking behind the existing screen.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with Flip Up Screen wiring modification
Credit: filmaker.cn
I think Power_cheung somehow re-routed the video signal from the existing screen to the new one, but that’s just speculation.

While the screen may flip, the image doesn’t. Power_cheung hasn’t seemed to figure out how to change this in-camera, considering the original design of the Pocket 4K has no need to flip the display. As a result, my 4K RAW selfie will have to be taken while referencing an upside-down image. We all have to sacrifice, though.

What about you? If you had the time and, frankly, courage, would you mod your Pocket 4K to have an articulating screen? Leave a comment and let us know!     

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I saw this in a group I'm in ..... ya, it's dumb as f***

May 14, 2019 at 3:21PM

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I don't think it is on top of the existing screen. I think the screen we see here IS the original one. The mechanism needs space anyway, and the screen is the right size, so...
I think he has removed the original screen, installed it in a frame with hinges and put it sort-of back where it was. With a (sourced) longer display ribbon cable.

May 15, 2019 at 4:35AM

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"seeing as how there’s no external cable connecting to the camera"
ehm in the picture is clear that brown cable from camera to lcd give it signal :-D
anyway why risk to damage a camera, loss warranty for something that you can have with more flexibility with external monitor/magic arm/cable?
if you want a photo camera with articulate monitor buy a gh5 (i have both gh5 and pocket4k), but with a cinema camera the game is different and a fixed articulated monitor give you more pains than advantage, directly shooting or gimbal shooting or tripods shooting.

May 15, 2019 at 4:36AM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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There is no need to do this because simply transferring the image to a smart phone will do a better job and will not add a risk of realizability on a great camera.
Adding a transmission function via bluetooth and designing an app that will manage the image on a smart is a lot less hazardous and much more practical then a flip screen, especially if you are 20 to 30 ft away from the camera,
Al

May 16, 2019 at 6:51AM

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