I'm glad someone's not replacing their GH5, since I still have a mind to get one for all of its user-friendly functionality (battery life, weather proofing, flip screen, small size, etc.). But I think a lot about that new BMPCC since I love my original BMPCC, but the more I think about it, the more I consider the practical consequences. I'm not a professional movie maker so, while I want the best picture with the most awesome codec that goes with FCPX, I also have to tone myself down and realize that what I create is not going to go to the big screen, or be anywhere close to the cheapest of indie films (not yet at least, but maybe one day!). The end result of having the new BMPCC then would be MUCH larger storage needs, expensive media cards, and slowed editing due to the huge files. You gotta ask if that's worth it. Of course it's not, but what makes rational sense doesn't always guide what I want, or get ;)
And, by the way, 110 MB/second for ProRes HQ? Is that correct as stated on the BlackMagic website? The original BMPCC runs around 25 MB/s for ProRes HQ and needs a pretty fast 64GB SD card for 41 minutes of record time. That same card isn't even fast enough for the GH5, which clocks at 50 MB/s (4x LESS than the stated BMPCC 4K rate). Is there even an SD card fast enough to record 110 MB/second?
Is anyone else concerned about the fan noise? I was so excited to hear about this camera, but then realized it has a fan on it, just like the Micro Cinema Camera. I know there are software workarounds, i.e. digitally removing the sound, but for ease of use I think that extra fan sound in quiet backgrounds is a bit of a deal breaker? Not having a huge budget (or any budget) to constantly have sound professionals cleaning up my audio, these sort of little things make a difference.
Those are allegations only. But even so, have you ever seen/read Philip Bloom's teaching and/or tutorials? He's brilliant! His down-to-earth manner, clear explanations, politeness and humor make him extremely watchable and effective in the information he is passing on (mostly for free too!).
If it weren't for Philip Bloom I wouldn't be were I am today in my interests and activities as a wannabe film maker. He inspires those of us who have the passion to create beautiful works with the fundamentals.
I shoot with my BMPCC as a run-n-gun camera all the time. I agree that it isn't that well made, hardware wise (the micro HDMI port just broke off when I was at Disneyland), but I love having the codec and image quality when I get back home and have to make sense of all the footage I shot.
It's probably not a bad idea to go with it as a beginner, since you're forced to learn some things that will serve you well later on. Just ask around for tips on how to use it, and you'll learn as you go. It is worth it.
People who have Panasonic cameras love them, and there is nothing wrong with their images, but the BMPCC has this image with nice highlight roll-off and color rendition that is better, in my opinion, than every camera out there in the price range we're talking about here.
Hi Sean, that was great!
Here's a serious question for you: If one (me) were to want to get into a career in visual effects, or at least learn how to accomplish what you do, where does one start? Is it youtube videos, a VFX school, an internship, or other?
P.S. I'll be making a career changes in a couple of years (once my commitment to the military ends).