5 Tough Questions to Blackmagic You Always Wanted to Ask

Blackmagic Design created a lot of buzz with the introduction of their camera line in 2012 when the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced. Due to the popularity of these cameras there was also criticism raising in some areas and users had questions regarding things like firmware updates, quality control and design decisions.

In our frequent visits to the tradeshows we often presented these questions to the technicians and spokespeople of Blackmagic and had very interesting conversations off camera that helped us understand some of their decisions. This time at IBC a few weeks ago we had our camera with us and sat down to have an honest chat with Tim Siddons from Blackmagic Design. We’re happy Tim took the time to answer all of our questions in detail and that we can share this with you, giving you some more insights than the usual product presentation talks.

Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Do you have more questions for Blackmagic that we can ask next time we meet them?

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Apostolos Nikolaidis Reply
Apostolos Nikolaidis October 7, 2014

Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

Kannan VCpuram Reply
Kannan VCpuram October 8, 2014

beautiful posing

Kannan VCpuram Reply
Kannan VCpuram October 8, 2014

beautiful posing

Mattia Santino Merli Reply
Mattia Merli October 8, 2014

How about a Hyperdeck Shuttle 3 with 4K Prores support?

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Bill G October 8, 2014

I was under the impression that Sony’s XAVC codec was free for all who wanted to use it from both a manufacture or end user stand point. What Tim is eluding to at 10:44 question is that Sony is charging BMD for use of the XAVC codec. Am I hearing this right?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber October 8, 2014

That’s what he said and also confirmed in the conversation beforehand.

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Bill G October 8, 2014

So while Sony preaches “open format” they have their hands out for a payoff. Not very open when you think about it. Funny how it is in Sony’s best interest to have software support of edit programs for Sony products and yet they are willing to risk market penetration of the codec on whether they make money off the licensing. They end up kicking their own ass. Makes no sense.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber October 8, 2014

Politics

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Giacomo M October 10, 2014

How about incorporating 60fps in the current 2.5K and 4K cameras via firmware updates? Would they be capable of? If I think, in this case, of a “production camera” that covers a fair amount of “productions”, not having 60fps is definitely a problem.

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Mark A October 22, 2014

I just want to know if there’s going to be successor to the BMPCC. At least 60fps and better low light.

Gerald Prost Reply
Gerald Prost January 3, 2015

Thanks for asking these questions. I was very impressed with the Blackmagic rep. One thing could have been said about the noise vs dynamic range discussion. These cameras are designed for cinema use and you have to expected to light your scene properly. You can use a Sony A7s or a Canon 5D Mk III without any lighting kit. A serious filmmaker expects to use a lighting kit. You can’t expect to use a Red camera without a lighting kit. Dynamic range and flexibility in post is more important for most filmmakers. Low light performance has opened up a new range of exciting new possibilities for the filmmaker, which is great, but Blackmagic has put their energy into a different area. Gerry in Calgary.