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? The sponsors for our Tradeshow coverage were:Read more
Blackmagic Design has released another significant firmware update, providing a feature that all users have missed since day 1, in-camera formatting. When speaking with Blackmagic at NAB On The Couch show, it wasn’t clear whether we’d ever see card formatting in their current cameras. However, since the show Blackmagic has come forward promising more regular and significant updates. They’ve been true to their word, and it looked likely that it was only a matter of time before we saw the missing fundamentals filled in. Well, another void in the feature list has been filled. “This software update adds in camera HFS+ and exFAT disk formatting to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as well as general performance improvements.” Blackmagic firmware 1.9.5 is currently for the Production Camera 4K only, but will become available to other Blackmagic cameras in due course.Read more
After a false start, Blackmagic has released firmware version 1.8 affecting most of their current cameras. There has been a bit of a debate on the Blackmagic and BMCuser forums after the firmware appeared briefly before disappearing from the official forums. However now version 1.8 makes the front page of blackmagicdesign.com, clearing up concerns of an unofficial release. Here is what has been changed: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Updated user interface Losslessly compressed RAW DNG recording support Addresses an issue where pixel artefacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 mode Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses Blackmagic Cinema Camera Updated user interface Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses Improved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHD Improved focus peaking display Improved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600 Improved general audio performance Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Updated user interface Improved performance when recording using internal microphones Improved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlights General improvements in autofocus with active MFT lenses Adds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switches Improved support for Sigma MFT lenses Improved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lens Improved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lens Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback Blackmagic Studio Camera Improved phantom power compatibility Addresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive video The main talking point will be the addition of RAW support on the Blackmagic 4K camera, however image improvements for the initial three Blackmagic cameras will be warmly welcomed. We’re still missing some crucial features, features some would have anticipated in this release. Lets just hope there’s another update not too far around the corner. What are your thoughts? What would you have like to realistically seen in this update?Read more
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