Blackmagic firmware 1.9.7 has been announced, enabling in-camera formatting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Last month, we discussed firmware 1.9.5 that provided the same formatting feature for the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera; we therefore knew that this update was only round the corner. It’s great to finally see these fundamental features now implemented into the cameras; as promised by Blackmagic these updates really have been regular and significant. Further information on the update from Blackmagic: “Customers also get the opportunity to choose between two disk formats, ExFAT and HFS+. The ExFAT is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X so is a good choice when customers are working on Windows or working between Windows and Mac OS X platforms as both platforms natively will read the disk. When customers are working on Mac OS X exclusively, the HFS+ format is the native Mac OS format and this allows higher performance for Mac users as well as better error protection because HFS+ supports journaling. Allowing easy selection of the format to erase the disk, the new Blackmagic Camera Update 1.9.7 also includes the new dashboard menu that allows actions on camera functions to be selected quickly. Customers can choose to format disks, enable focus peaking, go to the settings page and other camera operations on nice big easy to use buttons.” Firmware update 1.9.7 is available for download now from the Blackmagic website.Read more
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