In typical REDUSER manner, Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty has gotten used to posting news about significant advances in the development of their cameras on their very own Blackmagic Forum. Today he posted a link to about 10 GB worth of 4K (UltraHD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) ungraded ProRes clips from their upcoming new 4K Production Camera (the footage was acquired in ProRes, he did not touch RAW footage). Download the original footage by clicking here! Warning: 10 GB download (UPDATED! we took the liberty to upload the ZIP file to one of our servers as Windows users complained about a corrupted ZIP archive via the original Blackmagic link). He says that the camera is out now for their beta testers and seems to get fine tuning now for the release, which can’t be far away hopefully. The 4K footage looks really crisp and nice, however it is obvious that this sensor isn’t made for low light at all – which is kind of surprising as I was expecting better low light performance than from the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera (and Pocket Cinema Camera) simply because of the massively bigger sensor (Super35) of the 4K camera. There also seems to be some grain in the shadows of the daytime shots. Check out the still frames from the footage here and at the bottom of this post (not in 4K tough):Read more
The Blackmagic pocket cinema camera. A little marvel that has positive features like: -Good dynamic range -Film-like picture quality -ProRes and (soon) RAW recording ability -Really small size and is easy to handle -Most important, good value for money! But, is ‘good for the price’, really good? In the above “minute review” you can watch my concerns. Music: The music bed, Beautiful Day – Instrumental by Joshua RadinRead more
Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design posted a detailed explanation about their delay in delivering the much anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Apparently there is a problem with the glass surface of the Camera’s sensor that caused blemishes. This glass is now being replaced and should provide an up and running production soon. The following was posed in the Blackmagic Forum:Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com At IBC ikan was the only company that had a really affordable battery solution for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera “battery dilemma”. As you probably know by now the Blackmagic Cinema Camera will have a fixed internal battery only that will obviously run out at one point or another during your shoot. Naturally accessory manufacturers are breaking their head over how they can make an attractive external battery solution that will end up on your buying list.Read more
We’ve got a very special treat for our European readers today: If you haven’t placed your orders for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera yet then you can save some cash by being a cinema5D reader. The trusted European reseller Marcotec offers a 5% discount for the camera that is sure to bring down the Canon monopole. This is an exclusive discount don’t tell. The nice thing about it is that Marcotec already has the best European price and this -134€ cinema5D discount code really gives you the ultra price: Excluding tax & shipping it will be 2137€ (=$2820). For the first time I’m glad to be shopping in Europe. Discount CODE: 30052012 SHOP link: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Enter the code at checkout. Code is valid until May 30th 2012. The camera will start shipping in July. [UPDATE]: Site was down because of too many users online ;) They’re back. American cinema5D readers can pre-order the camera here.Read more
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