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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Our friends at newsshooter.com spotted one of the craziest modifications I have ever seen. The “Kine+ modification device” is made by Kinefinity, the mother company behind the KineRAW mini camera. Priced at $999 for the 2.5K cinema camera and $1499 for the 4K production camera (prices only for the modifications) this conversion claims to make the user experience of the BM cameras the one we wanted it to be. Mind you that the camera must be sent to China for this (probably) irreversible modification.
See the video below made by newsshooter.com technical editor Matt Allard:
Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Kinefinity Kine+ modified Blackmagic 4K production camera from Dan Chung on Vimeo.
Today we already published a test video of the impressive Canon 5D mark III RAW module enabled by the Magic Lantern hack and a guide to get it working yourself.
Here’s a side by side comparison of the 5D mark III with 14bit RAW 1080p together with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with 2.5K RAW so you can see how the two cameras differ.