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
Just a month on from firmware version 1.8, and just a week on from version 1.8.2. Firmware 1.9 has been released for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, improving the sensor calibration and adding histogram, audio levels and time remaining to its features. It seems every other article I write at present is related to Blackmagic Design, they weren’t kidding when they promised more regular, substantial updates to their cameras firmware. Some say that the Blackmagic cameras exclude a fair amount of staple features that any camera should include; version 1.9 shortens that list. A swiping action activates the new heads up translucent display, which features a histogram, audio levels and time remaining on the memory card. Firmware version 1.9 has also improved sensor calibration, which is said to improve the image quality and potentially solve some issues users were having such as fixed pattern noise. To what extent this has been fixed we will see. Without having a unit back in for testing we don’t know for sure. However trusted shooter James Miller has tried out the new firmware update, and has positive remarks on the image quality. Blackmagic stated that a uniform numbering system for their firmware meant consistency across all their cameras, so expect a similar update soon for both the Pocket and Cinema cameras. So, what’s next, formatting of cards? Write your wish lists below!Read more
Blackmagic just announced and presented their new Production Camera 4K – a $4000 camera that offers 4K recording on a global shutter (no jelly) super35mm sized sensor. Wow! As posted this morning Blackmagic hit NAB just as hard as last year surpassing everyones expectations with the announcement of a $995 pocket version of the BMCC and an intriguing 4K/global shutter version of their famous Blackmagic Cinema Camera costing only $3995. Get your pre-orders (LINK) done as this camera will probably be sold in no time. The Blackmagic Production Cinema Camera may look just like the original Blackmagic Camera, but in fact it has an extremely powerful sensor in it: 4K in 12bit raw for $3995. That is truly revolutionary, once again… Just 1 hour ago Blackmagic hald a press release revealing everything on their new cameras and several other new products. Here are all the details on the 4K wonder camera:Read more
Blackmagic just announced and presented their new Pocket Cinema Camera – a full Blackmagic Cinema Camera, but 10 times smaller and lighter. As posted this morning Blackmagic hit NAB just as hard as last year surpassing everyones expectations with the announcement of a 4K/global shutter version of their famous Blackmagic Cinema Camera costing only $4000 and another $995 mini version of the BMCC. Only 1 hour ago Blackmagic started their press release with all the information on said cameras and several other new products. What is the Pocket Cinema Camera?Read more
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