Blackmagic Cinema Camera – Finally had a play with it…..

I know this camera has been highly anticipated for a while now…but i have finally played with a prototype and it left a very good impression.

This camera won’t replace any of the high end cameras, but your’ll be sure it will shake up the decision making process.  Today’s budget’s in mind, i’d say this camera can pop up on a multitude of productions.  It’s easy to use, use’s any EF lens, 13 stops of Dynamic rangeshoots in raw and comes with DaVinci Resolve…need i say more….oh and it will cost you £1790 excluding VAT – almost hard to believe – even the new Canon 5D body costs more.

For those in post…you can send the RAW files from Resolve to FCP, edit your project in any codec you wish, then send the edit back to Resolve where the time line will be in RAW, ready for you to make all your colour enhancements and final chromatic flare.

If you have any worries about the internal battery not being sufficient…fear not, many accessories are starting to pop up for this camera – power is no exception.

Bar set up – vmount…. http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=product/switronix_gp-s-bmcc

Power base for a variety of configurations: http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=product/switronix_pb70-bmcc

If you really like your toys…then try adding the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to the CINIPRO camera drone – the

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And here’s a little from the guys at Blackmagic themselves

The Blackmagic design cinema camera has a beautiful design featuring a machined aluminium chassis and is one of the worlds finest digital film cameras. It has features that are as attractive as its appearance, such as 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats, high resolution 2.5K sensor, interchangeable optics, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed ProRes and DNxHD file formats! It includes a sun shield, power supply, carry strap, UltraScope waveform monitoring software and a full version of DaVinci Resolve Software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Add the timeless beauty of feature film quality to your production work

Elegant, sophisticated and jam packed with the latest digital cinema technology, this camera gives your work that timeless feature film look! It features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design!

Move to Digital Film

The camera features a high resolution sensor with wide dynamic range making it perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is included so you can work at the highest quality and get the best results. The Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, so it’s perfect for displacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more!

13 Stop Dynamic Range

Regular video cameras clip video so you are locked into images that look cheap. It eliminates this problem as it captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files, so your images look truly cinematic. This preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows. This means you keep all sensor data so you can make creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading!

Premium Quality

Building one of the finest cameras in the world requires attention to every detail. The Camera’s premium quality design features a machined aluminum chassis, interchangeable optics, high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed file formats! Every aspect of the image path has been totally optimized for quality, so this means you always get the quality you need for the most demanding work.

EF Compatible Lens Mount

With this product you can use the most amazing optics from the world’s leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more. This product is compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses, so you can use the lenses you already own! With this Camera you are not locked into any specific lens and you can choose the lens you need based on the creative style of your shot! It allows full electronic control of your lens, so you can simply point, set iris and focus on command!

Metadata Entry

This is the first camera to feature built-in metadata entry so your files include information compatible with popular editing software. This dramatically speeds up the whole post production process! Entering metadata is easy. Simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where you can enter information such as shot number, search tags, scene number, timecode and more! You can even set shot number and other data to increment automatically!

Built-in SSD Recorder

The camera features a built-in SSD recorder that allows 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats. All file formats are open standard and used by NLE software so you get the only camera designed from the ground up to be part of a whole post production workflow! When you’ve finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to your computer and edit or color your shots straight from the disk!

Camera Features
Sensor Resolution 2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution 12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size 16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size – Active 15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Focus Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens Mount EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions 5 inch and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen Type Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Controls Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
Microphone Integrated mono microphone
Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Mounting Options 3 x 1/4 inch thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4 inch thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery Life Approximately 90 minutes
Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions 166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage Type Removable 2.5 inch SSD
Storage Format Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording Formats RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording Formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
Connections
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x 1/4 inch jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Standards
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Extras
Software Included DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve
USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s
Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the
camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Accessories Detachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and
12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Optional Accessories
Camera Handles Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles