The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF Mount Kit w/Handgrip & External Battery is a B & H kit that includes the 2.5K Cinema Camera in Canon EF, and a low profile handgrip rig both from Blackmagic Design. The kit also includes a Switronix Power Base 70 V-mount battery, charger, and a Pearstone padded carry bag for the camera and accessories. The camera itself features a Canon EF mount that is compatible with and allows electronic control of EF and ZE mount lenses, a 2.5K sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, and records either 12-bit RAW files or compressed files using the Avid DNxHD codec or Apple's ProRes codec. The camera records to available 2.5" form factor SSD media.
Shoot handheld with the low-profile Blackmagic handgrips, which provide control and a secure grip on the camera. The included Switronix battery also includes a regulator block with a 12" cable that that will power the Blackmagic Cinema Camera nearly four times as long as the camera's internal battery. The battery features an integrated battery test button with four LEDs. You can mount the battery to the camera using the integrated 1/4"-20 screw, and the three 1/4"-20 female mounting points allow for attaching it to a tripod or for accessories. The battery also features a V-mount for use with available V-mount accessories and battery plates, and the included Powerbase charger features LED charge status indicators and replenishes the external battery in four to five hours. When time comes to pack up, the included padded carry bag features padded movable interior dividers and a light blue interior that makes it easier to find those stray accessories and small items that seem to disappear inside bags with dark interiors.
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera features a 2.5K image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and a Canon EF lens mount. It is capable of recording 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW files at full 2.5K (2432 x 1366) resolution, as well as 10-bit Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats at 1080p. The camera records to removable 2.5" SSDs, which enable the high data rates required for RAW and ProRes HQ recording.
The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. The Canon EF lens mount offers compatibility with Canon EF, Zeiss ZE, and other third party EF mount lenses. Footage is monitored and settings are adjusted using the large 5" rear LCD touchscreen. The touchsreen also lets you easily add metadata to your shots, such as shot number, filenames, and keywords, which can save time and money in the post-production process.
To handle the high data video output, Blackmagic includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor.
PLEASE NOTE: The camera cannot format SSD drives. SSD drives have to be formatted (via an external 2.5" compatible dock) as HFS+ or exFAT on a Mac or Windows PC.
Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true "filmic" look, offering more flexibility in your shooting locations. Also it preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows, and allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading.
EF Lens Mount
The Canon EF compatible lens mount lets you use Canon's extensive line of EF lenses, Zeiss ZE lenses, as well as third party EF mount lenses. The active mount enables full electronic control with compatible EF mount lenses.
Capacitive Touchscreen Display
The five-inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen. You can enter shot data and update the camera's settings using the capacitive touchscreen display. Also control the camera's operating functions with a simple touch of the screen, just double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus. Additionally a data strip provides you valuable information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more.
The Blackmagic also features built-in metadata entry so that files include information compatible with popular editing software. This dramatically speeds up the whole post production process, and can save a production valuable time and money. Entering metadata is easy - simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where information can be entered including shot number, search tags, scene number, Timecode, and more. You can set shot number and other data to increment automatically, allowing for quicker setups while shooting. And the Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable, bypassing the time consuming task of searching for specific shots when editing a project.
A Built-in SSD recorder uses low cost 2.5" SSDs and allows for 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture, as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats. You can play back directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Studio deck. Also with Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats, you can record for more than five hours on a single 480 GB SSD, allowing you to shoot longer and give yourself more footage to play with in the editing process. All file formats conform to open standards used by most professional NLE software, allowing for seamless integration into most post workflows. When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color shots straight from the disc.
The Blackmagic uses only standard connections, no custom cable required, providing great versatility for most productions. Dual balanced microphone/line audio inputs for recording high quality uncompressed audio is also available. A 3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers is provided as well. The Blackmagic includes 12 to 30 VDC input for power and battery charging, a stereo mini (3.5mm) headphone output, a LANC remote control, and high speed Thunderbolt port for computer capture.
Open File Formats
The Blackmagic camera also uses standard file formats. The recording of native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, delivering full 12-bit RAW recording quality, so it provides HD quality images. Additionally, you can choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats for even greater compatibility.
The Blackmagic Camera also comes with Full DaVinci Resolve software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac and Windows. You can shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production with this industry standard software. Additionally, Media Express software for video capture from the camera's Thunderbolt port is provided, and UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring. You can also connect the camera to any computer using Thunderbolt to display six live scope views on a single monitor.
Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable)
The Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable) attaches on the bottom of the camera as a battery grip using an included mini quick release plate, and connects to the camera via a DC connector. It consists of a 14.8V, 77Wh lithium ion battery and a regulator block with a DC connector. The regulator block attaches on the side of the battery when the battery is mounted as a grip.
Two P-Tap outputs are available for powering 12V accessories and can also be used for lower voltage accessories if you incorporate optional XP power regulation cables. A V-mount adapter on the back of the battery allows direct connection to V-mount plates.
14.8V, 77Wh lithium ion battery
Attaches on the bottom of the camera as a battery grip using a mini QR plate
Connects to the camera via a DC connector
The DC connector is part of a regulator block that attaches to the side of the battery
Two P-Tap outputs for powering 12V accessories
Lower voltage accessories supported via optional XP power regulation cables
V-mount adapter on the back allows direct connection to V-mount plates
1/4"-20 accessory mounting threads on the sides
4-LED power indicator
Switronix PB70C PowerBase Charger
The Switronix PB70C PowerBase Charger is a compact, 90-240VAC battery charger for selected Switronix batteries. Using a P-tap connector, the PB70C delivers a full charge in 4-5 hours. A 2-color LED light on the front of the unit indicates the battery's status.
Pearstone Digital Video Camcorder Bag
The Pearstone Digital Video Camcorder Bag is a soft-padded, top-loading Cordura nylon bag designed to carry a small to medium-sized digital video camcorder with accessories. The bag provides a large front pocket for additional items, and has a bright blue interior with four adjustable dividers that allow for customization. It can be carried by its dual carrying straps with overlapping grip, or a removable, adjustable shoulder strap with pad.
Soft padded, top loading Cordura nylon bag designed to carry a digital video camcorder with accessories
Large zippered pouch in front
Bright blue interior with four flexible touch fastener dividers
Six studs on the bottom reduce shock to the equipment
Dual carry straps with an overlapping grip
Removable, adjustable shoulder strap with pad
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera Handles
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles from Blackmagic Design is an optional accessory for use with the Cinema Camera in situations where handheld shooting is required. Machined from solid aluminum for strength, the two handles feature solid rubber grips for maximum control.
2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366 ProRes and DNxHD at 1920 x 1080
23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Actual: 16.64 x 14.04 mm Active: 15.6 x 8.8 mm
Focus button turns on peaking
Compatible with any manually operated iris based lens
EF Mount (active)
Size: 5" with 800 x 480 resolution Type: Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Onscreen touch menus Physical buttons for recording and transport control
Integrated mono microphone
Integrated mono speaker
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" TRS balanced phone switchable between microphone and line levels Analog Audio Output: 1 x 3.5 mm TRS stereo mini headphone SDI Audio Output: 4 channels in HD-SDI Remote Control: 1 x 2.5 mm LANC for Record 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
Type: Removable 2.5" SSD Format: Mac OS Extended format (SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive [not included] on a Windows PC) 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 Format: RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG Compressed Recording Format: Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920x1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video dynamic range