Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Announces PL Mount Cinema and Production Cameras, and Much More, at IBC

This year’s IBC was a big event for Blackmagic Design, with the company announcing significant additions across several product lines, as well as the acquisition of the VFX software maker eyeon, substantially strengthening Blackmagic’s hardware and software offerings.

Micro Four Thirds Format for Filmmakers

Filmmakers once had a simple choice when it came to what format they shot on. The two professional formats were 35mm and 16mm film. 35mm was, and still is, the gold standard, used on big-budget feature films. 16mm was thought of as the more accessible and affordable alternative, used on documentaries and independent films.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, now with RAW Recording

With their newly released Camera Utility 1.5 software, Blackmagic Design delivers on their promise to bring RAW recording to the Pocket Cinema Camera. The Blackmagic Camera 1.5 update adds 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording, and is available free from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic Design Digital Cinema Cameras and Accessories

Blackmagic Design has really shaken things up with their entry into the digital cinema camera market. First announced in 2012, the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera shocked the industry with a remarkably progressive feature set in an entry level, professional camera.

Hands-On Review: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby media, introduces the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and takes a look at the impressive image quality and unique form factor of the camera. The video explores the camera’s ProRes HQ and Cinema DNG RAW recording options, Super 16mm sensor, and 13 stops of dynamic range.

Aspects of Cinema

For aspiring filmmakers, the key to “getting into cinema” is networking, working on productions, and creating your own projects. There was a time when, if you wanted your films to look like film, you shot on film. Even five or six years ago, a professional-quality video camera would cost you several thousand dollars, at a minimum. Moreover, solid-state media and hard-drive storage cost nearly ten times what it does today.

Hands-On Review: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

The Blackmagic Design is a compact, minimalist camcorder that offers 2.5K RAW capture and records internally to SSDs. The Cinema Camera comes in two models, one with a Passive Micro Four Thirds mount, which means it is for manual lenses, one with a Canon EF mount that supports electronic iris control.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Cameras: ATEM 4K and More

Blackmagic Design announced two new digital cinema cameras at NAB 2013, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. These new models will join the current Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which was itself announced last year at NAB 2012. The Production Camera 4K will be the first of Blackmagic Design’s new Ultra HD product line.

Bescor Battery for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

B&H now carries Bescor’s new rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is designed to power the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. As you may know, the camera’s built-in battery cannot be removed or replaced by the user. This necessitates the use of an external power source, like Bescor’s BM-EPIC battery kit. This kit includes the BM-LiON battery and the BM-CGR charger.

Bescor Lighting Kit for Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

B&H now carries the Bescor BM-K1 kit, a pair of LED-70 on-camera lights and other accessories for use with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The kit also includes Bescor’s BM-LiON battery and BM-SFB Square Frame mounting bracket. The rig is suitable for mounting on a tripod or for handheld work with the two integrated handgrips.


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