Some of us have had ants in the kitchen, or maybe we had to deal with these little creatures while camping. But have you ever had your camera swarmed by ants? Dakota McLearn was unpleasantly surprised recently when he saw that his Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K had become home to a colony of ants. He shared his experience in a video and it’s as fascinating as it is scary.
If you’ve had a go at shooting video for any length of time with any camera that has a DSLR or mirrorless-like form factor, you soon realise that you need some form of cage. You need to attach handles, lights, microphones, external batteries and all kinds of doohickies. Sure, you have a cold shoe on many cameras, but you can only attach one thing to that.
When it comes to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, there isn’t even a cold shoe. There’s just a 1/4-20″ screw thread, and it can’t handle a lot of weight attached to it. The solution to this problem is to add a cage.
Metabones Speed Boosters and focal length reducing lens adapters from other brands have become very popular over the last few years as more people take to smaller sensor formats like APS-C and Micro Four Thirds for shooting both stills and video. There are a number of them out there now, although Metabones continues to be held in the highest regard. Now, Metabones has announced a new series of seven Speed Booster adapters specifically designed for using various non-Micro Four Thirds lenses with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K sounded like something of a unicorn when it was first announced. 12-bit 4K RAW video for less than $1,300? It was truly unbelievable. But since its release last September, it’s proven to be very real a very capable camera. It pretty much has no competition at this price point if video is your focus.
But is it really just $1,300? Is that all you have to buy? Well, no. In this video, Lewis McGregor talks about all the addons you’ll likely have to buy to really make it usable, and how much all that extra stuff costs.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has been a massive hit ever since its initial announcement. Such a big hit that if you order one today, you still might not actually get it for at least a couple of months. But one of the biggest complaints I hear about it is that it doesn’t have continuous autofocus. Well, Ian at CDA-TEK seems to have figured out a way to give Time of Flight (ToF) continuous autofocus to the Pocket 4K.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K attracted me the instant it was announced. I’d been looking at upgrading from my Nikons to something a little better suited to shooting video for a while and on paper it looked like the perfect solution. I’ve been in possession of one for a couple of weeks now, so I wanted to give you some of my initial thoughts about the camera and how I see it fitting into my workflow.
When the news that Blackmagic were replacing CinemaDNG with their own Blackmagic RAW format, there was a mixed reaction. It’s Blackmagic’s own format, offering a lot of benefits over similar formats when it comes to speed, file size and efficiency. But it’s only officially supported by Blackmagic’s own DaVinci Resolve editing and grading software.
Fortunately, though, Blackmagic released the new format with an API that allows 3rd parties to integrate BRAW compatibility into their software. Adobe hasn’t picked up that gauntlet yet, but the developers at Autokroma have. Their BRAW Studio plugin allows you to use BRAW footage easily within Premiere Pro. In this video, Gerald Undone shows us how it works.
Whether stills or video, one of the items many photographers and filmmakers often need is remote control over their cameras. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K already has one option in the form of a smartphone app, but now we have another option, the tiny Pocket Bluetooth Controller (PBC) from CDA-Tek.
The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was named such because it could relatively easily fit in your pocket. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (we’ll just call it the Pocket 4K from here) might be a continuation of that series, but it certainly doesn’t fit into most pockets.
There is some hope, though. No, the camera hasn’t shrunk and pockets haven’t gotten bigger, but there is now a pocket-sized controller for it. A new app from SayEffect offers complete remote control of the Pocket 4K from your Android device. And it does it by offering touchscreen menus that are almost identical to the camera itself.
The only thing that really stopped the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K from becoming the vlogging camera of choice is the lack of flippy up or flippy out articulating LCD. In order to be able to see yourself, you’d need to use an external monitor, which increases the weight, making it somewhat impractical.
Sure, the Pocket 4K was never intended to be a vlogging camera, but that hasn’t stopped Power_cheung over on Filmmaker.cn from taking matters into his own hands and figuring out how to modify his Pocket 4K to give it that flippy up LCD.