Recently added to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K firmware to replace CinemaDNG, Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) is an impressive format, capable of producing some pretty amazing quality footage in relatively small file sizes. At NAB 2019, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Blackmagic about the new BRAW format, the recent firmware update for the Pocket 4K, as well as the new battery grip.
Ever since Blackmagic announced their BRAW format, Blackmagic camera owners have been begging for it to come to their camera first, particularly those who were still waiting for their Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K orders to show up.
Initially, BRAW came to the Ursa Mini Pro, and there have been no real guarantees as to which other cameras it may appear on or when. But now, in the latest Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update, it’s finally here for the Pocket 4K. Oh, and they’re removing CinemaDNG completely.
Blackmagic has just announced Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.1 which brings a firmware update for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. They say that it brings improved autofocus performance, better battery life, USB-C external SSD fixes and a host of other issues. There’s no sign of Blackmagic RAW yet, though.
If you’ve not yet discovered DaVinci Resolve, it’s essentially Blackmagic’s answer to Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audion all rolled into one – but with a way better colour correction system. Now, Blackmagic, the company behind Resolve, has just released 8 solid hours of video training to show you how to use it.
This video is one of the funniest things I’ve seen so far this year. It begins as a somewhat sombre and dramatic piece. Immediately you can feel the mood of the story, the sense of anxiety and worry felt by the protagonist. Although, that sense soon turns to amusement when we realise what it is she’s concerned about.
Letter, pt. II was created by Minnesota based SkyVista Productions to test the capabilities of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. As the name suggests, it’s a sequel to Letter, although this one has a much more amusing twist. If you’ve ever pre-ordered a camera or other piece of kit and found yourself sitting at some unknown position in the waiting list, you know exactly how the lady in the above film feels.
Low-light high-ISO performance has become the new megapixel war, particularly when it comes to video. And this year, there have been a lot of new cameras released trying to push those limits.
In this video, YouTuber and filmmaker, Max Yuryev puts five of them to the test. He compares the Sony A7III, Nikon Z7, Canon EOS R, Fuji X-T3 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to see which is the low-light king.
The Panasonic GH5 has been a favourite of many video shooters since its launch early last year. Offering 10Bit 4:2:2 video, 5-axis stabilisation, decent stills quality and a whole bunch of other features, it was an instant hit. Earlier this year, Blackmagic announced the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Offering 4K DCI 12Bit RAW video and the same sensor as the Panasonic GH5S.
Many of us thought that the big news coming from Blackmagic during IBC this year would be that the new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K would be shipping ontime this month. And while that does appear to be the case, with Pocket 4K cameras shipping from next week, that’s not the biggest news.
Blackmagic has today announced their entirely new RAW video codec, Blackmagic Raw (BRAW). Blackmagic says that the new codec was developed to get around some limitations of shooting CinemaDNG, takes up much less space than other codecs for the same level of quality, and can be edited with much lower spec computers without an external GPU.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K seems to be all people have been talking about since its announcement a few days ago. A 4K raw cinema camera capable of shooting ProRes and CinemaDNG RAW video for under $1300. And while the design might have suggested it, did you know that it’s also a stills camera, too?
YouTuber Kinotika had a quiock play with one during NAB recently and put together this list of the most important things you need to know about this camera.
The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was wildly popular when it was released. A Super 16mm sensor HD camera capable of shooting RAW video at consumer level prices. What’s not to love? It was a great little camera, but it’s not without its issues. Many of the problems with the BMPCC were updated with firmware, but in 2018, such a camera needs more to compete.
And more is what Blackmagic have given us, by announcing the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K). The sensor size has gone from Super 16mm to a full-size Micro Four Thirds, it’s had an obvious bump up to 4K resolution, and it’s capable of shooting both 4K UHD (3840×2160) 10-Bit ProRes 422 and 4K DCI (4096 x 2160) 12-Bit CinemaDNG RAW.