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.
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.
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.