Design Releases RAW Recording for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera!
Fremont, CA - November 12, 2013 - Blackmagic
Design today released Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software which adds new 12-bit Log
CinemaDNG RAW recording to the popular Pocket Cinema Camera. Blackmagic Camera
1.5 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can be seen at the Blackmagic
Design InterBEE 2013 booth, Hall 7-7105.
The new Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software update adds CinemaDNG RAW
file recording so customers can now capture super wide dynamic range in a
single file. Wide dynamic range RAW image recording allows users to capture the
brightest highlights and the darkest shadows simultaneously, capturing more of
the scene than is possible with a regular video camera. CinemaDNG RAW files
give users incredible freedom to be able to adjust the exposure manually during
color correction with DaVinci Resolve allowing more flexibility for incredible
feature film look color grading.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses the open standard
lossless compressed version of CinemaDNG RAW. CinemaDNG RAW lossless
compression works in a similar way as a ZIP file where the RAW files are
compressed during recording without the loss of any part of the image, so all
images retain the same quality when they are decompressed. That means customers
get back the mathematically perfect high quality RAW file image that they
High quality lossless CinemaDNG files are fully compatible with
DaVinci Resolve 10 for seamless color grading and editing workflows. Lossless
CinemaDNG RAW files are an open standard however not all video applications can
open them, although those that can are increasing all the time. Customers can
download the free DaVinci Resolve Lite and transcode to popular editing formats
like ProRes andDNxHD for compatibility and round tripping with editing software
like Final Cut Pro 7®, Final Cut Pro X®, Avid® Media Composer® and Adobe
With this new Blackmagic Camera 1.5 update, the Blackmagic Pocket
Cinema Camera gives customers the choice of recording CinemaDNG RAW or high
quality ProRes 422 (HQ) in video or film mode. Cinematographers can simply
remove the SD card from the camera, insert it into a laptop or computer, open
the file and immediately start editing or color correcting media in any
location! Working directly from the SD card eliminates the time wasted copying
files and dramatically speeds up post production workflows.
Featuring a high resolution 1080HD Super 16mm size sensor, wide 13
stops of dynamic range, MFT lens compatibility, LCD screen for camera menus,
metadata entry and monitoring, standard connections and more in a compact size,
the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has everything users need to shoot high
quality digital film images in even the most remote or difficult places.
"Adding CinemaDNG RAW recording to the Blackmagic Pocket
Cinema Camera is incredible," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.
"It's amazing that we are now able to record the highest quality RAW
images on such small SD cards! We think customers are really going to enjoy the
extended creative flexibility that color grading wide dynamic range RAW files
will bring to their productions!"
About Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been designed with a
dramatically smaller size that is less than an inch thick and can be held
easily hand held. This compact design allows the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
Camera to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be
practical. It's so small that it can be used in situations in the field where a
larger camera could be dangerous. The camera's film look even allows personal
video to be shot with the style and creativity of a motion picture film!
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features an industry standard
Super 16 sensor size, so it's perfect when using Super 16 cine lenses via MFT
adapters, as the shooting experience is the same as using the same lens on a Super
16 film camera. The 13 stops of dynamic range look of the Blackmagic Pocket
Cinema Camera is almost identical to shooting on a professional Super 16 film
camera. The Micro Four Thirds lenses offer a wide range of low cost lenses with
amazing image quality, and they are compatible with mount adapters such as PL
mounts for large lens and professional motion picture film rigs.
One of the most important features of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
Camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film
quality images. A common mistake in the television industry is the assumption
that more resolution means higher quality. Most cameras, even ones with higher
than HD resolution, can produce "video" looking images that suffer
from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
Camera's wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality
with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once
the shoot is complete, DaVinci Resolve Lite color correction software can be
used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect
companion to editing software such as Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.
Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats, the
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file
formats, and every file type included is open standard.
The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows
playback of captured files. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a built in
microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio
connections. When reviewing recorded clips, audio can be played through the
built in speaker and routed through the headphone port or micro HDMI output.
The HDMI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control,
shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in
attractive anti aliased fonts.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features:
- High resolution 1080HD
Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handling of image detail.
- Super wide 13 stops of
dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
- Compatible with
extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses. Compatible with other
mounts via common third party adapters such as PL mount and Super 16 cine
- Built in SD card allows
long duration recording with easy to use media.
- Open file formats
compatible with popular NLE software such as ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless
compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
- Standard connections
including mini jack mic/line audio in, micro HDMI output for monitoring
with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, LANC remote
control and standard DC 12 power connection.
- Built in LCD for camera
settings via easy to use menus.
- Supports 1080HD
resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
- Compatible with DaVinci
Resolve Lite color grading software.
Availability and Price
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available now for US$995 from
Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
Product photos of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and all
other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world's highest quality video
editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters,
video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform
monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production
and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards
launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company's EmmyTM
award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television
and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking
innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world
leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in
the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information,
please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.