Peter Jackson is unfazed by criticism The Hobbit looks un-cinematic by saying the clips shown at Cinemacon were unfinished and their duration not long enough for the audience to acclimatise.
Above: a Magic Lantern test running on a real living 5D Mark III in the wild
Initial tests by Alex and the team at Magic Lantern show the hack will work with the 5D Mark III. Canon recently posted an updated firmware for the camera, allowing the file to be analysed and it seems Magic Lantern can be ported to the new camera.
The future is here but it seems nobody checked to see if it looked any good.
Shot with a 3D Red EPIC rig at 48fps, Peter Jackson’s return to the world of JRR Tolkien has been ‘stripped of the magic of cinema’ according to many who saw the advance press screenings by Warner Brothers.
In the last few weeks the already large number of options for filmmakers have been shaken up. Current cameras all seem to fall into different niches.
There are the depth of field specialists – 5D Mark III and D800 with full frame sensors. There are the resolution and raw codec specialists the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and Red Scarlet. There’s the slow mo specialist the Sony FS700 and my personal favourite all-rounders the GH2 and FS100 which just keep getting better with firmware updates (the FS100 is now a world cam with latest one from Sony).
What happens next will be a fascinating fight. EOSHD rounds up the contenders.
Made in California – there’s a sensor that perfectly matches the specification of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the market. It is called the BAE Systems sCMOS (designed by silicon valley semiconductors company Fairchild Imaging who were acquired by BAE in 2011).
It is capable of up to 100fps at 2.5K and features a global shutter, a sensor so powerful it is vacuum cooled.
Here is a sneak preview of whats to come. Please be sure to download the 50Mbit constant bitrate clip rather than judging it from the highly compressed Vimeo stream.
Pre-order the £1925 / $3000 Blackmagic Cinema Camera here
Click ‘How to Buy’ and follow link to your preferred dealer
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is to the digital cinema market what the iPhone was to Nokia and Motorola.
Here I explain why it is so significant for everyone with an interest in moving images – filmmaker or consumer.
Above: DSLRNewsShooter investigates the Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the NAB show floor in Las Vegas
EOSHD spoke to John Brawley today, the pro shooter close to the Blackmagic team and with one of the first prototype cameras. You can see all the footage here