Blackmagic Cinema Camera shutter angles explained

Above is a lightly graded and non-sharpened 1080p ProRes frame grab provided by John Brawley from his pre-production Blackmagic Cinema Camera (this one is graded by Shian). 2.5K 12bit raw will look even more detailed. Click the image for the full sized file (note, this has been compressed to JPEG format)

For DSLR users thinking of moving up to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera this is an introductory guide to the biggest differences in operation between a DSLR and an actual cinema camera like the Blackmagic.

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4K for $1k

Above: ‘Micro Epic’. The 4K Flea 3 brain with Sony sensor

Machine vision company Point Grey have been getting some attention for their new 4K camera which retails at just $945. For those who want to build their own cinema camera, this is a solution which provides both the ‘brain’ and software necessary to do so. The camera is also usable out of the box tethered to a PC, delivering 4K video via a 5Gbit USB 3.0 port which can then be recorded in 16bit raw format to an SSD.

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How Blackmagic can add anamorphic recording mode to their Cinema Camera the easy way

Above: the BMD Cinema Camera pictured in a photo from PhotoCineRent in France. I have pre-ordered mine.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is nearing release and final sensor calibration / firmware adjustments are taking place. When I last spoke to beta shooter John Brawley about his involvement with the camera, he had this to say on an anamorphic mode…

“We have discussed the possibility of doing anamorphic. They’re aware that it’s a potential market. I don’t think you’ll see it on this version.”

This feature would increase vertical resolution by nearly 800 lines and allow for the wider, more cinematic aspect ratios of 2.39:1 and 2.66:1 aspect ratios when used with an anamorphic lens.

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Blackmagic not just by name – why the Cinema Camera is the future

Photo by Illya Friedman – Hot Rod Cameras

Pre-order the £1925 / $3000 Blackmagic Cinema Camera here
Click ‘How to Buy’ and follow link to your preferred dealer

See Blackmagic’s summary of their new Cinema Camera at DPReview

From the archives: Read EOSHD’s explanation of Disruptive Technology

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.

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The downfall of the big guys just began – BlackMagic 2.5K Cinema Camera with 12bit RAW for $3000

Above: Bearing a resemblance to the Box Brownie, the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera will be available July for $3000

For too long the big corporate giants from Japan have been neglecting a huge burgeoning demand for a true next generation filmic camera for the masses… Despite stumbling ass backwards into it in pole position.

Now a company with a fraction of the resources best know for their external recording boxes (like the Hyperdeck Shuttle) BlackMagic Design has dropped a bombshell. They have entered the digital cinema market with a $3000 cinema camera that records 2.5K RAW with 13.5 stops of dynamic range to an SSD, with Thunderbolt and HD-SDI. A true next generation camera.

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Can’t open 5D Mark III raw photos? Hate bundled software? Try this

It is a pretty disgraceful state of affairs around raw support and new camera releases at the moment and heads need banging together in my opinion. However help is at hand from Adobe who have released the pre-release version of the new Lightroom 4.1 – and it is free.

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate (RC) can be downloaded at Adobe Labs here

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10 ways to look at the Digital Bolex 16mm raw digital cinema camera

Now I love this kind of enterprising spirit. A passion for filmmaking, a passion for technology and a “let’s build a rocket” mentality. The Digital Bolex project which seeks to build a digital cinema camera for indie filmmakers has now succeeded in passing their $100,000 target in just 24hrs – helped by taking pre-orders for the camera at $2500 each. In fact it is set to break $200,000 in just 48hrs. A runaway success…

Will the customers get what they paid for? There are many ways to look at the Digital Bolex. Here are my 10 perspectives…

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5D Mark III raw H.264 video file for download

http://vimeo.com/38055013

(Please download the original 5D 1080p file, it only streams in 720p. No artistic value. Not representative of final firmware. No salesman will call.)

Looks like someone didn’t get the memo!

In the last few hours the first 90Mbit 1080p Quicktime file was made available from a pre-production 5D Mark III.

The subject matter is mundane but finally we get to see what the true resolution of this camera is like.

The test is shot at ISO 3600. Here’s my verdict…

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