Blackmagic Design exposed a new camera at NAB: Blackmagic Production Camera. Just forget the fact that they don’t have fulfilled all their obligations concerning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera yet and look at the specs and facts of the new one.
BMD claims that the BPC is world’s most portable digital film camera that delivers 4K. It comes with a Super 35 sensor, global shutter and the user will be capable of using his or her beloved EF mount lenses. It records lossless compressed CinemaDNG as well as Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and has a built in touchscreen just like the BMCC.
||21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35)
||3840 x 2160
||3840 x 2160, 1920×1080
||3840 x 2160p23.98,
3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.97,3840 x 2160p30, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50i, 1920 x 1080p59.94i
||Focus button turns on peaking.
||Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.
||EF and ZE mount compatible with electronic iris control.
||5″ and 800 x 480 resolution
||Removable 2.5” SSD
|SDI Video Output
||1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
|Analog Audio Input
||2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
via Blackmagic Design
Grant Petty (CEO of Blackmagic Design) just posted an update regarding the current shipping situation of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera on Facebook:
Things are going much faster with EF model camera production, and we have been getting out a very steady stream of cameras to all of our distributors around the world weekly. Though not at the full volume each week we would like, we are getting many more sensors per week than at the time of the January update, and have been very happy with the quality of the sensors coming in.
Also, I know there have been questions regarding the backorder and which regions are getting cameras first. Camera shipments are being sent out evenly between the offices, and will continue to be shipped that way.
With the MFT model, we are still planning on starting to ship some of those once we have gotten through more of the EF backorder.
And glad to see so many of you posting your footage captured on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Shots like the ones from “Big Sur” and the “Rebelz” music video that were posted a couple of weeks ago have made their way around all the Blackmagic offices, and it is amazing seeing what our camera can do in the hands of creative shooters.
via BMD (Facebook)
New prices for RED SCARLET-X and RED EPIC-X
Jim announced it some days ago in the REDUSER forum. Now it became reality. We experience a massive price drop conducted by RED DIGITAL CINEMA.
SCARLET-X: $ 7,950 (brain only)
That is about 18 % less than introductory price.
EPIC-X: $ 20,000 (brain only)
That is about 45 % less than introductory price.
EPIC-M: $ 24,000 (brain only)
That is about 39 % less than introductory price.
EPIC-X Monochrome: $ 20,000 (brain only)
That is about 52 % less than introductory price.
Goodbye old lady
The retail of the RED One will be discontinued. It was the first digital cinema camera by Jim Jannard and company. From here on you will only be able to purchase the last battle tested RED One cameras. Price will be $ 4,000.
Salute to the old lady.
The EPIC-X, EPIC-M, EPIC-X Monochrome and SCARLET-X will keep your legacy up.
Sony released the press info for their new CineAlta cameras PMW-F5 and PMW-F55. Both are 4K cameras, that can record RAW material (limited to 2K). You can shoot highspeed with both. The F5 supports frame rates up to 120 fps at 2K. The F55 supports frame rates up to 240 fps at 2K. A nice feature of them is the simultaneous recording of RAW and compressed material on internal SxS-cards and the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder with matching time codes. This way you get online-/offline-material to which sony provides a workflow for post production.
Along with this neat new cameras comes a new line up of Sony CineAlta PL lenses. It’s the successor to its former line up of PL lenses. Focal lengths go from 20 mm up to 135 mm. Focus rings rotate 240°. Aperture is T2.0 on all lenses.
Found that neat project called “AirTracks” on kickstarter. It’s a little slider that uses inflatable rails so you can use it on nearly every terrain. Cool idea. The man behind this idea is Tom Baker, a commercial photographer and videographer.
Canon announced a firmware update for its EOS 5D MKIII. This update makes it possible to get an uncompressed signal (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) out of the HDMI output. Nice one, Canon. That makes it possible to connect an external recorder to the camera, what means better images for post production. But there’s one major catch: the update is not rolling out until April 2013. Boo on you, Canon. You announce such a great feature, many people are eager for and you let them wait so darn long.