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#1 Tim Tyler

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:48 AM

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping and with a new low price of US$2,995. This new low price will be available for all customers, including existing pre-orders. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only US$2,995.

“The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”

  • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording
  • Super 35 sensor
  • Global shutter
  • EF and ZE compatible lens mount
  • Built-in SSD recorder
  • 5” LCD touchscreen
  • Metadata entry
  • 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD

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#2 Jeremy Arthur

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:32 AM

Man that is so cheap for RAW video. Is this the camera that has an internal battery? If it is, how do you guys feel about that? I feel that it could be a big problem if I wasn't shooting near a power source.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

Yes it has an internal but I treat that like a hot swap adapter. It's best to be an external v mount or gold mount system for these guys.


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#4 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

Goes forever on a V mount! I think this might be the first camera I buy in 10 years. They make it very hard not to buy one!


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:14 PM

Oh wow nice, thanks for the info!
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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:39 PM

I just hate the layout. The DSLR-esque arrangement may be fashionable, but it doens't actually work very well. I'm also interested in what the situation is with LUTs and output, because the orginal cinema camera wasn't particularly well-equipped in that regard.

Eh, maybe it's okay for certain things. I wonder if they'll do a more conventionally-arranged model.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:41 PM

I read the sensor is cropped by 1.7. Do you guys think that makes a large difference?
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

Have they resolved the black dot issue?


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

A crop of 1.7 relative to full frame DSLR is essentially Super 35mm sized. No issues there!


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#10 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:18 PM

Apropos of nothing, to recycle a comment I made ages ago, how many of these things d'you think will be used with lenses that couldn't count to four or spell K?

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#11 Peter J DeCrescenzo

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

Hi Phil: We finally got ~3K for $3K. Quit yer bellyaching!   ;-)

 

(If I'm lucky, hopefully my BMPC-4K will be delivered in the next few days/weeks.)

 

P.S.: Blackmagic cams don't feature user-installable LUTs if that's what you're asking. Cheers!


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#12 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:32 PM

My concern over LUTs was more about monitoring. I seem to recall that on the original cinema camera, you couldn't LUT the SDI. So, in film mode, even with 709 monitoring on the back of the camera, you get log out of SDI.

Which I suppose will sell them a few HDlinks.

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#13 Peter J DeCrescenzo

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

I haven't heard that BMPC-4K 6G-SDI output works differently than BMCC HD-SDI output concerning log/709. Log recording results in log monitoring output.

 

And yes, an HD Link can be a solution for that.

 

Whether BMD changes that camera "feature" via a future firmware update remains to be seen. BMD has definitely been made aware of users wishes in that regard.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:48 PM

... I wonder if they'll do a more conventionally-arranged model.

 

I hope they do something like this.


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#15 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:32 PM

Actually an HDlink isn't going to work unless there's an option to shoot 4K but output 3 gig 1080p. Which there reasonably must be. Surely. Hopefully?
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:33 PM

The BMPC-4K can output 1080p while recording 4K UHD internally.

 

Meanwhile ...

 

BMD might come out with a new 4K 6G-SDI version of the HD Link, which seems likely.

 

My other Blackmagic-related NAB 2014 guesses are here.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:35 PM

I contacted Blackmagic Design today with concerns that CinemaDNG RAW might not be available in the cameras that are shipping now.

 

They confirmed that CinemaDNG RAW is not functional in the current batch of cameras, but that CinemaDNG RAW functionality will be available in a firmware update without additional charge.

 

The camera also includes a DaVince Resolve license.


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#18 Peter J DeCrescenzo

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

James Tonkin has posted a short film shot using the BMPC-4K recording 4K ProRes HQ:

 

 

You can download a less-compressed 759MB version of his edit by clicking the "Download" button on his Vimeo page.

 

It's a great demonstration of the cam's global shutter, resulting in a lack of rolling shutter jello & skew.

 

Meanwhile ...

 

At least one dealer in France has the BMPC-4K in stock. I've seen a report that a dealer in the UK received >1 cam, and some US dealers are expecting small quantities within days. As is usually the case, especially with new BMD cameras, initial shipments are expected to be relatively small. YMMV.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

Still has the dot issue:

 

http://wolfcrow.com/...c-pocket-camera

 

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#20 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:14 PM

I've got one coming on review tomorrow. Anything in particular anyone wants me to look at?


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