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Save $500 on BlackMagic Pocket Camera

Blackmagick-pocket-camera-i B&H giving straight $500 discount on the BlackMagic Pocket Cameraclick here to buy , you can now buy the camera at a discounted price of $495 only. The camera features a 1″ inch sensor and records videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution and captures 13 stops of dynamic range, the pocket camera can also record videos in lossless CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) format. The camera accepts all M4/3 series lenses and features a ultra compact design.

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Panasonic GH4 vs 5D Mk III vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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Camera Zone compared all three – Panasonic GH4 vs 5D Mk III vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera video quality side by side, the Panasonic GH4 showing remarkably sharp video files compared to Canon 5D Mark III or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, other thing should be considered is Panasonic GH4 was set to record 4K (highest quality available ) during the test, after that GH4 4K is downscaled to 1080p. .

Buy Canon 5D Mark III From Amazon||  Buy Panasonic GH4  at  Amazon| from B&H

A Detailed Look - Blackmagic URSA and CFast Cards

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Recently, at NAB, Blackmagic Design stunned the production world with a revolutionary new 4K camera. Called the URSA, this new production camera from Blackmagic has features never seen before features on a camera with a price point under $7,000 US (Blackmagic URSA at B&H). First of all, the URSA has a 10-inch fold out monitor attached to the body of the camera on the DOP side via a heavy-duty hinge—this should last years of heavy production usage. Not only does the camera come with a large 10.1-inch monitor, it’s 1920×1200 resolution—a first for any production camera in terms of size and resolution. Thus, saving two-grand on a Marshall 9 inch or similar 3GSDI monitor. Next, the URSA comes with an interchangeable mount and sensor via the removal of four screws. This allows the user to change from EF to PL to B4 mount in a matter of minutes. Lastly, this leads us to our final item—the use of a new standard, the CFast media card—a blazing fast storage device based on a Compact Flash lineage.

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The new CFast cards are based on their predecessor, the CF card. The CF card has been used in a variety of storage applications, most recently the majority of all DSLR cameras. CF, which stands for Compact Flash was the standard for all DSLR cameras up till 2005. According to the Compact Flash Wiki page, “A variant of CompactFlash known as CFast is based on the Serial ATA bus, rather than the Parallel ATA/IDE bus for which all previous versions of CompactFlash are designed. “

After 2005, SD cards gained more traction—especially with the Panasonic GH1 in March of 2009 and then latter with the GH2 and GH3. Prior to the introduction of the GH1, by 2005 SD cards had achieved 40% of the market with manufacturers such as Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Olympus, Pentax and Samsung using SD cards in many of their consumer product lines.

Flash forward to 2014. Due to the need for faster data transfer speeds with today’s data intensive cinema cameras, the need for faster cards has been part of the explosion in 2K and 4K cinema cameras that have hit the market in recent years. As of the article, there are two cameras, which currently use the new CFast cards: The Arri ALEXA and Blackmagic’s new URSA. Arri states on their website the their reasoning regarding their preference for CFast cards over the older SxS cards originally designed and manufactured by Sony, “Because of their high data rate, CFast 2.0 cards support higher frame rates than SxS PRO cards, enabling recording of ProRes 4444 up to 120 fps. The 120 GB CFast 2.0 cards have about twice the recording capacity of 64 GB SxS PRO cards.”

However, the New CFast cards come with a mixed blessing. On one hand the new cards are fast, fast enough for uncompressed video and the demands of high-speed 4K frame rates. On the other hand, the new CFast cards are not backwards compatible with Compact Flash cards of previous generations, and quite expensive—a 120mb SanDisk CFast card retails for around $1,200. Another item of note is that a 120mb CFast cad can only record 6 minutes of raw data in the new URSA camera and 20 minutes of ProRes, 10-bit 422. Lexar has a 256mb CFast card due out on the market soon, which should double the recording rates of SanDisk’s 120mb CFast card to 40 minutes and 12 minutes respectively. With the advent of a new camera, which gives you so many new features such as a 10.1-inch HD monitor, interchangeable, mounts and upgradeable sensors for future proofing your investment, there is always a give and take. The new CFast media may not be cheap, but as companies like Blackmagic Design and others continue to put affordable kit into the hands of indie filmmakers, the democratizations of cinema production continues to evolve in new and interesting ways.

About the Author: Thomas Cznarty is a lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Currently, he teaches in the Communication and Media department. He writes poetry, short fiction and screenplays. Thomas Cznarty is also a filmmaker and media producer with a strong background in film and television production.

Blackmagic 4K Coming on September 2013

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Blackmagic pocket 4K camera shipping is delayed till a Sept 2013, first it was expected to arrive in July nut due to high demand / slow production the shipment date is delayed, see more details about Balckmagic 4K camera.

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The Small Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is expected to be in stock in next few days, take a look at the more details about pocket camera.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Sample Video

Newly announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema video surfaced over the web, the video is approx 2.39 min long, ISO was set at 800 and in camera image stabilization was active. videographer John Brawley who he is quite satisfied with the performance. Do you also like the video? Share your thoughts with us

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Announced

Black magic pocket cameraBlackmagic announces its pocket size Cinema Camera, the camera features 16mm Sized Image Sensor, Records Full HD 1080 CinemaDNG RAW, the best part of  Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is its lens mount, any of the Panasonic / Lumix or Olympus m4/3 lenses are acceptable, other features include 13 Stops of Dynamic Range, 3.5″ LCD Display with 800×480 Resolution and Portable Design (5″ Long and 12.5 oz).

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 1080HD Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handing 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 lenses.
  • 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.
  • Features all 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 in July for US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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Blackmagic Designs Announced Cinema Camera

Blackmagic designs announced its first Cinema Camera capable of recording 2.5K (2432 x 1366) 12bit RAW footage with 13 stops of dynamic range on a sensor, the sensor size is 16.64 x 14.04mm slightly smaller than Four third format, the camera features a Canon EF mount and a very simple and well-designed body with capacitive touchscreen and a Thunderbolt connection.

 

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing shots.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats.
  • Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and slate metadata entry.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses.
  • Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software.
  • Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 color grading software.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Cinema Camera will be available July 2012 for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.