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14Apr BlackMagic Firmware Updates for Previous Cameras


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As BlackMagic Design announced several new products this year at NAB2014 (as seen above), one question was – Will they continue to support fixes/bugs for previous cameras? A recent response from the Blackmagic Design Forum points to yes. A few notes included
1. New debayering for shooting directly to ProRes or DNxHD on the Blackmagic [...]

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10Feb DIY BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera Battery Cable


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I just wanted to make this video to clear a few things up for those who don’t know how to power up the (BMPCC). Any 12V battery will work, in fact they say any 12V-20V battery will fine to power and charge up the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Just two little pieces you can pick up, [...]

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27Jan Varavon Cage for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras


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Varavon BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage with 15mm Rails HDMI Clamp
Varavon has just released a new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage w/ 15mm Rails. It’s got all the features you’d need in a rig, including top handle and 15mm rail system. The red knobs seen at the front of the cage are used to ‘clamp’ cables [...]

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18Dec BlackMagic Design Product Camera 4K – Update and Sample Footage


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Want some 4K footage from the (not yet released) BlackMagic Design Production 4K Camera? There’s information about the camera’s status, but they’ve uploaded almost 10GB of footage for you to download and color grade. Head on over to this link where Grant Petty has an update: http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16615

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14Dec Mitakon Lens Turbo Focal Reducer MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter Review Samples


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Here’s a side by side video test showing samples from a Panasonic GH3 with and without the new Lens Turbo Focal Reducer. We used a newer Rokinon 85mm T/1.5 Cine Lens [Nikon Mount] + and old Nikon 50mm Pancake. With the Lens Turbo adapter we were able to achieve a wider field of view and [...]

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12Dec Mitakon Lens Turbo Nikon to MFT M43 Micro Four Thirds Adapter


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I’ve had this Mitakon Lens Turbo MFT Adapter for a almost a week and I am just getting ready to publish a video showing some examples from this. Recently I noticed an increase of questions and the amount ‘buzz’ picking up around the Internet, so I wanted to quickly provide some additional important information. THIS [...]

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09Dec Tilta BMPCC BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera Cage


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When it comes to the #BMPCC, there’s a few accessories you may want to add-on, and so a solid cage is a good starting point to carry these extras. Adding on a pair of 15mm rails will get you even further when it comes to mounting video accessories. I’ve shared a few BMPCC cages on [...]

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22Nov Tilta BMPCC Cage Rig for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras


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Tilta BMPCC Cage Shown with optional Tilta accessories
Now more options to rig up your BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. The new Tilta BMPCC Cage which was announced earlier this year is available. If you’re lucky you can find the cage only for around $250 US, or the complete kit which includes the Top Handle + 15mm [...]

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21Nov Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Deal + 85mm F/1.8 USM


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Thanks to Rob for pointing out another one of those hidden Canon lens deals. This time it’s for the Canon 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM Lens. Keep in mind this is an EF-S mount for APS-C Canon cameras like the Canon 7D, 60D, T4i/T5i Rebel, etc.
It can also be used if you’re rocking the BlackMagic Cinema [...]

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18Nov BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 12V Battery Plate DIY


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As amazing as this little camera is, it’s annoying that the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera requires extra juice just to make it run for more than 40 minutes. I tried the Switronix Pocketbase (seen here) which works, but I personally grew tired of the form factor, and how it blocks access to the SD Card [...]

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12Nov BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera – New Firmware RAW CinemaDNG


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Exciting news! BlackMagic Design has finally released new firmware today for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This update adds lossless CinemaDNG RAW support to the Pocket Cinema Camera. Due to to the high data rate, they recommend using the Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB SD card for recording RAW (found here).
The lossless CinemaDNG RAW will work [...]

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11Nov BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera Sony BP-U60 BP-U30 Battery Adapter


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The BlackMagic Cinema Camera can run a short time with it’s internal battery, but it’s really designed to use external power. I’ve shared a few options on this blog, but here’s another option to power the BMCC off of a 14V battery adapter using Sony BP-U60 / BP-U30 batteries. If you already have these batteries [...]

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05Nov BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Servo City Motorized Channel Slider Kit A


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If you love building and tinkering, here’s a look at another fun little project idea from ServoCity.com. They’ve added a new low friction channel slider that has very low tolerance, can accept a decent load, and that slides over their lightweight aluminum channels. In this video they have assembled a drive system that pulls the [...]

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04Nov 1.5ft HDMI Cable for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera


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Just a tip in case BMPC shooters out there are looking for a very short HDMI cable to work with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I found this 1.5 foot Micro HDMI to HDMI online and took a chance. The cable has been working fine across a few different monitors and EVFs I have. The [...]

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22Oct F&V BlackMagic Cinema Camera Cage – BMCC Cage


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For those of you shooting with the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera [or looking into the Production Camera 4K], here’s a quick and closer look at F&V’s new BMC Cage. Assembly is pretty simple, and the final product fits nicely around the BMCC without obstructing any of the ports, doors, buttons, or screen.

At approx. 1/2″ thick [...]

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15Oct Pocket Cinema Camera w/ Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 + RedRock Micro LiveLens for MFT


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Here’s a few more BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera related tidbits of information. If you’re looking for another inexpensive option for SDHC media, the Transcend 16GB/32GB SDHC 600X UHS-I (found here) / or the the Transcend 64GB/128GB SDHC 600X UHS-I (found here) media seems to work.

[Update 11.06.13] There are mixed experiences on some Transcend Cards [...]

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