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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 (battery door) so I decided to DIY my own adapter.

The BMPC DC input uses a 12V power source, so i've decided to use a 12V battery plate that i've just added the proper 2.5mm OD x 0.7mm ID barrel adapter tip to. It's hardly DIY since all you have to do is cut off the tip and replace it with the proper sized DC Plug.

These battery plates will take a certain battery and step the voltage up to 12V. I've even tested the guts against a Sony 7.4V battery, and it works great, but decided to go back to the original battery plate because of it's slim profile. If you dig hard enough you can find many of these battery plates online dedicated for common Canon LP-E6, or Sony L Series / NP-F Type batteries.

You can see how handy it is to have a cage for mounting accessories on the BMPCC. I could either keep the battery off to the side, or relocate it to the rails with a clamp. There are many great cages on the market, but in the video i'm using the Shape Cage for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

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find-price-button Shape Cage for BlackMagic Pocket Camera + Top Handle + 15mm Rail Base

If you stuck with the Canon BP battery plate + Canon BP battery + DC Plug, I would say this entire DIY project will run $50 dollars or less and take you less than 5 minutes (yes that total cost even includes the battery). It's much cheaper than other off the shelf products in retail stores right now to power the BMPCC, and I find it to be a clean and simple solution.

Here's the 12V step up Battery Plate i'm using which takes the Canon BP batteries typically used in the older GL2 camcorders. Eventually i'll track down a cheap Canon LP-E6 battery plate or Sony L Series plate and use these guts to step it up to 12V. Here's my current parts list below if you want to tackle this for yourself.

Canon Battery BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera
find-price-button 7V step up 12V Battery Plate for Canon BP Battery12V BP Plate

Canon GL2 BP battery for BMPC BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera
find-price-button Canon BP Series Batteries for GL2

If you're looking to DIY your own power cable for the Pocket Cinema Camera, the specs for the power plug from BlackMagic Design are 2.5mm OD x 0.7mm ID which you can find on eBay. To keep things small (unlike my current adapter), I suggest going for the right angle tips (found here).

DIY blackmagic 12V power battery 2.5mm 0.7mm right angle dc male plug cheesycam
find-price-button 2.5mm OD X 0.7mm ID Male DC Plug

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Sony has released two new E-Mount Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras. If you didn't catch that, it's Full Frame in a compact Interchangeable Lens camera body. With uncompressed HDMI output, HD Video shooters might find this interesting, but will probably appeal mainly to still photographers.

The new Sony Alpha A7 & A7R E-Mount Full Frame Cameras share many similar features between each other, but there are some obvious differences including new high-speed BIONZ® X image processor found only in the A7R. A few more Sony A7 / A7R brief specs are listed below, with more info following the jump to the product page.

Sony Alpha A7 E-Mount Mirrorless Camera
find-price-button Sony A7 Full Frame E-Mount Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera

• World’s lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
Full Frame 24.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording
• Fast Hybrid AF w/ phase-detection for DSLR-like speed
• Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor
• Fully compatible w/ Sony’s E-mount and new full-frame lenses
• Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control
• High contrast 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
• Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
• PC control w/ remote video capture control
• AVCHD™:
• PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
• MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
• VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
• Full HD movie at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI output
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Sony A7R E-Mount Mirrorless Full Frame Camera
find-price-button Sony A7R Full Frame E-Mount Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera

• World’s lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
Full Frame 36.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording
• Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor
• Fully compatible w/ Sony’s E-mount and new full-frame lenses
• Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control
• High contrast 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
• Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
• PC control w/ remote video capture control
• New high-speed BIONZ® X image processor
• AVCHD™:
• PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
• MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
• VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
• Full HD movie at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI output
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Purchase Sony Alpha A7 / A7R - via eBay

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BMCC Camera Cage with Top HandleePhotoinc ePhoto Inc Video Cage BlackMagic Black Magic Cinema Camera

A new and more affordable video cage designed for the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera or new BlackMagic Design Production 4K Camera is popping up. The accessory cage comes with a Top Handle that can be used directly on the BMCC or with a cage bracket frame providing dozens of mounting points. A 15mm rod adapter assembly can be mounted when using rail accessories such as a follow focus or Matte Box. This new BMCC video cage kit can be found via eBay (Click Here).

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find-price-button BlackMagic Design 4K Cinema Camera Top Handle Cage 15mm Rods

The new BMCC Accessory Cages with Top Handle and 15mm Rods can also be found via Amazon (click here)

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find-price-button BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera 4K Video Cage Top Handle 15mm Rods

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