Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC / SDXC 32GB - 64GB
A must have for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to shoot RAW. 64GB will give you about 20 minutes of RAW on the BMPCC, time to stock up. They are now up to 30% cheaper than when I purchased them. Sandisk EXTREME PRO SDHC / SDXC Up to 30% OFF (found here)
I've received a few questions about the RAW format of the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera, so I thought i'd do a short video. The RAW setting of the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera does not shoot video - it shoots RAW pictures. Each picture equals a single frame, so if you're shooting 24p then it will capture 24 individual RAW photos per second. If you're shooting at 30fps, it will capture 30 individual RAW photo per second.
Even though the DNG format is open source, not all DNG files are created equal. This is the reason why you can't import the BMCC DNG directly into Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X (until they've found a way to support the BMCC DNG version). So if you're not ready for Davinci Resolve, or maybe your computer just can't handle Davinci, one solution for basic color grading / correcting the BMCC RAW files is by using Adobe Lightroom.
Adobe Lightroom can import all of the BMCC DNG files and take advantage of the full dynamic range. Once you've performed your basic color grades or color corrections, you can export the images to JPEG (or tiff). One thing I may not have mentioned in the video is that you would change the export settings to 1920 pixels for the long edge if you want to fit a 1080p HD video project.
I literally just shot a few hundred photos of the new P&C Shoulder Rig ahem...some new product.., and now it's time to batch process these images. Unfortunately i'm sitting here with a new MacBook Pro without Adobe Lightroom installed. Feeling defeated, the next thing you know, I receive notification that the Adobe Lightroom 3 is on sale for under $30 bucks! (found here). Timing could not have been better.
Sure, Adobe Lightroom is on version 4 now, but after you step into Lightroom 3 at this price, you can always purchase the upgrade for just $69 bucks and it will still come out cheaper than purchasing the full version of Lightroom 4 on it's own. Check out the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Software on Sale via B&H (click here).
I've always said that since Adobe Lightroom hit version 3, one of the things it does best is Noise Reduction. Don't fear shooting photos in high ISOs if you really need to, you might be able to save it. One thing Lightroom 3 does well is to edit even compressed JPEG files in a somewhat non-destructive way. Just as an example, here's a test from a really bad video sample shot at F/5.6 ISO 6400 from the 5D Mark II. First placed the video file into Sony Vegas at the proper framerate, then exported to an image sequence of TIFF Files. Once I had all the TIFF files, I imported them into Lightroom 3 and ran the amazing Noise filter.
Once I ran the Noise Filter and color corrected just a bit, I then exported from Lightroom as JPEG files and threw them back into Sony Vegas (same framerate). Don't mind the flickering in the video, this was shot at the worst possible conditions under poor lighting and the TV on. Lightroom is so simple to use because after developing one image, you can apply the same settings across all the images at one time - we're talking thousands of images being batched process. Great for photos, and definitely not the ideal way to de-noise video files, but for you photographers you can see how well Lightroom 3 works.
Before and After Applying Noise Filter in Photos (might be too much) - Click to view larger
A few weeks back B&H had Adobe Lightroom 3 on sale for 50% off for 24 hours only. Quite a hit, and many people went in on the deal. Well don't feel bad if you missed out, because here's your second chance. Adobe's Lightroom 3 (legit license) can be had on sale again for the next 6 days over at B&H (click here) and via Amazon (click here).