Blackmagic Cinema Camera Coming to CSI Rentals
Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for
Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera
NAB 2012, Las Vegas, USA – April 16, 2012 – Blackmagic
Design today announced Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a revolutionary digital cinema
camera design that includes powerful features such as super wide 13 stops of
dynamic range, high resolution 2.5K sensor, built in high bandwidth SSD
recorder, open file format support, color correction with full version of
DaVinci Resolve and a built in LCD with metadata entry, all in an attractive
Many current generation video cameras suffer from a “video look” due to a
limited contrast range, a maximum HD resolution sensor, poor quality optics and
lenses, the use of heavy video compression for file recording and poor
integration with NLE software metadata management. With these limitations, they
cannot be used for high end work or feature films.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed to eliminate these problems so
customers get a true feature film look, and at an affordable cost can shoot high
end television commercials, episodic television programming and feature
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range,
large 2.5K sensor, a built in SSD recorder that has the bandwidth to capture
open standard CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes and DNxHD files, a built in capacitive touch
screen LCD for direct metadata entry, standard jack audio connections, built in
high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output, a refrigerated sensor for
low noise, and is fully compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and
Zeiss ZF mount lenses.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for
color correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring.
UltraScope can be run on a laptop connected to the camera via a Thunderbolt
One of the most important features of the camera is its super wide dynamic
range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. Commonly people focus
on more pixels, however often this just creates a higher resolution, but still
“video” looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits
details. Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem
and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and
whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, the included DaVinci Resolve
color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of
this extra range in the images. The high quality EF and ZF lens compatibility
also helps create sharp and cinematic images that look incredible.
To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage
creates, Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a fast SSD recorder. The built in SSD
recorder can record on fast solid state disks the full sensor detail in 12 bit
Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by
all high end video software. The full 2.5K sensor data is stored in the files
completely uncompressed because the SSD has the speed to store video data at the
required rate. Then this high quality file can be color corrected on DaVinci
Resolve for the same high quality result currently only possible on cameras
costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to Final
Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer NLE software. Unlike other cameras, which
require the use of custom video file formats that are not compatible with
popular NLE software, often making the post production process a nightmare, the
Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and
every file type included is open standard. It records into CinemaDNG format for
RAW files, ProRes and DNxHD for HD resolution files compatible with Final Cut
Pro X and Avid Media Composer.
The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of
captured files. Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well
as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When playing
back recorded clips, a speaker is built in, and there is an included headphone
socket, as well as embedded audio on the SDI output and Thunderbolt connection.
The SDI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control,
shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in
attractive anti aliased fonts.
For easy metadata entry, the built in LCD features fast and responsive
capacitive touch screen technology. When the user taps the display with a
finger, a data entry window called the “slate” appears. This lets the user enter
shot information just like typing on a smart phone. This data is then stored in
the files so can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later.
Metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci
Resolve. All camera settings can be changed on this touch LCD, such as frame
rate, shutter angle, color temperature, dynamic range, focus assist settings and
Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes an innovative industrial design built from
solid machined aluminum metal which results in an attractive but rugged design.
All of the camera, recorder and display have been shrunk down into a lightweight
design thats very portable.
“This is one of the most exciting products we have ever created and its been
a work in progress for a very long time,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic
Design. “Ever since I was a telecine engineer back in the 1990′s I have wished
that video cameras would include features that allowed them to perform
creatively similar to film. However current digital cameras are too heavy, way
too expensive and need costly accessories to work. We felt there was a need for
a camera that delivered these features in a design that’s optimized for
professional video shoots, as well as being a compact, elegant design that’s
easily affordable. We think we have achieved that!”
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Key Features
- High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing
feature film look.
Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration
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 for rental in New York City at
CSi Rentals as soon as its shipped in July 2012
Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image
sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You
get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and
compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD
touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand
EF Compatible Lens Mount
With Blackmagic Cinema Camera you can use the most amazing optics from the
world’s leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more. Blackmagic
Cinema Camera is compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses, so you can use the
lenses you already own! With Blackmagic Cinema Camera you are not locked into
any specific lens and you can choose the lens you need based on the creative
style of your shot! Blackmagic Cinema Camera allows full electronic control of
your lens, so you can simply point, set iris and focus on command!
13 Stop Dynamic Range
Regular video cameras clip video so you are locked into images that look
cheap. Blackmagic Cinema Camera eliminates this problem as it captures a super
wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files, so your images look truly
cinematic. This preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even
handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through
windows. This means you keep all sensor data so you can make creative decisions
during DaVinci Resolve color grading!
Building one of the finest cameras in the world requires attention to every
detail. Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s premium quality design features a machined
aluminum chassis, interchangeable optics, high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops
of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW uncompressed and compressed file formats! Every
aspect of the image path has been totally optimized for quality, so this means
you always get the quality you need for the most demanding work.
||Removable 2.5” SSD
||Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour
MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
||5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid
state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW
|Uncompressed Recording Formats
||RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
|Compressed Recording Formats
||Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit
YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
|SDI Video Output
||1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
|Analog Audio Input
||2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between
mic and line levels.
|Analog Audio Output
||1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
|SDI Audio Output
||4 channels in HD-SDI
||1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
||Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port
for software updates and configuration.
||12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC
|SDI Audio Sampling
||48 kHz and 24 bit.
|DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from
the camera’s Thunderbolt
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