THE BEST OF NAB 2018
4Kcomes to Blackmagic’s pocket cam A total redesign and impressive specs star on the affordable new BMPCC
Blackmagic’s new DaVinci Resolve 15 editing software gets a massive update that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics. That means it now can combine editing, colour correction, audio production and visual effects in one package. There is a new Fusion page with over 250 tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles and more. There is also a major update to Fairlight audio, along with over 100 new features and improvements in editing and colour science. The new version is still free, and available as a Beta download on Blackmagic’s website. There is also a paid-for Studio version, which adds multi-user collaboration, 3D, VR, dozens of additional filters and effects, unlimited network rendering and other advanced features. This costs just £210/$299. DAVINCI RESOLVE GROWS AGAIN • Full size Four Thirds-sized sensor with native 4096x2160 resolution • Records 4K up to 60fps and windowed HD at up to 120fps • Takes Micro Four Thirds lenses • 13 stops of dynamic range • ISO up to 25,600 ISO • Tough carbon fibre polycarbonate composite body • Takes SD, SD UHS-II and CFast media • USB-C expansion port allows recording to an external SSD • Full size HDMI output • Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power • Built-in five-inch LCD touchscreen with histogram and focus peaking FEATURES AT A GLANCE
M any new versions of existing cameras are often just improved specs, but it’s fair to say Blackmagic just threw away the designs for the old Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) and designed a totally new one, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Although you’d need very big pockets as it has grown significantly from the earliermodel, the 4K camera is still small and portable and has a Four Thirds sensor, which is bigger than the Super16 sensor in the older model. It has dual native ISO with up to 25,600 ISO for great low-light performance and 13 stops of dynamic range. You also don’t need an external recorder, as it has a USB-C Expansion Port; you can record to the camera’s internal SD/UHS-II and CFast cards or to an external hard drive. The camera has a DCI 4K resolution, and will record DCI 4K at 60fps and cropped HD at up to 120fps in either 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit Raw formats. There’s also a full-sized HDMI port that can output clean 10-bit video, and amini XLR input with 48v phantompower for audio, as well
as a standard 3.5mmaudio input and a headphone jack. The camera is powered by a standard Canon LP-E6 type battery. It now looks and feelsmore like a conventional mirrorless camera, but has a five-inch touchscreen with histogramand focus peaking displays but no waveforms or vectorscopes. The UK price is £1235; in the USA it’s $1295 and comes with a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio software, which normally costs $300. The new larger sensor means the crop factor when usingmicro four thirds lenses is much reduced. Blackmagic says its colour science records images that are far better than DSLR or mirrorless cameras. The camera shoots HDR-ready footage, too.
• 3D LUTs can be applied for monitoring and recording
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