Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 21st Jan 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 21st Jan 2017

PostThu May 09, 2013 10:29 am

For your convenience, I have arranged a listing of some of the more commonly asked questions regarding the Blackmagic Camera Family. Each link leads you to a post where we have previously discussed the topic in question.

These topics are still open for further discussion. If you have some input you'd like to give, or need more advice about a particular topic, please reply directly to each respective thread instead of starting a new one. That way, we can avoid splitting the discussions. Hope you find this handy!

But, please, if you can't find the answer below, before you post a question, give the Search function a try, if for no other reason than to refine the scope of your question. Most of the time you'll find your question has already been answered. Reading other responses will also serve as good "research" for your own question.

If you can't find your answer via search, then no problem, post away! But if you're too lazy to search, then don't be surprised if your post doesn't get too many replies!

Finally... PLEASE use your full name when posting. The idea of this rule, which has existed since the creation of these forums, is that users who can be clearly identified will be more respectful than those who remain anonymous.

Happy Shooting!

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Please be aware that this thread is not associated with or endorsed by Blackmagic Design.

If you notice a mistake or something that's out-dated please let me know.

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CAMERA AVAILABILITY:

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF: Buy Now
Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K PL: Buy Now
Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF: Buy Now
Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K PL: Buy Now

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera: Buy Now

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K: Buy Now

Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF: Buy Now
Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL: Buy Now
Blackmagic Cinema Camera MTF: Buy Now

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF: Buy Now
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL: Buy Now

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Buy Now

Blackmagic URSA EF: Buy Now
Blackmagic URSA PL: Buy Now
Blackmagic URSA Broadcast: Unsure?
Blackmagic URSA HDMI: Unsure?

Blackmagic Studio Camera HD: Buy Now
Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K: Buy Now

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USEFUL INFORMATION:

Official Product Information:

- Blackmagic URSA
- Blackmagic URSA Mini
- Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
- Blackmagic Cinema Camera

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Latest Firmware, Manuals & Support Notes:

- Blackmagic Support Page

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Frequently Asked Audio Questions:

> Click Here

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Frequently Asked General Questions:

> Crop factor 2.4 : how is possible have wide lenses?
> Can the BMCC operate while AC is plugged in?
> Prores - Film Vs. Video Setting
> How to Understand the Usage of Shutter Angle?
> Formatting a SSD Drive
> How much footage can I fit on an SSD?
> Zebra on ProRes
> Seeking advice on my BMCC KIT
> BMCC MFT vs. BMPC 4K
> Is it possible to change (upgrade) your 2k camera to 4k?
> So how much extra cost for a 4K workflow?
> ISO when shooting RAW
> General Purpose Filming - Prores or DNxHD?
> Thunderbolt to RAW
> How to check what firmware is on the camera?
> IR Filters
> Adobe vs DaVinci RAW Converter
> RAW + Prores Dual mode recording possible?
> 444 OR 422 - color space can shoot BMCC ?

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Useful Information:

> Misconceptions on how to expose for digital
> Low Light Performance
> Comparing the Cinema Camera: Part 2 The Impact of 12-bit RAW
> 95 Page Book: Shooting with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera
> Presentation: The Impact of Digital Film Camera Technology
> Part 2: The Impact of Digital Film Camera Technology
> Comprehensive Guide to Rigging ANY Camera
> Zebra range and exposure question
> Chroma Sub-sampling
> Playing back Compressed CinemaDNG Files from the Pocket Cinema Camera

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Lens Discussion:

> EF Lens Compatibility List (Firmware 1.1)
> EF Lens Compatibility List (Firmware 1.2)
> EF Lens Compatibility List (Firmware 1.3)
> Autofocus & Image Stabilisation
> Experience with Leica & Nikon on BMCC (EF) ?
> Wider Angles with EF Lens Mount- Is this an Answer ?
> How to guide for filtering Sigma 8-16 on the cheap
> Anamorphic zooms
> Tokina 11-16 focus
> MFT Lens Discussion

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Accessory Discussion:

> Rigs
> Viewfinders
> SSDs
> SSD Storage Cases
> Matte Boxes
> ND Filters
> Good lens tissue?
> Shoulder Rigs
> Tripods
> DIY Auxilliary Power for the Black Magic Cinema Camera
> Affordable battery solution?
> Camera Bags
> Light Meter Recommendations

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Useful External Links:

> The Bayer Sensor Strategy
> Chroma Sub-Sampling Techniques

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FIRMWARE RELEASE NOTES:

4.2 (21 December 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K:
- Adds black shading calibration for URSA Mini 4.6K in Setup menu.

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- Improves audio performance when using 6G-SDI output.

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- Improves 3G-SDI compatibility.

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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4.1 (11 November 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder:
Adds support for URSA Studio Viewfinder.
Adds support for 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60.
Adds support URSA Mini OS frame guides, safe area guides and grids in URSA Studio Viewfinder.
Adds support for pan-able zoom.
Adds support for Green preview tally and Orange ISO record tally in URSA Studio Viewfinder.

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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4.0 (20 October 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6K:

Improvements since 4.0 Beta 2 include:
- Improved timecode accuracy.
- Improved RAW 3:1 and 4:1 performance.
- Improved RAW Lossless high frame rate off-speed recording.
- Stability improvements.
- Improved focus assist on URSA Viewfinder.
- Improved audio meters on URSA Viewfinder.
- Fixed bug where tally could not be disabled on URSA Viewfinder.

New Features:
- New URSA Mini OS.
- New heads up display.
- New menu system to allow faster operation.
- Monitoring options separately configurable for all outputs.
- Added ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Table) for monitoring.
- Added ability to save and load camera settings presets.

New Heads Up Display Features:
- Swipe up or down to show and hide the heads up display.
- Added pan-able focus zoom.
- Added ability to change frame rate directly from heads up display.
- Added ability to change iris from heads up display on electronic lenses.
- Added ability to toggle timecode or duration from heads up display.
- Added ability to toggle favorite off-speed frame rate quickly.
- Added ability to change shutter angle from heads up display.
- Added flicker free shutter angle suggestions.
- Added manual shutter angle option for up to 2 decimal places.
- Added indicators for genlock, timecode status, and sensor window in heads up display.
- Added ability to change ISO from heads up display.
- Added ability to change white balance from heads up display.
- Added white balance presets including daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, mixed lighting, and overcast.
- Added tint control.
- Added auto white balance feature.
- Added audio input and headphone level control from the heads up display.
- Added media status page for formatting cards and media information.
- Added ability to toggle battery indicator from heads up display.
- Added monitoring option controls from heads up display including zebra, focus assist, frame guide and grids.

New Metadata Features:
- Improved slate and metadata functionality.
- Added lens data information to slate metadata.
- Added auto-fill lens metadata from electronically controllable lenses.
- Changed slate shortcut from a single tap to a sideways swipe on the LCD.

New Record Features
- Added additional ProRes resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 16:9, 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K 16:9, 4K DCI, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16:9 and 2K DCI.
- Added additional RAW resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K 16:9, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16:9 and HD.
- Added option to select the preferred card for recording.

New Monitor Features:
- Improved screen colorimetry for the built in LCD.
- Added ability to switch 3D LUT on and off for each output individually.
- Added ability to switch false color, zebras, focus assist, frame guides, grids and safe area guide on or off for each output individually.
- Added clean feed toggle for each output.
- Added program tally indicator for the built in LCD and Front SDI when using ATEM.
- Added monitoring option for tally, crosshairs and centre dot as part of grids.
- Added 14:9 frame guides.
- Added configurable safe area guides.
- Expanded options for focus assist to include red, green, blue, black and white as well as peaking.
- Added option for viewing codec and resolution setting instead of meters on the built in LCD.

New Settings Features:
- Added ability to program function buttons as a preset for frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons for Up or Down frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons as a toggle for clean feed, display LUT, frame guides, focus assist, false color, zebra, grids, safe area guides, off-speed and color bars.
- Added flicker free shutter frequency selection for 50Hz or 60Hz.
- Added support for drop frame timecode.
- Added ability to trigger color bars from camera.
- Added factory reset function.
- Added hardware ID display.
- Added software version display.

New Presets Features:
- Added ability to create up to 12 global camera settings presets.
- Added ability import and export camera presets to CFast media.

New 3D LUT Features:
- Added ability to monitor with 3D LUTs.
- Added ability to import 3D LUT from CFast media.
- Added ability to store up to 6 custom 17 point or 33 point LUTs into the camera’s internal flash memory.
- Added the ability to export one of the camera’s 3D LUTs to CFast media so you can pass the 3D LUT to a colorist or editor.
- Added ability to delete 3D LUT from camera’s internal memory.

New General Features:
- Improved timecode functionality for external timecode and jam timecode.
- Improved white balance performance.
- Added option for single clip or all clip playback.
- Added loop playback feature.

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Improved colorimetry for viewfinder.
- Improved focus assist on URSA Viewfinder.
- Improved proximity sensor sensitivity.
- Improved proximity sensor timeout settings.
- Improved frame guide appearance.
- Added support for URSA Mini OS metadata settings.
- Added support for new frame guides, safe area guides and grids.
- Added menu items for configuring overlay settings.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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4.0 Beta 2 (16 August 2016)

IMPORTANT: This is a public beta for trial and testing purposes, customers working on commercial productions are encouraged to continue using the current shipping camera software.

Customers with issues or bug reports should email 4.0beta@blackmagicdesign.com with the following information:

- Steps to reproduce
- Result(s)
- Expected Result(s)
- Any relevant setup information (camera settings, lens, etc)"



Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6K:

Improvements since 4.0 Beta include:
- Added support for Image Stabilisation (IS) on EF lenses.
- Improved focus assist thresholds.
- Improved support for Sigma EF lenses.
- Improved support for Fujinon Cabrio PL lens control via broadcast 12-pin connector.
- Improved playback support.
- Improved boot up time.
- Fixed bug where camera index in filenames was resetting after power cycle.
- Fixed bug in HD window where power cycle causes misalignment on URSA Mini 4K.
- Fixed bug where URSA Mini 4K allows ISO setting of 1600 which is not supported.

New Features:
- New URSA Mini OS.
- New heads up display.
- New menu system to allow faster operation.
- New monitoring options separately configurable for different SDI outputs.
- Added ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Table) for monitoring.
- Added ability to save and load camera settings presets.

New Heads Up Display Features:
- Swipe up or down to show and hide the heads up display.
- Added pan-able focus zoom.
- Added ability to change frame rate directly from heads up display.
- Added ability to change iris from heads up display on electronic lenses.
- Added ability to toggle timecode or duration from heads up display.
- Added ability to toggle favorite off-speed frame rate quickly.
- Added ability to change shutter angle from heads up display.
- Added flicker free shutter angle suggestions.
- Added manual shutter angle option for up to 2 decimal places.
- Added indicators for genlock, timecode status, and sensor window in heads up display.
- Added ability to change ISO from heads up display.
- Added ability to change white balance from heads up display.
- Added white balance presets including daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, mixed lighting, and overcast.
- Added tint control.
- Added auto white balance feature.
- Added audio input and headphone level control from the heads up display.
- Added media status page for formatting cards and media information.
- Added ability to toggle battery indicator from heads up display.
- Added monitoring option controls from heads up display including zebra, focus assist, frame guide and grids.

New Metadata Features:
- Improved slate and metadata functionality.
- Added lens data information to slate metadata.
- Added auto-fill lens metadata from electronically controllable lenses.
- Changed slate shortcut from a single tap to a sideways swipe on the LCD.

New Record Features:
- Added additional ProRes resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 16x9, 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K DCI, 3K - Anamorphic, 2K 16x9 and 2K DCI.
- Added additional RAW resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K 16x9, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16x9 and HD.
- Added option to select the preferred card for recording.

New Monitor Features:
- Improved screen colorimetry for the built in LCD.
- Added ability to switch 3D LUT on and off for each output individually.
- Added ability to switch false color, zebras, focus assist, frame guides, grids and safe area guide on or off for each output individually.
- Added clean feed toggle for each output.
- Added program tally indicator for the built in LCD and Front SDI when using ATEM.
- Added monitoring option for tally, crosshairs and centre dot as part of grids.
- Added 14:9 frame guides.
- Added configurable safe area guides.
- Expanded options for focus assist to include red, green, blue, black and white as well as peaking.
- Added option for viewing codec and resolution setting instead of meters on the built in LCD.

New Settings Features:
- Added ability to program function buttons as a preset for frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons for Up or Down frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons as a toggle for clean feed, display LUT, frame guides, focus assist, false color, zebra, grids, safe area guides, off-speed and color bars.
- Added flicker free shutter frequency selection for 50Hz or 60Hz.
- Added support for drop frame timecode.
- Added ability to trigger color bars from camera.
- Added factory reset function.
- Added hardware ID display.
- Added software version display.

New Presets Features:
- Added ability to create up to 12 global camera settings presets.
- Added ability import and export camera presets to CFast media.

New 3D LUT Features:
- Added ability to monitor with 3D LUTs.
- Added ability to import 3D LUT from CFast media.
- Added ability to store up to 6 custom 17 point or 33 point LUTs into the camera’s internal flash memory.
- Added the ability to export one of the camera’s 3D LUTs to CFast media so you can pass the 3D LUT to a colorist or editor.
- Added ability to delete 3D LUT from camera’s internal memory.

New General Features:
- Improved timecode functionality for external timecode and jam timecode.
- Improved white balance performance.
- Added option for single clip or all clip playback.
- Added loop playback feature.

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Improved colorimetry for viewfinder.
- Improved proximity sensor sensitivity.
- Improved proximity sensor timeout settings.
- Improved frame guide appearance.
- Added support for URSA Mini OS metadata settings.
- Added support for new frame guides, safe area guides and grids.
- Added menu items for configuring overlay settings.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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4.0 Beta 1 (16 August 2016)

IMPORTANT: This is a public beta for trial and testing purposes, customers working on commercial productions are encouraged to continue using the current shipping camera software.

Customers with issues or bug reports should email 4.0beta@blackmagicdesign.com with the following information:

- Steps to reproduce
- Result(s)
- Expected Result(s)
- Any relevant setup information (camera settings, lens, etc)"


Known Issues:
- No playback of RAW dual card recordings
- External Timecode is out by a few frames
- Boot up time and switching modes time is still being optimised.
- Pressing record whilst still in MENU mode can cause corruption.
- Screen-door crosshatching on Ursa Mini 4.6k images
- One report of Ursa Mini not recording anything
- Image Stabilisation does not currently work.

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6K:
- New URSA Mini OS.
- New heads up display.
- New menu system to allow faster operation.
- New monitoring options separately configurable for different SDI outputs.
- Added ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Table) for monitoring.
- Added ability to save and load camera settings presets.

New Heads Up Display Features:
- Swipe up or down to show and hide the heads up display.
- Added pan-able focus zoom.
- Added ability to change frame rate directly from heads up display.
- Added ability to change iris from heads up display on electronic lenses.
- Added ability to toggle timecode or duration from heads up display.
- Added ability to toggle favorite off-speed frame rate quickly.
- Added ability to change shutter angle from heads up display.
- Added flicker free shutter angle suggestions.
- Added manual shutter angle option for up to 2 decimal places.
- Added indicators for genlock, timecode status, and sensor window in heads up display.
- Added ability to change ISO from heads up display.
- Added ability to change white balance from heads up display.
- Added white balance presets including daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, mixed lighting, and overcast.
- Added tint control.
- Added auto white balance feature.
- Added audio input and headphone level control from the heads up display.
- Added media status page for formatting cards and media information.
- Added ability to toggle battery indicator from heads up display.
- Added monitoring option controls from heads up display including zebra, focus assist, frame guide and grids.

New Metadata Features:
- Improved slate and metadata functionality.
- Added lens data information to slate metadata.
- Added auto-fill lens metadata from electronically controllable lenses.
- Changed slate shortcut from a single tap to a sideways swipe on the LCD.

New Record Features:
- Added additional ProRes resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 16x9, 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K DCI, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16x9 and 2K DCI.
- Added additional RAW resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K 16x9, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16x9 and HD.
- Added option to select the preferred card for recording.

New Monitor Features:
- Improved screen colorimetry for the built in LCD.
- Added ability to switch 3D LUT on and off for each output individually.
- Added ability to switch false color, zebras, focus assist, frame guides, grids and safe area guide on or off for each output individually.
- Added clean feed toggle for each output.
- Added program tally indicator for the built in LCD and Front SDI when using ATEM.
- Added monitoring option for tally, crosshairs and centre dot as part of grids.
- Added 14:9 frame guides.
- Added configurable safe area guides.
- Expanded options for focus assist to include red, green, blue, black and white as well as peaking.
- Added option for viewing codec and resolution setting instead of meters on the built in LCD.

New Settings Features:
- Added ability to program function buttons as a preset for frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons for Up or Down frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
- Added ability to program function buttons as a toggle for clean feed, display LUT, frame guides, focus assist, false color, zebra, grids, safe area guides, off-speed and color bars.
- Added flicker free shutter frequency selection for 50Hz or 60Hz.
- Added support for drop frame timecode.
- Added ability to trigger color bars from camera.
- Added factory reset function.
- Added hardware ID display.
- Added software version display.

New Presets Features:
- Added ability to create up to 12 global camera settings presets.
- Added ability import and export camera presets to CFast media.
- New 3D LUT Features
- Added ability to monitor with 3D LUTs.
- Added ability to import 3D LUT from CFast media.
- Added ability to store up to 6 custom 17 point or 33 point LUTs into the camera's internal flash memory.
- Added the ability to export one of the camera's 3D LUTs to CFast media so you can pass the 3D LUT to a colorist or editor.
- Added ability to delete 3D LUT from camera's internal memory.

New General Features:
- Improved timecode functionality for external timecode and jam timecode.
- Improved white balance performance.
- Added option for single clip or all clip playback.
- Added loop playback feature.

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Improved colorimetry for viewfinder.
- Improved proximity sensor sensitivity.
- Improved proximity sensor timeout settings.
- Improved frame guide appearance.
- Added support for URSA Mini OS metadata settings.
- Added support for new frame guides, safe area guides and grids.
- Added menu items for configuring overlay settings.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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3.4 (5 July 2016)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Adds support for SDI record trigger
- Adds support for RP-188 timecode output
- Improved 6G-SDI output compatibility

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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3.3 (14 June 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K:
- Improved default White Balance
- Improved sensor response to lens shading
- Improved saturation when recording in VIDEO dynamic range

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- Improved saturation when recording in VIDEO dynamic range
- Improved saturation of SDI and LCD output when monitoring VIDEO while recording in FILM dynamic range

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Improved saturation of FILM to VIDEO monitoring for URSA Mini 4K
- Improved saturation of FILM to VIDEO monitoring for URSA Mini 4.6K

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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3.2 (18 April 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K & 4.6K:
- Added ATEM camera control support including
-- DaVinci Resolve color correction
-- Camera control for gain, shutter, white balance
-- Lens control for zoom, focus, iris
-- Talkback control
-- Tally control
-- Reference source, line and pixel timing control
-- Detail control
-- Improved B4 lens support for URSA Mini PL
-- 1080i SDI output support
- Added ‘Video’ LUT control for LCD, 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI independently
- Added Version 3 BMDFilm 4K and BMDFilm 4.6K color science
- Improved RGB color pipeline
- Improved 5” LCD color reproduction
- Added Auto Exposure control

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Support for ATEM tally signal
- Support for Version 3 colour science

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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3.1 (23 March 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K:
- New support for URSA Mini 4.6K
- Adds B4 lens control support for analog zoom servos on Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K PL
- Adds ProRes 444 codec support
- Adds Camera start stop record trigger via SDI for backup recording to external devices
- Optimized camera performance when starting in cold temperatures

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera:
- New support for Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Performance improvements and enhancements

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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3.0 (17 March 2016)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K:
- Adds support

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Adds support for Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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2.8.1 (30 October 2015)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- Enabled SDI In functionality
- General performance enhancements

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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2.8 (7 October 2015)

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K:
- Adds support

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.7 (12 September 2015)

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K:
- Support for the new Micro Studio Camera 4K

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.6 (18 August 2015)

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder:
- Support for the new URSA Viewfinder

Blackmagic URSA:
- Adds support for the URSA Viewfinder
- Add option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display
- Performance enhancements and improvements

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


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2.5 (8 July 2015)

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- New support for 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- New support for 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60
- Updated 6G-SDI to match updated SMPTE draft specification

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Community Notes:
- Some Ursa users are reporting data corruption. Blackmagic "are aware of this issue and have a fix for it that is being tested".


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.4 (1 June 2015)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Updated camera utility
- Adds support for more frame guides option
- Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.3 (11 April 2015)

Blackmagic URSA:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Improved media formatting performance

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Adds support for more frame guide options
- Adds Japanese and Chinese language menu support
- Holding down MENU will bypass Dashboard and go straight into settings
- Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Adds lossless compressed RAW support
- Adds support for more frame guide options
- Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard
- Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.1 (19 March 2015)

Blackmagic URSA:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Improved media formatting performance

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Adds support for more frame guide options
- Adds Japanese and Chinese language menu support
- Holding down MENU will bypass Dashboard and go straight into settings
- Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- New Blackmagic Camera Setup software
- Adds lossless compressed RAW support
- Adds support for more frame guide options
- Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard
- Peaking state is remembered after power cycle

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


2.0 (23 Jan 2015)

Blackmagic URSA:
- Adds support for windowed 1920 x 1080 recording up to 150 fps
- Adds support for Apple ProRes 444 XQ recording in HD and 4K
- Adds support for new V2 4K sensor for recording up to 120 fps RAW at 4K
- New installer layout which displays current software installed in camera
- Improved menu option for selecting recording format

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- 12G-SDI performance improvements

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


1.9.11 (18 Dec 2014)

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- New Details option in camera
- New support for independent control of front and rear tally brightness
- Add "Ch 2 used Ch 1 Input" option in Audio settings
- Added more camera settings information in display overlay

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- New Details option in camera
- New support for independent control of front and rear tally brightness
- Add "Ch 2 used Ch 1 Input" option in Audio settings
- Added more camera settings information in display overlay

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


1.9.10 (2 Dec 2014)

Blackmagic URSA:
- Fixed error reading timecode input
- Improved in-camera format reliability when formatting in HFS+

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Improved in-camera format reliability when formatting in HFS+

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Improved in-camera format reliability when formatting in HFS+

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Improved in-camera format reliability when formatting in HFS+

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


1.9.9 (20 Nov 2014)

> Video: What's new in Camera Update 1.9.9

Blackmagic URSA:
- Adds new compressed RAW 3:1 support
- Enable 80 fps support in 4K for ProRes and RAW 3:1
- Enable variable frame rate feature so off-speed clips now playback in project frame rate
- Enabled phantom power support
- Added more frame guide options
- Enabled in-camera formatting for CFast 2.0 media

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Improved in-camera format reliability

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Improved in-camera format reliability

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Improved in-camera format reliability

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Community Notes:
- Ursa now remembers the focus peaking state on reboot


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


1.9.8 (15 Oct 2014)

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- Support for MFT lenses with active zoom

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- Support for MFT lenses with active zoom

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


1.9.7 (9 Oct 2014)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Improves in-camera formatting support

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Adds in-camera SD card formatting support

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Adds in-camera SSD formatting support

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.6 (19 Sept 2014)

Blackmagic URSA:
- General performance improvements

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- General performance improvements

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.5 (6 Sept 2014)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Adds support for in-camera formatting of SSDs

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.4 (5 Sept 2014)

Blackmagic URSA:
- General perfomance improvements

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.3 (22 Aug 2014)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators. Use Up and Down to reveal and hide the meters while Left and Right will adjust the aperture of your active MFT lens.
- Fixed bug where in-camera playback may sometimes drop frames.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators.

Blackmagic URSA:
- No changes

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

Community Notes:
- There are now more White Balance & Shutter Angle options on the Pocket Cinema Camera.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.2 (14 Aug 2014)

Blackmagic URSA
- Adds support

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9.1 (4 Aug 2014)

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K:
- Adds support

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- No changes

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.9 (24 Jul 2014)

> Video: What's new in Camera Update 1.9

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators
- Includes improved sensor calibration processing

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.8.2 (18 Jul 2014)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Adds support for Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy recording support.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Adds support for Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy recording support.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Adds support for Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy recording support.

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- No changes

Community Notes:
- Reported dropped frames when recording to Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.8.1 (09 Jul 2014)

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- Remote Camera Control support from ATEM live production switchers.
- Audio level input now has Line, Mic Low and Mic High gain settings.
- No documented changes to other cameras.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.8 (24 Jun 2014)

> Video: What's new in Camera Update 1.8

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Updated user interface
- Losslessly compressed RAW DNG recording support
- Addresses an issue where pixel artefacts are seen in edges with strong highlights while shooting in 1080 mode
- Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- Updated user interface
- Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses
- Improved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHD
- Improved focus peaking display
- Improved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600
- Improved general audio performance
- Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- Updated user interface
- Improved performance when recording using internal microphones
- Improved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlights
- General improvements in autofocus with active MFT lenses
- Adds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switches
- Improved support for Sigma MFT lenses
- Improved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lens
- Improved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lens
- Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- Improved phantom power compatibility
- Addresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive video

Community Notes:
- Vertical Stripes in Blue Channel When Recording ProRes Video Mode
- On the 23rd of June an unofficial 1.8 release was discovered, however it is NOT SUPPORTED and should NOT be installed. Users from the community have reported however that it's IDENTICAL to the shipping version, however use at your own risk.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.7 (07 Apr 2014)

Blackmagic Studio Camera:
- Adds support for Blackmagic Studio Camera

Community Notes:
- Camera does not output interlaced formats regardless of overlay settings.
- Phantom Power does not work on Studio Camera.
- Studio Camera has EXTREME aliasing/moire with certain textures.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.6.2

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K:
- Addresses an issue where the camera may not start up correctly.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera:
- No changes.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- No changes.

Community Notes:
- Stuck Pixels.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.6.1

- Support for Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
- General stability improvements for BMCC and Pocket Cinema Camera.

Community Notes:
- Frequency Response Issue Fixed on BMP4K.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.5.1

- Fixed issue with 180º shutter angle not operating correctly when shooting in 23.98 or 24 fps for the Pocket Cinema Camera

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.5

- Adds CinemaDNG RAW recording support for Pocket Cinema Camera

Community Notes:
- Undocumented BMPCC 1.5 firmware change.
- Use 1.5 if you want to output 1080i on a Pocket Cinema Camera. Interlaced output is broken in 1.5.1 and above.
- The auto focus box on the Pocket does not appear in the centre of the picture but centre bottom (fixed in 1.5.1).

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.4.2

- Addresses ‘Black Sun’ Effect in Pocket Cinema Camera.

Community Notes:
- Does NOT fix 'black sun' effect on BMCC.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.4.1

- Improved auto focusing performance with Olympus Micro Four Third lenses on Pocket Cinema Camera
- Improved SD card compatibility on Pocket Cinema Camera
- Fixed issue where monitored audio channels in headphones during record is swapped on Pocket Cinema Camera
- Improve RP188 timecode accuracy on Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and MFT
- Improved notification to user when doing Interval recording

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.4

- Support for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.3.1

- General stability improvements when selecting DNxHD as the recording format

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.3

- SDI outputs interlaced video when frame rate is set to 1080p25 or 1080p29.97 and overlays are turned off

Community Notes:
- DC Offset bug fixed, but Frequency Attenuation issue introduced.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.2.1

- No documented changes.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.2

- New option for time lapse recording in the Recorder settings
- exFAT file system support
- F-stop values are displayed when using compatible EF lenses
- SDI output now supports RP-188 timecode
- Support for Thunderbolt on Windows

Community Notes:
- Audio has DC Offset issue.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

1.1

- Avid DNxHD MOV support
- Support for EF lens with in-lens image stabilizer
- Increased number of available shutter angles
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions

PostThu May 09, 2013 11:39 am

The only thing I'd add is about Resolve inclusion. No thread on my search answered it that well.

A Full DaVinci Resolve License Dongle Is included with the BMCC (EF and MFT and the BMPC (4K).

The Lite Version is included with the BMPCC.

The latest version (and some legacy versions) of both the Lite and the Full version are avaliable to download from the BMD support page for free. THe Full version requires a dongle to work.

The DaVinci Resolve License Dongle works with curent and future versions of the software, so when 10 comes out all full version owners of 8 and 9 (not sure how long this policy has been going on for before that) can use the full version of 10. 11 will likely follow this pattern.
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PostThu May 09, 2013 11:46 am

On mac all the way from the beginning. I does not seem that it will change any time soon.
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What a lot of work, thanks a lot, Chris!!

Hope this gets sticky.
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PostThu May 09, 2013 12:48 pm

Hopefully Christine will decide to make this very helpful amalgamation a "sticky".
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PostThu May 09, 2013 1:59 pm

Wow, very helpful, thanks Chris!

I've added a link to the actual manual in the original post. I'll definitely help keep this updated.
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can we also get a Chroma Subsampling link that effectively explains what it is, and then also a link for Bayered sensors and De-Bayering? I know these topics get confusing and intertwined quick
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PostFri May 10, 2013 10:19 am

TZuck wrote:can we also get a Chroma Subsampling link that effectively explains what it is, and then also a link for Bayered sensors and De-Bayering? I know these topics get confusing and intertwined quick



I have explained it many times on various threads if anyone is able to find them.

Else I dont mind posting it again in here and simply link it down to the comment. I would do it with visual examples too. Its a bit of a bugbear of mine when people confuse the two.
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Under the "Known Issues" section, would posting a link to the "Black Dot" problem be helpful?
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Christine PLEASE make this stick on top.
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PostMon May 13, 2013 1:53 pm

Fabián Matas wrote:Christine PLEASE make this stick on top.

It's already a sticky. Right now, the camera announcements from NAB are sticky as well, so whichever one has been commented on most recently will be on top.
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PostMon May 20, 2013 1:15 pm

Christine Peterson wrote:
Fabián Matas wrote:Christine PLEASE make this stick on top.

It's already a sticky. Right now, the camera announcements from NAB are sticky as well, so whichever one has been commented on most recently will be on top.


Thanks Christine :D
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Thanks Chris for putting all together, really beneficial for all interested in BM products.
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PostWed Aug 07, 2013 10:30 am

Perhaps this could a extra F.A.Question: What is the procedure for having your battery replaced? (once the internal battery dies after a lot of loading cycles)

Can the camera be used if the internal battery dies / no longer charges / holds a load?
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With external power why could it not work ?
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MatthijsLiethof wrote:Perhaps this could a extra F.A.Question: What is the procedure for having your battery replaced? (once the internal battery dies after a lot of loading cycles)


Contact your camera reseller or local Blackmagic Support centre for the purchase of a replacement battery.

Can the camera be used if the internal battery dies / no longer charges / holds a load?


Yes.
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Margus Voll wrote:With external power why could it not work ?


I suppose it could be that power has to pass through the 'internal battery-system' before reaching the components that need power and without a working battery the 'internal battery-system' could fail.
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PostWed Aug 07, 2013 11:26 am

Yes it could be like that but we have no specific info on that at the moment i believe.

I hope external power would be fine.

Someone from BM could clarify on that.
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PostThu Aug 29, 2013 8:41 am

Great summary Chris, thanks :) .
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When RAW for BMPC will be available?
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PostFri Sep 06, 2013 4:40 am

MatthijsLiethof wrote:Can the camera be used if the internal battery dies / no longer charges / holds a load?


Yes, even if the internal battery does not hold charges any longer and you don't get it replaced, you can still power the camera externally.
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PostSat Sep 07, 2013 2:46 pm

Will the sandisk 128gb sdxc 45mb/s be ample for pro res recording on the bmpcc?

Would I see any benefit purchasing the more expensive and half the space 64gb 95mb/s version if I was just recording at pro res?
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If that sandisk 128 gb card can sustain 45 mb/s over time it will be fine for ProRes recording. The 95 mb/s versions are only needed for raw recording, but you might benefit from faster readouts when downloading your footage, even if you only record ProRes.

Right now i find the 128 gb cards are still too expensive, i think i will be using a couple more 64 gb cards - one for each battery i buy, because they are similar in runtime, so when i swich the battery i also switch cards.

Hey, maybe that's why the left out the "disk space left" indicator: you can use the battery indicator as well ;)
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PostFri Sep 13, 2013 5:20 pm

BlackMagic Production Camera 4K Shipping September
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MaRsA wrote:BlackMagic Production Camera 4K Shipping September


??? explain please
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MaRsA wrote:BlackMagic Production Camera 4K Shipping September


??? explain please


That means that during the month we call "September" the BlackMagic Production Camera 4K will ship. September of which year? That's anyone's guess.
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Year is irrelevant ...
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hi
I ordered my "pocket camera" in May.
Still dont have....
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PostWed Nov 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Good to see there's a list of officially supported LANC controllers for the BMCC. I wish I could find a list that says which LANCs work with the Pocket. Maybe nobody knows, or maybe I can't find the applicable support port.
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Christopher wrote:Good to see there's a list of officially supported LANC controllers for the BMCC. I wish I could find a list that says which LANCs work with the Pocket. Maybe nobody knows, or maybe I can't find the applicable support port.


Given that the Pocket is running the same firmware - I'd say whatever controllers work on the BMCC will also work on the Pocket. Sadly, I don't believe there has been any official documentation specific to the Pocket released yet.
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PostMon Nov 18, 2013 8:17 pm

I sent a request to BM Tech. Dept on this, saw same info in their site somewhere. Here are the controllers that work with BMPCC:


"Also, here are the two LANC remotes that we have tested and certified in our lab:

http://www.manfrotto.com/rc-pan-bar-lanc

http://www.bebob.de/Fernbedienungen/ZOE-DVXL.html "

The Bebob is the "Zoe DVXL" model. The Manfrotto is the MVR 901 EPLA Pan Bar model. The Zoe has a selector switch for Sony/Canon or Panasonic (X) mode.

I am assuming you need to select "X" for Panny. Mode. I have the Sony/Canon only model of this controller and it does not work with Pocket Camera in Canon/Sony mode.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions

PostWed Dec 11, 2013 11:06 pm

Any lists for approved SD Cards for Raw shooting for the Blackmagic Pocket Camera?
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PostWed Dec 11, 2013 11:09 pm

Chris Chiasson wrote:Any lists for approved SD Cards for Raw shooting for the Blackmagic Pocket Camera?


The following SD cards are recommended for Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) recording:
- Delkin Devices 16GB Elite SDHC UHS-I
- Delkin Devices 32GB Elite SDHC UHS-I
- PNY Elite Performance 32 GB 90MB/s SD card
- Sandisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
- Sandisk 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I
- Sandisk 16GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I
- Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I

The following SD cards are recommended for CinemaDNG RAW recording:
- Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I
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PostWed Dec 11, 2013 11:12 pm

Just the one card? Ouch.
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PostWed Dec 11, 2013 11:28 pm

Chris Chiasson wrote:Just the one card? Ouch.

There's one other card that some users had partial success using it for raw, that's the 128 gb 80 mb/s sandisk pro card. But it seems it is just barely fast enough, users report dropped frames after a couple of minutes when recording raw at 24 fps, and it doesn't seem to be fast enough for 30 fps at all.

So basically: yes, only one card is fully supported for raw atm.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions

PostFri Dec 13, 2013 2:42 am

Is there a way to focus zoom on the Pocket Camera? I know with the Bigger Brother you could magnify the screen for focusing reasons. Can the Pocket do the same?
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PostWed Dec 18, 2013 2:30 am

I've heard of the white orbs issue with the Pocket Camera. Is there a way to test to learn if the camera has it?
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PostWed Dec 18, 2013 8:35 am

This problem is fixed in newer cameras, but you can easily test for it: just film a point light source in a dark scene, e.g. a car headlight at night, or a bright LED, or anything else that should produce a small clipped highlight. If your camera suffers from that "white orb" issue, you'll see white discs instead of small points, once you've seen them you'll know it.
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PostThu Dec 19, 2013 10:45 pm

Chris Chiasson wrote:I've heard of the white orbs issue with the Pocket Camera. Is there a way to test to learn if the camera has it?



You can also email tech support and give them your serial number, they can tell you.
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PostSat Jan 04, 2014 12:43 pm

Chris Chiasson wrote:http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Professional-256GB-Memory-LSD256CTBNA600/dp/B0090BEWKY/ref=sr_1_28?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1388618049&sr=1-28&keywords=sd+card

Have these SD card's been tested with Raw? Claims the speed is around 90MB/s.


Full list of officially tested SD cards:
http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support ... &pid=34849
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PostSat Jan 04, 2014 1:47 pm

Chris Chiasson wrote:http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Professional-256GB-Memory-LSD256CTBNA600/dp/B0090BEWKY/ref=sr_1_28?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1388618049&sr=1-28&keywords=sd+card

Have these SD card's been tested with Raw? Claims the speed is around 90MB/s.

That speed is read speed too. Most Lexar SDs seem to have write speeds around 60mb/s.

The only cards for raw are the SanDisk Extreme Pros for now.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions

PostThu Jan 30, 2014 4:51 am

Been trying out the 14mm Lumix lens on the Pocket Camera. Noticed that when I have non-electronic lens, I have peaking mode. But when I have an electronic lens, I only have auto focus. No way to switch off the Auto, and get the peaking instead for Electronic lenses?
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PostThu Jan 30, 2014 5:32 am

Just double tap focus quite fast.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions

PostMon Mar 31, 2014 10:33 pm

My concerns are:
1-Are we ever going to be able to delete footage within the camera?
2-Will BMPC4K support RAW, Cinema DNG format?

Many thanks
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions - General

PostMon Mar 31, 2014 10:54 pm

DjWilly wrote:1-Are we ever going to be able to delete footage within the camera?


Highly doubtful. I would be very surprised if they ever offered this functionality.

DjWilly wrote:2-Will BMPC4K support RAW, Cinema DNG format?


Yes. Visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW is DEFINITELY coming to the BMPC4K.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions - General

PostTue Apr 01, 2014 12:52 am

Thank you very much for your reply Chris.

Chris Hocking wrote:
Yes. Visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW is DEFINITELY coming to the BMPC4K.


I really hope this true. I can't wait


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Re: Frequently Asked Questions - General

PostTue Apr 01, 2014 3:30 pm

Compressed RAW for the 4K camera is an advertised feature, as it was with the Pocket cam before. BMD will provide an update adding RAW recording to the 4K cam for sure. Other features, that have never been on BMDs list, are not likely to be added later.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions - General (Updated: 9/4/14)

PostWed Apr 09, 2014 1:30 pm

I have received my blackmagic 4k production camera 2 weeks ago. I must say i like it but i cant find the HD mode on my bmpc with the ability to shoot 50 fps or 59.94 fps in Full HD. The only two options in record mode are prores 4k and prores HD. There both going max to 30 fps on my display. What am i doing wrong cause the offical website of blackmagic says at the Tech Specs of the 4k BMPC that it can shoot in 50/59.94 fps. Please help me with this.

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Re: Frequently Asked Questions - General (Updated: 9/4/14)

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WillemMollema wrote:I have received my blackmagic 4k production camera 2 weeks ago. I must say i like it but i cant find the HD mode on my bmpc with the ability to shoot 50 fps or 59.94 fps in Full HD. The only two options in record mode are prores 4k and prores HD. There both going max to 30 fps on my display. What am i doing wrong cause the offical website of blackmagic says at the Tech Specs of the 4k BMPC that it can shoot in 50/59.94 fps. Please help me with this.


Unfortunately Willem, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K can only output 1920x1080i50 and 1920x1080i59.94 via the SDI output - it cannot record these frame rates to the internal SSD.

You're limited to:

3840 x 2160p23.98
3840 x 2160p24
3840 x 2160p25
3840 x 2160p29.97
3840 x 2160p30
1920 x 1080p23.98
1920 x 1080p24
1920 x 1080p25
1920 x 1080p29.97
1920 x 1080p30
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