Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

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ryanbooth

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 2:05 am

Not quite sure if this should be posted in the Cinematography section or the Live section, so forgive me if it's off topic.

Heard a nasty rumor that the BMCC will not be compatible with any of the BMD broadcast type equipment (ATEM M/E 1 & 2, specifically). I know the camera is limited to 30fps and lower for internal recording, but SURELY, given the frame rate limitation is only due to internal SSD recording, a 24fps signal wrapped in a 60i stream is possible over SDI? I cannot believe that the Cinema camera would not be compatible with BMD vast array of switchers, etc. If that's the case, it would be a huge miss...

I understand the Cinema camera is not intended for traditional broadcasting, but it is an incredibly useful camera to use in a multicam scenario... I would hate to have to use different cameras because of a frame rate issue.

Curious if anyone can confirm.

(For instance, the Sony FS100 outputs, via HDMI a 24fps signal in a 60i stream. Perfect for the look i'm hoping to achieve w/ my multicam projects)
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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 2:57 am

I've spoken with several people at BMD, and they confirm, right now the BMCC is not compatible with the ATEM line of switchers.
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Joshua Helling

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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 4:09 am

Correct. Currently the supported frame sizes/rates have no overlap. So they don't have a common format.
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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 4:10 am

Thanks for the info Mike.

That's a bummer, but hopefully a firmware, not hardware, issue that can be addressed in the future...
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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 6:08 pm

Josh - thanks for the official confirmation. is this something that may be addressed in the future? bummed i'll thus be purchasing 5 cameras from Sony instead of keeping everything in a BMD ecosystem.

thanks.
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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostThu Aug 30, 2012 8:14 pm

I also need two BMCCs and was hoping to use them with the ATEM TV switcher as well. I shoot music concerts and training videos and need to have this setup for a producer setup. I hope someone is working one this. I have been waiting on my ATEM because of the camera available with SD output.
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Joshua Helling

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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostFri Aug 31, 2012 8:15 pm

ryanbooth wrote:Josh - thanks for the official confirmation. is this something that may be addressed in the future? bummed i'll thus be purchasing 5 cameras from Sony instead of keeping everything in a BMD ecosystem.

thanks.


Its very possible. And there is a fairly good amount of other people that would like to see this as well. Thought I imagine there is more likelihood of seeing 29.97p added to the switchers than 59.94i being added to the camera (again, this is just me guessing).
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Re: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Interaction

PostSat Sep 01, 2012 4:17 pm

well, not going to lie, 29.97 would be even better. thanks for following up, josh. i'm excited about the possibility of a more "cinematic" approach to multicam production :)

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