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BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 10:07 am

So I've used the BMPCC 4k in the field on a corporate shoot and ran into some issues.

-The camera turned off several times during the shoot.
-The camera had trouble with the Samsung T5 SSD drives. 7 out of 10 times it didn't recognise the drives.
We've used several cables and drives but that didn't't help.
-Several fully charged batteries dropped dead within 10 minutes.
We've used batteries from several brand. That didn't seem to make a difference.

We had to rent a backup camera just in case.
So as of now the camera is not yet there to be used on a professional shoot.

What are your experiences so far?
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 4:41 pm

Horrible experience. Call your regional BMD Support and provide them with all the details about your camera and accessories.


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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 5:12 pm

Me thinks I smell a “troll”! :roll:
Or the OP didn’t fully test his “new” camera before using it on a paid shoot. Most of these issues would have become evident. Also, he must not have used the BM battery after fully charging it, because it does give 50 min of recording, and should run the T5 drive and camera for at least 30-min, based on other valid review tests we have seen so far.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 7:42 pm

Well, joost horrevorts is a real person with a Vimeo account. Not sure if it’s the same person...

“Not ready for commercial shoots” is completely off base since many are using the camera. Now that doesn’t mean something isn’t wrong with this unit, or it’s related to accessories or configuration. Some additional details are needed (exact specs of drive, cable and power) and maybe some photos would help.

I’m receiving my 4K on Tuesday and plan on using it for a shoot on Friday. But that means I’ll be testing it extensively over Wednesday and Thursday. No matter what camera or accessory, you need to test everything before putting it into a paid shoot.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 8:30 pm

I can corroborate the Samsung T5 SSD behavior. My copy of the camera will often not recognize the T5 SSD plugged in via USB-C. It also won't recognize an SD card when turned on. Unplugging and replugging, as well as ejecting and reinserting, does nothing.

On reboot, if it chooses to recognize the SD card, I can then plug in the T5 SSD. It occupies the same slot as the SD card, so I can eject the card and use the T5 SSD. That's as close to a pattern as I can see, and I have contacted support.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 12, 2018 9:27 pm

On the T5 SSD, could be a USB cable issue, not al, of them are actually Gen 2, or work correctly with Gen 2, and can not sustain the higher data rates, and will revert back to Gen 1 data rate speeds, which would explain the odd behavior. Just a thought... :roll:
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 4:20 am

I love how you guys immediately jump to calling this guy a troll instead of assuming he's had a defective unit. And of course he tried different cables, Denny, he mentions doing so in his original post. You guys can really circle the wagons sometimes. At least Rick showed a normal, human response to this. He's also right: contacting BMD customer support is your best bet here because that sounds like abnormal behavior to me.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 5:45 am

Sorry, I was not trying to and negative, just said, it seems like. :oops: Anyway, my apologies and Rick is correct, he needs to contact BM Support to get this sorted.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 9:06 am

joostosan wrote:So I've used the BMPCC 4k in the field on a corporate shoot and ran into some issues.

-The camera turned off several times during the shoot.
-The camera had trouble with the Samsung T5 SSD drives. 7 out of 10 times it didn't recognise the drives.
We've used several cables and drives but that didn't't help.
-Several fully charged batteries dropped dead within 10 minutes.
We've used batteries from several brand. That didn't seem to make a difference.

We had to rent a backup camera just in case.
So as of now the camera is not yet there to be used on a professional shoot.

What are your experiences so far?


Joost, one word of advice out from years of experience:
Never ever go to a paid job with essential equipment which hasn't been tested by yourself thoroughly for days or weeks. Don't assume anything - test it beforehand. Especially third party batteries and a new camera.

Before I rely on a tool I normally do several weeks of intensive testing and practicing. That is professional.

Having said that, I had my PCC4k on a professional shoot as a side camera and it worked flawlessly. But I did not rely on an external SSD and cables but used SD cards from SanDisk and batteries from Canon.
All genuine Canon LP-E6Ns I had used worked flawlessly down to when a few percent of power were left and I swapped them out for a fresh one.

The PCC4k draws a lot more power than your average DSLR and cheap third party batteries might not be able to get along with that. So when the camera draws 2.5 A or even more, those batteries just shut off.
For comparison the Canon 5D MKIV in video mode draws around 1.2 A - only half of the current of the PCC4k.

And an external SSD like the Samsung T5 also adds 3.4 W when active to the power draw. The camera has to convert the 7.2 V down to 5 V for the USB-C (which adds to some losses).

So when recording to the T5 your total current draw is ~2.8 A which is a lot for that kind of battery.
Cheap third party batteries might get away on less demanding cameras but will fail in this scenario.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 10:51 am

I’m curious, how much of the battery life takes
Rode NTG-4, phantom powered from BMPCC4K... ?
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BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 1:07 pm

Robert (or any other electrical engineers here) could you comment on the dual NP-F970 that I had linked to previously which had the batteries in serial to provide 12VDC that I wanted to feed the 2-pin connector? I think that may have had a 3.0 amp limit, but not sure. Would that be an ideal solution?

I had wanted to initially run to the 2-pin connector from my 12VDC D-tap on my Cinegears 250Wh battery, but I’ll need to check the amp limit on that—I think it’s 3 amps but I can’t find anything that specifies the maximum amperage.



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Cinegears battery is 250Wh 14.8VDC 16.75Ah.
Heuristically, the Cinegears can power my Mini 4.6K (all manual but includes 48V phantom power to my mic) about 5 hours. 16.75Ah/5.5h=3A draw if the camera consumes 45W. If the camera consumed 55W, I’d get about 4.5 hours with a draw of about 3.8 amps.

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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 13, 2018 5:43 pm

Denny Smith wrote:On the T5 SSD, could be a USB cable issue, not al, of them are actually Gen 2, or work correctly with Gen 2, and can not sustain the higher data rates, and will revert back to Gen 1 data rate speeds, which would explain the odd behavior. Just a thought... :roll:
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It's not a Gen 2 port anyway.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSun Oct 14, 2018 6:48 am

Obviously this forum seems to be 'the go to' place to share information about this camera.

The renting company i go to a lot, sent back their BMPCC 4k units because of similar issues.
And the company that sold me the camera is aware of these problems with the camera.

Whether it's just my unit, or a batch, these issues need to be addressed.

I'll update this thread when Blackmagic Support gives me more clarity on the matter.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSun Oct 14, 2018 8:05 pm

Calm down guys... The USB problem is known and bm is completly aware of the behavior. I reported the problem two weeks ago already and the support told me that the development team is working on this issue very hard. First I thought I received a faulty camera but obviously it is a firmware issue.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 15, 2018 7:16 pm

Thanks for the updates on this problem. Certainly hope it’s resolved quickly as going to the external SSD will be a popular option for the more data intensive codecs.

Did anyone hear if this failure is specific to the Samsung T5? I ask after watching that 30+ minute review yesterday demonstrating the Wise Portable SSD that didn’t show this problem.


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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostTue Oct 16, 2018 11:06 am

Maziano wrote:Calm down guys... The USB problem is known and bm is completly aware of the behavior. I reported the problem two weeks ago already and the support told me that the development team is working on this issue very hard. First I thought I received a faulty camera but obviously it is a firmware issue.


When you say it's not a hardware issue it's a firmware issue then it's still something that renders the camera unreliable for production shoots. I have the camera and I concur with the OP, this camera needs a few firmware updates under it's belt before you can rely on it as an A cam.

That said if you stick to original batteries, known working media and a passive lens you should be fine.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostTue Oct 16, 2018 5:10 pm

I've shot pretty continuously for about 10 days.
Tested it for days before doing 3 shoots with it .

Used it exclusively Sunday in the wilderness doing mountaian bike scenes for a film.
Using nothing but SanDisk 64GB V30 cards I've shot over a TB of footage all told without a glitch.

Sunday I shot everything in 24p UHD without a single issue. The camera was never in a bag from the time we got into the mountains - always over my shoulder on a monopod trecking through the forest.

The single glitch - battery stuck in the compartment on the first switch - pried it out with a scewdriver and kept shooting.

Getting about 50 minutes per battery including different brands I'm testing like Wasabi.
Was considering going only Original Canons but they're not reading reliable % either - none do.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostTue Oct 16, 2018 6:14 pm

Jim, that could have just been a “bad” battery. A lot of knock off LPE6 and Nikon batteries have swelling issues when they get too warm from rapid discharge, which the 2AH load of the new Pocket camera can exert.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostTue Oct 16, 2018 7:27 pm

Oh, I know this Denny. It was brand new and retired immediately.

But I'm one of several of the first not many cameras out there that have had this problem and I've never had it before.

I think it's a tolerance issue myself combined with hot batteries. And they get hot in this camera so a tolerance issue will be magnified if it exists.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 12:50 am

Has anyone else noticed any screen burn-in on their Pocket 4K? I just got mine tonight and I noticed when I do the screen swipe up to romove the options I can still see ghosted images of the battery indicator on the top right and the overlay option on the top left. Just curious if I’m the only one?
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White light on screen

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 4:57 am

I sent mine back as I thought it was damaged because the screen had a bright white corner on the bottom left. After watching the many BMPCC 4K youtube videos I've noticed that a few of the youtubers have the same thing except they don't seem to mind and some had perfectly clean screens. You can even see it on redshark news review of the camera, I've also attached an image of their screen which was similar to mines except a bit higher:

If this is normal and fine then I wont make a big deal of it as I still love the quality of the images it was just becoming a distraction and I feared I received a faulty camera. So now it looks like I'll have to wait till more come in before I receive my exchange.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 7:26 am

brettsmith wrote:Has anyone else noticed any screen burn-in on their Pocket 4K? I just got mine tonight and I noticed when I do the screen swipe up to romove the options I can still see ghosted images of the battery indicator on the top right and the overlay option on the top left. Just curious if I’m the only one?
Thanks!


Hi Brett,

You should contact support and send them a photo of the issue.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 7:29 am

Maziano wrote:Calm down guys... The USB problem is known and bm is completly aware of the behavior. I reported the problem two weeks ago already and the support told me that the development team is working on this issue very hard. First I thought I received a faulty camera but obviously it is a firmware issue.


Yup, this USB mounting issue seems to happen only with the T5. We are looking into it.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am

Kristian Lam wrote:
Maziano wrote:Calm down guys... The USB problem is known and bm is completly aware of the behavior. I reported the problem two weeks ago already and the support told me that the development team is working on this issue very hard. First I thought I received a faulty camera but obviously it is a firmware issue.


Yup, this USB mounting issue seems to happen only with the T5. We are looking into it.


I have a G-tech r series 1tb ssd that also doesn't mount some of the time. Have to turn it on and off until it does if that happens.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Oct 17, 2018 2:27 pm

So i just got a reply from Black Magic support:

Hi Joost,

Thank you for contacting Blackmagic Support.

i'm sorry to hear you've run into some issues, I'll do my best to assist you with this.

Regarding your first question about the camera shutting down during your shoot, was this because the batteries you were using were being drained quickly?
I would also like to know whether you're able to replicate this behaviour when the camera is powered via the PSU? If you can test this it would be extremely helpful.
Can you also please tell me the make and model of the batteries you're using? I would just like to check whether they're suitable fo the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

Regarding your Samsung T5 SSDs, can you please confirm what capacity drives you're using? I would just like to check whether the they're on our recommend list. You mentioned that 7 our of 10 times the camera didn't recognise the drives, did you just keep reconnecting the drive until it was detected?
Can you also please confirm whether you can replicate this behaviour when the camera is powered by the PSU?

Regarding the batteries running out in 10 minutes, is this related to the first behaviour you mentioned? Please can you tell me the make and model of batteries you've tested with? I'd also like to know how you're charging the batteries? It sounds like the batteries might not be fully charged, can you please confirm how your checking the charge levels of the batteries?


Kind Regards
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When testing with the PSU i had no problem with the Samsung T5's at all.

So hopefully it's just a battery issue as Chris stated.
Batteries i've used are Canon's, Hahnels, Jupio's and Blackmagic's.

I'll keep you posted.
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Re: White light on screen

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 2:20 am

Kylie Smith wrote:I sent mine back as I thought it was damaged because the screen had a bright white corner on the bottom left. After watching the many BMPCC 4K youtube videos I've noticed that a few of the youtubers have the same thing except they don't seem to mind and some had perfectly clean screens. You can even see it on redshark news review of the camera, I've also attached an image of their screen which was similar to mines except a bit higher:

If this is normal and fine then I wont make a big deal of it as I still love the quality of the images it was just becoming a distraction and I feared I received a faulty camera. So now it looks like I'll have to wait till more come in before I receive my exchange.


Mine does not do that.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 3:12 am

joostosan wrote:
Regarding your Samsung T5 SSDs, can you please confirm what capacity drives you're using? I would just like to check whether the they're on our recommend list.



I really wish we could see that list!
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 3:29 am

Brandon Dunaway wrote:I really wish we could see that list!


It's here:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/faq/59025
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 3:37 am

Kristian Lam wrote:
Brandon Dunaway wrote:I really wish we could see that list!


It's here:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/faq/59025


Ah, perfect! Thanks Kristian!
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 5:26 am

Thanks Kristian!
Actually it must have been temporary because now it seems to have cleared up! I’m enjoying the camera a lot! Can’t wait to use it on a real project!

Actually strike that :( it looks like it returns after I use it a while. I’ve contacted support.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 12:09 pm

As for the Samsung T5 drives, have you tried connecting the drive to the camera after the camera has been powered on?
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 4:11 pm

Hi, this is now my second attempt at my first post on this site as my previous post deleted itself. This one will be more brief.

I have had similar issues with my Samsung 500gb t5. Long and short is I think it might be the cables as I cannot plug the camera into my computers (windows) and update with the Samsung cables. I get an error that says the computer cannot recognize the cables when the camera is on, but it does work with the SSD plugged into the computer.

I am getting a new cable this weekend to try it out.

Is anybody what having trouble connecting this camera to their windows computer? If not, what cables are you using?
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 4:26 pm

Welcome aboard Duane, it takes a day or two for your first few posts to actually get posted to the board, so give it time.

As for cables, they have been thenissue with high bandwidth devices in the past. Not all USB cables, including USB C are hight bandwidth, as cell phones use similar cables, but do not require the higher bandwidth, the video cameras and their fast hard drives do. Samsung is going to shop as cheap a cable as possible for use with co others, their intended sue for the drives, not for camera, high data-rate use.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 4:45 pm

Thanks Denny, I think you're right here. If I can get the new cable to work, which I made sure was a higher end, high data rate cable, I will make a video about this so that people do not return their devices or inundate bmd with this problem. Because this camera is so inexpensive and many of the user base will be coming from cameras that don't require connecting to the computer for updates, they may be shocked to find things don't work right. I am hoping my experiment pays dividends here as I have no desire at all to send my camera in for repair for this weird issue.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostThu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm

No, but yiu are going to need to update the FW down the road, so get it fixed (when more camera stock is available) and contact BM Support if the cable does not do the trick.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 19, 2018 1:49 am

I'm using the cables provided with the T5's and I'm running into the same issue.

I've only noticed a problem if the drive is already connected when I power on the camera. If I connect the drive after the camera is powered, it has worked 100% of the time. So far. ;-)
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostFri Oct 19, 2018 12:13 pm

Hi guys,

Upon sending them some detailed information about the batteries used, I got a reply from Blackmagic support and they think it might be a faulty unit:


Hi Joost,

Thanks for your reply.

Regarding the behaviour you're experiencing with the batteries, I would like to get your camera back here for further testing, it does sound like their maybe a fault with the unit.

Please fill out the RMA form below in as much detail as possible, and copy it into the top of your response. It will need to be above the comment in order for it to come through.

Please attach your proof of purchase for the product with the return email.

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Regarding the behaviour you reported with the detection of your Samsung T5 drives, I believe this is something our development team are aware of, this should be improved in a future firmware update.

You also mentioned that you're experiencing frame drops, I believe this is because your Samsung drives are only rated up to RAW 3:1, the data rate of RAW 1:1 is likely too much for the Samsung drives to cope with. You can view the storage compatibility list here - https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/support/faq/59025

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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 20, 2018 3:49 am

FWIW — Today I ran some tests on the 4K pocket over at Hot Rod Cameras (I would highly recommend to anyone in Los Angeles to consider buying gear from them, they are the best retailer around). I connected a Samsung T5 500Gb and recorded a bunch of footage at 4k in 3:1 raw without any issues. The drive remained connected and did quite well.

I had the camera set to stop if it dropped frames, but the recording kept going as smoothly as expected.

All in all, I feel that the T5 is not a problem, although in all fairness the camera was hooked up to a power supply at all times during my tests.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSat Oct 20, 2018 5:08 am

Well they’re having me send mine back for the image retention on the screen :(
I had to send my URSA Mini 4.6k back originally too, but after that it was great. Hope the same thing happens this time. It’s hard after waiting so long to have to send it back so soon...
Blackmagic support has always been great to work with too, so thankful for that anyway!
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostSun Oct 21, 2018 10:47 pm

The original poster is not a troll as I just had similar issues. I received my BMPCC4K a few weeks back (ordered it about 1 minute after their announcement from BHPhoto) so probably have one of the very first models but just got to testing it this morning.

I was using a Promaster 7.2v 1800amp battery with a Samsung T5 500gb ssd and was in the 24p 422 ProRes 4K mode and every was fine. When I switched to 60p, the camera shut off. I flipped the on/off switch and it came back on, but as soon I touched any physical button the camera or on the menu, it shut off again. Did this 10 times and couldn't get the camera to work or even switch back to 24p. :x

Swapped the battery out for one that is 7.4v and 2000amp and now it seems to work. So from this very limited experiment, type of batteries do matter I guess. Just worries me a little as I had quite a few issues with the original BMPCC...
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 22, 2018 12:09 am

So I tried my new cable and none of my computers can recognize the camera for updates. Looks like this camera is defective.

I read through the email I received from customer support regarding an RMA and correct me if I'm wrong but, am I supposed to pay for shipping to repair my defective camera that I just bought? That doesn't sound right to me. If that's the case I'll just do a return and exchange with bh and not pay for anything.

That just doesn't seem right that I would have to pay to fix a defective product so please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 22, 2018 6:11 pm

Dune00z wrote:So I tried my new cable and none of my computers can recognize the camera for updates. Looks like this camera is defective.

I read through the email I received from customer support regarding an RMA and correct me if I'm wrong but, am I supposed to pay for shipping to repair my defective camera that I just bought? That doesn't sound right to me. If that's the case I'll just do a return and exchange with bh and not pay for anything.

That just doesn't seem right that I would have to pay to fix a defective product so please correct me if I'm wrong.


My computer couldn’t either, but I just assumed it was because it was new and wasn’t in the software yet or something like that. I sent mine in for a different issue and they paid the shipping. Maybe I should ask them about mine not being recognized too.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 22, 2018 8:22 pm

Dune00z wrote:My computer couldn’t either, but I just assumed it was because it was new and wasn’t in the software yet or something like that. I sent mine in for a different issue and they paid the shipping. Maybe I should ask them about mine not being recognized too.


I was able to get it to work with Windows 8.1 and a USB1 port, but not USB 3 or USBc on Windows 10 or Windows 8 machines. I think it is a driver issue with newer thumb inputs or firmware issue in camera. I won't be sending mine back after all from where I am sitting if this is the case. Check with them if they can get it to work in USB3 or of it only works in USB 1 ports. I sent them the same information through email. I am sure this is software related.

I have not checked if this issue occurs on Mac computers as I have taken a vow not to buy another Apple product again until they adjust their business model. Long story short, I was forced to update itunes (which I have never used in my life) and various other programs after that in order to even use my expensive imac years ago which obsoleted every program I had and could not revert. Genius bar told me I had to buy a new computer because it would cost over a thousand dollars to "repair it" from the updates I was forced to make. Today they glue in graphics cards and hard drives? Never again!

Good to hear that they paid for shipping, this is a positive thing.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 22, 2018 8:37 pm

I tried connecting to a MBPr:

1. USB-C...Camera was not recognized.

2. USB Type A 3.1 (via a hub)...Camera was recognized.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Oct 22, 2018 8:40 pm

joe12south wrote:I tried connecting to a MBPr:

1. USB-C...Camera was not recognized.

2. USB Type A 3.1 (via a hub)...Camera was recognized.

Ok! I’m on a Mac too and I just tried it with usb-c to usb-c.
I’ll give it a go with a hub when I get it back and maybe that will resolve my issue!
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Nov 12, 2018 10:10 pm

My camera was not recognized on my USB-3 or USB-C ports, but was when I connected it to a USB-2 port on the back. (No problem with the Samsung T5 so far.)
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Re: White light on screen

PostMon Nov 19, 2018 9:00 pm

Kylie Smith wrote:I sent mine back as I thought it was damaged because the screen had a bright white corner on the bottom left.

Out of interest, were you using a USB SSD with yours? My screen was perfect to begin with, but after a few days of use with an SSD plugged-in I've got the same issue.

I noticed the USB-C plug generally gets fairly warm, my hunch is this may be the cause.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Nov 19, 2018 10:51 pm

Similar story for me USB connectivity wise: my new laptop won't see the camera whatever I do, via USB 3.1. 3.2 and USBc/Thunderbolt ports.
My old z800 sees it fine through it's native USB 2 ports, it sees nothing via a USB3 card (cheapie combo 2xUSB3 / 2xSATA3 card), it also sees nothing via a USB C card (Orico card).
All my computers 'see' the device (windows 10 annoying 'you've plugged something in' noise), although I did try via a USB hub to a USB3.1 port on both my laptop and the z800: not a sausage, not even the windows noise.
SSD wise, I noticed it was extremely hit and miss if it mounted (Samsung T5 500Gb), but since I got more worried about having a duff USB port on the camera and being stuck without being able to flash the firmware (and did all the above) it seems quite a lot happier seeing the SSD.
Just did a few quick tests- seems to be **** at seeing the SSD if you power it up with it plugged in, much more than if you plug it in once powered on.
Power on with SSD connected and SD card in and it sees nothing, even after the SSD is removed (although I just tried again and it worked fine just to make me a liar! Bloody thing seems to have 'moods'!)...
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostMon Nov 19, 2018 11:19 pm

Mark Spink wrote:Similar story for me USB connectivity wise: my new laptop won't see the camera whatever I do, via USB 3.1. 3.2 and USBc/Thunderbolt ports.
My old z800 sees it fine through it's native USB 2 ports, it sees nothing via a USB3 card (cheapie combo 2xUSB3 / 2xSATA3 card), it also sees nothing via a USB C card (Orico card).
All my computers 'see' the device (windows 10 annoying 'you've plugged something in' noise), although I did try via a USB hub to a USB3.1 port on both my laptop and the z800: not a sausage, not even the windows noise.
SSD wise, I noticed it was extremely hit and miss if it mounted (Samsung T5 500Gb), but since I got more worried about having a duff USB port on the camera and being stuck without being able to flash the firmware (and did all the above) it seems quite a lot happier seeing the SSD.
Just did a few quick tests- seems to be **** at seeing the SSD if you power it up with it plugged in, much more than if you plug it in once powered on.
Power on with SSD connected and SD card in and it sees nothing, even after the SSD is removed (although I just tried again and it worked fine just to make me a liar! Bloody thing seems to have 'moods'!)...


The camera will only be recognised by the BMD camera utility app to update or downgrade it's firmware, you can't offload cards via the camera, you need to use a card reader.
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Re: BMPCC 4k issues

PostWed Nov 21, 2018 6:52 am

IMO this camera shouldn't be used with its built-in battery if any accessories are attached that use camera power like an SSD or phantom mic. I believe that the LP-E6 battery is not sufficient to run the camera, much less anything connected to it. I'm not sure if its the lack of voltage or current that's doing it, but the camera is a 12-20V device with a 7.4V battery? Weird things happen to electronics that are starved for power, and running at 12V might help. I have tons of Sony L's here so my solution was to use a dual L regulated thing that gives me a solid 12V all the way to dead. So far not a single issue. A 14.8V V-mount would be even better.

I use this thing: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... power.html

I hope this post helps someone out there because having your camera turn off halfway through a shoot or loosing footage is devastating. In my experience this camera is very reliable when supplied with the recommended voltage stated in its specification.
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