(planetMitch note: this is a post by our roving Blackmagic Cinema Camera reporter planetMatt Battershell)
By now you have known the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to be no slouch in making headlines, rocking NAB, delivering incredible images, and… well, getting delayed. Again. By months.
Perhaps my loyal HDSLR ‘fans’ have wondered where I went? I sense the sadness of people not reading me rip on the soft, low resolution, mushy, alias-ridden – you miss me already don’t you?
But hey! I’m back and I’m not biased. Canon gave us moire-free images while softening the resolution and raising the price on their newest flagship camera. Who-hoo!
I’m not angry. Canon later released a cheaper priced 6D while reintroducing us to our old friends: moire and his cousin, Mr. Alias. In fact, this time, Mr. Alias was larger and more obnoxious than when he first appeared four years ago in the 5d Mk II. Ahhh.
But I’m also not hopeless. While my BlackMagic Cinema Camera has been on pre-order for months, we have had two important firmware updates release. Firmware version 1.2, according to OneRiver Media’s Marco Solorio now delivers “aperture readout on display, 2.5K rez time-lapse recording, exFAT format support, improved CinemaDNG file naming, better overlay options on SDI output, fix on RP188 output over SDI” and increased support working with Canon EF lenses. Basically, now you can know what f-stop your lens is set at (I know right?), have the ability to format your SSD with a Windows machine and take 2.5k RAW time-lapses.
That is pretty cool. I’m still waiting for firmware support for formatting the SSD within the camera, renaming and deleting files – especially when 30 minutes of RAW 2.5K footage will eat an entire 256GB SSD for breakfast – and seeing audio meters. And I’m sure you HDSLR fans are eager for some more robust codecs and full HD resolution (instead of around 600 lines of resolving power) right?
Alas, I suppose we both must have patience. So in the meantime, go out and use your tools to the best of your ability. Continue to create and express yourself. Join a film competition – I had a blast with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a 48 hour film festival. Just know, better tools and refinements are coming your way. Learn, prepare and get ready to enhance your workflow. Embrace higher resolution, greater dynamic range and color bit depth.
I leave you with one of my favorite colorists and a great man, Stu Maschwitz and his article on using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Adobe Lightroom. There is an iPhone time-lapse and DSLR clip included in this beautiful video. Enjoy.
Matt Battershell is a professional graphic designer, web developer and photographer who studied filmmaking since first getting his hands on a Media100 workstation in 5th grade. Applying design principles to typography, motion design, editing, color grading and cinematography has been a rewarding experience as he continues to use HDSLR’s and other tools to hone his skill. Understanding technology is a passion, so whether he is building a custom hackintosh to run Davinci Resolve faster than a MacPro or learning about CMOS sensor designs, there is always room for is inner nerd to geek out. View some of Matt’s photography.
(cover photo credit: snap from the Stu video)