“Trip to Mexico” is not only a new Blackmagic Cinema Camera short, but it is one of the Vimeo Staff Picks – so it is getting a lot of attention – so we had to bring it to your attention too.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this video? Cinematic? Fabulous dynamic range? Does this still look like “video tape” to you?
Trip to Mexico
Interesting question and feedback
Here’s an interesting Blackmagic Cinema Camera question in the comment section on vimeo:
mike drew 17 hours ago
Hi Andrew, great piece!!
I’m seeing a lot of praise for the black magic camera but I’m curious as to what you think is better about it compared to a dslr?? I know there’s more meat in the raw files but its pretty hard to tell on Vimeo. I don’t mean this as any kind of criticism, your work is gorgeous. But I’ve yet to see anything shot on the bmcc that’s really blowing me away. I hope you understand what I’m asking. Not trying to troll or anything.
Andrew Julian Plus 11 hours ago
I totally understand your question. First, web video definitely levels the playing field. It can make Red Epic footage look about as good as dslr footage which of course isn’t the case. The bmcc is SO much sharper than my 5d mark iii.
Resolution is great, but having such a fat uncompressed raw file is really the key IMO. I don’t like to grade dslr footage too much because the image falls about quickly. Dslr footage can look great when you nail the look in camera. With the bmcc the file just has so much latitude and color information. It gives you the ability to complete the look in post. You just have to try grading some files from the camera to really understand, but trust me it’s a completely different experience with quality way beyond any dslr I’ve used. It’s similar to jpeg vs raw in stills cameras, only high quality jpeg is a better format than compressed h.264 IMO.
Download the 1080p version to get a better look at the footage.
I brought my new Blackmagic Cinema Camera with me on a recent trip with my wife to the Bahia de Banderas area of Mexico. We stayed in Mismaloya, about 20km south of Puerto Vallarta. If I had it my way, the camera would have been glued to my hands for the entire trip, but considering it’s not water-proof, I had to leave it at the hotel quite a bit.
We did a day trip north of Puerto Vallarta and explored towns, beaches, and did a small jungle hike. In Valle De Banderas, they were celebrating their town’s anniversary, or at least I think that’s what a banner said. At any rate there were many people out celebrating.
I love shooting with the BMCC! Little issues aside, it is an amazing camera! I love how it makes me slow down while shooting. Considering I’m getting about 25 minutes of raw footage on each 240gb SSD, and the fact that you can’t delete clips or format the drive from the camera, makes me feel as if I’m shooting film. On this trip I had no way of downloading footage or formatting the drives. It felt like having an old slr film camera with me and just a couple rolls of film.
I shot all raw and processed the images in Lightroom. I had thought to take Resolve for a spin, but my main workstation stopped working and Resolve won’t run on my laptop. I used a calibrated HP monitor.
I experimented with different color grades and you will see different styles in this film. There’s even a single random BW shot in there. Uncompressed raw and 13 stops of dynamic range is a powerful mix. Being able to process the raw images in a variety of programs is freeing, and re-processing old footage with new color correction tools is something I look forward to.
Download the original if you want to see the full quality. Not much else to say really. It’s good this camera will be shipping in larger quantities soon. Sorry to use an already over used phrase, but this camera is a game changer and needs to be in more people’s hands! I can’t wait to see what people shoot with it, and what the other camera manufacturers come up with to compete.
P.S. The reality of owning a camera called the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is at times a bit awkward. I’m finding myself saying things like, “No, I’ll use the Black Magic.” which tends to make strangers in the vicinity raise an eyebrow. Oh well. It’s a small price to pay.
Music: I Wanna Go by Summer Heart
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)