First BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera footage in the wild! Will it change the world?

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John Brawley has released the first footage from the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera into the wild. He posted some additional info on his blog

The excitement at NAB was very high for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera! It has some very good points and some that don't interest me – it will be very much an individual choice I'm sure… tho many will rush out to buy one just to be the first… click the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to pre-order at B&H!

I actually saw this first in our new planet5D forums so come join the hot news!

Thanks to AlexiD!

UPDATE: You can download the footage without the soundtrack here!

Really? This is a replacement for the 5D3?

I've already seen comments like “There will be a lot of Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras on ebay” — do you really think this is good enough to replace your Canon EOS 5D Mark III? Sound off – tell me why – really, I want to know!

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Market

Unfortunately, John hasn't allowed embedding — boo!

So here are a couple of screen grabs from the film – click for larger versions

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - Market -- Notice the Dynamic Range!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Market — Notice the Dynamic Range!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - Market -- good skin tone -- what do you think?

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Market — good skin tone — what do you think?

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - Market -- is this enough DOF?

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Market — is this enough DOF?

From John:

So it's time to look at some footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it's just home movies. I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping ! But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you're going to get. The same great DR and look has been inherited from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
All this footage was shot using the FILM look. I set my exposure by ETTR and using the 100% zebra to indicate clipping. I had IS on all the time. I had a Hoya ND16 on as well to keep me at a slightly nicer stop. I set the rear monitor to VIDEO and then used focus peaking all the time.
There are plans afoot to create something that's more *finished* in the way of demo footage in a more formal and drama / narrative style, but for now this should whet your appetite.
Its rough and ready, and really it was just something I threw together very quickly. Interestingly, I had one guy actually recognise that it was a BMCC pocket and several others stopped me to ask what the camera was !
I cut the footage using FCPx and used my colleague Captain Hook for the grade. He's made some fantastic LUT's for Resolve as donation-ware to make grading BMCC footage even easier. I encourage those of you who work with BMCC footage to check out these great LUT's. There's some great before and after examples there as well.
Enjoy !

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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