CEO Grant Petty Shares First Clips from Blackmagic 4K

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In my opinion, a 4K workflow is a good news/bad news scenario. I downloaded the 8.5 GB of sample files (from Blackmagic Design). First the bad news – they're huge – 8.5 GB of files for a handful of shots. Really big. Alright, hard drives are cheap. Another con – I wasn't able to open half of the files for some unexplained reason.

Now for the good news. These are the first Pro Res 4K files I've ever handled and my stock HP workstation and Premiere Pro CC imported and played them without a hitch on the timeline. I began to add effects, speed ramps, and even duped a few clips and added adjustment layers. Again, no problem, no hiccuping at all. But enough about me (or my editing computer).

The good news – the clips were super-clean – sharp and filled with detail in the daytime clips. I wasn't able to open the nighttime clips for some reason, so I can't comment on low light handling. I do wish the samples included some close ups of people to see skin tones. All in all, very impressive.

From Grant Petty at Blackmagic Design:

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is very different to our other cameras, but I personally think it's quite filmy in its look, even though it's not really a digital film camera but more of a general production camera.

This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.

The download is at: …

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Its a big file at just under 10 GB so it will take a little while to download, but these 4K files are big. Also, I know you might want to color grade these shots so I allowed some clips to be longer at up to 10 seconds for some of them. I think when working in higher resolution, being able to see the movement in the distance in these shots is quite interesting. I will be excited to see if anyone color grades these shots up nice because I am a terrible colorist!

Read Grant Petty's full message at the Blackmagic Design Forum “Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update

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