Blackmagic Design Studio Cameras Get Price Drops

Blackmagic Studio Camera

Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices on its Studio Camera HD and Studio Camera 4K models. The HD model will reduce in price by $300 and the Ultra HD model will reduce in price by $500.

The HD Blackmagic Studio Camera model is now $1,695 and the Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K model is now $2,495.

Blackmagic notes that the reason for the price drop is based on customer feedback regarding the lack of use of the fiber connection. Blackmagic has removed the connection from the cameras and made it an aftermarket accessory that can simply be plugged into the camera.

Personally, I think the biggest detraction from the studio cameras is the lack of lens options. Sure there are plenty of Micro Four Thirds cameras in the world and you can buy an adapter for virtually any other lens mount. However, many users would like to put studio B4 lenses on these cameras and that is just a clunky option.

If Blackmagic had built these cameras with a 2/3″ sensor and a native B4 lens mount, I don’t think they could make them fast enough. Sometimes, a bigger sensor is not always the best option.

 

DaVinci Resolve 12 is a Full Blown NLE and It Looks Incredible (and it’s free)

DaVinci Resolve 12

One of the most impressive things I saw at NAB 2015 was Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12. Looking back, I can’t believe that I haven’t written about this yet. But maybe this timing is actually a little better since it is supposed to become available in the next few days.

Right now, the big three video editing platforms are Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. All have their fans and faithful user bases. But I think there is about to be another big player with Resolve 12. [Read more…]

Fotodiox Launches Sharkcage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Fotodiox Sharkcage for BMPCC-2

Fotodiox has officially unveiled the Sharkcage for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The rig consists of a cage that is tightly fit to the shape of the BMPCC and includes a top handle, along with a baseplate (also with an Arca Swiss QR plate) and dual 15mm rods that are 12″ long. [Read more…]

Blackmagic Camera Update 2.4 for Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design has issued Blackmagic Camera Update 2.4, which adds a few new features to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as follows:

  • Updated camera utility
  • Adds support for more frame guides option
  • Holding down MENU will bypass the Dashboard

You can download the updated camera firmware here on Blackmagic’s website.