Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Back in April during NAB, we got an update on the development of firmware for Blackmagic Design’s cameras. Specific concerns had been raised about whether or not Blackmagic would continue to support the original Cinema Camera since the company was putting out several new cameras.

Today, Blackmagic made good on its promises and addressed the four big issues that we were told sat at the top of the development list, and then delivered several more updates. Blackmagic has written completely new code for all of its Cinema Cameras and built the user interface around the Blackmagic URSA we saw unveiled at NAB 2014.

Below is an overview of the updates to the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras: [Read more...]

Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera Firmware Update News

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

With all of the recent camera additions from Blackmagic, some users of the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera have expressed concern over the lack of firmware updates for the cameras and wondering whether Blackmagic will be supporting these cameras going forward.

Blackmagic’s own Kristian Lam took the official Blackmagic forums to address these concerns. Check out Blackmagic’s update on the firmware issues for these cameras below. [Read more...]

Zacuto Z-Finder for Canon C300 & C500 Available Soon

Zacuto Z-Finder for C300 and C500

Zacuto has released a new Z-Finder optical viewfinder for the Canon C300 and C500 cinema cameras. The Z-Finder delivers 1.8x magnification of the LCD screen.

It attaches by using a foam padded sleeve that slides over the LCD screen of either the C300 or C500. The sleeve is secured into place with a bar clamp. It also includes a unique monitor lock clip to keep the LCD screen from moving forward when the Z-Finder is pressed against your eye.

The Z-Finder for the Canon C300 and C500 retails for $485 and is expected to ship mid-March. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

You can see the new Z-Finder and other Zacuto C300 and C500 accessories in the video below. [Read more...]

Sony Releases New Workflow Guides for Working with RAW and XAVC 4K Footage

Sony Workflow Guide

Sony has released version 2 of its RAW, XAVC, and HDCAM SR File workflow guide for Sony CineAlta cameras. The workflow guide addresses every stage of production, including on-stage look management, footage transfer and backup, dailies, edit and color grading. The workflow guide looks at just about every popular third-party solution and doesn’t just stick with Sony’s own. [Read more...]

Canon EOS 1D C Firmware Update 1.3.x Coming Mid-October

Canon 1D C

Canon has announced an upcoming firmware update for the EOS 1D C 4K cinema camera. The update addresses lens aberration correction with EF Cinema lenses and includes additional audio recording support via the external mic input.

The firmware update must be performed at a Canon Factory Service center. Complete details on the firmware update from Canon below. [Read more...]