Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT (Micro Four Thirds Mount) Announced

BMCC

Blackmagic has unveiled a new version of its Cinema Camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount.  It will carry the same $2995 price as the Canon EF mount version and will be available in December.

This is a good move on Blackmagic’s part because the sensor crop has been the biggest limitation for the Canon EF mount.  A Micro Four Thirds mount puts the camera into a range of lenses that are more appropriate focal lengths for its sensor size.

Details on the BMCC MFT below. [Read more...]

What is Blackmagic Up to Tomorrow?

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design, maker of the very popular and affordable Blackmagic Cinema Camera, apparently has something up its sleeve for tomorrow morning.  That is, if tonight’s tweet from Andy Shipsides (Camera Tech & Training Department Manager at AbelCine) has any credence to it.

IBC 2012 kicked off today and there is a lot of pro video news coming out of the convention over the past few days.  Of course, Blackmagic makes a lot of products that aren’t quite as sexy as the BMCC, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it regardless.  Check back Friday morning to see what’s up.

[UPDATE:  It's a Micro Four Thirds mount version of the BMCC.]

“Departure Date” Shot with the Canon C300 at 35k Feet on a Plane Full of Passengers

The Canon EOS C300 cinema camera recently made history when it was used to shoot “Departure Date,” the first movie almost entirely shot on airliners in flight.  The 24-minute short film was shot over 9 days across 3 continents covering 28,000 miles while flying at 35,000 feet on planes carrying real passengers.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster…

Somehow though, they made it work and the film premiered at the L.A. Film Festival on June 17, 2012.

More details in the full case study summary below. [Read more...]

Apertus Axiom Camera: Open Source 4K Camera

Apertus Axiom

The Apertus Axiom Camera is an open source project that looks to produce a 4K camera with a Super 35 sensor, Cinema DNG files, 150fps at 4K, a global shutter and 15 stops of dynamic range.

The plan is to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the fall to crowdfund the project at a target price “well below $10,000.”

If this camera actually comes to market with those features and price range, it stands to further disrupt the pro video market.  Sony’s FS700 really stirred the pot when it was introduced as an $8,000 camera that will (at some undetermined point in the future) shoot 4K footage and capture high frame rate footage (something it will actually do now) in full 1080p HD.

Of course, performance, reliability and support are key components that the Axiom will need in order to become a real player in the market.

Head over to No Film School for a more detailed analysis of what this camera could mean.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

B&H has the Blackmagic Cinema Camera available for pre-order now.  This camera was the big surprise of NAB 2012 and stole quite a bit of attention from the several mainstream camera makers.  Everywhere I went, people were asking “Have you seen Blackmagic’s camera?”

The initial excitement over this camera reminds me of the 5D Mark II release back in 2008.  The $3k price for a camera that shoots RAW video on an SSD drive, and uses Canon EF mount lenses is quite remarkable.

You can get your pre-order in here at B&H.