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  • Professional cameras into the air: the new drone form DJI the Matrice 600

    DJI’s new-fangled Matrice 600 drone launches these expert cameras into the air.

    For quite a while now, Filmmakers have remained happy with the DJI Phantom series of quadcopter drones, but the firm still had to push forward and come up with something way more electrifying this time around. So here comes the new Matrice 600 drone which lets you shoot a camera stabiliser high into the sky, which thus means something such as a RED Epic or an ARRI Alexa Mini can be affixed to it and shoot footage for you from anywhere in the sky.

    Professional Cameras: new drone form DJI the Matrice 600

    Predicted to retail for just over £3,000, this piece of kit isn’t accessible to anyone, but regardless it’s targeted towards producers with deep anyway. The DJI Matrice 600 has a 6kg load, and is proficient in lasting for up to 15 minutes with a professional camera like the RED fastened to it.

    It accomplishes this with the assistance of six ‘smart’ batteries which guarantee that your camera is safe just in case some of them deplete while the drone is still afloat. DJI has also presented a new video downlink standard called LightBridge 2 with this professional drone, which lets the on-board camera steam 1080p at 60 frames per second from distance of up to three miles.

    Additionally, the Matrice 600 has also been armed with a renewed flight controller called the A3, and is offered with three GPS units and three IMUs. It has been unveiled by its manufacturers together with two new accessories.

    These comprise of an updated version of the Osmo hand-held rig which offers extra steadiness this time around. Second is the Ronin-MX, an update to the company’s convenient camera stabilizer, which now comes with its own IMU and Bluetooth link for enhanced steadiness.

    DJI’s new Phantom 4 self-contained drone is also so clever, that it can evade obstacles by itself.

    Aimed for the lower budgeted end of the market, and with the help of two forward-facing sensors, the Obstacle Sensing arrangement is able to examine and perceive barriers and spontaneously direct the drone around them. And if the hindrance is something like a wall which can’t be avoided, the Phantom will come to a complete stop in mid-air until you intervene to relocate it elsewhere.

    DJI has also thrust some enhancements to the RAW video-capable 4K camera of this device too. It has better optics than it did previously, while it’s even adept at contributing superior sharpness in the corners and reduced chromatic aberration. It has been publicised that battery tweaks have brought about extending the flight time of the device to up 28 minutes this time.

    The last new feature is a Sports Mode which lets professional flyers to pilot it at up to a speedy 20 meters per second. While in this mode, the professional camera drone also ascends and descends much quicker.

  • Blackmagic ATEM 6.6 Upgrade

    Tech Bulletin ATEM 6.6

    ATEM 6.6 is available to download now from the Blackmagic Design website at the following link;

    DOWNLOAD

    This update adds support for Visca compatible PTZ remote control cameras to ATEM hardware control panels and ATEM switchers that have RS-422. You also get enhanced customized labels, and support for native Chinese and Japanese user interfaces.

    What's new in ATEM 6.6
    • Added localization support, can currently support English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese. Users can select their language in preferences. As part of localization support, all source names are now customizable.
    • PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) camera control: Controlled by the joystick on both the ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel.
    • Enhanced chroma key on all 4K Switchers
    • General performance and stability updates
    Minimum System Requirements for Mac OS X
    • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    • Display resolution of at least 1366 by 768 or larger
    • A suitable USB 2.0 port for software updates
    • An Ethernet connection for switcher control
    Minimum System Requirements for Windows
    • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
    • A suitable USB 2.0 port for software updates
    • An Ethernet connection for switcher control
    Installing ATEM Software
    Before installing the software, we recommend that you run
    "Uninstall ATEM" first.
    The ATEM installer package installs:
    • ATEM Software Control
    • ATEM Setup Utility
    • Blackmagic Media Express
    Please update the internal software in your ATEM Switcher and ATEM Broadcast Panel after installing this software. Simply connect the ATEM Switcher with a USB cable and run the included ATEM Setup Utility software. Then repeat for the ATEM Broadcast Panel. After this update, check your switcher chassis IP address in the ATEM Setup Utility.

    Additional Information
    Please check www.blackmagicdesign.com for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.
    Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.
    © 2015 Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved. Blackmagic Design, Blackmagic, DeckLink, Multibridge, HDLink, Videohub, and "Leading the creative video revolution" are trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., registered in the U.S.A and other countries.

  • Everything you need to know about our Blackmagic Camera

    Much anticipated, the 4K Blackmagic Camera delivers what cinematographers have been hoping for. And once again, in true Blackmagic style, the price is unbelievable.

    Above and beyond the great image results, it's worth noting the excellent workflow options with multiple recording and live signal options. Blackmagic is also to be praised for keeping with the form factor from the original camera which means that rigs, viewfinders, bags and monitors users have previously invested in will transfer instantly onto the 4K model.

    KEY FEATURES

    • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
    • ProRes 422 (HQ) recording
    • Super 35 sensor
    • Global shutter
    • EF and ZE compatible lens mount
    • Built-in SSD recorder
    • 5-inch LCD touchscreen
    • Metadata entry
    • 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD

    Blackmagic Camera The latest high end televisions and video projectors support Ultra HD which is four times the resolution of 1080 HD. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K creates visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are perfect for editin
    and grading with the software tools you already own. Now you can shoot the most amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport, documentaries, interviews and feature films.

    The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features a single 6G-SDI output for incredible Ultra HD live production.

    With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behaviour from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shuttr so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor you also get beautiful wide angle shots from your wide angle lenses. If you're working in HD you'll love the freedom to reframe and zoom into shots without any resolution loss, and when down scaling from 4K to HD you get incredibly smooth and clean images.

    Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so you never need to source custom cables! It includes a 6G-SDIconnection for Ultra HD resolution or down converted HD output over a single SDI cable. The built in Thunderbolt connection lets you plug into a laptop computer and use the included UltraScope software for real time waveform monitoring. There are 1/4” jack mic/line inputs for recording the highest quality uncompressed audio, plus a 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone input socket and LANC remote control!

    Blackmagic has fashioned another step forward in their cameras. The professional recording formats give you the leeway for hefty post-processing. If you are a creator that needs to upgrade to 4K and are tight on cash, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K yields images that simply can't be beaten.

  • Black magic camera new features

    At the 2012 NAB Show, the Black Magic announced the
    , featuring exchangeable EF mount lenses. The 2.5K sensor allows adequate oversampling for clean 1080p or 2K output and was announced to have a dynamic range of 13 stops.

    Due to popular demand Black Magic Design announced (in 2012) they would add a passive Micro-Four-Thirds (MFT) mount to their line of Cinema Cameras. This would allow adopters to use an excess of MFT lenses, made by Olympus and Panasonic. In 2014 Black Magic Design announced a production friendly PL-Mount version of the Cinema Camera.

    The camera records to conventional PC 2.5" solid state drives, in either RAW DNG or Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD lossy presentations. Together with a few buttons the camera is accessed via its touchscree
    n display. Another version of the camera with a passive Micro Four Thirds system lens mount was then announced for December 2012, and started to ship in early summer 2013.

    At NAB 2013, Black Magic Design announced the Production Camera 4K, the first of their line of cameras to support 4K. The new full-size camera sensor allows for the full 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. The camera also includes a flexible video output via the world's first 6G-SDI connection. Black Magic also announced a line of 4K products to accompany its release. Among othimgresser new features are a larger Super 35mm sized sensor and a global shutter.

    Compared to the original 2.5K Cinema Camera some of the technical specifications are slightly inferior. The Camera's sensor is rated natively at 400 ISO as opposed to 800 ISO for the first Cinema Camera, and displays slightly more noise in the image at its maximum ISO setting of 800 than the first Cinema Camera does as ISO 1600. The Production Camera also has 12 stops of usable dynamic range compared to 13 stops for the Cinema Camera, specifically losing detail in highlights. These compromises came with the ability to shoot 4k and still make it fit in a similar form factor.

    Alongside the Production Camera 4K, Black Magic then announced the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, a highly compact camera which records to SD cards in digital Super-16 1080p RAW or ProRes, has 13 stops of dynamic range, and is compatible with active MFT mount lenses. The camera has 12.48mm x 7.02mm Super 16mm image sensor, which is about 36% of MFT sensor size.

  • Blackmagic cinema camera features

    The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera includes a 2.5K image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and a Canon EF lens mount. It is capable of recording 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW files at full 2.5K (2432 x 1366) resolution, as well as 10-bit Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats at 1080p. The cinematic camera records to removable 2.5" SSDs, which allow the high data rates required for RAW and ProRes HQ recording.

    The cinematic camera is housed in a sophisticated, simple enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminium. The Canon EF lens mount presents compatibility with Canon EF, Zeiss ZE, and other third party EF mount lenses. Footage is observed and settings are adjusted using the l17 04 20121334649608timelessarge 5" rear LCD touchscreen. The touchscreen also lets you effortlessly add metadata to your shots, such as shot number, filenames, and keywords, which can save time and money in the post-production route.

    To handle the high data video output, Blackmagic includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier colour correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides strictly accurate waveform monitoring, demonstrating six live scope views on a single monitor.

    Dynamic Range

    Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true cinema look, offering more flexibility in your shooting locations. Also it preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows, and allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve colour grading.

    EF Lens Mount

    The Canon EF compatible lens mount lets you use Canon's extensive line of EF lenses, Zeiss ZE lenses, as well as third party EF mount lenses. The active mount enables full electronic control with compatible EF mount lenses.

    Capacitive Touchscreen Display

    The five-inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen. You can enter shot data and update the camera's settings using the capacitive touchscreen display. Also control the camera's operating functions with a simple touch of the screen, just double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus. Additionally a data strip provides you valuable information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more.

  • Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4k Review

    The Blackmagic 4k is different from any other camcorder you’ve used before. When its predecessor was announced, shocked videographers were in awe of this petite cinematic camera, which is created by a modest software & post production hardware firm that shoots RAW files at 2.5k resolution. It was the sort of creation people predicted to be rendered into either a blundered experiment section, or the start of a revolutionary new form factor. This camera, as it turns out, is a bit of both.

    What Is It?

    It’s a £2,130 cinematic camcorder featuring a super-35mm CMOS sensor that records at Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution in ProRes, DNxHD, or RAW. You have the option of either a Canon EF or PL mount.

    Who is it for?

    It caters for mostly Indie Filmmakers on the whole. It doesn’t have the adaptability or layout for on the fly documentary labour. If you need something for that, then you’d need something like a Canon C100, C300, Sony FS100/700, or a DSLR which more suited for the job. The Cinematic Camcorder is best suited for people looking to create the sharpest, most beautiful images possible in a managed production environment, and also on a budget too.

    Why is it a potential revolution?

    The biggest thing is that you have Blackmagic design, who are a relatively small company largely known for its colour grading software, now developing a highly capable video camera at an astonishing very cheap price for what you can get out of the camera. The top features in this camera are ones that users have been crying for from the big manufacturers to contain in their goods, but still haven’t. Some of these features are:

    Recording RAW: Audio-visual files from all but the highest-end camcorders are greatly compressed, which results in reduced picture quality. RAW files are unprocessed frames which retain higher levels of detail and dynamic range, and can also be heavily manipulated with colour grading in editing programs without losing much quality, in the same way as a RAW photo can hold up to a lot of manipulation in Photoshop.

    4k resolution: This allows editors to sometimes crop into the footage without losing hardly any detail, especially when working in the standard 1080p format. It also demonstrates that it is conceivable to build a discreetly priced camera capable of dealing with high-res files, a fact that larger companies prefer to ignore it seems.

    Should You Purchase It?

    If you crave gorgeous, sharp imagery, and don’t have a big budget on which to work, this cinematic camcorder is worth every penny. It has its weaknesses, but most of them can be worked around as most low budget filmmakers are used to doing. This upgrade features a Super-35mm sensor (about the size of APS-C), and records at full 4K resolution. It costs £2,130 and is in stock now.

  • Blackmagic Design updates Resolve, Desktop Video and Videohub software

    Blackmagic is rolling out a number of updates:

    Videohub 6.1 includes:

    Support for Smart Videohub 40 x 40

    Desktop Video 10.3.2 includes:

    Adds support for output of 2160p60 Ultra HD via HDMI on DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G

    General performance and stability improvements for all models

    DaVinci Resolve 11.1.3 includes:

    Improved Media and Edit page playback performance

    Improved tracker stability

    Improved render stability for long renders

    Improved trace intensity for scopes

    Added Rocket-X support for Monochrome clips

    General performance and stability improvements

    All downloads are available now.

  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.3 Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:

    Tech Bulletin Desktop Video 10.3

    Desktop Video 10.3 is available to download now from the Blackmagic Design website at the following link;

    DOWNLOAD UPGRADE HERE NOW

    This software update adds support for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 12 bit 4:4:4 and up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rates.

    This software includes everything you need to set up your DeckLink, UltraStudio, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder for video capture and playback.

    What's new in Desktop Video 10.3

    Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:
    • Adds support for 2160p60 Ultra HD 10 bit YUV 4:2:2 via 12G-SDI and Dual Link 6G-SDI
    • Adds support for 2K DCI 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    • Adds support for 1080 HD 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    General performance and stability improvements.

    Mac OS X Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X
    • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    • Mac OS X computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot
    or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Apple Final Cut Pro X
    • Apple Motion 4
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Autodesk Smoke 2013
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid News Cutter 11
    • Avid Symphony 6.5
    • Avid Pro Tools 10, 11
    • The Foundry Nuke
    Windows Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Windows
    • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid Media Symphony 6 or 7
    • Avid News Cutter 6 or 7
    • Sony Vegas Pro 9
    • Fusion 7
    • The Foundry Nuke
    • Cyberlink Power Director
    • Corel Video Studio X5
    • VLC
    Linux Specific

    Minimum System Requirements for Linux

    Basic system requirements:
    • 32 bit x86 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    • 64 bit x86_64 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    A 64 bit kernel and ample memory is strongly recommended.

    Thunderbolt Hotplug Requirements

    Thunderbolt devices cannot be plugged in hot on kernels earlier than 2.6.30.

    Supported kernels older than 3.12 require an extra step after plugging the device in. You must tell the kernel to rescan the PCI bus using the following command:

    # sudo sh -c 'echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/rescan'

    Kernel 3.12 and later support hotplug without the need for any extra steps.

    Supported Distributions

    This release has been tested on:
    • Ubuntu 10.04 - 14.04
    • Debian 6 - 7
    • Fedora 15 - 20
    • CentOS 5 - 6
    • OpenSUSE 12.3 - 13.1
    Full release notes including installation instructions are available in the ReadMe.txt found in the downloadable tar archive.

    Installing Desktop Video Software

    If you have installed the drivers prior to installing any of these applications, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the drivers. This will ensure that all relevant components are installed in their required locations.

    NOTE: Desktop Video 10.3.1 SDK has also been released for developers, this allows updating of hardware control and software interfaces for Desktop Video products and is also available to download now from the same support area of our web site.

    Additional Information

    Please check www.blackmagicdesign.com for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.

    Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.

    © 2014 Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved. Blackmagic Design, Blackmagic, DeckLink, Multibridge, HDLink, Videohub, and "Leading the creative video revolution" are trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., registered in the U.S.A and other countries.

  • Blackmagic Design Download Center

    All the very latest Blackmagic Design downloads can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Support Centre

    Welcome to the Blackmagic Design support center. Here you will find the latest software updates, support notes, instruction manuals and all kinds of helpful information. If you need extra help, then please go to our community forum and connect with the incredible experience of the television industry.

    Click here to access the site

  • Blackmagic Design Revolutionizes the Visual Effects Industry with Free Fusion 7.

    Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion 7, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge.

    Fusion 7 for Windows can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website now.

    Previously getting access to high end visual effects tools such as Fusion cost thousands of dollars, so it was more restricted to elite Hollywood visual effects artists. Now with Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects. Blackmagic Design believes this will revolutionize the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.

    Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and unlimited network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities. Fusion 7 Studio drastically reduces the cost of setting up multi user studios. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

    Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphic tools for over 25 years and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and many more.

    The free of charge Fusion 7 is a fully featured solution and is not limited in it’s features. It has a massive visual effects and motion graphics toolset that can be used for both personal and commercial work. Fusion 7 features an infinite 3D workspace and an easy to use node based workflow for quickly building unlimited effects. Customers get advanced 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilization, titling, an amazing 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte. Fusion 7 also lets customers import and render 3D geometry and scenes from other applications as well as create their own elements from scratch.

    The $995 Fusion 7 Studio includes everything found in the free Fusion 7 software, plus adds extra high end features such as optical flow tools for advanced retiming, stabilization and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering so customers can render jobs on an unlimited number of computers at no additional cost! Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a studio wide multi user workflow and collaboration tool that helps creative teams manage, track and review versions of every shot in a production. Customers can also move projects from the free Fusion 7 software to a workstation running Fusion 7 Studio and take advantage of workflow collaboration and unlimited distributed network rendering.

    Unlike other software, Fusion 7 Studio doesn’t require annual maintenance fees, subscriptions, a connection to the cloud, or per node render license costs. That means customers don’t get tricked into hidden or on going costly payments for software they’ve already purchased.

    “Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programs and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood caliber visual effects and motion graphics! When combined with DaVinci Resolve Lite, customers can get the world’s most advanced tools for editing, grading, 3D compositing, visual effects and motion graphics, all absolutely free!”

    Availability and Price

    Fusion 7 software for Windows is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 at all Blackmagic Design Resellers. Existing Fusion 7 customers and customers on a current Fusion support plan can upgrade to Fusion Studio at no additional charge by contacting Blackmagic Design.

    Press Photography

    Product photos of Fusion 7, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

    About Blackmagic Design

    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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