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  • 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 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.

  • BLACKMAGIC CINEMA Camera Shipping Update: 1/14

     

    Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm

    Hi,

    Wanted to send out a quick update on camera shipments. The production lines have been up and running with sensors coming in. We have been sending out regular shipments of EF model cameras each week to all of our offices around the world, and each week we are getting cameras out at a faster rate. We are still not at full volume shipping though, because sensors are not quite getting to us at a pace that I could say was full volume. But each day I am seeing the volume get better from the sensor company. I am happy with the quality of the sensors.

    For the MFT model, we want to get through some more of the EF orders before I give a date on when we will start getting the MFT orders out. They are ready to go, but we need to get through most of the early EF pre-orders first.

    I have been blown away seeing all the footage coming from people with their cameras around the world. It's been very exciting to watch the camera doing such fantastic creative work!

    Regards,

    Grant
    Blackmagic Design

  • Hot News From Blackmagic at IBC

    I wanted to share with you information on some new products that Blackmagic are announcing at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam today.

     

    New products include:

     

    Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT

    • UltraStudio 4K

    • UltraStudio Mini Capture

    • UltraStudio Mini Monitor

    • DeckLink 4K Extreme

    • Videohub Master Control

    • Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K

    • Mini Converter SDI Multiplex

    • ExFAT HyperDeck Update

    • Thunderbolt™ for Windows

    • ATEM Audio Panel Support

     

    Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT

     

    Since the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced we have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response. We have also been extremely happy with the response to the first shipments and have already seen some wonderful work done on them.

     

    We started shipping a few weeks ago, however the Cinema Camera is a highly advanced piece of equipment and it uses a large amount of high quality precision parts to build it. Some components are coming into our factory slower than we expected and this has caused the manufacturing of the cameras to slow.

     

    We expect to have this sorted out over the next few weeks and then can speed up and get more cameras delivered. In the mean time, our engineering has not been slowed down at all and we are continuing to develop the next software update with new features for release very soon.

     

    We have also been working on a Passive Micro Four Thirds model of the camera. People have been asking for this as there are a lot of nice high end manually operated MFT lenses on the market, and the MFT mount can also be easily adapted to PL and other lens mounts using third party adapters.

     

    The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT is expected to ship in December, and will be the same price as the original model. It’s identical in features as they are both the same camera, just with different lens mounts. The price will also be the same at $2,995. We will be working with our dealers to help people change their orders if they want.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/

     

    UltraStudio 4K

     

    Ever since the introduction of Thunderbolt technology, we have been excited by its speed and the types of products we could create for it. We have been working hard on creating some unique Thunderbolt based solutions that would let us be more creative in new features we could include.

     

    We have also been asked by DaVinci Resolve customers to add 4K options for monitoring when color grading and so we have included 4K in some of our new products too!

     

    The new UltraStudio 4K is a compact single rack unit "breakout box" capture and playback solution for Mac and Windows that includes a massive range of rear video and audio connectors. The front panel is a really elegant machined aluminum design that features an integrated color LCD as well as video and audio input buttons. The power supply is built in and the rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists, all using standard connectors!

     

    UltraStudio 4K can take advantage of long Thunderbolt cables that can be up to 30 meters away from the host computer. It supports all video formats including SD, HD, 2K and 4K playback. It includes a lot more power in its hardware and we will unlock that over the next months as we release software updates.

     

    UltraStudio 4K supports the new Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connection for handing 4:2:2 based 4K and we have converters for adapting to other formats. It’s a very attractive capture and playback solution and it also has every video standard and connection you can imagine!

     

    UltraStudio 4K will ship Q4 for $1,295.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio4k/

     

    UltraStudio Mini Recorder

    UltraStudio Mini Monitor

     

    At NAB we introduced the UltraStudio Express that has SDI, HDMI and analog connections with dual break out cables for both professional and consumer analog. It’s exciting, small in size and Thunderbolt powered so it’s a really nice portable solution.

     

    However we wanted to take that further and see if we could design a capture and playback solution that was even smaller. We realized that the way to do that was to design two separate models, one for recording and one for playback. We also removed the analog, as we felt these models only needed SDI and HDMI. With less video and audio connections, they can be much smaller, and lower cost too.

     

    The two new UltraStudio Mini Recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor models let you capture or playback respectively and include 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI connections plus high speed Thunderbolt technology. Because they both power from Thunderbolt, you can simply plug them in and go!

     

    UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder are extremely portable, and they are so small you can hide one in your hand. They really are very tiny but are still a full broadcast quality spec. solution! Both models work in SD and HD, plus support all Mac and Windows software that our other UltraStudio and DeckLink models do.

     

    UltraStudio Mini Recorder is a perfect solution when you need small, portable, low cost capture. UltraStudio Mini Monitor is great for monitoring with editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7 and X, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

     

    Both models will be available in Q4 for US$145 each.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio/

     

    DeckLink 4K Extreme

     

    As we have added 4K to the new UltraStudio 4K, we also have a new model of DeckLink card that includes all the features of the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D model, but adds 4K and we are calling this new model DeckLink 4K Extreme.

     

    Capture cards are great solutions when you want to hide the capture and playback hardware inside the computer itself, so we will keep developing new models of PCI Express capture cards as we move video technology forwards.

     

    This is an extremely powerful card with Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI 3D, analog video and audio, reference input, deck control and more. Its PCI Express 2.0 interface is twice as fast so it can handle more and higher resolution video and film formats. It’s also been designed with features needed by DaVinci Resolve such as synchronous deck control for frame accurate jam syncing, and additional new advanced color spaces used in the film industry.

     

    DeckLink 4K Extreme will ship in early Q4 for $1,295.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/decklink4kextreme/

     

    Videohub Master Control

     

    Videohub Master Control is a router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint. It includes a built in LCD with really nice looking anti aliased graphics so you can access and see the status of all cross points on a router, including really large 288 x 288 sized routers like our Universal Videohub 288.

     

    The simplest way to use Videohub Master Control is to simply scroll though all the cross points in the router using the large knob on the panel. The built in LCD shows cross points as you scroll using large, easy to read labels. The scroll order is  alphabetical so it’s easy to scroll to the crosspoint you want.

     

    Videohub Master Control also includes direct entry of cross point labels via built in buttons. These buttons are a combination of customizable buttons as well as numeric buttons. You can easily set the customizable buttons to labels such as “Monitor”, “Deck” or “Edit” etc, and then router cross points can be entered in by simply pressing the custom button followed by the number.

     

    We think this is a really nice solution for controlling the router from a small one rack unit sized control panel, where you get access to the whole router. It’s very easy to use, and priced affordably.

     

    Videohub Master Control will ship in September for $695

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/videohub/control/

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/universalvideohub/control/

     

    Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K

     

    With new 4K products being released, we needed some converters to help convert and monitor 4K SDI. The new Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K features a new HDMI 4K connection that supports four times the resolution of HD video via a single HDMI link.

     

    Video projectors and televisions are beginning to be released with this new video standard and it allows full resolution 4K monitoring using a single convenient HDMI connection. Until now, the television industry has been using 4 x HD-SDI connections for connecting 4K signals so this converter has 4 x SDI inputs for allowing Quad Link HD-SDI based 4K inputs or Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K connections. It will when convert that to a single HDMI 4K connection to the TV or projector.

     

    This converter also switches between SD and HD video formats automatically so can be used for any task required, in SD, HD and 4K!

     

    Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K will ship in Q4 for $495.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/models/

     

    Mini Converter SDI Multiplex

     

    With UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme both using Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K, you will need to convert to the Quad Link HD-SDI 4K way of connecting to older 4K displays and projectors.

     

    The new Mini Converter SDI Multiplex is designed for converting between equipment using Quad Link HD-SDI and equipment using Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI. Mini Converter SDI Multiplex features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs, so can convert to and from both these formats. Mini Converter SDI Multiplex also handles conversion between 4:4:4 video via Single Link 3 Gb/s and Dual Link HD-SDI. It’s really a general SDI multiplexer between different formats that use multiple SDI links for higher quality and resolution video.

     

    Mini Converter SDI Multiplex will ship in Q4 for $495.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/models/

     

    HyperDeck ExFAT Update

     

    We have a new software update that should ship in the next week or so that includes ExFAT support for all HyperDeck disk recorders. It’s exciting as ExFAT is the disk format used on Windows, but Mac OS X also supports and formats ExFAT disks as well. So this means HyperDeck recorders are better able to handle disks from both computer platforms.

     

    Using ExFAT is easy as HyperDeck will recognize both formants and just record and play from them. There are no settings to adjust and nothing to do but upgrade the software and get ExFAT compatibility.

     

    This update will be free of charge to all HyperDeck customers.

     

    Thunderbolt for Windows

     

    We have now received certification from Intel for Intensity Shuttle and Intensity Extreme Thunderbolt capture and playback solutions so you can download the software and use these products on Windows. You get compatibility with the same software our DeckLink cards use, and so you get a massive range of software support.

     

    This update will be available in the next few days for download free of charge from the support sections of the Blackmagic Design web site.

     

    DaVinci Resolve 9 Released

     

    The new DaVinci Resolve 9 has been very exciting to work on and colorists have been giving us great compliments on the public beta that’s been running for the last month. The good news is the final release of DaVinci Resolve 9 has been posted to our web site and is now available to download.

     

    Of course if you’re not a DaVinci Resolve user, please check out DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite as it’s free of charge for both Mac OS X and Windows. It has no limitations on quality, no limitations on file types, no limitations on file resolutions, no limitations on timeline layers and it has unlimited correction nodes. So it’s one very powerful software tool, even if you just use it as a file converter or on set camera file manager!

     

    Of course we hope people upgrade to the full version to get more than 1 GPU, 3D tools, noise reduction, and higher than HD resolution timelines!

     

    ATEM Audio Panel Support

     

    Recently we released some new software for the ATEM production switchers that added full audio mixing for all inputs to every model of ATEM. This has been great as now you don't need a separate audio mixer when doing live production.

     

    However using a software interface to an audio mixer can be a bit limited. We have been working on some new software that supports plugging in a USB based audio panel for controlling the audio mixer in the ATEM switcher. It supports the the MACKIE control protocol and many other audio panels support this standard too so will be compatible.

     

    We are still working on this and it’s close to shipping, however if you’re traveling to IBC this year, please check the demo of this working, and give us some feedback on where you think the buttons should be mapped for various panels. Please let us know what panels you would like to see us support. It’s a really nice feature and we will release it soon.

     

    Thats all for this update and I hope this update was useful!

  • Blackmagic Design offers New Forum to aid with up and coming Blackmagic Cinema Camera

    Blackmagic Forum

    We have a new Blackmagic Forum on our web site now and we think it will allow people to help each other and share knowledge. If you would like to check it out then please go to forum.blackmagicdesign.com.

    Blackmagic Cinema Camera Files

    We have posted some RAW CinemaDNG shots from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera for download, and people have been asking for these. They are RAW so they have the entire image of the camera available for color grading. Because RAW images are a little different to grade than video files, there is a post by John Brawley on our forum with more info on the shots and how to grade them.

    To get more info and the downloads links please to go

    http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15

    DaVinci Resolve 9 Beta 3

    DaVinci Resolve 9 is a dramatic update to the previous version and apart from powerful audio and onset tools, it has a completely redesigned user interface that's much more friendly. By friendly I mean it's much faster to use, and also easier to learn if you're new to color grading and DaVinci Resolve.

    Of course we have also updated the free DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite, which you can simply download at no charge if you would like to use DaVinci now.

    DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite is quite powerful even when compared to the full version. It has no restrictions in quality, no limitations in types of files it can open, no limitations in number of nodes you can use and no limitations of the number of layers when compared to the full version of DaVinci Resolve. You can even grade high resolution RAW 2K, 4K and even 6K camera files, when outputting to HD.

    If you need to do higher resolution projects with more complicated grades, then you can just purchase the full version for £655.

    There have been some fantastic videos made by people explaining some of the new features in DaVinci Resolve 9 and I have listed some of these below.

    Color Grading Central have a really nice tutorial on how to grade using DaVinci Resolve 9. Just scroll down to the video.

    http://www.colorgradingcentral.com/davinci-resolve-tutorials

    For a great overview of the new DaVinci Resolve user interface, check:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8zrzThKHV8&list=UUnqmgMi2D6KQdFKGq0kKkdQ&index=4&feature=plcp

    Patrick Inhofer has posted an extremely detailed training video on how to set up and get started with DaVinci Resolve 9.

    http://www.taoofcolor.com/blog/davinci-resolve-9-upgrade-the-pain-free-way/

    There is a fantastic audio pod-cast discussing the new features.

    http://coloristos.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-29T16_49_50-07_00

    Lastly, Alexis Van Hurkman has some info on his blog about the new features in DaVinci Resolve 9.

    http://vanhurkman.com/wordpress/?p=2028

    The version of DaVinci Resolve 9 on our web site is a public beta, but its looking quite stable now. We expect the final release by the end of the month if you prefer to wait for that.

    I hope you find these resources helpful and find the new DaVinci Resolve a much improved tool for the most creative color correction work. It's sure been a lot of fun working on this release and I know personally I really love using this new version!

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