Digital Film Camera

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic are a company known best for their creative video technology, with products like the Intensity Extreme and UltraStudio 3D.
However they have really put the cat amongst the pigeons with their new Blackmagic cinema camera.

Looking very stylish and boasting some impressive specs, this camera is a fraction of the price of its competitors.

It has a high resolution 2.5K image sensor that is fully compatible with Canon EF and Zeiss ZE mount lenses.

Blackmagic cinema camera

With 13 stops of dynamic range, the Blackmagic cinema camera claims that it can offer the user a true digital film camera experience.

All the file formats are open standard and used by NLE software. It supports uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats, which are then stored on a built-in removable 2.5” SSD.

Thunderbolt SSD drive

The Blackmagic cinema camera also comes with a Thunderbolt port. Therefore you can stream video straight from the SSD onto your computer via the high speed Thunderbolt port.
Included with the camera is the Blackmagic UltraScope software providing waveform monitoring. By utilising the Thunderbolt connection you could display 6 live scope views on a single monitor.

Thunderbolt port

In addition, for things like colour correction, DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is also included.

The cinema camera comes with a set of standard connections with no proprietary ports, once again reducing compatibility issues.

Connections:
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC

There is a 5” touchscreen that allows you to view your shots, replay from the SSD and update your settings. Or you can take advantage of the other functions available such as adding metadata information compatible with editing software or simply checking the battery power level.

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The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is due to be available in July 2012.

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