Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K Get New Camera V6.8 Firmware Update

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Feb 042020
 

Blackmagic Design just released the new Camera V6.8 firmware update for both Pocket 4K and 6K cameras. The new firmware improves camera stratup times and USB PTP control performance, and it fixes the issue with slow mounting of media containing large number of clips. Further, it fixes the issue with EF lens stabilization for the Pocket 6K camera.

Blackmagic Design Camera v6.8 for BMPCC 4K and 6K released. Image credit: cinema5D

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K both offer very nice image quality for the price. Although the cameras do have some shortcommings, which often need to be adressed by third party solutions (powering, media, etc.), they have gotten quite popular among filmmakers. To know more about these cameras, or to refresh some features and specs, make sure to check one of our older articles:

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard Review – Beautiful, Yet Not for Everyone

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Dec 192019
 

NAB 2019 saw the somewhat surprising introduction of the Blackmagic Design Editor Keyboard. A $995.00 keyboard for video editing, containing specialized keys and a multi-mode jog wheel, with functions that are hard to even imagine, much less assign to keyboard shortcuts, a mouse, or any combination of third-party control panels. We took a closer look at this keyboard and put it through its paces. Here’s our take.

DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard. Image credit: cinema5D

Blackmagic has been offering their full-sized Advanced Panel for grading in DaVinci Resolve for years now and these have become standard inventory at grading houses all over the industry. But it was only a few years ago that Blackmagic started taking into account the needs of smaller production houses and individual filmmakers or colorists which couldn’t afford the $30,000 Advanced Panel, as well as the rather large grading suite to put it in, by offering the Mini and Micro Panels. However most major versions of Resolve since version 14, seemingly building on the software’s almost unchallenged dominance in the color grading realm, have been trying to improve on DaVinci Resolve’s usefulness to editors, VFX artists and sound editors alike, brushing up on the editing side of things by adding loads of features already present in other NLEs and integrating Fairlight and Fusion into Resolve without any additional cost upgrading. Consequently, versions 15 and 16 have, at least across Youtube and the Blogospheres, seen people announcing their switch to Resolve in troves, either from Adobe Premiere or Final Cut (arguably not as much from Avid though).

So is this new keyboard part of the same strategic push by Blackmagic Design to further differentiate and distinguish DaVinci Resolve as a full-featured editing suite for editors or teams without the dreaded, time-wasting round trips? And who would actually seriously buy a keyboard for a thousand dollars? We will try and return to these questions a bit later on.

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Blackmagic Camera 6.6 Firmware for BMPCC 4K and 6K Released

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Oct 292019
 

Blackmagic Design is continuously working hard to improve its BMPCC 4K and BMPCC 6K video cameras, and they now released a new firmware update: Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.6. This update unlocks a couple of new recording modes, a built-in camera horizon tool, improvements to the autofocus performances, and many other features. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.6

Blackmagic Design has now announced a new firmware update for its BMPCC 4K and 6K models called Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.6. This firmware update improves a lot of features on both Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras including:

  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip. The Battery Grip was announced during NAB 2019, and support up to two Sony NP-F style batteries for extended battery life.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool. This feature is useful for making sure your camera is perfectly level.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • USB PTP control support.
  • You now can type in customized frame guide ratios; you have no limit anymore to the built-in ones.
  • It has improved autofocus performance.
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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Battery Grip

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Apr 082019
 

First things first: There is no new camera from Blackmagic Design at this years NAB. But, if you happen to own a Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, you might be happy about this: They introduced a new BMPCC4K Battery Pack which enables shooting for 2 hours straight.

This new BMPCC4K battery pack is really pretty straightforward: Remove the little battery cover from the camera, mount the battery pack to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, replacing the Canon LP-E6 style battery inside the camera and put two Sony L-series batteries into the pack. Wait, what?

BMPCC4K Battery Pack

So this device takes two Sony L-series batteries. That’s good because these hold much more power in comparison to the Canon LP-E6 style batteries you had to carry in order to power the BMPCC4K before. But Blackmagics decision to swap battery sytsems is still a bit odd, I think. Why not using L-series batteries for the camera in the first place?

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 Introduced, Pocket 4K Gets Blackmagic RAW, No More DNG

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Mar 062019
 

Blackmagic Design just announced the URSA Mini Pro G2, the second generation of its flagship shoulder camera, plus the long sought-after Blackmagic RAW update to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

To get an extensive run-down of all the new products and features that Blackmagic Design introduced today, watch CEO Grant Petty in this 35 minute video below:

But if you want to save some time, you can also read my summary here:

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2

This is the new second generation of the popular URSA Mini Pro. It replaces the previous model and while it looks similar, Blackmagic have redesigned all the electronics inside the camera and it includes a new generation 4.6K sensor. Blackmagic claims that this camera has 15 stops of dynamic range. (Here’s our dynamic range test of Blackmagic RAW on the original URSA Mini Pro in case you missed it.)

The new electronics allowed them to ramp up the camera frame rates. They have doubled the frame rate in Blackmagic RAW and in ProRes.

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Newsshooter at IBC 2015: Genus LCD Variable ND Filter

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Oct 042015
 

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This is a very interesting concept for may reasons. I would like to use the new Rokinon Xeen prime lenses on a Blackmagic Ursa Mini camera. Since the front diameter on those lenses is 114mm have a variable ND filter behind the lens would be very useful.
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New Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 11, by Sebastian Wober

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Aug 102014
 

“I recently transitioned to Final Cut Pro X, because I had to edit 5K RAW footage and I spent many hours learning its unusual editing method. Right now I’m facing a different option. DaVinci Resolve is both my favourite color grading software as well as a very capable and reliable tool that can easily handle 5K RAW. I’m convinced I’m not the only editor who is slowly letting go of Final Cut 7 and intrigued by the idea of using DaVinci Resolve 11 as an NLE.

One of the most intriguing facts is that DaVinci Resolve is not only very professional, but the Lite version of the software is also very free, with some limitations (resolution only up to 3840×2160) that those who can’t afford the full version can usually live without. If you need the full version you will soon be able to get it here.”

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