Though we’ve already seen numerous releases from IBC today, Blackmagic Design has quite a number of announcements. Ranging from new cameras to new additions to the company at large, they’ve definitely been busy. Let’s dive in.
Blackmagic PL Mount Models For Production Camera 4K & Cinema Camera
First up is the announcement of Blackmagic’s upcoming PL Mount Production 4K and Cinema Camera models. Best of all, those who want one don’t have to wait at all: these new models are available for purchase now. The Production Camera 4K PL is selling for $2995, and the Cinema Camera 4K is $2295. Only minor changes accompany the PL mounted cameras, such as a stronger body to support the larger PL mount lenses and “dramatically wider dynamic range”. With the addition of these two models, Blackmagic has a handful (five to be exact) of varied, powerful cameras to suit nearly any need and lens. Here are some key features of the two new models:
- Production Camera 4K PL features a large, high resolution 4K Super 35mm sized sensor with global shutter with 12 stops of dynamic range.
- Cinema Camera PL features a large, high resolution 2.5K sized sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range
- Compatible with extremely high quality PL cinema lenses.
- Built in SSD recorder allows long duration recording onto solid state disks.
- CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes open file formats compatible with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer and Premiere Pro CC. No custom file formats.
- Blackmagic Cinema Camera also records in DNxHD.
- Features all standard connections, including jack mic/line audio in, headphone mini jack, Thunderbolt, LANC remote control and standard 12V DC power connection. Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports 3G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, and Blackmagic Production Camera
- Built in touch screen LCD for camera settings and metadata entry compatible with popular video editing software including DaVinci Resolve 11 and Final Cut Pro X
- Blackmagic Production Camera 4K supports 1080HD and Ultra HD, and Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports 1080HD capture, both at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30fps.
- Mounting points on top and bottom for connecting tripods, accessories and building custom rigs using industry standard equipment.
- Includes UltraScope software for live scopes via the built in Thunderbolt connection.
- Includes the full version of DaVinci Resolve 11 editing and color grading software.
Blackmagic Acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc.
eyeon Software is ” a leading developer of high end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software for the feature film, commercial, television and broadcast industries”, and has been made a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design. eyeon’s Fusion 7 visual effects software has been used on numerous high profile productions, such as Maleficent, Gravity, Captain America 2 and many more. Fusion 7 has numerous features, including “high end visual effects compositing, comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with an amazing particle generator system” as well as 3D modeling and set generation tools. eyeon is comitted to support customers both past and present, something that will be greatly aided by being a member of the Blackmagic Design family.
DaVinci Resolve 11.1 Update
Blackmagic also announced DaVinci Resolve 11.1, with several new features. These include Final Cut Pro X integration, improved asymmetric trimming, a new Swap Edit command, the ability to trim gaps in the timeline, editable in/out points in the source viewer, graphical fade sliders for video opacity, action and title safe overlays, independent track heights, a full screen timeline option, the ability to add transitions to multiple clips at the same time, and more. There’s also a number of new color correction features, including support for object tracking and stabilization of compound clips, second layer input support for OpenFX plugins, the ability to pick colors in the viewer for OFX plugins, and new group menu options to load, delete and rename groups. Finally, Blackmagic has added support for visually lossless compressed DNG RAW clips, Panasonic Varicam vRAW and AVC-I, improved color decoding for Phantom CINE RAW files, new Phantom Cine Log gamma selection in the camera raw settings, VFX I/O LUTs for Gamma 2.2 and Gamma 2.4, and more. Linux customers also get OpenCL support for AMD GPUs.
Stay tuned for more from IBC and Blackmagic Design, and be sure to visit BlackmagicDesign.com for more.