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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
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  • New update v6.1

    • Added support for pixel remapping in camera
    • Added 2:1 monitoring frame guide
    • Improved media formatting user interface
    • Improved audio monitoring latency performance
    • Improved auto focus performance
    • Improved signal to noise ratio performance of camera internal microphone
    • Improved power efficiency for improved battery life
    • Improved 3.5mm audio input selection interface
    • Improved AV sync performance
    • Fixed an issue where time and date is not updated on camera when connected to the Blackmagic Camera Setup utility
    • Fixed an issue where the 3.5mm audio input level is 6dB lower than expected
    • Fixed an auto focusing issue with Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens
    • Fixed an issue where some USB-C external SSDs were not detected when connected before camera is powered up
    • Fixed an issue where some batteries might shut off earlier than expected
    • Fixed an issue where low battery indicator is not displayed appropriately
    • Fixed an issue with camera not being detected by host computer when connected to certain USB ports
    • Updated dynamic range and ISO chart in user manual

  • While BRaw is still missing, I appreciate that they take on the flaws first.

    Some are reporting problems with ProRes, though.

  • @nomad

    Some people I talked with tell that BM is afraid to release Braw for now due to legal issues with RED.
    I think that recent agreement with Atomos does not add optimism, same as secret agreement with Apple before it.
    RED is quickly becoming Rambus of camera world.

  • BRaw has been released on the Ursa Mini, just not added to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K yet.

  • @caveport

    I know. But settlement payment will be dramatically different if issues happen before widening to BMPCC4K.

  • So, only speculation with no real information? "If" is a very big word in this context.

  • @caveport

    Atomos agreement is fact, I heard about Apple agreement from multiple guys and everyone can see results.

    BM raw design is also obviously made much worse than it could be in attempt to go around the patents.

  • It makes sense if you compare the numbers of UM46P sold against the Pocket 4K. I'm sure we'll know after NAB, everybody will struggle to get results for that point in time.

  • Zacuto Cage

  • Just received the eVtrans USB flash drive mentioned by Vitally in an earlier post, in the 256gb variant. Havng done a very quick test the drive was recognized by the camera, and formatted in both exfat and osx. In a very quick test I tried C4K lossless and it recorded the entire drive without dropping frames. The drive will need a usb 3 to c otg cable to use practically .The 256Gb card gave approx 18 mins record time. I will certainly be ordering more of these drives as much more convenient than the T5 should my initial drive survive testing. I don't know the longevity of the card or reliability until doing many more tests. Initial test was at 24fps 360 shutter angle. Certainly has the potential to be another external media solution thanks to Vitaliy

  • @manila57

    Issue is size limits.

    Actually it is full SSD drive with nice USB-SATA 3.0 bridge. Plus 4 channel MLC memory.

    If you can live with write speed drop to 200-400Mb/s can also look for


    Netax 930E and KingSpec PCIe 3.0 x4

    With USB 3.1 Gen 2 enclosure by idea they must be nice for fast copy to computer and cheap.

  • Vitaliy, I have actually already ordered one of those drives to try and am awaiting delivery. The usb drive works with the Bmpcc 4K and I can live with the capacity being limited to around 18 mins in c4k lossless and is a very cheap alternative to cfast2 media. I will do a few more tests but have already ordered another one as it will do for other purposes if all else fails. Tried on Bmpcc 4K C4K lossless 60/24fps drops frames after 6 seconds. I did however get around 18 mins at 3:1 so doubt there will be an issue in any flavour of prores. Now to find a suitable OTG cable so the drive can be mounted to the cage.

  • Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update – adds support for Blackmagic RAW to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, as well as constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, 12:1 recording for Blackmagic RAW, constant quality Q0 and Q5 recording for Blackmagic RAW, support for double tap on touchscreen zoom and changed tap to focus behavior to tap and hold to focus.

    Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

  • PR

    March 5, 2019 - Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update which adds support for Blackmagic RAW to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

    Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

    Blackmagic RAW, a revolutionary next generation codec that combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. Blackmagic RAW is a more intelligent format that gives customers stunning images, incredible performance, cross platform support and a free developer SDK.

    With Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update, customers using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K now have the ability record images using Blackmagic RAW for the first time. This allows them to capture the highest possible quality images in smaller files, giving them much longer recording times with the media they already own. For example, customers can record over 2 hours of full cinematic quality Blackmagic RAW footage in 4K on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card. With Blackmagic RAW 12:1 you can even record 4K DCI images to an SD card, giving you stunning cinematic quality images on incredibly small, inexpensive cards. In addition, Blackmagic RAW gives customers an even faster, more fluid and higher quality editing and color correction workflow in DaVinci Resolve than ever before.

    Once the camera has been updated, customers can choose between 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 constant bit-rate recording or between constant quality Q0 and Q5 recording. This lets them prioritize image quality or file size. The constant bit-rate encoding options give customers incredible images at predictable and consistent file sizes. Constant quality Q0 and Q5 use variable bitrate encoding so complex frames are encoded at higher data rates, preserving the maximum amount of detail and quality possible. Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science is used for superior imaging that results in extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colors. Blackmagic RAW images are encoded using a custom non-linear 12-bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of color data and dynamic range.

    In addition, Blackmagic RAW features extensive metadata support, highly optimized GPU and CPU accelerated processing on the desktop and more.

    Traditional RAW codecs have large file sizes and are processor intensive, making them hard to work with. Video file formats are faster, but suffer quality problems due to the use of 4:2:2 video filters that reduce color resolution. Blackmagic RAW solves these problems, giving customers the same quality, bit depth, dynamic range and controls as RAW, but with much better performance and smaller file sizes than most popular video codecs. Once files are brought into DaVinci Resolve, additional GPU and CPU acceleration make decoding of frames incredibly fast, so customers get extremely smooth performance for editing and grading.

    When the Blackmagic RAW settings are changed in DaVinci Resolve, a .sidecar file can be generated or updated if one already exists. When opened in other software applications that support Blackmagic RAW, the .sidecar file, which contains the Blackmagic RAW settings made in DaVinci Resolve, will be automatically used to display the image. If the .sidecar file is removed then the file will be displayed using the embedded metadata instead. This innovative new workflow gives customers a non-destructive way to change Blackmagic RAW settings while working between different applications.

    Blackmagic RAW is much more than a simple RAW container format. Its intelligent design actually understands the camera and the sensor. This means the image data, along with the unique characteristics of the image sensor, are encoded and saved into the Blackmagic RAW file, giving customers much better image quality, even at higher compression settings, as well as total control over features such as ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation and more.

    In addition, Blackmagic RAW uses Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science for superior imaging that results in reproducing extremely accurate skin tones and gorgeous, lifelike colors that rival those of cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars more. Images are encoded using a custom non-linear 12-bit space designed to provide the maximum amount of color data and dynamic range.

    Blackmagic RAW also makes it easy for any software developer to access all this technology. The free developer SDK lets any third party software application add Blackmagic RAW support on Mac, Windows and Linux. The Blackmagic RAW developer SDK automatically handles the embedded sensor profile metadata, along with Blackmagic Design color science, for predictable and accurate image rendering that yields consistent color throughout the entire pipeline.

    Blackmagic RAW features two types of file compression. Customers can choose either constant quality or constant bitrate encoding options, depending on the kind of work they are doing. This lets them prioritize image quality or file size. Constant quality uses variable bitrate encoding so complex frames are encoded at higher data rates to preserve detail and maintain the highest possible quality. Blackmagic RAW Q0 has minimum quantization and yields the highest quality, while Blackmagic RAW Q5 uses moderate quantization for more efficient encoding and a smaller file size. Blackmagic RAW 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 use constant bitrate encoding to give customers the best possible images with predictable and consistent file sizes. The ratios are based on the unprocessed file size of a single frame from the camera’s sensor, making it easy to understand the relative amount of compression being used.

    The pristine camera native quality of Blackmagic RAW Q0 and 3:1 are perfect for effects heavy feature film and commercial work. Blackmagic RAW Q5 and 5:1 are extremely high quality making them great for episodic television and independent films. Blackmagic RAW 8:1 and 12:1 offer high quality and speed, making it suitable for productions that wouldn’t normally consider shooting RAW. Now, more customers than ever will be able to use high quality Blackmagic RAW images in an incredibly efficient way that was impossible before.

    Featuring a fully scalable design and completely modern CPU and GPU acceleration, Blackmagic RAW is optimized for AVX, AVX2 and SSE4.1 enabled processors, multi-threaded, works across multiple CPU cores and is GPU accelerated with support for Apple Metal, CUDA and OpenCL. Frame decoding and image processing is extremely fast, making it super smooth for editing, color correction and visual effects in DaVinci Resolve. Another benefit of media being stored as single files, and not image sequences, is it makes media management easier and file copying much faster.

    The free Blackmagic RAW Developer SDK is available on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. This SDK takes care of all the work for developers, so adding support for Blackmagic RAW to third party software applications is easy and fast. Developers get access to GPU and CPU accelerated algorithms for decoding files, along with unique information about the camera’s image sensor so their applications can accurately decode and display the files. The SDK features highly descriptive and flexible metadata options designed to support today’s modern workflows. Metadata is embedded directly in the .braw file or it can be stored in a .sidecar file. Metadata is important because it contains the Blackmagic RAW settings along with information for the slate, iris, focus, focal length, white balance and a lot more. The metadata in .sidecar files can be used on top of the embedded metadata without overwriting it. Blackmagic RAW also supports frame based metadata so customers can access values, such as focus distance, that often change on a frame by frame basis.

    “Blackmagic RAW has been incredibly successful since we introduced it last fall on URSA Mini Pro,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The new Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update is exciting because it makes this incredible new technology available to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K customers absolutely free! They get the visually lossless image quality of RAW with the speed of traditional video workflows!”


    Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update is available today as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website

  • It kinda seem like a revers universe. I always thought braw was the problem with license. Removing cdng from all cameras is a big surprise. I think braw is great, but cdng got its advantage. I guess it will be removed from davinci resolve in a future update. But when?

  • @fix

    Where they told about removal?

  • Grant is out with a video talking about patent problems. They are going to remove it on all cameras. CDNG is out... and we all thought it was going to be braw. Beginning of the end ? 18:40 I. The clip

  • @fix

    So, after all I had been fully right at the day of Braw announcement.

    We yet to know agreement terms with Red who owns patent on compressed raw video (general one). It was due to them we had DNG raw stored in separate files to get around patent. Apple ProRes RAW became possible due to private agreement with Red - one of the terms had been sales of cameras on Apple site. Here we also have some private agreement no one talks about. And I am afraid we will soon can find consequences like some limits on how BM cameras can be designed or cartel price agreement.

    Let me repeat sequence of events again.

    Cinema DNG is bulletproof from RED patents, contrary to words in this video. As it is just really set of still images.

    RED who is quickly turning into new Rambus and slowly leaving camera market due to poor sales, of course, could go into litigation, but 100% result will be really bad, and this actually can mean huge blow for RED as their main asset now is horrid patent on raw video format (obvious thing).

    Thing that we have here is BlackMagic stopping offering ANY raw format and replacing it with pseudo raw intentionally called as raw. This is according to RED secret private agreement.

    RED idea is that it allows them to hold larger portion of market, as top end niche is quickly shrinking for them (due to Alexa and Sony improvements).

    And camera market overall more and more looks like cartels land and lands of parasites, even in case of BM that was always very features and engineer focused company.

  • Yup. BM is pressed for sure. You can tell in the video that Grant is extremely uncomfortable only talking about the subject. He knows it will make big noise. They just anonce a new camera with no raw... that’s crazy. cDNG is way better than braw when it comes to IQ and sharpens. I like braw, but it doesn’t replace cDNG. Huge blow under the belt.

  • @fix

    It also means that RED is going after anyone who will now try to do even DNG based video.

    They made few very dangerous moves with secret agreements with Apple, Atomos, BlackMagic and few others.

    Due to specifics of education and culture all this companies can't join and crush parasite, instead they all hope to make good agreement and that RED will stop. They won't.

    RED actually few years ago already become like huge cancer on camera market who stand as hurdle of progress despite in all its force trying to pretend that they are not.

  • I agree. RED loosing marked is not going to make it better. They’re fighting mentality will affect even more cameras and probably programs. I don’t see many stand up against them or even care to. In the end the users lose. Staying behind with Stone Age codec for no reason at all.

  • so, update or not update BMPCC4K ?

  • Depend on the ability to rollback later on I guess.. haven’t got confirmation on that yet. If you buy the new URSA pro g2 for almost 6k, than you only get prores and braw... and no dual iso.

  • @flash

    NAB 2021.

    BM announces that all its cameras will be mandatory updated with firmware that will record video only in MJPEG format with quality no higher that 50%. :-)

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