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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
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    • m43 sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution sized sensor
    • Active MFT mount
    • 12-bit RAW cinema 4K 60fps and full HD at up to 120fps
    • 13 stops Dynamic Range
    • dual native ISO up to 25,600
    • external RAW recording
    • 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW and 10-bit Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
    • Standard open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as 10-bit ProRes and 12 bit RAW.
    • Built-in 5" LCD touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 4K.
    • LCD supports on-screen overlays including status, histogram, focus peaking, and transport controls.
    • Records 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second.
    • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
    • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
    • Standard sized HDMI
    • USB-C expansion port allows longer duration recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.
    • Canon LP-E6N or locking DC12 volt power connection
    • SD/UHS-II and CFast slots
    • Bluetooth wireless camera control
    • 3.5mm audio jack and headphone jack
    • Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting to pro microphones.
    • Available in September 2018 (more like 2019)
    • Carbon fiber polycarbonate composite body which makes it lightweight, portable and durable.
    • Multi-function grip for quick access to recording start/stop, still photos, ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, power and more.
    • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
    • Comes with free Resolve 15 Studio
    • Product page - https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera
    • $1250

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  • Thank you Firworks

  • @tcaretti Yeah it's a bit unreliable. It's still a great camera but you just have to accept that sometimes it'll die when the battery meter says 75% or sometimes when you plug in your SSD it wont show up and you will have to try power cycling the camera and unplugging and replugging it to get it to show up. Sometimes the lens setting display will be wrong (when zooming on a non fixed-aperture lens). Sometimes your lens may not make perfect contact with the body and you've got to remount it to get aperture control working. There are just a lot of little quirks that mean that I would most likely want a second body like a G85/GH5 if I were doing paid work and had to get the shot. But in some ways it feels MORE reliable than a Panasonic camera as well. One thing that has cost me a lot of good shots and drives me nuts is how the Panasonics will stop recording at the drop of a hat. At least on the G85 if you plug in or unplug HDMI it will stop recording. Well when you're using long runs of micro HDMI cables and they get slightly nudged and it causes one of the cameras in your multicam setup to stop recording it's a big problem. Also moving the mode dial or many other actions on the camera will stop them from recording. On the P4K if you start it recording it stays recording until you tell it to stop. I've tested plugging and unplugging HDMI both starting with it unplugged and plugged in. Nothing makes it stop recording. You've also got a big red tally light on the front so you know for sure it's still rolling.

    @konjow BRAW Download: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiEFYdIdfY0vnuIa8UP6eeqoISa1yA

  • @Firworks Thanks for the quick reply. I've got a GH5 and a G85 as well, but I'm really liking the footage I've been seeing over the past couple of days since BRAW was released. When you say "janky", do you mean that the camera seems unreliable, or just hard to work with? I realize it's definitely not a run and gun solution, but I thought for locked down shots and the ability to push the footage so far in post might be another great tool to add to the kit. Also getting the full version of Davinci Resolve Studio included seems to sweeten the deal as well. Any thoughts or advice coming from someone that has been working with the camera that is not a paid reviewer is really greatly appreciated. Thanks again!

  • Thanks @firworks any chance you could upload orginal short clip to dropbox or similar?

  • @tcarretti it was a SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s V30 128GB card. It's a pretty janky camera but it's a fun janky camera that captures some wonderful colors that at least I don't know how to coerce from my G85.

    @flash if you're asking that because of my bridge shot... I just missed focus... But I thought it looked nice enough to put up anyhow. I wish you could punch in more than 2x. I think that would have helped.

  • Is the BRAW less sharper than CDNG ?

  • @Firworks What size and speed rating was the SD card you were using? Really thinking about taking the plunge on the camera... Thanks!

  • @konjow Just doing testing shooting at a lightbulb I was surprised by how much the Highlight Recovery could bring back even on 12:1 BRAW.

    Went down to the riverfront on a foggy night to play around with BRAW a bit. It's really great to be able to shoot on normal SD cards and still have so much latitude to push the footage around. This is BRAW 12:1 4K24 DCI.

    BRAW Download: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AiEFYdIdfY0vnuIa8UP6eeqoISa1yA

  • Is there any chance for download samples clips of Braw of 4:1 8:1 for Highest and shadows recovery test?

  • @manila57

    Thx for the info.

  • Sad things

  • I have been able to roll back to 6.1 and back to 6.2. The viltrox is also working on 6.2 with EM-2 2.3

  • @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%. :-)

    Thanks for continuing collaboration with industry leaders we now offer our customers simplest to edit format. Make sure to remove dust from your old i5 computer and give it a try.

  • 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.

  • so, update or not update BMPCC4K ?

  • 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.

  • @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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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