Everyday it seems like a new camera is released. Finally any camera you find on the street can promise a certain “Image Quality”.
2012 we can say aside from 2008 is a landmark for digital cinema. The RAW push has begun, younger generations are born into a world with ease of accessibility to create content, Hollywoods 2D elite storytellers pursuit shooting in larger formats like 70mm IMAX Film (Christopher Nolan, Terrence Malick “Knight of Cups”, JJ Abrams “Star Trek 2013”). We’ve all had to learn a new set of digital skills, “film” is but memories and old set tales to the youth. Every camera company at NAB announced 4K output and every recorder company announced 4K Recorders. Red and Black Magic are the few camera manufactures with on-board RAW recording thats accessible to the consumer. Everything for the most part is still 8-bit on board recording and RAW 4K output.
The camera of today…. the camera that’s on everyones mind is the Black Magic Cinema Camera, aside the Scarlet-X it’s the most anticipated camera of 2012. Black Magic proved that a RAW 12-bit 2K camera with SDI is available for $3k. It has its compromises smaller than Micro 4/3 Sensor (16mm size more or less), Funky Form Factor, Built-in-Battery….. I highly doubt it will stop it from being the next “Jesus Camera”. You’ll never lose a job due to codec delivery, RAW DNx ProRes it does it all. Everyone is happy, Owner Operators never lose a job, Producers and Editors don’t need to sweat. In my view it’s the Scarlet 8x 2/3 reborn for 2012.
Making cameras isn’t easy, Black Magic is working on the final touches, the release has been pushed to mid-August. The streets are calling it the “DSLR Killer” which could very well be true, I await industry reactions.
Until then gear up for when your sweet sweet BMC arrives…
Third party vendors are releasing accessories check out the links bellow.
SSD MEDIA 128GB at $100 – 240GB at $220 – 480GB at $380 (5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.)
ViewFactor Cage Starting at $299 and up
Wooden Camera Cage starts at $399
Black Magic’s President gives us a little History of BMC.