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Director Uses MoVI to Create Low-Budget Multi-Cam Rig

In a guest post on NoFilmSchool, director Rubidium Wu explains how he used the MoVI 10, a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a Canon 5D Mark III to create a low-budget rig that allows for shooting two angles at the same time.

He writes, "A few months ago I was putting together a budget for a million dollar ‘low budget’ feature film and something struck me. Some of the numbers were big. Really big. This got me thinking: is all this stuff really necessary to make a good film?"

Read the full post here and see his camera test below.

Sony F55 vs. ARRI Alexa vs. Blackmagic Cinema Camera vs. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

In pre-production for a new television series, cinematographer John Brawley did a camera test pitting the Sony F55 against the ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

Short Filmmakers Talk Production with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Filmmakers Aske Lokken and Malte Lokken talk to RedShark News about production on their 15-minute short film, "Gold Digger," which was shot on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

They say of lighting the night scenes, "We lit the night scene with two tungsten lights outside the window, and used the frame of the window + some duct tape on the window to get the textured lighting inside. Then we softened it up with another tungsten on the inside, bouncing off the back wall. We had a few smaller tungsten lights that we moved around when we needed fill. But we pretty much had the same lighting setup for the entire scene downstairs...We knew that BMCC would need plenty of light, to get a proper exposure in the night scene, so we bought an extra powerful flashlight, to still get the feeling of darkness in a well lit room."

Shooting 'Slumville Sunrise': Jake Bugg Music Video Captured with Blackmagic Cameras

Shane Meadows directed Jake Bugg’s latest music video, “Slumville Sunrise,” which was shot by director of photography Laurie Rose with Blackmagic’s Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Cameras.

Sundance Stop-Motion Short Film 'Me + Her' Shot on Blackmagic Cameras

Joseph Oxford's labor-intensive, stop-motion short film "Me + Her" was shot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera. The film took over 6 years to make and was created out of sculpted cardboard.

Writes Fstoppers, "The form factor for each camera was a huge advantage because they were filming in such confined spaces (think shooting from ten inches off the ground rather than the normal six feet). It doesn’t hurt that it shoots raw and the quality of the footage is outstanding."

Read more here.

 

 

Shane Meadows Shoots Music Video with Blackmagic Cameras

British filmmaker Shane Meadows has shot a music video for up-and-coming artist Jake Bugg with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

He says, "Blackmagic’s cameras were unbelievably manoeuvrable, which meant we could react more quickly to changes in the environment, while also being a little more spontaneous. During set piece scenarios we were able to use all of the two Pocket Cinema Cameras and one Blackmagic Cinema Camera in very small spaces because they were so small making coverage and locations easier to handle. This really complemented the fun nature of the shoot as we could chop and change, or grab anything interesting as we went along without worrying about long set ups.”

Could the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Replace a DSLR?

Jaron Schneider of Fstoppers reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from the point-of-view of an avid DSLR user.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera as a DSLR Upgrade

Jamie Stuart of Filmmaker Magazine reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, writing, "I really enjoyed working with the Cinema Camera and Resolve. It is not a competitor to ALEXA or RED. There’s a reason those cameras cost more. If you’re used to working with a DSLR or a 1080p camcorder, and you’re looking for an upgrade, at $2000, this is your camera. That’s really all there is to it."

Read the full story here.

 

 

 

A Bike Ride and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Make Indie Music Video

Nick Roberts of the band And the Giraffe explains to RedShark News why he chose the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to mount on a bike for his band's "Sorry" music video.

He writes, "Because bicycles aren’t designed to have 40 pounds of camera gear resting on their handlebars, we had to improvise a way to get a film camera onto a bicycle without the image wobbling and looking as though we were riding through the Rocky Mountains, as well as not toppling the rider, bike, and expensive camera setup onto the unforgiving Los Angeles pavement. That’s where the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera came in."

Watch the video below and read the full story here.

A Look at a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Final Cut Pro X Workflow

Filmmaker Noam Kroll talks to FCP.co about his workflow for his short film "Brother Sister," which involved shooting on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and editing on Final Cut Pro X.

He writes, "This was a new experience for me as I typically shoot straight to ProRes on the BMCC, but due to the nature of this project I opted to shoot everything in RAW, which turned out to be a great choice. It added a couple of extra steps to my normal process, and even though I used a fairly standard workflow, I still wanted to outline it here for those looking to work with this combination of camera and NLE as it seems to work exceptionally well and quite seamlessly."

New Video Series Compares the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to the RED Scarlet

In a new video series, AValive Sales and Rentals make head-to-head comparisons between the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the RED Scarlet.

The first episode deals with each camera out of the box, while the second focuses on what they're calling "the essentials."

Watch below.

 

FOX Sports 1 Soars with Blackmagic Cinema Camera

The spot “Happy Days Are Here Again” promoting the launch of network FOX Sports 1 features aerial footage of a NASCAR race shot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera mounted on an RC rig built by Stephen Wollwerth of wollwerth films. Wollwerth positioned a Blackmagic Design Mini Converter SDI to Analog on the helicopter to convert the video feed to analog and send it downlink from the helicopter wirelessly for ground viewing.

WSMV-TV Uses Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design has announced that Nashville’s WSMV-TV is using Blackmagic Cinema Camera to shoot promotions and PSAs for the station’s news broadcasts. The station also is using DaVinci Resolve for color correction.

Brian Hallett, creative services senior producer and writer at the station, chose Blackmagic Cinema Camera for its high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and CinemaDNG RAW and Avid DNxHD codecs, as well as its affordable cost.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: 'Stripped Back, Simple, Great Image Quality '

Definition Magazine reviews the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera writing, "Just like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, the Pocket Cinema Camera is in a class of its own – particularly given the price, about £665 plus VAT – so it’s hard to compare it to other cameras.  Probably the closest would be the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 – a DSLR with the same lens mount and a decent(ish) CODEC. Results straight out of the GH3 are fantastic, but the Pocket Cinema Camera can be better, carefully used, and the GH3 is more expensive (though, of course, it takes stills too).

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Vs. Pocket Camera

In the short camera test found below, production company A Couple of Night Owls compared shots from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to those taken with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

They explain on their Vimeo page, "Same lens (Canon 35/1.4L) on both cameras and the Pocket Camera was mounted on top (and beside) the BMCC so any differences are really the difference in sensor size and any differences inherent to each camera."

Watch below.

Hands-On with Blackmagic's Camera Line

Jamie Stuart of Filmmaker Magazine got to spend some hands-on time with all three of Blackmagic's cinema cameras.

Shane Hurlbut's Camera Tests with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

DP Shane Hurlbut writes up a detailed article presenting some camera tests he did with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in shooting feature film Need for Speed.

His tests include skin tones, fill ratios, ISO and more. Read the full story here.

Documentary Shooting with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media posts about using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in an ENG (electronic news gathering) configuration.

He writes, "It came to no surprise when I read that the Cinema Camera will never be able to shoot in true ENG (Electronic News Gathering) style. Again, my initial feeling was that this was stemming from a small crowd of people that either don’t own a Cinema Camera, or did not put forth the effort to see how closely their Cinema Camera could in fact shoot in ENG style with proper rigging. Is the Cinema Camera an ENG camera in of itself? No, of course not. Can the Cinema Camera be configured to work like an ENG camera? Hell yeah it can!"

Updates from Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design has reduced the price of their Cinema Camera to $1995 and is now shipping their $995 Pocket Cinema Camera. It has also posted updated software for the Pocket Cinema Camera, DaVinci Resolve, Desktop Video and HyperDeck.

Read more here on Film and Digital Times.

 

Why Indie Filmmakers Might Want to Take a Look at the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Michael Hession of Gizmodo reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, writing, "[It's designed for] Indy filmmakers mostly. It doesn’t have the versatility or design for run and gun documentary work. For that you would want a Canon C100/C300, Sony FS100/700, or even a DSLR is more convenient. The Cinema Camera best suits people looking to really make the most crisp, beautiful images possible in a production environment—and on a budget."

Read the full review here.

Testing Out the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with 'New York: Night and Day'

Rick Young filmed "New York: Night and Day" with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT and EF models and writes about the experience on his Movie Machine blog.

He writes, "I'm making a film called 'New York City: Night and Day.' It's a short piece to test the image quality of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, using the two models mentioned, recording both RAW and ProRes. Plus, very important, I want to test the audio capabilities of the camera, as up until now, I've only used the camera as an image capture device. This time I plan to record interviews and pieces to camera. I've brought additional equipment to make this possible."

Read the full story here.

A Shooting Guide to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Iain Anderson of MacProVideo provides a basic shooting guide for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

He writes, "You got one? Or it’s coming soon and you want to be prepared? Here’s the essential guide to how to operate a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, from lenses to menus to add-ons."

Read it here.

Philip Bloom Tests Out the Speed Booster Adapter on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Philip Bloom tests out Metabones Speed Booster adapter, which allows the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to almost act as if it had a Super 35mm sensor.

Explains Bloom, "Metabones, who in association with Conorus have brought us an excellent EF lens adaptor for Sony E-mount cameras like the FS100, 700 and many stills cameras under the NEX umbrella. It’s powered by the camera, supports IS and lets us change the iris. Then they brought us the “Speed Booster” for these cameras. An astonishing piece of kit that I cover fully here….in essence it focuses the light from the lens projecting a larger image that is almost a stop brighter and somewhat sharper. Yes voodoo or almost Blackmagic (come on…I had to!)"

Canon 5D Mark III vs. the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Watch Cinema5D's side-by-side raw test footage from the Canon 5D Mark III and Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

They write, "What became clear is that both cameras provide very similarly capable RAW files. You can adjust everything and everything is possible. You can get similar details out of the sky and set all you like in post. Color temperature, tint, dynamic range, no problem. The 5D is just as strong as the BMCC, providing maybe a bit more dynamic range.

"Where the cameras differ in terms of RAW is one big thing: Noise. The 5D mark III can shoot indoors at ISO 1600 and there’s almost no noise while the Blackmagic starts to get ugly at this point. The noise from the BMCC is also apparent when raising the blacks in a shot."

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Video Review/Documentary - Resolution vs RAW!

Michal of motionVFX Team writes: The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is shipping again, so it's nice to find another indeep review of the camera. This time it was made by Lionel Josh Lee, but the video also features many filmmakers who share their opinions on the camera. According to Lionel, this is not exactly a review made to allow you to decide if you should get the camera, but more of a short documentary that covers the importance of RAW and resolution and where in reality the Blackmagic's camera fits in. But it can still be pretty helpful and if features a lot of info on the unit, besides Lionel shared some of his thoughts in the video description and he believes that it offers great RAW and can be perfect for shooting movies even though he feels that some changes should be made. Anyway, make sure to watch the video!

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