I just received word from BMD that the BMPC 4K is shipping as of today. I checked B&H and a few other sites and they are still showing it as a pre-order item but the press release just hit a few hours ago. Along with the terrific news of official shipping it is also making it’s debut at a lower price point $2995. Down $1K from the original MSRP. It is still shipping with a full copy of Resolve and appears not to have lost anything in the process. First thing I checked was the BMD site for the specs and everything still appears to be there so it’s all good. Hopefully as the units start making their way into the market a few review units will drift into bloggers hands =) I’ll keep you posted. For now please see the full press release below and let me know your thoughts.
Fremont, CA – February 10, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping and with a new low price of US$2,995. This new low price will be available for all customers, including existing pre-orders. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only US$2,995.
“The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a super high resolution 4K digital production camera for Ultra HD television production. Featuring a large Super 35 sensor, professional global shutter as well as EF and ZE compatible lens mount, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K captures high quality ProRes™ files, giving customers a complete solution to shoot amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport and documentaries.
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has everything customers need right out of the box including a built in SSD recorder, rechargeable battery and a large 5” LCD touchscreen. In addition to focusing and monitoring shots, the touchscreen also lets customers enter metadata and change camera settings all on a single easy to use interface. Customers also get a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for amazing quality color grading and finishing for Mac OS X and Windows computers.
- Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
- ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording
- Super 35 sensor
- Global shutter
- EF and ZE compatible lens mount
- Built-in SSD recorder
- 5” LCD touchscreen
- Metadata entry
- 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.
Until next time, Good shooting
What a great monitor…. The End
OK, ok. Maybe a little more is needed =)
Earlier this summer I was prepping a project and the DP had asked for a larger monitor with a really good sun shade. I was using an older 5″ HDMI monitor. We were shooting on my 5D3 and were going to be on the move over the 5 days of shooting. So I started looking at my options.
I had checked out the SmallHD AC7 and it’s bigger brother the DP7 at CineGear and was very impressed. Both monitors had a really nice look and feel and were well built. I’m very partial to the way SmallHD handles their focus assist features. The peaking in these monitors reminds me of the peaking in my old BetaCam cameras. When you’re on, you are on!! and you can see the focus plane coming/going as you are rolling through focus. Really helpful with DSLR shooting. The 5D3 staying in HD during recording is also very nice.
So as I said I was going to be in the field (or actually on an island) for 5 days shooting mostly “Run and Gun”. We weren’t going to be able to charge batteries during the day and the rig had to be really light and nimble. Pictured here is my Hand Held rig:
I found the easiest thing was to set up the 5D3 on a Manfrotto raiser with 12″ rods and use a Ultralight 15mm rod accessory to add the monitor via a cine arm. (Say that 3 times fast =) This put the monitor almost right over the camera body and still left access to the battery door and CF card slot. To keep the weight down I used the Canon battery plate from SmallHD. This allowed me to use all the same batteries for the monitors and cameras. In this config we really didn’t need a follow focus and normally left the mattebox off as well. At night we could run without the sunshade leaving a much wider angle of view for the shooter and any one around him. I didn’t have it at the time but have since added a LockPort to protect the mini HDMI connection on the side of the camera.
The monitor was flawless. The HDMI port is on the bottom so it was very easy to run the cable under the lens and straight up into the monitor. It is very light weight. The screen is quite bright and clear. The shade helped the daytime shooting immensely. We could make it about 4 hours on one pair of batteries. ( the plate is set up for 2 batteries to run together extending the over all running time.) When the batteries are down to about 10% the screen changes to the AC7 logo and starts flashing. (Can’t miss that warning =) Pop two fresh batteries on and you are ready to go another 4’ish hours. You can get a variety of different battery plates to match your kit batteries and needs.
The monitor comes in two versions: an HDMI only version or an HDMI / HD-SDI version. I went for the HDMI version at the time but am now thinking about getting the combo HDMI / HD-SDI version. That way I can hang it off my EX3 or the H2S converter on my 5D3 / Blade kit.
The menu is easy to navigate and has a dial entry approach along with two assignable button for shortcut features and menu functions. There are a number of guides that can be assigned as well as false color, etc. Truly a well thought out monitor.
Well just my first impressions of the monitor. Very happy. It now lives in the 5D3 bag. I’ll give an update as I use it more this year. Thanks again for reading my post.
Until next time, Good shooting