The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera was supposed to get its release back in August. It’s now December, the camera is 4 months late, and Blackmagic has been pretty quiet about the delay. Today there silence was broken when CEO Grant Petty updated there forums with some the first footage from the 4K BMPCC.
Here’s some of what Grant had to say on the Blackmagic Forum:
“I wanted to do a quick update on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
As I have mentioned previously we have been working hard on redesigning part of the camera due to differences in the production sensors to what we experienced in the early camera builds, however that work is completed now and we are in final testing.
I wanted to post some clips that I personally have shot from the camera as I know people are interested in them. We have other more experienced camera operators out shooting with beta cameras now and they can post more realistic clips with lens details and other shooting information soon, however I wanted to post something now so I thought I would upload some of the clips I have shot personally.
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is very different to our other cameras, but I personally think it’s quite filmy in its look, even though it’s not really a digital film camera but more of a general production camera.
This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.”
Grant’s footage has been uploaded to Vimeo if you want to check it out:
You can also download Grant’s original footage here. The original file is about 10GB, but this way you will be able to put a grade on it and really get a feel for the cameras image.
What do you think of footage from the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera? Is it worth the wait?