Blackmagic Design has posted the first footage with it's new 4.6K Sensor

I first saw this on RedShark News, but if you head over to BlackMagic Design's URSA page and scroll down you can see the video. It is mostly unlit, and only basicaly color corrected, but not only does it look impressive, but it also seems to solve the horrible black sun problem of the URSA 4K Sensor. This looks impressive!

Stu Maschwitz on what he saw at NAB 2015

Stu Maschwitz of ProLost and RedGiant has posted about what he saw and was impressed with at NAB. Worth checking out.

Here are his big hits, and then all of his twitter posts here.

Blackmagic Design announces Video Assist Video Recorder

Blackmagic Design has announced it's new $495 Video Assist video recorder. It records 10 Bit ProRES 4:2:2 and has a 1920x1080 Monitor with touch screen controls on it. Very cool.

Blackmagic Design announces Fusion 8 for Mac and Linux

Blackmagic Design has announced Fusion 8 for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is currently windows only on Version 7, but version 8 which will be released in quarter 3 of 2015 for Windows, OS X and Linux, and is being shown at NAB.

There will be a free and $995 full version as there are now.

Looking forward to learning a new compositor at a reasonable price. I love what Black Magic is doing!

Blackmagic Designs releases Davinci Resolve 12

Blackmagic Designs have released Davinci Resolve 12. It is still Free for the Lite version, $995 for the full version or $29,995 for the full version including the full control surface.

The new version has a new interface that is supposed to be easier on the eyes.

It has multi-cam editing, that allows real time editing.

It has also updated it's editing mode, with an improved Trim Mode and more.

And it now has a new audio engine for better realtime playback.

And of course grading improvements.

Blackmagic Designs actually announced 3 new cameras and an upgrade for the existing URSA

Blackmagic Designs actually announced a thirds camera, the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K for remote control from a switcher fro $1295.

And the URSA now has 4.6K models for $6995 and $7495 and you will be able to upgrade the sensor in the 4K Models!

BlackMagic Designs shows off 2 new cameras at NAB, the URSA Mini and the Micro Cinema Cameras

BlackMagic have announced two new impressive looking cameras at NAB.

The first is the URSA Mini which ranges from $2995 for the 4K EF Mount, to $5495 for 4.6K PL mount!

Most impressive is that it has a global shutter at 30 FPS, and rolling shutter at up to 60 frames per second, with 15 stops of dynamic range! (I didn't realize that the 4K sensor does Global Shutter at up 60 FPS, but only has 12 stops of dynamic range, or that the Mini loses it's upgradeability that it's big brother has) Wow!

Of course the shoulder kit is another $395 and the full viewfinder instead of the side screen is $1495!

The second is the $995 Micro Cinema Camera, which seems to be a souped up 1080 version of a GoPro for flying on drones or mounting, and it can be remote controlled with radio control airplane receivers, and with additional equipment can even transit NTSC or PAL, and also has 13 stops of dynamic range!


Definition Magazine has an interesting comparison of Fusion, Nuke & Smoke

Adam Garstone at Definition Magazine gives a quick overview of these 3 powerful 3D Compositing Programs. Work a read.

After learning Shake years back I would love to get into one of these, but can't afford either Nuke or Smoke, but once a free Mac version is released of Fusion by BlackMagic Designs I will probably spend the time to learn it, and hopefully they will have added a good 3D camera tracker by then.

BlackMagic Design releases Fusion for Windows for Free or $995 for Studio Version!

BlackMagic Design has done it again, and they have released their recently Purchased Fusion compositing program for free or $995 for the Studio Version with advanced 3D tools, OpenFX plug In support and unlimited distributed rendering.

Awesome news, and I would love to learn this. Going to give me a reason other than gaming to fire up BootCamp and boot into Windows 8 on my Mac, because since learning Shake back in the day I have loved Nodal compositing software. And the true 3D compositing and even 3D model rendering all in one will be pretty amazing.

RedShark on all BlackMagic Designs announcements from IBC 2014

RedShark has an article on all of BlackMagic Designs exciting new announcements from IBC 2014.

My personal favorites are:

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 is out now.

And BlackMagic has purchased Eyeon Software the maker of Fusion the high end digital compositing, visual effects and Motion Graphics Software! Wow, and lets hope they do to it exactly what they have been doing with Resolve, make it better, and cheaper than ever! Let's hope they eventually have a free version with full Resolve back and forth for an amazing new free or affordable compositing program! And lets hope for a Mac version very soon!

Fusion looks insane. Node based, but their Sizzle Reel stills looks very very complicated!

It supposedly already supports CUDA for acceleration so it sounds like a great fit with Resolve.

Info on Eyeon is available at the Eyeon Web Site.

BlackMagic updates their cameras to 1.8 and releases DaVinci Resolve 11 Beta

ProVideo Coalition has the news on both.

The Black Magic Camera have been updated with a much better interface and autofocus with performance enhancements for all 3 models. Very cool!

And DaVinci Resolve 11 Beta has been released with more editing features.

After learning DaVinci Resolve, I decided to delve into Adobe SpeedGrade, so far I will be sticking with Resolve

After learning DaVinci Resolve, and being incredibly impressed with it, I decided to learn Adobe SpeedGrade for it's integration with Adobe Premiere Pro (my current choice of edit software), but so far I have been less than impressed.

First off with Resolve and a good NVIDIA Cuda card, the program works great with BlackMagic or AJA video cards, is rocket fast and you get a recreation of the timeline from your edit program, and can remove shots as needed, or do basic editing. And you have such a great collection of edit controls and presets.

With SpeedGrade you only get a single video track (or 3 if you have dissolves or transitions as it puts the a & B on different tracks and the transition in between). So you need to prep your sequence, and the send from Premiere is even weirder. Instead of using the original media files, it converts everything into uncompressed DPX image sequences, which will take up a huge amount of space (uncompressed files after all) and it bakes in any effects you applied into the clips. So it basically ignores the awesome Mercury playback Engine from premiere, and it's only real bonus is that your color correction returns to premiere as a filter applied to the clips.

You can work with original premiere pro clips, but not with the send from premiere command, instead you need to export and EDL from Premiere and import the clips into SpeedGrade that way.

And there there is the fact that it doesn't export video a monitor using Black Magic video cards, only AJA! This sucks. It should work with everything Premiere Pro does!

And as for the color correction, the lack of curves is inexcusable! Curves are such a powerful color corrector and Adobe needs to fix this right away.

I know Adobe purchased this program to compete with Apple Color (now defunct) and DaVinci Resolve and round out their suite, but I would rather see them base the whole program on the amazing Mercury Playback engine from Premiere Pro, instead of having this current attempt at integrating the two programs, which seems more like a cludge than reel integration. Yes, having the color correction return as plug in corrections is very very cool, but so far that is really the only thing cool i am seeing about SpeedGrade.

I have not fully explored or gotten proficient with the program, and I will report back once I have, but so far my initial impressions don't make me consider moving away from Resolve for my color correction needs.

HDSLR Shooter compares AJA Cion to the BlackMagic Ursa

Jesse Peppin at HDSLR Shooter has a great look at the new AJA Cion vs the BlackMagic Ursa, and he likes the AJA better overall, at least for his purposes.

Overall it sounds like the AJA is a little more Pro, with the ability to record above ProRES HQ in ProRES 4444 (even with the URSA's upgradeable sensor). Still with no viewfinder you either need a bigger investment or to already have rails and other gear to go with it.

And the worst thing of the Cion, other than not having a viewfinder of it's own, is that is uses AJA created storage, unlike Blackmagic which uses off the shelf components. Of course hopefully you can then trust them more, but they will cost more.

He is right though, this looks to be the Canon/Nikon of the Videography set.

BlackMagic Designs announced DaVinci Resolve 11 with Editing

BlackMagic has announced version 11 of DaVinci Resolve. And of course the Lite version is still free for up to 1080 video and $995 for higher resolution, 3D and noise reduction features.

BlackMagic Designs Studio Camera

BlackMagic Designs has announced 2 new Studio Cameras in HD for $1995 and 4K for $2995. An impressive looking camera with a huge viewfinder for studio production.

Black Magic Designs Ursa Upgradeable 4K Camera

BlackMagic Designs has announced a new like of 4K upgradeable cameras called URSA. It starts at $5995 for an EF mount or $6495 for a PL Mount version. There will also be a broadcast version and one without a sensor and just an HDMI in for recording.

This is an impressive looking camera, especially with the 10" fold out viewfinder and dual touch screens for control. With this Black Magic is going all out with it's cameras and making a really impressive high end camera to take on RED, and yet be cheaper.

Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 10.1

You can download the light version for free at Blackmagic. And here is the Press release.

This adds support for Final Cut Pro X 10.1. It has support for aligning multiple camera takes so you can quickly switch between takes.

And full owners get enhanced 3D stereoscopic tools.

Grant Petty has show the first 4K video from the BlackMagic Production Camera

EOS HD has a post on Grant Petty releasing the first 4K video from a BlackMagic Production Camera. Exciting.

Black Magic DaVinci 10 will support the MacPro and it's Dual GPU's, and likely so will Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud

Nonlinear has a post on a post from Grant Petty the CEO of BlackMagic saying that the full version of DaVinci 10 will support the Dual AMD GPU's of the new MacPros. And Premiere Pro already supports AMD Firepros, and hopefully will soon support the duals of the new MacPro.

I will still rather see Dual NVIDIA GPU support, as CUDA would likely be faster, but this could make the MacPro a viable alternative to the current MacPro without the expansion. Still want to see some speed tests though as I would like to see Premiere Pro rocking Dual Titans!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Magic Lantern VS Blackmagic Cinema Camera RAW

Planet 5D has a video comparison of the 2 cameras.

PVC on BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Clint Milby at the Pro Video Coalition has an article on the sub $1000 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

I would love one, though since I have all Canon EF and EF-S lenses this camera is pretty useless to me even at under $1000. I would do better with the 4K or normal Blackmagic camera.

Blackmagic released new Teranax at NAB

I didn't see this covered anyplace else, but Definition Magazine has an article on it. And you can check it out at Blackmagic Designs web site. $1995 for the currently available 2D version and $3995 for the soon to be released 3D version.

Amazing that you can get the best quality conversion for this cheap now, and it includes the video scopes software from Blackmagic as well.

I love what Blackmagic is doing. Doing amazing things for low prices, and really changing the face of the video market!

John Brawley hands on with Blackmagic Tech Pocket Camera

John Brawley has an excellent hands on with the new Blackmagic Pocket Camera. And info on the 4K. Sounds like an impressive little camera, though with a little rolling shutter issues, that the 4K should fix.

Amazing that Blackmagic has become such an impressive camera company in such a short period of time! And $1000 plus lenses is a steal for a 1080 camera!

Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 10


Creative Cow has the press release, and it is already up at Blackmagic's web site, though the download is not up yet.

It now has editing features, better color correction including support for OpenFX Plug Ins.

It will be available in Quarter 3 for free in the lite version.

HD Warrior on Black Magic Cinema Pocket Camera

HD Warrior has a great writeup on the $995 micro 3/4 camera that can also be adapted to use Super 16 lenses.

Cinema5D on 2 new Black Magic Cameras a 4K and a Mini

Cinema5D has the scoop on 2 new Black Magic Cameras being released at NAB, and leaked thanks to flags.

You can see them at No Film School.

The $3995

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Compact 4K camera with large super-35 sensor, global shutter, Ultra HD and 4K support, built-in SSD recorder, touch LCD metadata entry, compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes recording, Thunderbolt and EF lens compatibility, Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScopes.
The $999 Portable for Micro 3/4 Lenses (damn was hoping this would work with normal canon lenses).

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Ultra-portable super-16 digital cinema camera with super wide 13 stops of dynamic range. Super 16 sized 1080p HD sensor, built in SD card reader, High resolution LCD, ProRes and Lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, Active Micro Four Thirds lens compatibility, Micro HDMI monitoring with Overlays.

The 4K will make up for the decencies of the current camera with a Super-35 Sensor! And the $999 portable could be mindblowing! A point and shoot sized camera with those specs. Damn! That could really change everything and be kind of what RED initially promised with the SCARLET.


Ripple Training releases Creative Looks training for DaVinci Resolve

FCP.CO has the news on this new release after their previous release of DaVinci Resolve Core Training. It is between $29.99 to $49.99 if you want it in 1080, 720 or on a thumb drive.

Philip Bloom reviews the Black Magic Cinema Camera

Philip Bloom has a review of the Black Magic Cinema Camera. Interestingly he likes the Micro Four Thirds version of the camera over the EF version, and goes in depth into why.

Under $1000 for a way to monitor 1080p with worldwide frame rates using thunderbolt

Allan Tépper at the Pro Video Coalition has a great solution for monitoring video using thunderbolt and a Sony KDL-40BX420E, which will work with US power and supports, both PAL and NTSC frame rates as well as 23.976 and 24 FPS. Very very cool. The monitor is grey market in the US, so he also recommends a third party warranty. This is a inexpensive and great solution for monitoring.

Blackmagic Design has updated DaVinci Resolve to 9.1 with Retina Display Support

Creative Cow has the press release. As always you can download the free version from Blackmagic Design.

Here are the new features.

  • Support for Apple Macbook Retina technology.
  • Support in XML for FCP X Audition.
  • Improved XML integration for better workflows between Resolve, FCP X and Final Cut Pro 7.
  • Integration with DeckLink 4K Extreme.
  • Includes CinemaDNG Input Device Transform (IDT) for grading Raw images in ACES workflows.
  • Ability to generate new AAF for MXF audio renders.
  • Improved chase audio feature allowing specification in either frames or seconds.
  • Support for timeline audio when PowerMastering.
  • Playback support for Sony Raw F55/F5 files.
  • Improved rendering times for Sony CineAlta SStP files.
  • Playback support for the Red Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor (software decode only).
  • Playback and render support for DNxHD 100.
  • New ASC CDL metadata extraction from ARRIRAW headers.
  • Matte clips can now be assigned to multiple clips in the Media Pool.
  • Red Rocket can now be disabled from Preferences.
  • NTSC DV playback supports both 4X3 and 16x9 aspect ratios.

I really need to spend the time and learn this, whenever I get some free time that is!

On the BlackMagic Cinema Camera delay

Dan Chung at DSLR News Shooter has a post from BlackMagic on why their Cinema Camera is delayed.

Basically manufacturing the lens is having issues of bonding glass to the sensor, and they hope that they have it solved.
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BlackMagic updates Davinci Resolve to 9.0.3

StudioDaily has the news. Check it out at BlackMagic, it is for Resolve and the free Resolve Lite. It now works with footage without timecode (like if I use my Canon 60D in Premiere Pro without transcoding) by recording timecode onto the audio track.

The free update for full Resovle and Resolve Lite customers also includes an improved CinemaDNG control palette (you can now display color temperature and tint related to camera metadata for more precise control), AAF and XML clip management, improved ARRI and Canon C500 RAW support, and a few more tweaks to the stereoscopic 3D grading interface. Following Apple's Final Cut Pro X update to 10.0.6 last week, Blackmagic has also added support for XML round tripping in Final Cut's latest version. A few other nice updates include the ability to play back and grade grayscale DPX files and Phantom Cine grayscale images; support for Adobe CS6 Premiere Pro XML speed changes; a much-improved audio waveform GUI update speed; support for single-frame sequences without numbers in the frame; and a bunch of handy new keyboard shortcuts.

FilmMaker IQ on 20 new Camera Pockets guides from Black and Blue

Saw this one at Filmmaker IQ. You can get them at The Black and Blue, which are simple folder pocket guides for 20 cameras in use now. It is $15.00 for all 20 guides.

Cinema5D on BlackMagic Designs Camera in the RAW

Cinema5D has an article on shooting RAW with the BlackMagic Designs Camera.  Worth checking out. I love this quote.

These images are by far sharp, detailed, rich in skin tone and excellent to grade. They blow away any DSLR at the moment and produce quality on par to a baby Alexa. I am simply astounded. Now my grading skills and film-making need to increase to match the potential of the camera.

At this price I would love to check one of these cameras out. I do think it has design issues (like the non-removable battery). But still a very exciting new camera.

Philip Bloom has unboxed the Blackmagic Design Camera

Philip Bloom has gotten and unboxed his Blackmagic Design Camera, though not really used it much to test yet. Worth checking out.

Blackmagic Design released DaVinci Resolve 9 Beta and a new Manual


You can download it from their web site right now. It is available for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems.

They have had a significant user interface re-design, automatic 3D eye matching, multi layering timelines, additional xml support, log grading, 16 channels of audio, automatic audio sync, and the ability to have multiple frame rates in a single sequence (if you click a check box). You can read the press release or just download it now.

Marco Solorio is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera the DSLR Killer

Marco Solorio at OneRiver Media has a good article on the possibility of the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera being the DSLR Video killer. He give a compelling argument, and at this price point this camera is going to be huge.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera


FCP.CO has the news on a new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. It is $2995 with 13 stops of dynamic range, a large 2.5K sensor and Canon EF mount lenses. And it comes with a full version of DaVinci Resolve and Ultrascope. It records to SSD in 12 Bit Log as well as CinemaDNG, ProRES and DNxHD, and has a large touch screen for entering Metadata. Check it out at Blackmagic Designs Web site.
From what I see the biggest problem seems to be the lack of XLR audio inputs and only 1.4” instead. Certainly not as good. Makes this a good run and gun B-Roll camera, but you would want something with XLR for sync sound. Actually been reading more and it is the same sound as it would be with XLR.

Seems people’s biggest complaint is going the Apple rout and having a non-removable battery that takes 3 hours to recharge. This certainly makes it more of a get a shot here and there camera, though it seems that it can actually take many different voltage power, so you can power it from many different batteries and it will be fine, so it is not like this is a huge problem, but you will have to have some sort of mount and extra batteries for any serious shooting.


Blackmagic Announced new Teranex 2D and 2D

Creative Cow has the news on the 2 new Teranex Box, starting at $1995 and a smaller thunderbolt design for $3995 with all the power of the previously $90,000 version to do conversions!

Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 9

Creative Cow has the announcement of a completely overhauled user interface, that will be available in July and free of charge for all Resolve customers, or $994 full price as it is now.. New features include automatic 3D eye matching, mutli-layer timelines, xml support and more camera and file support. It also includes Log grading, audio playback with 16 tracks per clip, automatic audio sync, clip data burn ins and batch rendering for dailies.

Blackmagic released HyperDeck Update to DNxHD

MacTech has an article on Blackmagic Design having announced a Pulbic Beta of their version 2.0 software for the HyperDeck, which gives Avid DNxHD format to the device.

I actually wonder if ProRES will stay as a big format now that FCP X is no longer pro software, looks like AVID and Premiere will be the way to go.

Blackmagic has dropped the price on a Teranex

Creative Cow is reporting that Blackmagic Designs has officially dropped the price on the Teranex VC100 from $90,000 to $19.995! Here’s hoping they also incorporate the technology into future video cards!

Black Magic buys Teranex!

HD Magazine is reporting that Black Magic Design has bought Teranex Systems!

Wow first Davinci, now Teranex. It will be amazing to see Teranex products at a more affordable price. They always made the best conversion utilities. Wow! This is certainly good news!

Davinci Resolve Lite 8.1.1 now has unlimited color correction Nodes

Black Magic has updated Davinci Resolve Lite to 8.1.1 and it now has unlimited Color Correction Nodes instead of 2! Wow! So basically the paid version just adds over HD resolution, more than one GPU to process, and more than one RED rocket card, as well as Stereoscopic 3D, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external database.

I really don’t feel so bad that Apple Color is gone now!
You can download from the Support section.

The Configurator for Mac OS X stills seems to be missing and now links to the PDF manual.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 FCPX Support

that DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now has support for FCP X and conforms and roundtrips. So you can now do a full color out of FCP X, though you audio is still going to be hard to conform without tracks.

You can even move an FCP 7 edit to FXP X using resolve, which is pretty huge. Now they need to add Premiere Pro support!

The Provideo Coalition is reporting

PVC on BLackmagic $299 Thunderbolt Intensity Extreme


Pro Video Coalition has an article on the new $299 Thunderbolt IO device the Intensity Extreme, which has only HDMI in and out and RCA in and out but is Bus Powered and inexpensive and perfect for laptops.
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