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March 24, 2014
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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Catches Fire During Production

Blackmagic Cinema Camera catches fire, killing camera and SSD inside.

As first reported by Cinescopophilia a Blackmagic Cinema Camera has reportedly caught fire destroying the camera body and SSD inside. Forest Gibson, a Seattle based producer, stated that as he was wrapping a shoot in his apartment the camera caught fire and started spilling out black smoke. The apartment was evacuated for safety reasons but when Forest re-entered to try and recover the footage he shot this video:

Forest states that he immediately pulled the battery from the camera and it was cool to the touch. Switronix the battery manufacturer stated that the battery was in perfect working condition and that they believe the issue to be an internal short in the camera itself.

Blackmagic is currently looking into this issue. However, we haven’t been able to find any other reports of Blackmagic Cinema Cameras catching fire or exploding…..yet!

Have you had any trouble with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera?
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  • Ryan Farnes

    I thought this was isolated, but in the response from Blackmagic on that YouTube video’s description, apparently it’s not.

    “There have been a small number of isolated incidents where it has been reported the battery had exploded.”


    • LG

      I’ve left my unit on for over 24 hrs. during a timelapse recording of flowers opening. Camera became super hot but everything otherwise/fine thus far.

  • dstamatoiu

    I have the bmcc and the bmpcc and have used the bmpc for my documentary. I have shot for a few hours straight countless times(pro res). I can say when I pulled the ssd out they were very warm to hot. Never to the point that I felt it will start a fire. I just let the ssd sit and cool off.

    I do feel that black magic did make a bad design choice with the ssd slot. They should have made the alot act as a heat sink or add a fan vent. But again I have never felt like my drives were going to cause a fire. Yes, I have never shot raw for longer then 30 mins so that could have been the issue.

    I would like to know this guys mount. I have a bmcc specific cage which has the holes for the fan and vents. I would say he was blocking the vents and the camera overheated.

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