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December 5, 2012
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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Video Review

Thinking about getting a Blackmagic Cinema Camera?  This video review breaks down some of the camera’s strengths and weaknesses and concludes if it is a good or bad investment for the video production professional.

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Video production pros Ben and Ian of Panvista Productions recently analyzed the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to determine if it was a worthwhile investment for their business.

When the camera was introduced at NAB 2012 it was an absolute shocker.  At first glance, the Cinema Camera looks like an incredible deal – 2.5k sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and a price that’s affordable to many pros (MSRP $2,995).  For the product announcement and more specs see our earlier post here.

Could this be the camera to revolutionize the video production industry?

All of these impressive specs for a low price sound like a bargain, but how practical is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in a professional video production environment?  Can you affordably shoot a feature film with it?  How does it stack up to others for commercial and online video work?  How does the Cinema Camera workflow effect post?  Ben and Ian set out to answer these questions and determine if the BCC is as practical as it is impressive:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-East/100001429733904 Eric East

    Why the guy in this video is wrong when his primary complaint is storage space and processing power… the Blackmagic camera is still a good investment because you can still shoot remarkable footage in Pro Res at the same price it will cost a DSLR. However, if you buy the DSLR you are in no position to make the upgrade to shoot RAW. Th Blackmagic uses a wide array of lenses, so you don’t have to buy all new lenses. You at least make that step to being able to shoot in RAW, you have the camera… you would just need to upgrade your CPU. It comes with DaVinci Resolve, so you are already saving $500 or so right there. Sure you have to buy a few extras, but your next best option is the Scarlett and even with the price drop it’s still a big difference, and it’s not like you don’t have to buy more expensive extras for that.

    It’s the ability to shoot RAW at 2.5K for $3,000 which comes with the $500 DiVinci software, almost any lens can be used with it and the storage is also universal and cheap compared to what you will pay with other RAW formats like a Red camera. I also believe that the internal battery thing was being addressed sometime in the next couple of months, along with a firmware upgrade that will solve other minor issues like the battery meter. You get the camera now, shoot in Pro Res and then once you have enough money saved up from making corporate videos then you upgrade to something that can handle RAW footage, then you start shooting your features in RAW. Think of it as setting yourself up for the future while also still getting use from the camera now shooing in Pro Res.

    • http://Premiumbeat.com/ Danny Greer

      Good points, Eric. Thanks for sharing!

    • Gianluca Sacchi

      The cohice of how camera buy depends what do you really want for the work that you have to do. So if you want, as a dop or director, latitude and great film like quality, amazing color space, resolution, you need to shoot in raw, ther is no question at all, personally i like so much this new camera, and i really think in my observation, that is better than the red sistem, and it isn’t a price point, but the really quality of the immage that you can get from the camera.

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