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Micro Four Third lens is… Blackmagic

At IBC 2012, Blackmagic Design has announced a second model of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that features passive Micro Four Thirds lens (MFT) mount. The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT model supports any Micro Four Thirds with manual iris and focus, and is also easily adapted to other lens mounts such as PL via third party adapters. The ability to use third party adapters to allow other types of lens mount is because the Micro Four Thirds lens mount is much closer to the image sensor and allows space for adapters to other lens mounts.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT is identical to the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera model, however does not include lens communication so manual lenses are used. The current model of Blackmagic Cinema Camera will be renamed to Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF to let customers differentiate between the models.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes 13 stops of range, large 2.5K sensor, a built in SSD recorder that has the bandwidth to capture open standard CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files, a built in capacitive touch screen for direct metadata entry, standard jack audio connections, built in high speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output, a refrigerated sensor for low noise, and is fully compatible with an even wider range of extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds mount lenses plus other lenses such as PL mount lenses via common third party adapters.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for colour correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. This means the user can simply plug into Thunderbolt laptop and run UltraScope to get full waveform monitoring scopes on set.

The range of 13 stops allows feature film quality images with more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, the included DaVinci Resolve colour correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera also includes a built in SSD recorder that can record the full sensor detail in 12 bit Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format on fast solid state disks. These files can be read by all high end video software. The full 2.5K sensor data is stored in the files completely uncompressed because the SSD has the speed to store video data at the required rate. The file can then be colour corrected on DaVinci Resolve.

This new camera has been designed to be compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer NLE software and every file type included is open standard. It records into CinemaDNG format for RAW files, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD for HD resolution files attuned with Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When playing back recorded clips, a speaker is built in, and there is an included headphone socket, as well as embedded audio on the SDI output and Thunderbolt connection. The SDI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control, shutter angle, and colour temperature setting.

The built in LCD features touch screen technology and when the user taps the display with a finger, a data entry window called the “slate” appears. This lets the user enter shot information just like typing on a smart phone. This data is then stored in the files and can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later. Metadata is compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve. All camera settings can be changed on this touch LCD, such as frame rate, shutter angle, colour temperature, dynamic range, focus assist settings and more.

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