Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K PL - Discontinued

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Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K PL - Discontinued

Manufacturer Blackmagic Design
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Ultra compact 4K digital film camera with Super 35 sized sensor and global shutter, professional PL lens mount, 12 stops of dynamic range, RAW and ProRes SSD recorder and more!




Introducing the world’s smallest digital film camera with an incredibly strong design. Blackmagic Cinema Cameras feature wide dynamic range for shooting true digital film combined with precision PL mount optics and high quality RAW and ProRes file recording. The built in touchscreen lets you monitor, change settings, display audio and exposure metering and enter metadata directly on the camera!

Shoot Digital Film!

Only digital film cameras give you amazing cinematic images

The reason the latest and most amazing television commercials, music videos and feature films look so good is because they’ve been shot with a digital film camera and then color corrected using DaVinci Resolve. Video cameras, even high end broadcast video cameras, always just look like sharper home movies because they’re limited to a regular video sensor. Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are true wide dynamic range digital film cameras designed to shoot with cinematic quality. Imagine adding the style and quality of digital film to your latest TV commercial, feature film, music video or even documentary, weddings or corporate videos!

Super 35mm Size Sensor

If you need higher resolution, global shutter and a more creative depth of field then the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K models feature a large Super 35 size sensor and professional PL or EF lens mounts, so is the perfect choice. You get incredible Ultra HD images with 12 stops of dynamic range for feature film quality shooting. The minimal crop factor lets you shoot with super wide angle lenses so you get images that are big and beautiful, plus have the dynamic range to capture highlight and shadow details far beyond that of any traditional video camera.

The PL models allow you to use, or even rent, professional cinema lenses from companies such as Panavision™, ARRI™ or Zeiss™. You can even use vintage PL cinema lenses when you’re shooting period work where you want to recreate the look of that time by using the actual lens they used back in those days! 

Wide Dynamic Range

Working with wide dynamic range is creatively addictive!

Video cameras clip highlights and shadows giving you images that look like video. Some cameras use multiple exposures or “HDR mode” to simulate wide dynamic range but that doesn’t work well with motion video where you have movement. Blackmagic Cinema Cameras shoot each frame with wide dynamic range so you get brighter highlights without clipping and rich detail and shadows. The ultra wide dynamic range sensor has so much range that you can even shoot indoors with correct exposure and still get full detail through windows outside! This is the secret that allows feature film imagery when color grading with DaVinci Resolve.

Super Small, Super Tough!

A true digital film camera,shrunk down to a handheld size

The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras have been precision engineered from machined metal and miniaturized using the latest advanced electronics to deliver a rugged digital film camera that has the strength to be rigged even when supporting a heavy PL mount lens. Unlike most cameras that use plastic, the machined metal design of the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras can be hand held, rigged on cranes, used on Steadycam™ and more. The super small design still includes an SSD recorder capable of recording RAW, touchscreen LCD, internal active cooling for the cinematic sensor and standard SDI, audio and Thunderbolt™ connections.

High Resolution

Get the resolution to allow reframing your shots

With the choice of two high resolution sensors, at 2.5K ultra wide dynamic range or 4K wide dynamic range, you get enough resolution to reframe shots, eliminate bayer loss for full resolution color and to shoot in native Ultra HD. With the latest incredibly large screen TV’s available to consumers the demand for Ultra HD content has never been greater. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model is the perfect choice for Ultra HD production and you can shoot native RAW to get every single bit of data direct from the sensor or you can shoot in ProRes for high quality video files that are as easy to use as HD files. That means you can shoot in Ultra HD with the same workflow as HD.

Direct Metadata Entry

The built in high resolution 5” LCD touchscreen can be used for entering metadata directly into the camera by simply typing on the soft keyboard, so it’s as easy to use as any smartphone. Shot number can automatically increment, so you don’t have to enter it for each shot! Entering metadata directly into the camera means every time you record the shot information is recorded into the media file so editing software such as DaVinci Resolve 11 or Final Cut Pro X can quickly identify and locate the shot you need when you are in post production saving editing time and eliminating manual logging.

Super Fast SSD

Move shots from camera to edit instantly!

Most professional digital film cameras use proprietary media only available from the manufacturer which increases the cost of using the camera. The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras eliminate this “usage tax” by using off the shelf computer solid state disks, or SSDs, so you can buy high performance storage media at much lower cost as well as getting higher speeds and capacity by taking advantage of the latest generation SSDs the moment they are available. SSDs can be mounted on your Mac or Windows machine using adapter cables or a Blackmagic MultiDock and because the speeds are so high you can edit directly off the SSD without time wasting file copying.

Open Standard File Formats

Edit and color correct without converting files!

Blackmagic Cinema Cameras record directly to files that are compatible with all major post applications. That means there’s no time wasted converting files before you start editing and color correction in post production. Blackmagic Cinema Cameras record ProRes so are very easy to use and even high resolution 4K ProRes files will play back from laptop computers. When recording RAW, files are still open format and use the open standard CinemaDNG RAW format so you get all the data off the sensor stored in a file that’s compatible with many software applications as well as the included DaVinci Resolve editing and color correction software.

Industry Standard Connections

Never get caught out on-set without a custom cable!

When you’re on-set the last thing you need is to hold up dozens of very expensive people while you look around for a custom camera cable! The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras use standard connectors so you can simply use regular video, audio and power cables plus you save money because you don’t need to purchase custom accessories. You get 3G-SDI or 6G-SDI on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model for monitoring, ¼” mic/line audio inputs and a Thunderbolt™ connection for live streaming from the camera and scopes when using the included UltraScope software. When you want external camera and lens control a LANC port is included.

Use Your Favorite Software

The files you record on Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are compatible with virtually every video software tool available on every computer platform available. Simply plug the SSD into your computer and drop the files straight into the software you want to use. Now you can use powerful editing, color correction, visual effects, audio post production tools such as DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, ProTools and many more!

DaVinci Resolve 11 Included!

Every Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 11 so you can immediately begin editing and color grading the RAW files without purchasing any additional software. That means you get a complete solution for managing and backing up your media, editing, color correction and authoring final video and film master files for distribution. The full copy of DaVinci Resolve included with the camera includes support for multi user timelines, temporal noise reduction, 3D tools and much more.

Workflow

Designed for any professional digital film shoot!

Now you can create beautiful, high resolution content with a professional cinema camera that’s small enough to be very portable and able to get intimate shots that you just can not get on a bigger camera. The compact, rugged design of the cameras, along with flexible mounting options, lets you mount them on cranes, get action shots in dangerous environments or even mount on UAVs or remote control helicopters for spectacular aerial shots!

Feature Films

Cinematic production in 4K

When you’re shooting feature films for high resolution projection it is important to start out with the highest possible image quality. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model shoots at Ultra HD resolution so you get images that start with 4 times the pixels of 1080HD. You also get files with 12 stops of dynamic range so that the creative look and style of your film can be completed using DaVinci Resolve, which is included with the camera and is used on more feature films than any other product! The Super 35 sensor provides a beautiful cinematic depth of field so you can take advantage of the full frame of the world’s best cine lenses.

Television Commercials

The world’s best TV commercials are shot using digital film

The world’s leading advertising agencies and leading global brands demand the absolute perfection of a cinematic look for their products and services. The cinematic look of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will make products look better than anything in the world and create a fantastic perception in the eye of the customer. From high end car commercials to the latest fashion brands, now you can shoot with true digital film and capture textures and subtlety that, when color corrected with DaVinci Resolve will result in the customer’s emotional connection to the product!

Independent Films

The ultimate cameras forindie filmmakers!

Now Indie films don’t need to look like video just because you can’t afford to rent a traditional digital film camera. Everybody knows when you’re doing independent film you’re often working by yourself or with a minimal crew. The small size of the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras lets you take your entire production rig with you wherever you need to go. A small rig is vital when you are trying to shoot in public locations that you just cannot get the approval to shoot in. With a small rig you can sneak into locations and quickly steal the shot! Even though the camera is small, you can still use professional PL mount cine lenses for a true film quality shoot!

Documentary

Shoot documentaries all day long!

If you’re a documentary filmmaker you need a camera that can go wherever the story takes you. You also want to be nimble, move quickly, be inconspicuous and of course never miss a shot! The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are extremely rugged so will withstand the rigors of extremely tough locations. Because the Cinema Cameras are so light, that means you are free to carry additional lenses or other equipment to help you capture amazing footage at a moment’s notice!

Visual Effects

Get incredibly clean keying for amazing visual effects.

Working with high resolution wide dynamic range shots from cameras is critical for visual effects. That means you’ll be able to pull great keys and preserve every magical detail as you build effects shots! The camera’s RAW Cinema DNG files retain all the sensor data so you get higher color bandwidth into the processing, and higher color detail is what the keyers use to make multi layer compositions look so seamless. Imagine the incredible keying you can get even with fine detail such as hair, smoke and more!

Music Videos

Capture the energy and excitement of the show!

Music and youth culture is in a very visual age so an innovative and highly creative music video can make or break an artist or a band’s career. The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras allow you to shoot even up and coming little known bands with the same professional high end results as the biggest artists in the world. Now you’ll never need to hire a camera for a music video shoot because you can afford to own one! That means you can capture and use more background footage of the artists than ever before possible so you don’t just create a music video but you can also cover and publish the artists’ behind the scenes life.

Corporate Videos

Amazing detail and unmatched quality for your presentations

With its compact, self contained design, the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are quick and easy to setup and use for covering conferences and meetings. Now you can record important presentations and speeches in a professional format that can be edited and then delivered to customers, sales people, or investors anywhere. Use multiple cameras to capture the speaker from different angles and zoom in on close ups of the audience. Shooting your conferences with more than a single camera will transform even the simplest presentations into a broadcast quality event!Corporate Videos

Weddings

Imagine the quality of a wedding shot on digital film!

Wedding photography benefits from having some of the most beautiful locations such as old buildings, parks and churches. Shooting in these locations with digital film creates a timeless look with much greater control over creativity and the emotion of the event. You can use more cameras to get additional angles so you can create incredibly refined finished work that will pleasantly surprise your clients. 

Design

The innovative design that's won all major global design awards!

The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras features an innovative design that’s won every global design award! The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras have become the solution to shooting in constrained space, dangerous and intimate locations where a traditional digital film camera just won’t allow. Machined from a solid block of aluminum for incredible strength, you get a truly professional camera that’s up to serious feature film use. You still get extremely advanced features that not even much larger cameras offer, such as built in RAW and ProRes recording in 4K, histogram exposure meter, direct metadata entry via touchscreen, 6G-SDI and much more!

With an all metal design that’s super strong, the camera allows even a very large and heavy PL mount lens to be attached and supported by the camera. The PL lens mount also allows shimming by the user, so you can put the camera and lens on a collimator and optically match the lens to the camera body perfectly.

Touchscreen Display

The built in LCD monitor ismore than a viewfinder!

The heart of the design is the built in 5 inch touchscreen that’s as easy to use as typing on your smartphone! You can frame shots, view histogram and audio meters on the heads up display as well as change camera settings and enter metadata all on the built in screen. You can also control other camera features via the touchscreen such as double tapping the screen to zoom into the image for easy focus, and swiping up and down controls for the “heads up display” that shows histogram, time remaining and audio level meters so you can get perfect exposure and audio levels! The status strip displays transport status, shutter, aperture, ISO, battery and more!

Loads of Connections

Connections for monitoring, audio, Thunderbolt and more!

With all connections conveniently located on one side under a protective rubber hood, you get resistance to dirt, sand and grime getting into the connections. You get a standard BNC connection for location monitoring and you can select to include overlays so your crew can monitor camera settings. Also included are ¼” audio inputs for mic/line level recording, a 3.5mm headphone jack, LANC control port and a Thunderbolt port for technical monitoring using a local computer and the included UltraScope software for Mac and Windows. You can also use Thunderbolt for live camera feeds into DaVinci Resolve for live grading!

DC Power

Extend your shoot with supportfor external batteries!

The built in rechargeable battery can record for up to 90 minutes and makes the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras truly portable! You also get a standard 12 - 30V power connector so that you can add external professional battery packs such as V-Lock or any other DC power pack. That means you’ll be able to shoot longer and recharge the internal battery at the same time!

Custom Rigs

Attach accessories and buildthe perfect rig for your shoot!

The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras work with a wide variety of professional camera accessories. That means you can build a custom rig for any shooting situation! The top of the camera has three ¼” thread mounting points for easily adding ambient and directional microphones, shoe mounts, EVFs, cages and more! The thread mount located on the bottom of the camera lets you secure the camera to tripods, attach handles, stabilizing systems, rails and even quad-copter drones!

Post Production Workflow

The camera that supports the shoot through to post production!

Designed to accelerate every aspect of your workflow, the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras were designed to perfectly integrate into, and be the lead part of a post production workflow. That’s critical, as often cameras use strange and exotic recording formats and storage media that makes the post production complex. With Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, files, metadata, storage media and even the built in Thunderbolt make the whole post production process easy and extremely fast so you save time and money.

RAW Grading

Work with wide dynamic range RAW images for unlimited creative grading options!

Recording RAW images gives you more detail in the highlights and shadows than traditional video cameras because you have access to all of the data captured by the cameras’ imaging sensor. And with DaVinci Resolve’s amazing non-destructive RAW controls, you can access all of that data to recover highlights, adjust white balance, exposure and more! Working in RAW also gives you the advantage of being able to read your RAW files at higher quality when new updates of software with improved de-bayer algorithms are released in the future! Working in RAW is similar to how older film stock can be scanned on newer scanners for improved image quality!

Non Linear Editors

Edit and grade without copying or converting files!

Designed to work seamlessly as part of a whole post production workflow, the cameras record industry standard CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes files. For HD work, the Cinema Camera 2.5K also records DNxHD. That means you can use them with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and more! Simply plug the SSD into your Mac or PC and work directly off the drive. The Blackmagic MultiDock even lets you work off of multiple SSDs at the same time!

Media Management

Metadata entry allows post production media management

Entering metadata on set means you can spend more time cutting and less time logging footage when editing! You can enter slate information, like scene, shot and take numbers, using the built in 5” LCD touchscreen. The slate numbers increment automatically so you can keep shooting. Camera metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable so you can spend more time editing, and less time sorting through footage!

Waveform Monitoring

The included UltraScope software gives you a complete set of technical monitoring tools that you can run on any Mac OS X or Windows computer! Simply connect the camera to a Thunderbolt compatible laptop and run the included UltraScope software for real time and technically accurate waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade and histogram monitoring. You can even view the picture, check audio levels, and monitor audio phase! UltraScope gives you more scopes on set than most technical testing labs have!

Live Grading

When you purchase a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, you get a full copy of DaVinci Resolve software. DaVinci Resolve is used on more Hollywood feature films than any other solution! You get a complete solution for managing media, online editing, color correction and authoring your completed job. You can use the Thunderbolt connection to run a live feed from the camera into your computer where it will appear live in DaVinci Resolve’s grading window where you can add color correction, plus secondary corrections and even multiple nodes. Live grading on set means you can interactively light the set and see the results in real time!

Third Party Accessories

Customize your camera with some of the world's most exciting accessories!

The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras work with the widest range of professional camera accessories from the world’s most talented precision engineering companies. There are accessories available that have been custom designed for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera body and allow shooting on land, in the air or underwater! Because the camera body has standard connections and multiple 1/4” threaded mounting points on both the top and the bottom, you can attach virtually any accessory available plus those designed specifically for the camera itself!

Incredible Lenses

The PL lens mount lets you attach cinema quality optics from now to decades in the past. These incredible PL mount lenses let you choose from any of the latest cinema lens technology. Choose “vintage glass” to get incredible looks from the golden age of cinema!

Audio Solutions

The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras feature 1/4” thread mounting points on the top and bottom of the camera body, plus there are professional balanced audio jack inputs for connecting external mic or line level microphones. This means you can easily add ambient and directional microphones and other audio equipment.

Microphones

Use a wide range of professional microphones in various form factors for broadcast, documentaries, weddings and more. Mount professional shotgun microphones on top of the camera or even securely attach a wireless receiver to the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras using a clamp mount.

Electronic Viewfinders

Sometimes when it’s extremely bright outside or you need privacy, you might want to attach a viewfinder. With the Blackmagic Cinema Camera design it’s super easy. Monitor your shots with greater flexibility in a variety of dark and bright environments. Electronic view finders can connect directly to a camera’s SDI output without using any converters so you get easy set up for precise image evaluation.

Camera Cages

Connect light weight cages to ensure protection and expand your accessory mounting options. Open up the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras to a wide range of peripheral arrangements while at the same time protecting your camera from drops.

Shoulder Mounts

When you need a close in and personal hand held shot, the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras’ design can also handle that. You can just hand hold the camera in front of you, but when you’re using a larger and heavy lens then a shoulder mount rig is the perfect solution. You get increased stability where you need it most. The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras have a standard 1/4"-20 UNC thread tripod mount for use with almost any shoulder mount.

Follow Focus

When you’re doing complex or critical shots you can add a follow focus to the lens allowing a focus puller to get the focus perfect. Follow focus is a great solution when doing tracking shots as you can mark the focus points on the follow focus and then set them to the exact focused point when the dolly moves to specific positions on the track.

Sliders & Camera Stabilizers

Combining a professional stabilizer with the compact Cinema Camera design means you can film from a boat, car or horseback. Or attach them to a slider for smooth gliding dolly moves that's professional but also extremely portable.

Batteries

Substantially increase the camera runtime using a camera mounted battery. These slim adaptors maintain the compact design of the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and give you extremely long running time as the camera is extremely power efficient, so these larger professional batteries are often way over capacity to what’s needed so you can shoot for hours on a single battery!

LANC Control

With the 2.5mm LANC remote jack you can attach remote controllers to tripods and other camera supports. The LANC protocol triggers Record Start and Stop, plus electronic lens control of the iris and focus, all using an industry standard protocol.

Remote Helicopter

Capture spectacular fly overs using remote controlled drones perfectly designed for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Vibration absorbing, rigid frames developed with video and digital cinema cameras in mind, ensure smooth shots. With the solid aluminum design, you also get the strength of design to resist damage in case a mishap occurs!

Underwater Housing

With full camera functionality while underwater, you are able to capture those adventure shots using professional underwater camera housings. Imagine the beauty of surfing shots, underwater nature shots and the wonderful world of underwater imagery with amazing light streaming down from the surface of the water. Underwater shooting is an amazing and addicting environment to shoot in and there is some wonderful underwater solutions custom designed for the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras!

Description

The world’s smallest super wide dynamic range PL mount 4K digital film camera features cinematic Super 35 sized sensor with global shutter. Includes 12 stops of dynamic range, built in 4K RAW and ProRes SSD recorder, touch screen with metadata entry, strong machined aluminum chassis and more. Includes DaVinci Resolve software for a complete solution for shooting, editing, color correcting and finishing 4K digital film.

Camera Features

Effective Sensor Size

21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35).

Effective Sensor Resolution

4000 x 2160.

RAW Resolution

12-bit RAW files recorded at 4000 x 2160.

Shooting Resolutions

4K RAW at 4000 x 2160. ProRes at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080.

Frame Rates

4K RAW at 4000 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30. Ultra HD 2160p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30. HD 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30.

Dynamic Range

12 stops.

Focus

Focus button turns on peaking.

Iris Control

Compatible with manually operated PL mount lens.

Lens Mount

PL mount for manually operated lens with manual iris control.

Screen Dimensions

5” and 800 x 480 resolution.

Screen Type

Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support

Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames, and keywords.

Controls

Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control.

Microphone

Integrated mono microphone.

Speaker

Integrated mono speaker.

Mounting Options

3 x 1/4”-20 UNC thread mounting points on top of camera. 1 x 1/4”-20 UNC thread tripod mount with locator pin.

Storage Features

Storage Type

Removable 2.5” SSD.

Storage Format

Mac OS Extended or exFAT format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or Windows computer.

Storage Rates

8MB per frame using 4K CinemaDNG RAW fits about 20 minutes of video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed Ultra HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.

Recording Formats

Lossless CinemaDNG RAW with film dynamic range at 4000 x 2160. Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes 422 (Proxy) at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 10-bit YUV with either film or video dynamic range.

Connections

SDI Video Output

1 x 6G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video dynamic range.

Analog Audio Input

2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.

Analog Audio Output

1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output.

SDI Audio Output

2 channels 48 kHz and 24-bit.

Remote Control

1 x 2.5mm LANC for Record Start and Stop.

Computer Interface

Thunderbolt port for waveform monitoring of 1080 HD video, and capture of Ultra HD and 1080 HD video. USB 2.0 Mini-B port for software updates and configuration.

Standards

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 292M

SDI Audio Sampling

48 kHz and 24-bit

 

Software

Software Included

DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows. Blackmagic UltraScope. Blackmagic Media Express software. Disk Speed Test.

Software Applications

DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Pro Tools, UltraScope, Media Express, Disk Speed Test.

 

Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.

Windows 7 or Windows 8.  

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