Blackmagic Design are over at the InterBEE expo in Japan today, and one of their key announcements is the 1.5 firmware update for their Cinema Camera range, which brings 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording to the Pocket Cinema Camera.
“The new Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software update adds CinemaDNG RAW file recording so customers can now capture super wide dynamic range in a single file,” Blackmagic Design’s press team tell us. “Wide dynamic range RAW image recording allows users to capture the brightest highlights and the darkest shadows simultaneously, capturing more of the scene than is possible with a regular video camera. CinemaDNG RAW files give users incredible freedom to be able to adjust the exposure manually during colour correction with Davinci Resolve, allowing more flexibility for incredible feature film look colour grading.”
Add this to the Resolve 10 update that came out last week, and we’re basically in Blackmagic Design heaven right now.
For those of you who want to know more about CinemaDNG, “The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses the open standard lossless compressed version of CinemaDNG RAW. CinemaDNG RAW lossless compression works in a similar way as a ZIP file where the RAW files are compressed during recording without the loss of any part of the image, so all images retain the same quality when they are decompressed. That means customers get back the mathematically perfect high quality RAW file image that they recorded.”
CinemaDNG is, thankfully, fully compatible with our colour corrector of choice, DaVinci Resolve 10, and as it’s an open standard the number of editing applications that can handle it is increasing all the time, but you can use DaVinci Resolve Lite to transcode it into ProRes or DNxHD to drop it into FCP, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.
“Adding CinemaDNG RAW recording to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is incredible,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s amazing that we are now able to record the highest quality RAW images on such small SD cards! We think customers are really going to enjoy the extended creative flexibility that color grading wide dynamic range RAW files will bring to their productions!”