You’ve probably already heard that Blackmagic Design have cut the price of their Pocket Cinema Camera until August 31st (we’re offering it at £325 ex VAT with a free battery chucked in) [EDIT, 11/08/14: Due to massive demand, this deal is now sold out. Sorry], but less well publicised is the v1.8.2 firmware upgrade, which adds support for ProRes LT.
Blackmagic Camera Utility v1.8.2
Blackmagic Camera Utility v1.8.2 adds ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy recording support to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Cinema Camera as well as the Pocket Cinema Camera. It’ll work on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later, though you’ll need a computer with a USB 2.0 port and a Thunderbolt port if you plan to use UltraScope and MediaExpress with either of the larger cameras.
The addition of ProRes LT support is big news for anyone who wants to lower their storage overheads, as its increased compression more than triples the capacity of your typical 32GB card while significantly increasing how long you can shoot for. In real money, it breaks down something like this:
ProRes 422 HQ (the original)
20 mins per 32GB card
32 min per 32GB Card
ProRes 422 LT
Roughly around 101Mb/s (70% of 422)
43 mins per 32GB card
ProRes 422 Proxy
Roughly around 43.5Mb/s (30% of 422)
94 mins per 32GB card
Pocket Cinema Camera kits
But today isn’t all about firmware. Today is about is us having 75 cut price Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras in stock, plus all the accessories you need to start shooting [EDIT, 11/08/14: Due to massive demand, the half price deal is now sold out. Sorry]. Here are some of our top recommendations:
The starter kit For the usual RRP of a Pocket Cinema Camera, we can now offer you the camera, a 32GB card and a 14-42mm Lumix power lens. Buy it here.
The battery kit That spare cash you have left over because of the price drop is perfect for our £50 battery kit, which will get you two spare batteries and a Nikon charger, so you’re not caught out by your Pocket Cinema Camera’s new, longer recording time. Buy it here.
The cage Now that you’re taking your Pocket Cinema Camera out on longer shoots, it’s time to invest in a cage. Our recommendation? This excellent offering from SHAPE. Buy it here.
The lens adaptor Want to use your existing lenses with the Pocket Cinema Camera? Grab yourself one of these EF to micro 4/3″ lens adaptors from Canon to increase your shooting options. Buy it here.