First raw footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Written by David Shapton

ArtboxBMPCC first raw images


The software upgrade was issued on Tuesday, and how we've got the first results

It was never going to take long. In the old days, you'd have to send your camera in for an upgrade. Sometimes, you still do, but what's more common is that you see a report on a website, click on a link to a download, and - if you follow the instructions - you have a camera with a new capability.

The capability in this case is 12 bit raw, giving 13 theoretical stops of dynamic range, and even sharper video.

Stayed up all night

Artbox sent us this video from Denmark. They stayed up all night, all day, and all night again, to finish it. This is just one group's example, and we'll see many more. But it's probably fair to say that the images from the BMPCC, now that we have raw, are going to be way beyond what a typical DSLR can achieve.

The raw workflow isn't for everyone. The files are big. They look flat, so they need correcting and grading. You need more equipment, and it takes more time. But if you go with it, you'll have images that even a year ago you could have only dreamed about for the money.

Science fiction

We really are living our lives inside a science fiction novel. You never know - maybe one day they'll even put cameras in telephones.

Video after the break






Read Blackmagic's full details about the raw release here

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