The hot news of the show this morning is the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Second up on the Blackmagic Design slate is the announcement of a GUI redesign for Resolve.

We are not a site that covers cameras, but this announcement from Blackmagic was certainly hot news this morning at NAB. We sat down in the press conference hosted by Grant Petty (above) after having fought our way to the front of a swarm of people to see the camera in a glass box.·


Grant pitched the $2,995 camera to users on three principles to get a filmic look.

1) High Dynamic Range - The camera is capable of 13 stops.

2) Large Sensor - The camera features a 2.5K sensor and EF mount for all your expensive L glass

3) Colour Correction - Each camera comes complete with a full version of DaVinci Resolve and UltraScope.


The camera shoots onto a built in SSD recorder in 12 bit Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format & ProRes and DNxHD for HD resolution files. Grant explained that most new cameras are scaled down versions of shoulder mounted models and the new form factor of this camera has been designed to be held in the hand. The large display at the back has been designed for easy entry of metadata as you can see with the qwerty keyboard selected above.·

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing shots.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats.
  • Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and slate metadata entry.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses.
  • Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software.
  • Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 color grading software.

Our opinion is that this will appeal to a lot of DSLR shooters who already have a 5D and are looking to upgrade. As we have seen with Blackmagic in the past they have a habit of producing very cost effective products that change the market. Is this the Scarlet that everybody wanted? The camera will be on sale in July.

Second up is the announcement of DaVinci Resolve 9. Grant said that a redesign was necessary as a lot of technology had been added to the product since BlackMagic had acquired the company.

"The new user interface has been designed to be extremely fast to use and to eliminate unnecessary clicks and settings to get working fast. A job can be up and running in three clicks: one to log in, one to drop media into the project and the next to grade.

New user interface improvements include a new streamlined project import, export and selection workflow, scrubbable media thumbnails to speed up shot selection, production metadata fields for entering on set shot notes and larger color control palettes to give faster access to grading tools. There are new clear graphical palettes for control of power windows, keys, sizing, tracking and stabilization, camera raw and data burn ins. The Gallery now includes resizable stills displayed in user named albums and 48 "prebuilt looks" for fast grade selection."


The free DaVinci Resolve Lite 9 will be available in July 2012 for download, while the full DaVinci Resolve 9 will also be available in July 2012 for US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. All current Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve customers will be able to download this update free of charge.


Last up for us (although Grant did go on to demo more products) is the Ultrastudio Express a Thunderbolt connected capture and playback box for $495

"UltraStudio Express lets you work anywhere and connect to everything," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Its compact aluminum design is small enough to take with you everywhere and with its new Thunderbolt port, you can simply plug into any Thunderbolt-enabled laptop or a desktop computer and start working. With such a large number of video and audio connections and support for high bandwidth formats up to 1080p60 this is one of the most advanced capture and playback solutions ever made!"


UltraStudio Express Key Features

  • High speed Thunderbolt™ port for capture and playback.
  • Built in 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI connections, plus analog via included break out cables.
  • Professional Breakout Cable: Analog component, S-Video, composite, AES/EBU digital audio and XLR analog audio, Black burst/Tri-Sync reference input and RS-422 deck control.
  • Consumer Breakout Cable: Analog component, AES/EBU output and analog audio with RCA connectors. Supports all common SD/HD video formats up to 1080p60.
  • Uncompressed and compressed 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV quality. Supports Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Avid Media Composer 6, Adobe After Effects CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and more.
  • Includes Blackmagic Media Express 3.
  • Developer SDK available to download free.

The box should be available in Q2 of this year. 

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