More Video from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Emerges

Video footage comes from Down Under

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Shortly after the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was announced at NAB, filmmaker John Brawley got his hands on the sub $1,000 camera and shot a day at a farmer’s market.  Now comes another clip from New Zealand filmmakers “A Couple of Night Owls,” called “Auckland In My Pocket,” which showcases everything from rack focus to night footage, to daytime city streets.  And the color is stunning.

Been out grabbing some footage and testing this little guy the last week or so and having a blast! I really can’t get over the image that’s coming from this tiny little package. Amazing. The stealth factor is also great as everyone assumes you’re on a typical “point and shoot” and don’t think twice so pay you no attention. I can see myself shooting casually with this more than my EF 2.5k model (which i plan to sell to get the MFT mount version) as it’s so portable and light-weight, I can take it just about anywhere with me. – Captain Hook, A Couple of Night Owls

Hook also used a series of Canon L primes on the micro four-thirds pocket camera thanks to the lens adapter from RedRock Micro, which allows manipulation of the lens aperture.  “The reason for the Redrock is that EF lenses have different electronics and communication protocols,” Hook answered to a commenter on Vimeo, “so the RedRock handles the aperture changing for EF lenses.”   Additionally, a few were also taken with MFT lenses from Hooks Panasonic camera.  Here’s a list of lenses used:

  • Canon 24/1.4L
  • Canon 35/1.4L
  • Canon 50/1.2L
  • Canon 100/2.8L
  • Panasonic/Lumix 12-35/2.8

He shot the video clips mostly either hand held, using a friend’s Glidecam HD4000, or with a monopod. He also captured the video using the Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB SD card. Scenes were shot at ASA400 for most daylight scenes and  ASA800 for the night scenes.   “1600 is the highest but i find it too noisy for my tastes,” he said. “Otherwise, the majority of the day shots are at F2.0 using Tiffen IRND’s to get appropriate exposure.” Hook then did color correction using BMDFilm and his own custom LUT which you can download at his website.  “And (we only did) minor corrections beyond that.” Hook said.

Hook is convinced that there’s going to be a huge following for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera because of its brilliant color and dynamic range.  “I can see this camera becoming VERY popular,” Hook says.  “Great stuff …”  Hook also says that while he’s owns the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera, he’s planning on selling it to get an MFT version, which the Pocket model would go nicely with.  “I can see myself shooting casually with this more than my EF 2.5k model as it’s so portable and light-weight,” Hook says.  “I can take it just about anywhere with me. I couldn’t bring myself to rig up this camera as it kind of defeats the purpose to me.”

I can really see the Blackmagic MFT and the Pocket Cinema working in concert for a lot of prosumer filmmakers.  But I, for one, want to get that Pocket job to use as a backup or for shooting in tight space.  It’s bananas.

Hat Tip – NFS

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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