Seriously Considering the Black Magic Cinema Camera?
If you are a serious shooter and considering a new camera to upgrade your business profile the market offers a lot of high-powered choices. The investment is steep and the time you take investigating and researching your purchase will be time well spent. You should expect your next capture device to start close to $2000 (5DM2 body) and go up and up from there. At around $3000 street retail the Black Magic Cinema Camera (BMCC) has been turning a lot of heads with its capabilities and modest asking price. Below are a few good videos balancing the pros and cons of the camera that should help you a great deal in narrow down your options. Feedback is encouraged but keep in mind, any nerd/troll/fanboy flame comments will be taken down. This information is for educational purposes in the spirit of sharing, not to be confused with the nerd battles between iPhone and Android users 🙂
[box_light]Comparing the Cinema Camera & 5D Mk III
After several DAYS of trying to upload this video to Vimeo, we’ve ultimately had to reduce the bit-rate compression down to 18mbps (Vimeo recommends 5mbps, ha!), which is down from our minimum quality level of 40mbps. This means the SOURCE file you can download will also inhibit some amount of compression blocking and smearing, even in the Cinema Camera footage, which doesn’t originally exist in our ProRes master file. We’ve tried EVERYTHING, multiple types of uploads, different encoding methods, you name it. This is as best as it will get unless someone can host our 40mbps H.264 file (about 3GB) on their server that the world can download from.
Although the downloadable source file is a little better than the streaming version, it still doesn’t compare to the original ProRes source file which imposes no banding, compression artifacts, or chrominance sub-sampling (down from 4:4:4 to H.264’s 4:2:0 space). Please keep this in mind when viewing.
Unfortunately Vimeo only allows 100 downloads per day, so check back to download the 2GB file if the queue is filled. And remember to always watch in FULL 1080 HD or you will have added scaling and moiré issues on some of the tests than what is already been added by Vimeo and our horrid bit-rate restrictions.
Background: This video compares the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III in several tests. This includes dynamic range, sharpness, pushing levels, banding, artifacts, rolling shutter, chromakeying, wide/telephoto lengths, DOF (depth of field), low light, macro blocking, contrast, and more.
Thanks for watching. Hope this is as informative for you as it was for me making it.
Philip Bloom Reviews The Black Magic Cinema Camera
Photographers and filmmakers world-wide are familiar with the name Philip Bloom and respect his work as well as his reviews. He wrote a great article and shot a corresponding video highlighting the pros and cons of the BMCC. You can see the videos below but be show to head over to his site to read more reviews and news covering the world of DSLR video production and filmmaking.