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Blackmagic Design | Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design walks us through the new compact Micro Cinema Camera. Who was it designed for, how it can be used, special features and how it’s different.

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PostProduction.Com: This is Noland with PostProduction.Com and we're here at the Blackmagic Design Booth with Kendall. He's going to tell us a little bit about the Black Magic Micro Cinema Camera.

Kendall Eckman: So we originally had last year, we came out with our Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Great camera. A lot of people who are using it to put on the dash of a car. They want to shoot themselves. It is tough to see if it was actually recording, there were some issues when you were doing that. Nice compact camera, really suited the needs of a lot of people.

What we've done is we've changed that, we've compacted it here. You can see it's a much smaller camera now, and it does have a record button right on the front. So if someone is in, like I said, in a car scene or something like that, they know it's recording, they can hit it. There's a nice tally light on here so you know it's actually recording.

What they've done is they included HDMI on here. It actually has an SD slot so you could go on and record right to it. It has a Super 16mm size sensor in here so you still get 13 Stops of dynamic range. Micro Four Thirds lens mount, so of course you can change all the lenses on here. And the great thing about this camera is you can, back here if I go around, you can hook on an expansion port so you get all your line control.

So if you do want to go to a drone -- you can put it up into a drone or a gimbal -- you're gonna have full control over the zoom, iris, things like that. They come through all the link protocol and HDMI also in here.

PostProduction.Com: Okay. And how does the-- you have those little guy down here. How does this integrate with that?

Kendall: Okay. So this is the Blackmagic Video Assist. It's $495. It's a nice 1920x1080 video monitor, HD. So you actually can record on this too with an SD card. Primarily you can hook this on because this camera does not come with a monitor, as you can see, so if you want to make adjustments to it with the settings, you go into the menu, you can hook up any monitor, you can hook up this monitor.

Obviously it's gonna be nice because you can… it has three screws on the top and body. You can mount it anywhere, but you could mount this on the top like this so you can get a monitor on there if you want to view it back, or you can have it and just take the SD card out, put it in here to playback on here and see what your footage look like.

A number of ways to use it. HDMI in and out, SDI in and out. Again, it has the screw holes on here so you can plant it down if you need to, if not, it has a nice rubber bottom and nice rubber back here so you can set it down if you need to on a desk. Set it down here. Two batteries on the back. And the nice thing about this is that if one of the batteries starts to die out and you can actually hot swap them out. You could plug it in, there is a DC in here and the power. So you could plug that in. It will go off the lowest battery too, so that's a nice thing, and they'll switch it out.

PostProduction.Com: And as far as recording goes, I know this is 4K, right?

Kendall: No this one is HD.

PostProduction.Com: Oh, HD. That's right. So that also records HD. Does this also record up to 4K on it?

Kendall: No, just HD. But if you do have an Ultra HD, it will down convert it to HD, so you can see it, yeah.

PostProduction.Com: Now what's the biggest difference between the Micro Cinema Camera and the Micro Studio Camera?

Kendall: Micro Studio Camera is a live camera so there will be no SD card slot in there as we have on this one for recordings. That's more in the name of if you're doing a television show or maybe your churches or schools, or you’re doing a sporting event, you can have it down on a corner of goal, that kind of thing.

You still can wirelessly transmit from either of these cameras because of that expansion port with the protocol, it comes with the link control. Stop/Start/Record. That Micro Studio, pan/tilt/zoom, you can hook up a V4 on to it if you need to. It's what a lot of people like in the studio environments.

This one is more in the sense of like a sports camera. Maybe you have it hooked to the side of a helmet on a motorcycle. And like I said, you can gear it up to put into a drone, fly it around, yeah.

PostProduction.Com: So this could possibly be great for like a reality TV show type of thing as well?

Kendall: Sure, yeah. There's a number of them that already shoot with our Pocket Camera. They have them on the sticks and they have--There's one show in particular and they have 11 of them just sitting around so they can capture all the shots. These you actually get out of my corner as easily. Just set it, you know, the sticks then shooting down and record...

PostProduction.Com: Like a great way to even augment, if you've got other cameras, just to slide these around just to be unobtrusive and just kind of catch people natural...

Kendall: That's the other thing that people like about these. They are so small. They're not these big rig that's up in your face.

PostProduction.Com: Alright, well, looking forward to finding out more about the cameras. Thanks for your time, Kendall!

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