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Blackmagic Design | Micro Studio Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design shows us around their Micro Studio Camera 4K a non-intrusive, live studio camera which can be remote controlled via SDI. HD up to 4K, MFT lens mount and B4 lens control output plus a ton of other features like 6G-SDI, built in color corrector, talkback, tally, PTZ control...

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PostProduction.Com: This is Noland with PostProduction.Com and we are here with Kendall of Blackmagic Design. We're here to talk about the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K. All information's right there. There's the price. See ya!

Kendall Eckman: [laughs]

PostProduction.Com: Alright, Kendall. Let's get down to this thing now. This reminds me a little bit of the GoPro Camera just due its size and just the nature of it and seemingly, the way it seems to work. But tell me, what's the idea behind this camera here?

Kendall: We had our original Studio Camera of course. This is a smaller version that we shrank down. Of course you course you can put these up in the corners. It's not intrusive. It's a live camera. It can also go up to 4K. It can do HD but you can also do 4K. Has SDI connections here that come out. You have your microphone jack. You have a headphone jack. Battery power in the back. You can run this. Of course, you can get third party batteries that last a lot longer and you can hook that on here.

PostProduction.Com: Any idea about how long that one last? Or is that a spec found online?

Kendall: I think it's around 70 minutes. Something like that. 70 to 90 minutes depending on how it's used. You have your HDMI in and out here. You also have the expansion port so you can go through... They just took our video assist, I was going to talk about that*...

PostProduction.Com: That's alright. We're gonna watch their conversation.


Kendall: It has all of the expansion port here for all of the length controls. So if you do have a remote up in a corner, or you want to do some kind of control to do the stop/start recording, pan, tilt, zoom, if you want to do that.

Later, they're going to add on expansion ports so you can hook... This is a Micro 4/3 lens on right now, but you would be able to hook on a B4 which people have been asking for. So you'll be able to power that through that expansion port. A number of other protocols can go through that expansion port to go for a live studio camera in this size.

We do have a Video Assist which is a monitor. Because a lot of people say, "Okay, this doesn't have a monitor on it. What am I going to do if I want to make changes or do anything?" You can actually hook up. We have a little 5-inch screen. It's beautiful. HD 1920x1080. You can go through the screen for all the settings that you want in here through the HDMI connection. Just go through that.

You can actually record into that Video Assist monitor also. It has a little SD that you can go on there so you can play out and you can record into the Video Assist monitor, and you can mount it right up here on the top so you'd have a little 5-inch screen.

PostProduction.Com: That's just like a regular shoe that you would mount anything with, is that right? There's a screw in and it pops in?

Kendall: Yeah.

PostProduction.Com: Cool. Now this looks like it fits on my pocket just about. I can sort of feel it but weight wise, that's like a nice little hand camera, right?

Kendall: You know what? I'm not sure exactly what they said in the specifications on the web. Of course everything is on the website. You can go on there too. But it is extremely light.

PostProduction.Com: Is this available now? Or when does this go?

Kendall: It should be shipping, I believe, in July.

PostProduction.Com: Interesting. Okay, we'll try to get some B-roll of that small Video Assist camera and...

Kendall: ...set it up here and...

PostProduction.Com: ...and set it up. Right, exactly. Cool. Well, Kendall, thanks so much for your time. We really appreciate it.

Kendall: Sure. Thank you.

PostProduction.Com: Yup.

*Note: unfortunately, someone grabbed the video assist while we were in the interview so it’s not shown here but we do go into it in the video which we'll link up to in the near future!

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