First official 4k footage from Blackmagic Production Camera released (VIDEO)
posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM EDT
Earlier this year, Blackmagic announced the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, a $4,000 full 4K video camera, originally set to debut in July. That date soon got pushed back to August, and now, almost in 2014, we're finally starting to see some information. In fact, Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, posted on the official forum, with the first official footage from the camera. We've embedded a Vimeo version below, but you can get the full size file in the link above.
Here's what Petty said in his post:
I wanted to post some clips that I personally have shot from the camera as I know people are interested in them. We have other more experienced camera operators out shooting with beta cameras now and they can post more realistic clips with lens details and other shooting information soon, however I wanted to post something now so I thought I would upload some of the clips I have shot personally.
This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.
They're planning to get some DOPs to do some more professional testing of the camera in the very near future, but this is our first real glimpse of what a $4,000, 4K camera can actually do. And this isn't even shooting Raw.
Now the big question on everyone's mind is when this thing will actually ship. They obviously have some manner of working prototypes, but it's a long haul from there to getting products into people's hands — especially those who have been waiting for almost six months already.