What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera? DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera

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Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points.

On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that we’re sure will be in the hands of lots of filmmakers.

This week we cover

• Getting to know the camera
We’ll explore the details of the Pocket Cinema Camera, including its ergonomics, which lenses to use, crop factor, power, and firmware.

• What to look out for
No camera is perfect, and we’ll show you some of the limitations of the Pocket Cinema Camera.

• Workflow
The Pocket Cinema Camera can shoot Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) in a couple different modes and soon it’ll be able to shoot RAW video. We’ll take a look at how to best handle files coming off the camera.

• Real-world examples
We’ll evaluate several shots from a studio shoot, breaking down what we liked and what we didn’t.


Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com.

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One Response to “What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera? DSLR Video Tips

  1. Peter Dambiec says:

    Ive been watching the Black Magic Videos just released. I have noticed that there is a purple colour cast on the video. Is this because of the Blackmagic white balance? as I believe Rich H stated that the videos were recorded on the BlackMagic cameras, or were they recorded on another brand of camera?

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