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Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:23

Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8

Written by  David Hurd
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The long awaited release of Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 is here.

You can download it free of charge from the Blackmagic Design support page on the website at www.blackmagicdesign.com/support .

The new Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 software features a completely new code base for all Blackmagic digital film cameras so it provides a foundation for new features. This update supports the original wide dynamic range 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

The update was really easy for my BMCC. 

1. I downloaded the update from the support page. 

2. Ran the Blackmagic Camera Utility.

3. Plugged in my BMCC via USB (located inside next to the SSD)

4. The utility detected the camera, and I said “yes” to the update.

5. Unplugged the camera and started shooting. 

 

This new Blackmagic Camera 1.8 includes major improvements for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera models including improved audio performance, and a completely rewritten new higher quality de-bayer processor. This new de-bayer gives you sharper and cleaner looking images when recording to normal video files such as ProRes or DNxHD. 

Other benefits for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes enhancements to the cameras dynamic range when shooting at 1600 ISO.

BlackmagicProductionCamera SMBlackmagic Camera 1.8 adds compressed RAW DNG support for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model, and this allows RAW recording in real time so all sensor data can be captured allowing more range and much higher image quality when doing post production and color grading. 

New features in this update include enhanced lens control support for EF lens mount cameras such as the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K models. This means that you can now get auto focus when pushing the focus button on active EF based lenses, and the cameras will mathematically analyze the center of the image and optimize the focus for maximum sharpness. This is important with high-resolution 4K cameras where images are so sharp that accurate focus is critical for the best results. 

This release also improves the focus peaking display allowing incredibly accurate and super sharp manual focus, critical when using cine lenses. The focus peaking is now green in color so it’s much easer to see, and the filters generating the edge peaking have been optimized, allowing for better detection and display for maximum sharpness. In addition, the iris control has been changed, to hold its setting between record and playback.

Improvements for the Pocket Cinema Camera are also included in this update, including the modern updated interface, new focus peaking and improved de-bayer quality, plus additional active MFT lens support for lenses including Sigma and Lumix.

This update makes good cameras even better…and it’s free.

 

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