“I just want to give you an update on the 4K camera.As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we received the production sensors much later than we expected. When we built cameras from them we saw some big differences in the images between these production sensors vs the pre production samples we originally received. What this means is that we have been working over the last few weeks to replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing.It’s taking a bit longer than we expected to do this and we think its going to take about 3 to 4 weeks more to get those changes done and to get the QA process completed before we can start shipping.We apologize for the delays from the original promised date. Ultimately, image calibration is a very important step so we want to make sure this is done properly before shipping.”
Sep 5, 2013 Blackmagic Production Camera Update
Aug 2, 2013 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Update
Blackmagic Cinema Cameras have become extremely popular, and are one of the best cameras available today for the price. Speaking of price, Blackmagic has announced that both the Cinema Camera EF and the Cinema Camera MFT are now both just $1,995.
From the Blackmagic email:
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is now shipping and there is a software update for it posted on our web site.
There are some new features in the software for the Pocket Cinema Camera. You can now focus by pushing the focus button when using an active MFT lens. This makes it very easy to accurately focus. The focus peaking feature is still there and you enable it by double pressing the focus button. The focus zoom feature is enabled by double pressing the OK button.
There will be an update for the 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera soon that will also add these features, plus new de-bayer processing that will improve the cameras sharpness when shooting non RAW files.
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is not yet shipping as we need some more time. Our first batch of sensors was delivered only this week, so we have not been able to complete the software for the camera. We expect to start shipping in about 3 to 4 weeks once the final software work and testing is completed.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Price Reduction
We have worked very hard over the last year to be able to build the Blackmagic Cinema Camera at a lower cost so we can reduce the price and allow access to digital filming to a wide range of cinematographers and photographers.
We have done it and from today the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and MFT models will be reduced in price to US$1,995. This is very exciting and is one of the proudest moments of my life to be able to do this!
I think people will be able to use the savings to invest in some exciting lenses and rigs to really boost the creative possibilities. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a fantastic design that’s now well proven. The advantage of the 2.5K sensor is it has enough resolution to eliminate the bayer resolution loss of a HD sensor, but when shooting RAW it produces files that are too not to big to store and work with easily. It’s a fantastic solution.
All orders placed that have not yet been filled, can be reduced to the new lower price.
Oct 14, 2012 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shipping Update
Hey guys, here’s the latest from Blackmagic on the status of the Cinema Camera. If you haven’t already done so, you should call us to pre-order a camera, they are first come first served.
Here is another update on the camera shipments.
Some good news. If you have read my other posts about the causes of the camera delays then you know we have been dealing with a problem with our sensor supplier related to contamination of the glass that’s bonded on the front of the sensor. It’s not been clean and so we had to stop production of cameras.
There have been two issues here we have been dealing with, the first that the sensor supplier has not been able to see the contamination because their tests were not good enough, and secondly that they need to find a way of bonding the glass on the sensor without contamination.
The good news is that we got a small shipment of sensors that the sensor supplier had tested with their new test setup and they were all ok when we built cameras with them. This is good because they will now be able to see sensors that are contaminated and not ship us anything that’s unable to be used to build a camera.
Also, the sensor supplier has done a small run of sensors at the new company that’s bonding the glass and they got almost a 100% pass rate, which is also great. This means they finally have a solution to bonding on the glass that looks like it will work.
The plan at the moment is to do a small production run this week and we hope to get those sensors next week where we can build cameras using them and see how it all goes.
But things are looking quite good. This run of cameras next week will test the sensor supplier’s ability to build sensors without contamination and to also be able to test them correctly so we only get good sensors. If that’s all ok then we look like we will be able to move back into production.
I will update everyone next week when we know. I also hope to have more info on how fast they can ramp up with this new supplier and the new test.
I hope this update helps.
Sep 20, 2012 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shipping Status Update
If you haven’t seen the Cinema Camera shipping update on Blackmagic’s forum yet, here’s the most recent post from Blackmagic Marketing Communications Manager, Terry Frechette:
“Wanted to jump on and let everyone know that the status regarding camera shipments has not changed since our update from last week. We are still working out the issues regarding one of the camera’s components that is coming into our factory slower than expected, and do not have a set timeframe for shipping in volume or how many cameras will be shipped this month.
We know that there is conflicting information about shipping dates being talked about, but please understand that when there is an update to share we will be posting that news here on this forum.
We ask that you please be patient with us as we are doing our best to get more stock flowing as quickly as possible, and that we will be communicating to customers and resellers when we have more details.”
Motion Media has many that have been on order since the day it was unveiled at NAB. The line of people waiting increases daily, so get your order in ASAP if you want one!
Oct 18, 2011 New Davinci Resolve 8.1 Software Update
Blackmagic has just released the Davinci Resolve 8.1 software update and it comes with an extensive list of improvements and additions. If you’re a Davinci user, you’re definitely going to want to download this one. You can download the updated version here, and look after “read more” for the full list of new features.
Here’s what’s new:
FCPX XML round trip support for:
Frame accurate cuts
Speed changed events
UltraStudio 3D support using ThunderBolt™
ACES Colorspace support
Shaper LUT support
Avid AAF export for simpliﬁed AMA round trip with handles
Today, Blackmagic Design announced that the HyperDeck Studio and the ATEM Television Studio have been released and are now shipping from Australia. There is a large number of backorders that need to be filled, but it is a first come, first served process so get your order in today and you should receive your product within a week or two.
Also, Blackmagic announced that select Mini Converters are dropping in price, including the SDI to HDMI (CONVMBSH), HDMI to SDI (CONVMBHS), Analog to SDI (CONVMAAS) and the SDI to Analog (CONVMASA). These converters have dropped in MSRP to $295, and are available at Motion Media for only $280.25
Also, the new Heavy Duty Converters are now shipping and also have a reduced price of $395 MSRP. Those are the Analog to SDI converter (CONVMH/DUTYAAS), SDI to Analog converter (ONVMH/DUTYASA), HDMI to SDI converter (CONVMH/DUTYBHS) and the SDI to HDMI converter (CONVMH/DUTYBSH).
Mar 24, 2011 Blackmagic Design Software Updates
Blackmagic Design releases software upgrades for their Decklink and VideoHub products.
Videohub 4.6.4 has just been released. This update fixes an issue with the USB not being recognized when an SD reference is connected.
DeckLink 7.9.6 is available. This release fixes an SD-SDI issue with Sony HDW 700 cameras on DeckLink Studio, DeckLink SDI, DeckLink Duo, and DeckLink Optical Fiber.
These updates can be downloaded here:
Sep 7, 2010 Blackmagic Design Software Updates
Blackmagic has released a few software updates to coincide with Adobe’s CS 5.0.2 release. Available releases are for DeckLink, Multibridge, and USB 3.0 Desktop Video version 7.8.1 and Intensity version 3.8.1 for Mac and Windows.
Release highlights include:
- Full support for Premiere 5.0.2 on Mac and Windows
- Major stability improvements to the Mac plug ins
- Minor bug fixes on Windows
- Adobe have also addressed a lot bugs in this release as well as adding support for more CUDA cards for Windows such as the GTX 470
The Updates can be downloaded here – http://blackmagic-design.com/support/
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