NAB 2018: Blackmagic Unveils 4K Pocket Cinema Camera, Fusion in DaVinci 15 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Preorders are available NOW.

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Grant Petty took to the stage at the Blackmagic Press Room and gave us a quick overview of what’s new this NAB. It wasn’t a lot like in previous years, but what they did announce had a huge amount of punch.  This time around, we finally did get confirmation that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K  is coming this fall, and it’s STACKED with some great features. And not only that, but DaVinci Resolve 15 now has Fusion CG tools built in.

Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty with the new 4K Pocket Cinema Camera

The big thing was the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which now features a full micro 4/3 HDR sensor which provides dual native ISO to 25,600, as well as 13 stops of dynamic range. The Pocket 4K can also not only record to dual CFast2 and UHS-II SD card slots, but if you find yourself running short on space, you can plug in a standard USB-C hard drive and record directly to it! No external recorder needed, although you can use one if you have it in your bag.

Other features include:

  • Full size 4/3 sized sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution sized sensor.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture for high end feature film look.
  • Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Carbon fiber polycarbonate composite body which makes it lightweight, portable and durable.
  • Multi function grip for quick access to recording start/stop, still photos, ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, power and more.
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • USB-C expansion port allows longer duration recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as 10-bit ProRes and 12 bit RAW.
  • Features full size HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay.
  • Professional mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting to pro microphones.
  • 3.5mm audio jack, headphone jack, and locking DC 12 volt power connection.
  • Built in 5” LCD touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 4K.
  • LCD supports on screen overlays including status, histogram, focus peaking, and transport controls.
  • Records 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second.
  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • 4th generation Blackmagic color science.
  • Supports remote camera control via Bluetooth.
  • Includes full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, color, visual effects and audio post production.

No word on if, or even when The Pocket 4K will be able to record in Apple’s new ProRes Raw, but I’m betting it’ll come in a firmware update down the road.

Price of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is an amazingly low $1295 and it will ship in September.

The next impressive announcement is that Blackmagic is folding a lot of their CGI tools from Blackmagic Fusion into DaVinci Resolve 15. All told, there are over 250 tools for 3d effects, motion graphics, ADR through FairLight, compositing, vector paint, particles, keying, rotoscoping, text animation, tracking, stabilization, 3d titles and more. And I especially like the new LUT Browser, which lets you preview an LUT on your footage nondestructively. Petty said that DaVinci Resolve 15 is now so intuitive, Petty says its as easily to use as bricklaying.

So now, DaVinci can edit your footage, add visual effects, perform audio sweetening and HDR, and, oh, it can color grade it too! Yeah, that’s how it all began. But now, Davinci really has become a one stop shop for your post production workflow, without having to deal with product bloat. Blackmagic has always made their suite modular, so that it remains resource light on your workflow, while still maintaining links all across the suite.  The update to DaVinci Resolve 15 is free, while Resolve Studio 15 is $299.

Other announcements this morning included a new up/down cross converter, updated $155; a 4K Multiviewer $195, Blackmagic’s updated bi directional micro converter $65; Cinatel Scanner 2 gets thunderbolt 3 and PCIExpress support and now runs CameraOS through a free upgrade, and Blackmagic has redesigned their Fairlight Audio console to be modular, so it’s easier to get started, and to expand. Two bays start at $22k, three bays at $29k and it goes all the way up to 5 bays for around $50,000.

It was a fast paced 16 minute presser, and the ripples it’ll send are surely going to keep the showroom floor buzzing all the way through Thursday. In fact, the booth is standing room only, just to get a glimpse of that cool new Pocket 4k!

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About James DeRuvo 241 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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