blackmagic pocket cinema camera fcpx

Hot off the uploads is the first third party test we have seen of the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera. The footage was edited in Final Cut Pro X and graded in Resolve. The video and more details shamelessly scraped off Vimeo after the break.

As much as we hate sites that push themselves as industry blogs but don't actually do any new content creation themselves, we have sunk to that level to get this story out.

The reason why is we think it's important as not only was the Pocket Cinema Camera one of the highlights of NAB, the footge was cut on FCPX and graded in DaVinci Resolve. (Could be the free version too)

Top marks to the very lucky John Brawley for testing one out...

So it's time to look at some footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it's just home movies. I was literally grabbing shots where I could whilst I was shopping ! But, you do get to see what one man can do with a pocket cinema camera and a 12-35 Panasonic m4/3 zoom. I guess for those that like to shoot discretely, guerrilla or documentary style, this will give you a good sense of what you're going to get. The same great DR and look has been inherited from the BMCC.

All this footage was shot using the FILM look. I set my exposure by ETTR and using the 100% zebra to indicate clipping. I had IS on all the time. I had a Hoya ND16 on as well to keep me at a slightly nicer stop. I set the rear monitor to VIDEO and then used focus peaking all the time.

There are plans afoot to create something that's more 'finished' in the way of demo footage in a more formal and drama/narrative style, but for now this should whet your appetite.

Its rough and ready, and really it was just something I threw together very quickly. Interestingly, I had one guy actually recognise that it was a BMCC pocket and several others stopped me to ask what the camera was !

I cut the footage using FCPx and used my colleague Captain Hook for the grade. He's made some fantastic LUT's for Resolve as donation-ware to make grading BMCC footage even easier. I encourage those of you who work with BMCC footage to check out these great LUT's. There's some great before and after examples there as well.

Enjoy !