Debut of the Black Magic Cinema Camera

I participated in an exploration of the new Black Magic Design Cinema Camera at Colorflow in Berkeley February 28 when the new facility hosted the Northern California Digital Cinema Society.

I was invited to grade provided clips using Colorflow’s DaVinci Resolve, Black Magic Design’s color enhancement software, a companion product. I was impressed with the camera. I especially intended to strain the footage through “over grading”. Stretching black and hard bends to gamma curves did not exhibit noise. Secondary color corrections did not fall apart when pushed.

One clip which looked to be multiple stops overexposed yielded a deep blue sky when I opened up the RAW data parameters in Resolve.

This camera marketed at a very accessible price point can easily begin to replace the DSLR camera currently used as a B camera in higher end budgets or even serve the role as A camera for the lean budgets of the independent filmmaker.

Black Magic Design Cinema Camera Link

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