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Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K

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Now Rich, when it comes to the Production Camera 4K, there's a lot to like.

Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K

Now Rich, when it comes to the Production Camera 4K, there's a lot to like. And in fact, these are very similar likes to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Start us off. >> Yeah. >> Start us off with what your favorite likes are. >> Well, why dont' we just work from front to back. >> Okay. >> I like the fact that this works with standard sort of lenses. This particular camera is using the EF mount system. Which is allowing us here, we've attached a, a Zeiss Compact Prime. >> Yup. There's lot's of lenses available that use the EF system. So that's what's great is that this will work with a lot of lenses that are already on the market.

You don't have to get anything proprietary. >> That's true but one note about that is that because you are shooting at ultra-high definition. sort of okay lenses are really going to show their flaws at 4K or ultra high definition resolution. So that's why, you know, we have a Compact Prime attached here. Because this is a cinema quality lens. Great optics, if you have that old lens from the 60s and 70s. Yeah, it's going to give you a cool look, but don't expect perfect optical performance out of it when married to a 4K camera. >> Yeah, while you can use normal Canon photography lenses, not all of the photo lenses may give you the results that you want.

All right, so that's all fine. Let's take a look at the site here. I liked how easy it is to swap out cards. You know, we've just got easy access to an SSD. Now, any recommendations on SSDs? >> Yeah. Check out the Black Magic website. They're constantly sort of checking out which cards or which SSDs are supported. I found the best luck actually, recently, with the Samsung EVO series, the EVO PROs. But, also, you know, some of the Intel ones. Just make sure that you have an SSD that is fast enough. And Blackmagic actually has a free little utility that you can download that allows you to check the speed of any disk.

And you're going to want to test if your disk is fast enough prior to putting it in the camera. >> And just because it was fast enough for the 2.5K cinema camera, does not mean it's fast enough for the 4K version. >> Right. Now, one of the advantages that you have when it comes to SSDs with a Production 4K camera. Is, as of right now, it doesn't actually record RAW. It records ProRes, so you are recording, compressed signal. So that should be a little more beneficial in terms of having to get the fastest SSD you might be able to get with one that's sort of mid-range. >> But we do expect that the RAW features.

>> Absolutely. >> Will roll out, much like the other cameras. The RAW features came a few months after the camera started shipping wildly. If we take a look at the other side. >> Yep. >> I think it is a perfect match to the two and a half gig camera, right? There's nothing different here? >> Yeah. We got Remote, Headphones. We have Audio Inputs right here. SDI Out, Thunderbolt out, and Power Out. >> And the Thunderbolt out is useful because you can use this as a series of ultra scopes if you wan to check that out. And actually, Rob, you and I did a whole class all on Blackmagic Cameras. Rob's got a great movie that walks you through how to use the ultra scopes with your video editing system.

You may want to check that out here on lynda.com. Now, one thing I think is important and we'll bring this up more in the next movie. But with the Power Out the advantage is, is that you can run this off wall power or an external battery. >> Absolutely, and so this is just going to be a standard port that you're going to find. And it's actually the same exact port that you'll find on the Cinema Camera. And as you pointed out you can plug this into the wall and power it directly off the wall or you could use an external battery pack. Which will work great and extend the life of the camera as well. >> Now, we're going to talk about the menu system a little bit later. It's one of the easiest menu systems out there I think is worth saying.

And it's nice. Across the top here we have three threads where you can mount a handle or accessories. >> A cage or something like that? >> Yeah, you can put this in a cage this camera is really easy to mount to hang, and it works great. We can actually play video back off of the camera. One of the things I like is that it's intelligent enough to down convert. So, this is just a standard HD monitor hooked up. I can record in 4k, but monitor in HD. Because let's be honest, you may not have tons of 4k monitors lying around you studio. >> Probably not. But you probably have a lot HD ones.

And you actually bring up another big point. And that's actually the sensor on this camera. Which is a big benefit. This is a 35 millimeter size sensor. And the beauty about this sensor, is that it actually uses a global shutter. And if you've ever used a DSLR, or even actually the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which has a rolling shutter. You know, Rich, rolling shutters, when you start doing those whip pans, and >> Yep. >> I know you're always doing action movies and stuff like that. >> In my spare time. >> In his spare time. You're going to get that jello effect. And because we have a global shutter it's going to work, you know, so you don't have the effect.

The other thing about this, I just want to be clear that this is an Ultra HD camera. Now, from the marketing side of thing, 4K is a lot easier to say than ultra HD or UHD. People go 4K that must be big or important, right? But this isn't actually a true 4K camera. This is recording 3840 x 2160 ProRes currently. True 4K would be a little bit bigger. For example, DCI 4K would be 4096 x 2160. Small difference, but it's an important one. And out there on the market right now, you know, consumer television sets and the way that a 4K in the consumer place is going.

It's all for the most part Ultra HD. >> All right so we are going to take a look at a few of the other drawbacks of working with this camera. Just things to know, not necessarily a negative, but things you need to be aware of. We'll take a look at those next.

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  1. 10m 58s
    1. Working with a wireless mic NEW
      1m 29s
    2. Benefits of using a wireless mic NEW
      2m 13s
    3. Drawbacks of using a wireless mic NEW
      7m 16s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 15m 10s
    1. Mounting a disk and recovering files
      1m 29s
    2. Recovering media
      6m 12s
    3. Mounting a disk image
      7m 29s
  4. 27m 24s
    1. Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 right for me?
      1m 23s
    2. Beneficial features of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      8m 25s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 47s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Shooting video with an iPad
      54s
    2. Mounting the iPad in an iOgrapher
      2m 38s
    3. Attaching a lens to an iPad
      1m 53s
    4. Attaching a light
      3m 23s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      3m 22s
  6. 12m 22s
    1. Mounting a GoPro
      41s
    2. Jaws: Flex Clamp
      3m 3s
    3. Cages and clamps
      4m 49s
    4. GoPro Chesty chest harness
      3m 49s
  7. 10m 24s
    1. Using audio inputs
      1m 32s
    2. Beachtek
      2m 55s
    3. Abox adapter
      3m 16s
    4. GoPro adapter
      2m 41s
  8. 24m 24s
    1. Shooting with the Canon C300
      1m 32s
    2. Beneficial features of the Canon C300
      9m 35s
    3. Drawbacks of the Canon C300
      6m 35s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 42s
  9. 12m 52s
    1. Using filters for your lens
      43s
    2. Clear filters
      3m 44s
    3. Color filters
      2m 25s
    4. Polarizer
      2m 11s
    5. ND filter
      3m 49s
  10. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses
      1m 17s
    2. Importing
      3m 56s
    3. Processing
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage
      3m 51s
  11. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
      48s
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  12. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  13. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
      54s
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  14. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  15. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  16. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  17. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  18. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  19. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  20. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  21. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  22. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  23. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  24. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  25. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  26. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  27. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  28. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  29. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  30. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  31. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  32. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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