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The menu system on all the Black Magic cameras is extremely similar. So if you've used the Pocket Camera or the Cinema Camera, it's pretty much the same thing. But let's go over the highlights. >> Yeah so, the menu system is broken down into four essentially icons, if you will, that you can touch on. >> Yeah. >> So we have Camera Settings, which governs things like white bound, shutter angle, stuff like that. Auto settings, recording settings, which format you're going to record to whether you're recording film or REC709. And then, you have your display settings which is going to govern how things look here on the camera LCD.
As well as, how they look on what's being piped out to an external monitor. So Rich, coming back to the camera settings button. >> Yep. >> There's some basic things like we can name the camera here, we can give date and time. This is where we can adjust the ISO of the camera. And you'll notice I can go from 200, 400 to 800. But no 1600, like the other cameras. >> Yeah, and the native ISO in this camera is going to be 400. On this sort of late pre-production model, prior to shipping model, we've had little issues with the 800, but I'm sure those will be, rectified. Then, down here on White Balance, obviously we can go through presets; 3200, 4500, 5,000, 56, 65, and 75.
But notice I said presets Reg. >> Yeah. >> We can't actually dial in specific color temperatures just like we, you know we would on some other cameras. And this is the exact same as the Cinema Camera and the Pocket Camera. >> I'm really hoping that this is something that they address. There seems to be no reason to me why you couldn't have a manual setting there. >> Right, besides the shutter angle, 180 degrees, which is pretty stock. If we go over to our audio settings. This is where we can adjust our levels for the two different inputs coming in on our audio inputs, as well as our audio playback.
Now just to note, we don't have to have audio attached to the camera. >> Right. >> There is a built-in microphone. But like all built-in microphones. >> It sucks. >> Yeah, not so good. So. >> And one of the things that I wanted to point out is, make sure you adjust the volume here, because there is a built-in speaker too. So if we're playing back a clip, you can actually get audio coming out of the camera, and it's kind of loud. >> Yeah, it's pretty loud. >> So I tend to prefer to leave that off, but we'll just go back into the menu and go to the audio tab, and pull that down. Now the speaker volume is going to also affect any headphones that you have attached so it works fine.
Under the Record tab here right now, we just basically have two types of ProRes. We can go ProRes HD or 4K, so you could basically switch between those two sizes. >> And so if we go on to either one of those modes, we have dynamic range. Two options, Film and then, Video. Video is basically using REC709. So, the images that you shoot will kind of look as they would on a regular TV. Saturated, have some good contrast. But if you go ahead and choose the Film mode, this is Black Magic sort of log mode.
It's preserving the most dynamic range at the bottom, the darkest portions of the image, and at the top, the brightest portions of the image. And when you want the most flexibility later on in post-production with things like color correction. I definitely recommending shooting, with film mode. >> Yeah, and essentially, when shooting with log, it's using sort of a curve. And what it's getting you there is just a little bit more flexibility to recover highlights and shadows during post. It just makes it a lot easier to color correct. >> Absolutely. So then we can adjust our frame rate going from standard frame rates like 23.98, 24, up to 30 frames per second.
You'll notice that there are no high-speed options, right? So, we don't have the ability to record at say, 200 frames a second to get that nice in camera, sort of over cranked look. But that might be coming. Who knows? >> There's also, though, a time-lapse mode. You can set the intervals, anything from two frames a second all the way up taking that to multiple frames per second. So you could really do a wide range of time lapse with that. The important thing though is make sure you turn that off, >> Hm. >> Because if you have that turned on and you're recording, you'll get a little bit of feedback across the bottom.
It's basically going to tell you when it's recording that it's in time lapse mode. >> Yeah. >> Very easy thing to miss. You'll think, oh, I'm recording video, and no, you're recording a time lapse. >> Yeah, totally. >> So let's just stop that for a second, >> Yeap. >> Stop, Menu and I'll turn that off. Record, 10, 9, 8, 7, I wish there is a simple off button, but you gotta go through, off. >> Okay. >> And in the last one Rob, why don't you walk through that? >> Yeah, so display setting, this is just going to again, govern what you're seen on the actual display itself on the camera.
As well as what you're piping out to an external monitor. So, the first one that we have is dynamic range. And now, don't confuse this with, sort of the film, and sort of video settings that we saw back on the recording tab, under here for dynamic range. Two different things. This dynamic range simply just says, hey, do I want to look at the flat image on the screen here? Or do I want to process that image in camera? So when I'm viewing it on the LCD I view it into a more normal way. sort of converted over to REC709. >> So, you're shooting in a log type space, but you're monitoring in a REC709. So, >> Yeah, you have that option.
>> It looks like what you expect it to, but you really still have that extra head room. >> Correct. Ability to adjust brightness, which is nice. We can put zebra patterns up and we can configure the zebra patterns to different percentages. So, you know, 90%, 85% just really depends on what kind of DP and shooter you are. I like to have it usually about 85, 90%. >> Zebras give you an overlay so while you're shooting you could judge at the back of your monitor. Is this overexposed? At which point you would ride the aperture, or the ISO, to pull it down. But it's a way to, basically, give you visual feedback that your clipping the shot.
>> Yup. Then, finally, we just have the ability to have SDI overlays that affects what we're piping out to the actual monitor. And you'll notice when I look at this, whether I'm having this information here. And whether I have things like safe zones, and other kind of information being output. >> Yeah, it basically let's you see on the monitor, are you recording? What format? How much battery life do you have? And that can be turned on, or off, as you see fit. >> Correct. Now Rich, you'll notice that there was two things that we didn't talk about at all. That are kind of missing from this camera in terms of the menu system. One, it's the ability to actually format the SSD here with the menus.
As of right now, there is no way to format the SSD that this camera uses. And actually that's the same as the Black Magic Cinema camera. You will have to use a computer to format the SSDs. >> It's important to note that's it's not just any format. You need to format them as a Mac hard drive. >> Right, exactly. >> And that could be a bit tricky because you get a card off the shelf, it may be formatted exFAT or something else. And you put it in you think it's working, but then you can't stop recording or close out the file or you get an error. So, you either need to have a Mac lying around or you need to load up Mac drive onto a Windows machine.
>> You'll also notice in the menu system, there's nothing about the battery. Actually the only indication you have of what's going on in the battery, is in the lower little right hand corner here. Where it says, hey 25% currently charged. And I found that when this camera runs down, there's no warning lights. >> Yeah. >> There's no blinking, there's no nothing. It just kind of turns off. >> And the counter is a lot like a cell phone signal counter. It kind of jumps between numbers pretty quickly. All right we've walked you through some of the pros and cons with this camera and some of the things you need to know about. Let's take this camera out in the field, do some shooting.
And then we'll come back, and walk you through some of the footage and show you what it can do
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