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Shooting with Blackmagic Cameras
Illustration by John Hersey

Shooting with Blackmagic Cameras

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Hi, my name's Rich Harrington and welcome to
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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 3s
  2. 27m 39s
    1. Major benefits of the Blackmagic cameras
      3m 35s
    2. Multiple cameras, multiple workflows
      3m 59s
    3. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera form factor
      6m 44s
    4. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera form factors
      11m 9s
    5. Choosing the right camera for your shoot
      2m 12s
  3. 13m 20s
    1. Powering the Pocket Cinema Camera
      5m 55s
    2. Powering the Cinema Camera and Production Camera
      4m 34s
    3. Tips to extend battery life
      2m 51s
  4. 18m 39s
    1. Attaching a lens to the Pocket Cinema Camera
      6m 57s
    2. Attaching a lens to the Cinema Camera
      2m 24s
    3. Selection criteria for EF lenses
      2m 1s
    4. Selection criteria for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses
      4m 40s
    5. Keeping the sensor clean
      2m 37s
  5. 25m 15s
    1. Using SD cards with the Pocket Cinema Camera
      4m 11s
    2. Preparing SD cards for recording on a Mac
      6m 11s
    3. Preparing SD cards for recording on a PC
      2m 47s
    4. Using SSDs with the Cinema Camera and Production Camera
      3m 44s
    5. Preparing SSDs for recording on a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Preparing SSDs for recording on a PC
      3m 15s
    7. Checking disk speeds
      1m 13s
  6. 4m 34s
    1. Navigating menus
      1m 44s
    2. Setting the camera ID, date, and time
      1m 17s
    3. Understanding the status strip
      1m 33s
  7. 23m 27s
    1. Understanding the American Standards Association (ASA) reference
      3m 26s
    2. Choosing the right white balance
      2m 51s
    3. Choosing the right shutter angle
      3m 29s
    4. Making adjustments on the lens
      4m 40s
    5. Getting focus
      5m 55s
    6. Making adjustments
      3m 6s
  8. 10m 56s
    1. Using the built-in mic
      2m 35s
    2. Attaching a microphone
      2m 4s
    3. Setting microphone levels
      6m 17s
  9. 7m 29s
    1. Choosing a recording format
      1m 35s
    2. Shooting with a video dynamic range vs. a film dynamic range
      2m 32s
    3. Choosing the right frame rate
      1m 14s
    4. Shooting a time-lapse movie
      2m 8s
  10. 26m 43s
    1. Monitoring dynamic range
      2m 2s
    2. Controlling the LCD brightness
      1m 58s
    3. Judging exposure with zebra stripes
      1m 20s
    4. Attaching a monitor with HDMI or SDI
      2m 7s
    5. Viewing SDI and HDMI overlays
      2m 8s
    6. Using the built-in slate
      2m 23s
    7. Introduction to the Blackmagic Ultrascope
      3m 43s
    8. Using Blackmagic UltraScope
      11m 2s
  11. 21m 11s
    1. Transferring files from SSD
      1m 10s
    2. Transferring files from SD cards
      1m 20s
    3. Drive requirements for post-production
      5m 49s
    4. Examining the QuickTime movie format
      3m 10s
    5. Examining the CinemaDNG image sequence format
      5m 38s
    6. Importing into a nonlinear editor (NLE)
      1m 35s
    7. Working with log footage in an NLE
      2m 29s
  12. 40m 20s
    1. Introduction to Resolve
      2m 31s
    2. Importing footage into Resolve
      6m 44s
    3. Interpreting raw and log footage in Resolve
      6m 3s
    4. Resolve for editors
      5m 19s
    5. Performing primary color correction
      6m 44s
    6. Performing secondary color correction
      7m 21s
    7. Exporting completed shots from Resolve
      5m 38s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Downloading the Blackmagic Camera Utility software
      1m 53s
    2. Updating a Cinema Camera
      3m 33s
    3. Updating a Pocket Cinema Camera
      1m 2s
  14. 40s
    1. Wrapping up

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Shooting with Blackmagic Cameras
3h 48m Intermediate Mar 12, 2014

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Blackmagic cameras are some of the hottest cameras on the market now, offering the ability to shoot both raw video and high-quality production codecs. But they offer lots of options; this course will help you find a camera that fits your budget and your needs. Get to know the features of the popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the (4K-capable!) Production Camera, and decide if a Blackmagic is right for you. This review-style course is great for photography geeks who want a true inside look at these cameras' moving parts. Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman cover powering up, attaching lenses, storage requirements, menus, audio capture, and basic recording, and they'll also show how a Blackmagic camera comes to play on location, on a high-energy music shoot.

Topics include:
  • Examining the camera bodies
  • Attaching and using lenses
  • Extending battery life
  • Preparing SD cards for recording
  • Navigating menus
  • Recording audio
  • Adjusting camera settings
  • Monitoring and recording
  • Transferring footage
  • Working with DaVinci Resolve
  • Keeping the camera up to date
Video Shooting Video Video Cameras
DaVinci Resolve
Richard Harrington


Hi, my name's Rich Harrington and welcome to this course where we'll be exploring the Blackmagic cameras. And in this course we're going to take a look at all of the different choices you have. Now, the good news is, is that there's a wide range of options. And, depending upon your needs and your budget, you should find something that'll work for most work flows. There are lots of challenges with these cameras, as well as lots of benefits of using these cameras. I've been shooting with them extensively since their release.

These cameras are well suited, whether you're coming from a background that's more oriented to DSLR video, or traditional video, there are benefits and work flows that will be useful to most users. Now we're going to explore all of this throughout the course, as well as jump onto an actual location; to see a real world production and these cameras in use. I'd like to thank you for joining me, my name's Rich Harrington, and let's get started.

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