Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Gets Histogram, Time Remaining & Audio Levels in Camera Utility 1.9.3

Blackmagic Design just released Camera Utility 1.9.3 – another part of their massive firmware update rollout, which stared with Camera Utility 1.8 back in June.

Then a few weeks later in July with the next Camera Utility 1.8.2 update they added the much needed 422/LT/Proxy ProRes flavours to the 4K BMPC, the original 2.5K BMCC, and the Pocket Cinema Camera.

Towards the end of July, Blackmagic Design released Camera Utility 1.9, which added a Histogram, Recording Time Remaining & Audio Metering to the BMPC 4K. As CEO Grant Petty said, their goal with the latest slew of the much needed and awaited firmware updates starting from 1.8 and above is to bring the same interface and features set across all cameras in the current line-up, as they gear to release the 4K URSA in all its incarnations.

The reason they broke up the firmware updates into small pieces instead of one large firmware update was so they could make those features available to us quicker. And we very much appreciate that.

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The latest Camera Utility 1.9.3 firmware update gives the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) & the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC 2.5K) a serious features boost and in particular the cameras get:

  • Histogram
  • Time Remaining Indicator
  • Audio level indicators

Here’s a breakdown of what’s new in Camera Utility 1.9.3:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

  • Add Histogram, Time Remaining and Audio Level Indicators – use Up and Down to reveal and hide the meters while Left and Right will adjust the aperture of your active MFT lens.
  • Fixed bug where in-camera playback may sometimes drop frames.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

  • Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators.

No changes to the Blackmagic URSA, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Blackmagic Studio Camera, or the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K in Camera Utility 1.9.3.

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port

Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port

A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility

Before installing the software, we recommend that you run “Uninstall Camera Utility” first.

After loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behaviour. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.

The Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Camera Utility
  • Blackmagic Media Express
  • Blackmagic UltraScope
  • Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

Download Camera Utility 1.9.3 for Mac OS X and Windows, and visit Blackmagic Design Support for more information.

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