It’s been quite a while since the last time Blackmagic Design has updated the firmware of the Blackmagic Production 4K Camera in particular. Fortunately, the company just announced the latest Firmware 3.4 for the first of their cameras capable of shooting 4K video. With this update, the 4K Production Camera received three new features. This firmware version adds support for SDI record trigger and RP-188 timecode output along with improved 6G-SDI compatibility. Apparently, the main effort of the company is focused on supporting the latest Blackmagic Video Assist recorders and their seamless integration with all Blackmagic cameras.
Meanwhile, the Production Camera is still a fantastic 4K tool with 12 stops dynamic range, global shutter and a smaller body compared to the original URSA and URSA Mini cameras. Now, with the ability to trigger recording on an external monitor the workflow of those filmmakers who are used to record proxies while shooting with their camera or just want to have an extra copy of their footage right off the bat becomes a lot more convenient and straightforward.
Matching up timecode, on the other hand, would be another advantage for those videographers who tend to shoot on the 4K Production Camera and the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. The latter records 10-bit 4:2:2 video up to UHD 4K at 30p to high-speed UHS-II SDHC/XC memory cards utilizing multiple flavors of Apple ProRes (HQ, 422, LT, or Proxy) and DNxHD codecs. Plus, it features a 7″ 1920 x 1200 display offering significantly better viewing experience than the built-in display of the BMPC 4K, especially when it comes to critical focusing and framing on set.
Even though the Firmware 3.4 it’s not a major upgrade, it’s great that Blackmagic Design continues to support their prior generation cameras as the company still follows their former agenda and puts commendable efforts in maintaining the older camera models. In regards to performing the firmware update, keep in mind that you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen after loading the software on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. This is normal and expected behaviour. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation. You can download the latest Firmware 3.4 here.
[source: Blackmagic Design]
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