Blackmagic Design has recently updated the operating system that runs all cameras in their Pocket Cinema Line. Blackmagic Camera 7.9 adds a host of features including an updated user interface for easier operation, expanded focus assist features, and support for custom presets and LUTs.
The update was unveiled along with Blackmagic’s new 6K Pocket Cinema Camera G2, which has added a pull-out LCD screen, longer battery life, and an optional OLED viewfinder. The software update, however, supports all models in the line.
The interface has a bunch of small improvements including a slider that can adjust the focusing assist intensity of whatever lens is being used on the camera.
Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design states that various lenses have different frequency responses. So the slider helps the camera operator dial those responses in with better accuracy.
Additionally, the camera operator can select from SSD to SD cards within the LCD interface, there’s also support for Zoom and Focus Demand controllers, which help focus faster and zoom with the touch of a finger.
Support for retaining custom presets and LUTs has been shored up, so now the camera won’t delete them after a future update. They remain safe and secure in the menu settings.
BMD has also opened up metadata for the gyroscope that is built into the camera itself, enabling the operator to store that gyro data and use it for further stabilizing the image within DaVinci Resolve 18 through their AI algorithm.
The algorithm will rely on the motion sensor data to better analyze the scene and distinguish between camera movement and movement within the scene. Basically, it’s designed to mimic image stabilization on the image sensor itself.
Unfortunately, this update also loses one feature, and that is recording 4K video at 2.4:1 at up to 75 fps. With this new update, the feature has been taken out.
However, the feature is mentioned in the Pocket Cinema Camera manual, so perhaps this was merely an oversight that will be corrected in a future update.
Lastly, the update includes Blackmagic Raw 2.5 support for the new Pocket 6K Cinema Camera G2.
The update is available for free from Blackmagic’s support site and supports the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, 6K, and 6K Pro models.
[source: Blackmagic Deseign]
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