Blackmagic Updates Its Camera App with Some Very Useful Housekeeping

Blackmagic has announced a new update to its Blackmagic Camera app which seeks to make recording video on the iPhone more reliable and intuitive.

The Camera 1.2 update provides for more precise adjustments through haptic feedback of the app’s control dials and gives users more minute control over the image.

Moreover, Blackmagic has improved its screen layout and added six new languages.

Image Credit – Blackmagic Design

The update has improved the layout of onscreen controls while the app is in zoom mode by locking those controls to remain onscreen as the image is zoomed in.

Data controls available for display include focus peaking, zebra, and false color while recording, enabling mobile filmmakers to monitor focus and image quality.

There are also improved grid controls with horizon detection, and users can also flip the image when using SLR lenses and a depth-of-field adapter.

Image Credit – Blackmagic Design

There is also now support for adding custom LUTs to give recorded footage a specific look and burn it into the image.

Users can also adjust shutter presets for flicker-free displays of 50 or 60 Hz settings.

This means that users can adjust the camera recording app to align its recording to lights in order to maintain a steady, flicker-free image.

Image Credit – Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic has also expanded Apple Log by adding a Rec 709 LUT and giving users the option of tagging the color space.

Meanwhile, in the audio spectrum, audio support has been greatly improved by giving app operators the option of choosing from the iPhone’s front, back, and even bottom microphones for directional audio recording.

Image Credit – Blackmagic Design

Animations for player and slate views, as well as stealth mode on smaller iPhone models, have also been tweaked for better performance.

Users can also group camera settings in a more efficient manner, and users can drag clips between different projects in the media panel.

Lastly, Blackmagic has added six new languages to the app setup, giving users the option of Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese.

These setting adjustments can also be exported and imported, while the recording HUD has been improved, and uploading can be disabled while on data.

It’s an solid update for it’s freshman effort, to be sure.

Granted, Blackmagic has a ways to go before it has all the features that FiLMiC Pro lays claim to, but with such a quick update, it’s clear that BMD plans to keep making this app more powerful, while making the statement that users don’t have to have their wallets picked on a weekly basis in order to make professional looking cinematic video.

The Blackmagic Camera 1.2 update is available as a free download from the Apple iOS app store.

So if you have your iPhone set to automatic updates, chances are, you already have it.

[source: Blackmagic Forum]

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