Blackmagic Design

17 Jun 19
tell your story

There’s going to be some time in your career where you’ll be asked to film a event highlight video and I want to provide my best tips from cameras, pacing, mood, tone and editing for you!

14 Jun 19
Education Magazine

It continues to be a year of innovation at Kerry ETB Training Centre in Tralee, County Kerry. The trend towards practical training options continues – with the popularity of apprenticeships and traineeships where students can earn while they learn offsetting any worries they may have relating to fees, cost of living, and post qualification debt.  […]

14 Jun 19

Solotech Implements 12G-SDI Workflow for Mont-Mégantic National Park with Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Design today announced that the ASTROLab, an astronomy activity center located at the Mont-Mégantic National Park in southern Québec, has built a new 12G-SDI AV and streaming workflow around Blackmagic Design products, including an ATEM Production Studio 4K, Blackmagic eGPU and Blackmagic Web […]

13 Jun 19
NVMe SSDs can be a nice alternative to more traditional external storage options and we’ve been testing out Orico’s recently released SSD enclosure that offers a fun, transparent design, up to 10 Gbps speeds over USB-C, tool-free use, affordable price, and more. In addition to a neat design, this new NVMe SSD enclosure offers easy swapping of storage without requiring tools. Read on for our full hands-on look. Orico Transparent NVMe SSD Enclosure Specs 1 x USB-C port USB 3.1 Gen 2 supporting up to 10 Gbps speeds Transparent design with aluminum heat sink accent Includes 0.5m (1.5 foot) USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-A cable Compatible with M.2 NVMe SSD sizes: 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 Compatible with macOS, Windows, Linux Price: $40 Materials & Build The Orico Transparent NVMe SSD Enclosure primarily consists of a clear plastic body that gives it a unique and fun look at the internals (particularly from the backside). Even though it’s plastic, it still has a nice build quality to it with an aluminum accent on the top that comes in four colors: blue, black, red, and silver. The aluminum is also functional as a heat sink. The top portion of the enclosure features a sliding design that makes it easy to open without tools. While you can technically insert an NVMe SSD and lock it into place by hand, Orico includes a small Phillips screwdriver with the enclosure, more on that in a moment. This enclosure offers a snug fit for the motherboard and your SSD once it’s installed so that the components aren’t rattling around inside. There’s just one precise cutout on the body for the USB-C port. In Use Orico’s Transparent NVMe SSD Enclosure doesn’t come with an SSD pre-installed so you can choose which storage and brand you’d like to go with and swap out SSDs as needed. I tested out this enclosure with Samsung’s 500GB 960 EVO NVMe SDD. You can find M.2 NVMe SSD options ranging from $40 up to $500 depending on capacity and performance you’re looking for. The enclosure opens up easily by placing a thumb on the bottom backside of the device, then pulling back with a finger or two on the opposite top end. Next, you can install your NVMe SSD. While this enclosure certainly can be used tool-free, Orico uses a small Phillips screw and circular nut to secure the SSD in place on the motherboard and a small Phillips driver does come in the box. However, I found it was fairly easy to hold the screw on the underside with a finger while spinning the nut with my thumb to tighten it up by hand. It would have been nice to see a silicon peg (screw-less) solution like some enclosures use for a smoother experience, but I don’t think it’s by any means a dealbreaker. Pop the motherboard and connected SSD back into the enclosure, slide the top half back on and you’re ready to go. Orico includes both a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable. I ran some Blackmagic Design speed test and saw write speeds above 1,000 MB/s (roughly 8 Gbps) and read speeds above 2,000 MB/s. Naturally, the SSD you use will play a big role in the performance you see, but the motherboard Orico uses features USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 support so it can handle transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps. Another aspect I tested out a lot was the sliding lock mechanism of the enclosure. It uses six plastic nubs on the inside of the enclosure to lock the top portion into place. I probably locked and unlocked it a few hundred times over the last week and it still feels solid like it did when I first opened it up, so I don’t have any durability concerns there. In the bottom corner of the motherboard, there is a blue LED indicator light to let users know about the status of the SSD. Conclusion If you’re looking for a fun and different design to mix up your peripherals, Orico’s Transparent NVMe SSD enclosure is easy to recommend at $40. While this enclosure doesn’t have many reviews yet, other products in the company’s Transparent series like the 2.5-inch SATA enclosure have 4.5/5 star averages from hundreds of buyers. You can find the Transparent NVMe SSD enclosure on Amazon for $40 in a choice of four colors. Orico also makes a slightly different aluminum model that goes for $42. You can check out more from Orico on the company’s Amazon storefront.
12 Jun 19
Voluptuous Videography

Streaming 4k 30 and 1080p 60 and I am trying to figure out which capture card I should get. I have a powerful computer and want an internal capture card. But there are so many I am kind of lost on which one to get. I found these two and I dont know if they […]

11 Jun 19
Bergerak Cepat

Bergerak – Blackmagic Design adalah perusahaan yang membuat kamera, serta perangkat video dan video untuk kebutuhan studio film, termasuk juga software DaVinci Resolve.

10 Jun 19
tell your story

or most of us with lower budgets, we can’t afford to hire a boom operator where you’ll find most of the time he or she has a blimp over their microphone. I wanted to see…

10 Jun 19
The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat
So what do you need to know about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and its power needs? We’ll walk you through the details. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which from here on out and to the end of time I will only refer to as the Pocket 4K, has slowly been arriving in the hands of eager customers. This is when we’ll start to see third-party applications arriving on the market with features or accessories missing from the Pocket 4K. One thing that new Pocket 4K users are currently trying to overcome is how quickly the camera goes through power. It was a criticism in our review, and it’s been a criticism of many across the internet. Branded LP-E6 vs. Third Party On a fully charged LP-E6 battery, you’re going to get around 45-60 minutes of power. Although, two variables will decrease that length: one is how long you’re recording, and the second is if the LP-E6 batteries are from legitimate producers. The $60 Canon-branded battery is going to get you further than the “two for $30” deal you saw on Amazon. In the video below, Dave Dugdale describes the differences between a Canon LP-E6 and a third-party LP-E6. Essentially, you’re getting 75 percent of the overall power — when compared to the Canon branded battery — and the life expectancy of a third party battery is shorter. Therefore, consider the following when buying LP-E6 batteries. I respect that not everyone has $120 to spare for two batteries, when the same amount of money can get you four-to-five third-party batteries and, in total, net you longer recording time. But, if the Pocket 4K is a long-term investment, perhaps the official LP-E6 is the way forward. Firmware Update This will be a redundant suggestion if you’ve only recently received your Pocket 4K, as recent batches shipped with the 6.2 firmware. However, if you’re working with firmware older than 6.1, it’s a good idea to update. In the 6.1 patch, one of the many improvements was improved power efficiency for improved battery life. I imagine the Blackmagic wizards were able to reduce the power dependability on some features — and for them to only be active when activated. This is similar to how a laptop operates on a power setting for battery life. But, without specific notes from Blackmagic, this is just a shot in the dark. However, as Arber Baqaj states in his video below, he was able to get 60+ minutes of recording time on the standard battery that comes with the camera. Battery Grip At NAB 2019, Blackmagic announced the Pocket 4K Battery Grip. This new accessory steps further away from the whole “pocket” notion, but for those who feel somewhat self-conscious for using a compact device on a paid job (guilty), this attachment does make the camera look significantly more substantial. But, of course, the essential factor is the enhanced power performance. The battery grip eliminates the use of the LP-E6 batteries; instead, it requires Sony L series batteries. This is a slight pain if you’ve already acquired several LP-E6 batteries, but it’s a worthy investment when looking at the power capacity of one L series battery vs. one LP-E6. The battery grip will house two L series batteries and will allow the user to shoot nonstop for two hours from a single charge. I imagine for short takes and candid capture the charge may take the life of up to 4-5 hours of operation time. As with the standard LP-E6, you can also charge these batteries through the camera via the 12V DC connection. The grip will retail for $250 and is expected to ship around August. While the grip and extended battery life is a much-needed addition, it does create the problem of how current cages and equipment will work — because, well, they won’t. A SmallRig full-body cage will become obsolete with the grip. Likewise, a drawer filled with spare LP-E6 will become a junk drawer — if you intend on using the grip attachment at all times. Therefore, before fully investing in camera rigging and batteries, decide if you’re going to invest in the battery grip, as it’s going to alter your setup and increase your costs. V-Mount Battery The majority of larger camera systems and filmmaking accessories use the V-mount battery. If you bought a Pocket 4K camera to complement an URSA Mini, it’s likely you may already have a good number of V-mount batteries ready to use. While tests with the V-Mount battery aren’t as common as the LP-E6, it’s been suggested that the average on-and-off runtime is around 5 hours. The problem, however, is how do you attach the V-Mount battery to the Pocket 4K, as there’s no Molex connector? Well, there are two methods. First, if budget is minimal, you can create one yourself. The following video, from Tom Antos, goes over the process of how to make your own DIY V-Mount connection. (Side note: Tom also runs through a number of alternative DIY battery options for the camera.) Antos produced their video in late 2018. Since then, we’ve seen several Pocket 4K V-Mount plates released onto the market. Therefore, if you weren’t that proficient in technology class, it’s okay; the third-party market has you covered. You don’t have to get out the soldering iron just yet. You can pick up a Wooden Camera Pocket 4K V-Mount plate for just under $200. And, if you already have V-Mount batteries, it may initially appear like a better investment than the battery grip. However, you’re then going to have to add additional camera rigging to support the V-Mount battery and plate. This can easily add up to a $300-$500 investment. Therefore, perhaps it’s not a cheaper investment than the battery grip — whether you have V-mount batteries or not. And again, of course, it will increase the overall size of a camera that you may have originally purchased for its compact design. The Pocket 4K is a fantastic camera that produces beautiful imagery. There’s no debate there, especially for the price point. Yet, it reminds me somewhat of the time I purchased a 5D Mark II as an eager 19-year-old filmmaker. The 5D Mk II required a lot of accessories to get it adequately operational as a filmmaking camera. I have similar feelings with the Pocket 4K. After buying the body and lens (if you don’t already have one), it still feels like you need to keep financing the camera in order to film for just a few hours. Perhaps we shouldn’t cast such a shadow over a camera that didn’t seem possible in 2009. Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out. Stabilizing GoPro Footage with the Unique ReelSteady GO App Is The New Mac Pro a Content Creator’s Dream Machine? 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09 Jun 19

A comparison and analysis of the the new 2019 MacPro, analysis and comparison of price vs. power.

08 Jun 19
Inside Mac

This week’s Apple World Wide Developers Conference delivered one likely Hollywood blockbuster amid more than two hours of announcements about new features, privacy initiatives, operating systems and more. That blockbuster was the long-awaited update to its highest-end computer, the Mac Pro, said Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design, which makes video and audio […]

08 Jun 19

Apple wants to win back its pro audience. Whether it’s bringing back the upgradeable cheese grater Mac Pro or the Intel Core i9 processor to the MacBook Pro, the company seems determined to right its wrongs. That backfired in last year’s implementation of the Core i9. Upon release, it severely throttled the performance of that…

07 Jun 19

HDR (high dynamic range) imagery and higher display resolutions start with the camera. Unfortunately that’s also where the misinformation starts. That’s because the terminology is based on displays and not on camera sensors and lenses. Resolution 4K is pretty common, 8K products are here, and 16K may be around the corner. Resolution is commonly expressed […]

03 Jun 19
The Dead Pixels Society

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, Apple executives released an updated Mac Pro, harkening back to classic “cheese grater” style desktop. The new Mac Pro is based on a 28-core Intel Xeon workstation processor 6 channels of ECC for up to 1TB of system memory, 8 PCIe slots, two 10Gb Ethernet ports, support […]

06 Jun 19

Conçue pour être universellement compatible avec tous les moniteurs avec écran jusqu’à 9 pouces en se fixant via des vis de montage 1 / 4-20, maintenant 33% plus léger