Black Magic Design unleashed the Black Magic Design Cinema Camera with 2.5K RAW Video in CinemaDNG (12-Bit), Avid DNxHD (10-bit) and ProRes (10-bit) support. The Camera can record on SSD drives internally and features a touchscreen with 5″ and 800 x 480 resolution. But that’s not all: it has Thunderbolt connection, so getting that recorded data out fast is not an issue.
The camera has a dynamic range of 13 stops (!) and supports EF (Canon) and ZF (Zeiss) lenses. Only disappointment seems to be audio support: one integrated mono mic, 2x 1/4″ jacks for balanced analog audio (why no XLR?).
Oh, and wait – that’s not all – for the suggested price of $3000 they also give you DaVinci Resolve, which is said to be “world’s most advanced color correction software”, as well as BlackMagic Media Express (Capture Software) and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
If that isn’t something!
[Update] Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 as well as the Atomos Ninja 2 Recorder are already out. We are reviewing them shortly, as we have used both already in production. Both are capable of DNxHD as well as Apple ProRes.
SLR Film making got even more exciting: with the availability of HDMI recorders, RAW Video footage can be recorded to get the maximum out of your Canon 5D MKII or other camera compatible with Magic Lantern. Standard Firmware does not output a “clean” HDMI signal, at least not for Canon cameras; the Panasonic GH2 produces a clean HDMI output, as noted by Philip Bloom (!).
What are currently recommended HDMI field recorders?
1. Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle (RAW Video)
* Product information page/ manufacturer: Black Magic Design
* Discussion on the Magic Lantern User Group: hyperdeck shuttle
Very Cheap: ($339.99 in the USA, 299€ in Europe
Records UNCOMPRESSED (!) RAW Footage from HDMI Out.
Expensive in usage: 15 minutes uncompressed (1.6 GB/s) = 180GB
SSD drives NOT included, so you might need to calculate in some OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs in your budget
No Video Monitoring on the device itself. You might need to buy an external monitor, such as the Liliput external HDMI monitor (starting at $169 in the USA and 186€ in Europe)
2. Atomos Ninja – Portable HDMI Recorder (ProRes)
Smaller files, since it is no real RAW footage but Apple ProRes: 6 hours ProRes 422 (HQ) (220 MB/s) (16.5 Hours with 750GB Disks)
Monitoring included! 4.3” diagonal, 480×270 resolution
Cheap usage, since Hard Drives can be used! (though, the initial price is higher:
Less storage space needed
Supports two Hard Drives or SSD-Disks.
Firewire 800, USB-2 and USB-3
Continous Battery: two power cells to guarantee uninterrupted usage
Apple ProRes and no real RAW footage (this can be a good thing, as you are saving tons of money and storage space)
No ProRes for Windows users yet; Apple users might need to get Final Cut, since Apple ProRes is included in FCP Studio
Unless you are super-rich and have tons of money to spend for Solid State Drives and a RAID Array, you should get the Atomos Ninja. Besides the actual device, you also get a monitoring solution and have a true portable device, that creates files usable with normal hard drives. Overall cost is much lower and there should not be a really visible difference from ProRes to RAW footage. If you are into Bokeh Porn, you might want to spend your money in the Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle.
Keep in mind, there are currently some issues with HDMI out an Magic Lantern: there is a video on the 5D MKII’s 1080i out and also some discussions going on in the Magic Lantern Forums, because some processing needs to be done to get actual usable files. Actual resolutionis 12-19% less (depending how you do it) but still the results are awesome – especially in low light situations. Maybe we will get real clean HDMI out with the Canon EOS 5D MKIII.