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BMCC: New firmware v.1.1 with new features

October 4, 2012

For the few lucky folks who have a Blackmagic Cinema Camera in-hand, Blackmagic Design today released a new firmware update version 1.1 which includes long-promised support for DNxHD recording, plus new features: Support for EF lenses with IS (image stabilization), and some additional shutter angles. Of these changes, IS support is perhaps the biggest deal. It’s a completely brand new feature, not yet mentioned on the BMCC product page.

With this v.1.1 firmware update, BMD also apparently improved the BMCC’s audio input feature. It’s reported that sound recoded via the “Mic” level input setting now sounds fuller, less “thin”. A brief before & after audio recoding sample was posted to BMCuser.com. The “Line” level input sound quality is reportedly unchanged. In general, the BMCC has very good audio specs for a $3K video camera.

Below is a list I made of the reported new shutter angles and their shutter speed equivalents calculated using this website (to the best of my knowledge the list is correct; since I don’t have my camera yet I can’t confirm it, regrets).

Below the shutter angle info is the text of BMD’s Read Me file (Mac version). I assume the Windows version of the Read Me file is similar:

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BMCC firmware v1.1 shutter angle and shutter speed equivalents, at 3 example frame rates (with “normal” shutter angle of 180 degrees in bold):

@ 24p

360 = 1/24th
324 = 1/26.66
270 = 1/32
216 = 1/40
180 = 1/48
172.8 = 1/50
144 = 1/60
108 = 1/80
90 = 1/96
45 = 1/198

@ 25p

360 = 1/25th
324 = 1/27.77
270 = 1/33.33
216 = 1/41.66
180 = 1/50
172.8 = 1/52.08
144 = 1/62.5
108 = 1/83.33
90 = 1/100
45 = 1/200

@ 30p

360 = 1/30th
324 = 1/33.33
270 = 1/40
216 = 1/50
180 = 1/60
172.8 = 1/62.49
144 = 1/75
108 = 1/100
90 = 1/120
45 = 1/240

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BMD’s READ ME:

About Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility

Welcome to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility for Mac OS X. This utility allows you to update your Blackmagic Cinema Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility 1.1

What’s New?

• Avid DNxHD MOV support
• Support for EF lens with in-lens image stabilizer
• Increased number of available shutter angles

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

• Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
• Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later
• A suitable USB 2.0 port
• Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express

Installing Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Installer will install the following components:

• Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility
• Blackmagic Media Express
• Blackmagic UltraScope
• Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

Before installing the software, we recommend that you run “Uninstall Blackmagic Cinema Camera” first.

Additional Information

Please check http://www.blackmagic-design.com for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.

© 2012 Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved. Blackmagic Design, Blackmagic, DeckLink, Multibridge, HDLink, Workgroup Videohub, Broadcast Videohub, FrameLink, and “Leading the creative video revolution” are trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., registered in the U.S.A and other countries.

Some applications use the QT UI framework (http://qtsoftware.com) under the terms of the LGPL version 2.1. The QT dynamic libraries, built from unmodified source are included in the application bundle. A copy of the LGPL is included in the Blackmagic application support directory. The support note at http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote/?sid=3945&pid=3985&os=linux&isSDK=0&snid=9703 provides further details including how to obtain the QT source.

Updated October 04, 2012.

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Photo credit: John Brawley

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