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BMPC-4K: B-cam with EPIC, Alexa, 1DC?

February 17, 2014

I think this video is very impressive! The German company that produced it wanted to learn if a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K could be a viable “B-camera” for use in productions alongside their RED EPIC.

IMHO the answer is a resounding, “Yes”. The EPIC has slightly more dynamic range, and the BMPC-4K doesn’t have slo-mo capability (other than 30p slowed to 24p or 25p, which actually looks quite nice), but otherwise the cameras look great together, especially considering their price difference!

Other recent BMPC-4K videos:

Download the higher quality versions if available; click the “Download” button on the Vimeo page. For more information about these videos, refer to the details on the Vimeo pages!

BMPC 4K / ARRI-ALEXA-Comparison
from Scott Bryant ($3K BMPC-4K compared to >$50K ARRI Alexa!)

4k Blackmagic Production Camera – London, Side by Side 1DC
from James Miller ($3K BMPC-4K on the left, $12K Canon 1DC on the right; note the horrible rolling shutter skew in the 1DC footage as the busses drive by!)

BlackMagic 4K Flying
from Tim Joy

Review Part 2: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K in the field
from Johnnie Behiri

4k Blackmagic Production Camera – Brighton
from James Miller

‘Leaving Hope’ Blackmagic Production Camera
from hangman (James Tonkin); Note: This is an excellent example of the value of the BMPC-4K’s global shutter!

Ten Tenths – Teaser #1 (Blackmagic 4K)
from OneRiver Media (Marco Solorio)

Lizzie Marvelly – Generation Young – BM4K, Pocket Cam, and BMCC from A Couple Of Night Owls (“CaptainHook”)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K – Beta Footage from A Couple Of Night Owls

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K quick review from Adam Myhill (Read Adams informative written review, too!)

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K – first quick test
from Bruno Jubin (Includes nice use of 4K UHD scaled & cropped in a 1080p edit).

Planes of Fame 4K from Christopher Mayer

Sample footage – Blackmagic 4k from We Are Films

4K BMPC at the Performance Technic Open House
from OneRiver Media (Marco Solorio)

BMPC-4K scale & crop example from Grant Petty (edited by Peter J. DeCrescenzo)

Now that the new $2,995 Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is shipping, more and more BMPC-4K shot videos are appearing on Vimeo. There are “test video” examples of quite a few shooting scenarios. To find them, do separate searches on for “blackmagic 4k”, or “bmpc4k”, or “bmpc-4k”.

I received my BMPC-4K  from Pro Video & Tape on 2/28/14, and I love it. I used it to shoot this video, Oregon Coast scenes (details on the Vimeo page). And another.

BMPC-4K shooting tips from early users.

My take on the BMPC-4K.

My list of related links, short films, and resources for Blackmagic Design cameras.

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