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BMPC-4K: Additional shutter angles in firmware 1.9.5

September 6, 2014

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Blackmagic Design announced release of yet another new version of their Camera firmware, v.1.9.5 available for download from their Support page.

Firmware 1.9.5 adds several new features to their Production Camera 4K, including a new menu “dashboard” design (see above), the ability to format an SSD in-camera without use of a computer, and also additional shutter angle and white balance Kelvin settings.

The new shutter angle and WB settings were added to the original BMCC and BMPCC pocket cams in a previous firmware release. Blackmagic Design says the new in-cam media formatting features will be available for these cameras “soon”.

NOTE: To use the new firmware’s in-camera formatting feature to format a SSD disk as HFS+, the camera’s “Reel” metadata field must contain at least one character (can’t be blank). The exFAT format option doesn’t appear to have the same requirement (“Reel” can be blank.) Just a heads-up. UPDATE: This issue appears to be fixed in subsequent firmware update 1.9.7.

Click here to see all the current shutter angles, and their shutter speed equivalents, in a PDF table. I calculated the equivalent shutter speed values using an online tool.

The current white balance color temperature Kelvin values are: 2500K, 2800K, 3000K, 3200K, 3400K, 3600K, 4000K, 4500K, 4800K, 5000K, 5200K, 5400K, 5600K, 6000K, 6500K, 7000K, 7500K and 8000K.

On a related note, I found this handy color temp chart online years ago:

color temperature kelvin chart

See also:

BMPC-4K: Shooting tips from early users

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