Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd
Industry Electronics
Founded 1984
Founder(s) Grant Petty
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia
Area served Worldwide
Key people Grant Petty (CEO)

Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd is an Australian manufacturer of electronic equipment for broadcast and video production.

Founded by CEO Grant Petty, the company manufactures equipment for video acquisition, editing, and conversion—and has offices in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2009, it acquired Da Vinci Systems, a company that had won Emmy Awards for film colouring and restoration equipment.[1] In 2010, Blackmagic Design acquired Echolab, a manufacturer of vision mixers.[2] In 2011, Blackmagic Design acquired Teranex, a manufacturer of video processing products.[3] In 2012, Blackmagic Design acquired Cintel, a manufacturer of professional post-production equipment, for transcribing film into video or data formats.[4]

Blackmagic Cinema Camera[edit]

At the 2012 NAB Show, the company announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, featuring interchangeable EF mount lenses.[5] The 2.5K sensor allows enough oversampling for clean 1080p or 2K output and is announced to have a dynamic range of 13 stops. The camera records to conventional PC 2.5" SSD drives, in either uncompressed RAW DNG or Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD lossy formats. Apart from a few buttons the camera is accessed via its touchscreen display. Blackmagic originally announced that the camera would be available in July 2012. As of July 2013 units have been delivered to customers in the USA, nearly clearing back orders, and is starting to ship significant numbers to Europe and other parts of the world.[6]

Another version of the camera with a passive Micro Four Thirds system lens mount was subsequently announced for December 2012, and started to ship in early summer 2013.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera[edit]

At NAB Show 2013, Blackmagic Design announced the Production Camera 4K, the first of their line of cameras to support 4K.[7] The new full-size camera sensor allows for the full 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. The camera also includes an optional video output via the world's first 6G-SDI connection. The company also announced a line of 4K support products.[8][9][10]

The company also announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which records to SD cards in digital Super-16 1080p RAW or ProRes, has 13 stops of dynamic range, is compatible with active MFT mount, and is a very compact camera.[11] The MSRP of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is lower than $1,000. The camera use 12.48mmx7.02mm Super 16mm image sensor size, which is only about 36 percent of MFT sensor size, or about 70 percent of the 1" sensor size. The camera can take video at 23.976p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, and 30p. It has a built-in stereo mic and 3.5mm audio jack. It cannot take photo, but has a time-lapse function.[12] The camera uses a 12.5mmx7mm sensor with a crop factor of 2.88x—smaller than Micro Four Thirds System sensor, which makes it difficult to find wide angle lens, or even standard lens from the third parties.[13]


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