Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd
Proprietary limited
Founded 1984; 33 years ago (1984)
Founder Grant Petty
Headquarters 11 Gateway Court, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
Number of locations
8 offices[1] (2016)
Area served
Key people
Grant Petty CEO

Blackmagic Design (stylized as Blackmagicdesign and often simply Blackmagic) is an Australian digital cinema company and manufacturer founded in 1984 by Grant Petty, based in Port Melbourne, Australia. It designs and manufactures digital movie cameras and develops video editing software for compositing and other effects.

It has offices in Europe, Asia and the United States.


The company was founded in 1984 by Grant Petty. On November 2002, the company introduced DeckLink, a QuickTime-based PCI capture card that was the first to offer uncompressed 10 bit video.[2] Version 2.4 for the device was available in February 4, 2003, and added full compatibility for 8 and 10 bit uncompressed Digital Voodoo format and color correction.[3] On February 18, the successor to the DeckLink, DeckLink 2, was released.[4] Microsoft Windows support was added on March.[5] In April, two variants of the DeckLink, the SP and Pro, were announced.[6][7] Full support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Microsoft DirectShow was released in March 2, 2004 and the Extreme model was announced on March 19.[8] The DeckLink HD Plus,Workgroup Videohub and DeckLink Multibridge were jointly announced on September.[9][10][11]

In April 2005, the company announced the Multibridge family of PCIe bi-directional converters and the FrameLink family of DPX-based software.[12][13] The PCIe variant of the DeckLink Extreme was then announced in September.[14] In January 2006, a software update gave full compatibility with the Adobe Creative Suite, then Adobe Production Studio.[15] In April, the Multibridge Pro and DeckLink HD Extreme were announced,[16][17] as well as production software for television entitled Blackmagic On-Air.[18]

In 2009, the company acquired the assets of Da Vinci Systems, a former company that had won Emmy Awards for film colouring and restoration equipment. In July 2010, the company acquired Echolab, a manufacturer of vision mixers. In 2011, the company acquired Teranex, a developer of video processing products.

At the NAB Show in April 2012, Blackmagic announced the Cinema Camera, featuring interchangeable EF mount lenses. Due to popular demand, they also announced at IBC, in September, a passive Micro Four Thirds mount to the Cinema Cameras. At IBC 2014 Blackmagic Design announced a production friendly PL-Mount version of the Camera. In July, Blackmagic acquired Cintel, a manufacturer of professional post-production equipment, for transcribing film into video or data formats.

Again at NAB in April 2013, the Production Camera 4K, the first of their cameras to support 4K, was announced. Alongside the Production Camera 4K, the company also announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a highly compact camera which records to SD cards in digital Super-16 1080p RAW or ProRes, has 13 stops of dynamic range, and is compatible with active MFT mount lenses.

At NAB in April 2014, the company announced the URSA camera. In February 2014, the company announced and released the Intensity Pro 4K PCIe card.[19] On April 2015, the company announced the Micro Cinema Camera, a miniature version of the Cinema Camera which allows it to be mountable on drones, releasing the product in July,[20] and the URSA Mini.[21] In September, the company announced the acquisition of eyeon Software, the original authors of Blackmagic Fusion, previously eyeon Fusion. On September 2016, Fairlight announced that Blackmagic had acquired them.[22] On November, the company was reported to open a production facility at Batam in December.[23]



The Blackmagic URSA is a digital movie camera developed by Blackmagic and is the first commercial 4K movie camera to be user-upgradeable in terms of additional equipment.

Cinema Camera[edit]

The Cinema Camera is a digital movie camera developed by Blackmagic. Its 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" solid-state drives, in either uncompressed RAW CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD lossy formats. Apart from a few buttons the camera is accessed via its touchscreen display.

Production Camera 4K[edit]

The Production Camera 4K is a variant of the Cinema Camera, and records at full 4K at 30 fps. 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 to accompany its release. Among other new features are a larger Super 35mm sized sensor and a global shutter.

Compared to the original Cinema Camera, some of its specifications are inferior. The Production Camera's sensor is rated natively at 400 ISO versus 800 ISO for the first Cinema Camera, and exhibits more image noise at its maximum ISO setting of 800 than the first Cinema Camera does as ISO 1600. The Production Camera has 12 stops of usable dynamic range compared to 13 stops for the Cinema Camera, specifically losing detail in highlights.

Pocket Cinema Camera[edit]

The Pocket Cinema Camera is a variant of the Cinema Camera. The camera has 15.4mmx8.8mm image 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 photos, but has a time-lapse function. The camera uses a 12.5mmx7mm sensor with a crop factor of 2.88x—smaller than Micro Four Thirds sensor, which makes it difficult to shoot wide angle images, even with wide-angle lenses. This issue is easily overcome by using the Metabones Speedbooster specifically designed for this camera.

Micro Cinema Camera[edit]

The Micro Cinema Camera is a variant of the Cinema Camera. It has a 16mm image sensor and can record up to 1080p video at 30 in Global Shutter mode and 60p in Rolling Shutter mode in RAW or ProRes format. It has an HDMI, 3.5mm audio and expansion port. It also has support for the Canon LP-E6 battery and is the only camera made by Blackmagic to be mountable on drones.

Editing Software[edit]

Blackmagic Design maintains and develops DaVinci Resolve; a Non-liner editing software. It was bought from DaVinci Systems. The programs specialty is color correction and grading but its editing capability is actively developed. Blackmagic acquired Fairlight Audio and built it into their latest version 14 beta. They distribute both a free and paid version of the software.

For video compositing and special effects they have Fusion 8 Studio.


  1. ^ "Blackmagic Design: Offices Worldwide". Blackmagic Design. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Price Barrier for Uncompressed Video Slashed". Blackmagic Design. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "World's First Real Time Uncompressed Color Correction". Blackmagic Design. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "DeckLink 2 Available Immediately". Blackmagic Design. 18 February 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "DeckLink Support for Microsoft Windows™". Blackmagic Design. 29 March 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "DeckLink Pro Advanced SDI Video Card". Blackmagic Design. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "DeckLink SP High-End Analog Video Card". Blackmagic Design. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Price Barrier Slashed with Blackmagic DeckLink Extreme". Blackmagic Design. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "DeckLink HD Plus™ Announced". Blackmagic Design. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "DeckLink Multibridge™ Announced". Blackmagic Design. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Workgroup Videohub™ Announced". Blackmagic Design. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Blackmagic Design Introduces Multibridge Family; World's First Bi-Directional Converter with PCI Express". Blackmagic Design. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Blackmagic Design Introduces FrameLink, a New Software Utility for Instant DPX Compatibility". Blackmagic Design. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Blackmagic Design introduces world's first PCI Express Capture Card". Blackmagic Design. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Blackmagic Design announces the immediate availability of a new software update with full support for the new Adobe Production Studio". Blackmagic Design. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink HD Extreme". Blackmagic Design. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces Multibridge Pro Conversion and Editing Solution". Blackmagic Design. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic On-Air -- The First Affordable Live HD Television Production Studio". Blackmagic Design. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Blackmagic Design announces new Intensity Pro 4K capture card for SD, HD and Ultra HD - Streaming Media Magazine". Streaming Media Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  20. ^ Dent, Steve (13 April 2015). "Blackmagic launching a tiny, drone-friendly RAW cinema camera". Engadget. Retrieved 29 November 2016 – via AOL. 
  21. ^ Wöber, Sebastian (14 April 2015). "A talk with Blackmagic about the Ergonomics of the URSA Mini". Cinema5D. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces the Acquisition of Fairlight". Fairlight. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016 – via Blackmagic Design. 
  23. ^ "Australia’s Blackmagic Design to open production facility in Batam". The Jakarta Post. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016 – via PT. Niskala Media Tenggara. 

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