Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd
Industry Digital Cinema
Founded 1984
Founder Grant Petty
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia
Area served
Key people
Grant Petty (CEO)
Products BMURSA, BMPCC, BMPC, DaVinci Resolve, etc.
Services Digital cinematography

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] In 2014, Blackmagic Design announced the acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc. Creators of eyeon Fusion.[5]

Blackmagic URSA[edit]

At NAB Show 2014, Blackmagic Design announced the Blackmagic URSA Camera,[6] the world's first user upgradeable 4K digital film camera.

Sensor Modes FPS Max Resolution Max Write Speed for RAW @ 80FPS (Average)
CMOS EF Mount (Stock) RAW, ProRes 4444 and 422 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60, 80, 90, 120, 240 4000 x 2160 8MB/Frame (640MB/Second - 1min 40sec on 64GB / 3min 20sec on 128GB)
CMOS PL Mount (Stock) RAW, ProRes 4444 and 422 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60, 80, 90, 120, 240 4000 x 2160 8MB/Frame (640MB/Second - 1min 40sec on 64GB / 3min 20sec on 128GB)
CMOS B4 Mount (Stock) ProRes 4444 and 422 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 3840 x 2160 6MB/Frame (360MB/Second - 2min 58sec on 64GB / 5min 54sec on 128GB)
None - HDMI (Stock) RAW, ProRes 4444 and 422 --- 3840 x 2160 6MB/Frame (360MB/Second - 2min 58sec on 64GB / 5min 54sec on 128GB)

Blackmagic Cinema Camera[edit]

At the 2012 NAB Show, the company announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, featuring interchangeable EF mount lenses.[7] The 2.5K sensor allows enough oversampling for clean 1080p or 2K output and is announced to have a dynamic range of 13 stops.

Due to popular demand Blackmagic Design announced (at IBC in September 2012) they would add a passive Micro-Four-Thirds (MFT) mount to their line of Cinema Cameras. This move would allow adopters to use a plethora of MFT lenses, made by Olympus and Panasonic. In addition, due to the short Flange Focal Distance of MFT, and the availability of cheap third party adapters, the user could easily adapt the camera to take most of the popular lens mounts, including Canon FD. At IBC 2014 Blackmagic Design announced a production friendly PL-Mount version of the Cinema Camera.

The camera records to conventional PC 2.5" solid state 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 Production Camera 4K[edit]

At NAB Show 2013, Blackmagic Design announced the Production Camera 4K, the first of their line of cameras to support 4K.[8] 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 to accompany its release. Among other new features are a larger Super 35mm sized sensor and a global shutter.[9][10][11]

Compared to the original 2.5K Cinema Camera some of the technical 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.[12][13] The Production Camera has 12 stops of usable dynamic range compared to 13 stops for the Cinema Camera, specifically losing detail in highlights.[14][15]

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera[edit]

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, priced at under $1,000.[16] 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.[17] 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 shoot wide angle images, even with wide-angle lenses.[18]


  1. ^ "Blackmagic Design Acquires da Vinci". TV Technology. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blackmagic Design buys what's left of Echolab switcher line". Broadcast Engineering. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Blackmagic Design acquires Teranex signal-processing technology". Broadcast Engineering. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blackmagic Acquires Assets of Film Scanner Maker Cintel". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blackmagic Design's Acquisition of eyeon Software". Blackmagic Design. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA". 
  7. ^ "Blackmagic Cinema Camera aims to make pro video more affordable". CNET. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Blackmagic's Production Camera 4K gets full size cinema sensor, $3,995 price tag". Engadget. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
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  17. ^ Jeremy Starnas. "Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera First Impressions Review". Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ Steve Dent (February 2, 2014). "A closer look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera". 

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