|Key people||Grant Petty (CEO)|
Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd is an Australian company which manufactures electronic equipment for broadcast and video production.
Founded by CEO Grant Petty, the company manufactures equipment used 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 which had won Emmy Awards for its film colouring and restoration equipment. In 2010, Blackmagic Design acquired Echolab, a manufacturer of vision mixers. In 2011, Blackmagic Design acquired Teranex, a manufacturer of video processing products. In 2012, Blackmagic Design acquired Cintel, a manufacturer of professional post-production equipment, for transcribing film into video or data formats.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
At the 2012 NAB Show, the company announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, featuring interchangeable EF mount lenses. 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.
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
At NAB Show 2013, Blackmagic Design announced the Production Camera 4K, the first of their line of cameras to support 4K. 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.
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. 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 it is only about 36 percent of MFT sensor size or about 70 percent of 1" sensor size. The camera can take video at 23.976p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, and 30p with built-in stereo mic or 3.5mm audio jack which is supported by plenty of audio controls, but cannot take photo, although has a time-lapse function. The camera use 12.5mmx7mm sensor with crop factor 2.88x or smaller than Micro Four Thirds System sensor makes the camera difficult to find wide angle lens or even standard lens from the third parties.
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- "Blackmagic Design buys what’s left of Echolab switcher line". Broadcast Engineering. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Blackmagic Design acquires Teranex signal-processing technology". Broadcast Engineering. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Blackmagic Acquires Assets of Film Scanner Maker Cintel". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Blackmagic Cinema Camera aims to make pro video more affordable". CNET. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Blackmagic's Production Camera 4K gets full size cinema sensor, $3,995 price tag". Engadget. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Jeremy Starnas. "Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera First Impressions Review". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- Steve Dent (February 2, 2014). "A closer look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera".
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