Blackmagic Cinema Camera - Installation and Operation Manual
Blackmagic Cinema Camera - Installation and Operation Manual
Welcome Welcome Thank you for purchasing Blackmagic Cinema Camera! We have worked hard to produce a camera that's designed from the ground up to have a very wide dynamic range and to produce files that are "flat", which means they preserve this wide dynamic range. This will allow you to make your creative decisions by using the included DaVinci Resolve 9 color correction tools! We think this means you get a cinema style shooting experience where you capture and preserve more of the image so you have as many creative options as possible.
An added benefit of the 2.5K sensor is you capture more pixels than you need for HD so your HD images get a wonderful anti aliased look, similar to shooting film!
We have also included a large screen for easy focus and metadata entry as well as standard file formats that work with all video software. We hope you connect to this camera in a creative way and produce some amazing looking images! We will be extremely excited to see what creative work you produce! Grant Petty CEO Blackmagic Design
Contents Blackmagic Cinema Camera Getting Started Attaching a Lens 5 Turning the Camera On and Off 5 Inserting a SSD 6 Begin Recording 6 Choosing the Recording Format 6 Playing Back Clips
7 Using Remote Control 7 Charging the Internal Battery 7 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility 8 How to Set Up Thunderbolt™ to Capture and Monitor Video 9 Settings Camera Settings 10 Camera ID 10 Setting Date and Time 10 ISO 10 White Balance 11 Shutter Angle 11 Audio Settings 12 Recorder Settings 13 Display Settings 15 Adjusting Settings 16 Iris Button and Control 16 Focus Button 16 Focus Zoom - Double Tap 16 Image Stabilizer 16 Status Strip 17 5 10 18 19 21 25 Entry of Metadata What is the Slate? 18 How to Enter Metadata Information 18 Connections Remote 19 Headphones 19 Audio In
19 SDI Out 19 Thunderbolt™ 19 Power 19 USB 19 Blackmagic Cinema Camera 20 Software Compatibility Accessing Clips 21 RAW Files 23 Workflows 24 Using Blackmagic Video Software 24 About SSDs Important Information About SSD Speeds 25 Supported Disk Format 26 Recommended SSDs for RAW Recording 27
Contents Blackmagic Cinema Camera 30 31 39 51 53 Attaching Accessories Sun Shield 28 Carry Strap 28 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles 29 Working with Thunderbolt Technology What Can I Do with the Thunderbolt Port on My Camera? 30 Using Blackmagic Media Express Using Blackmagic UltraScope Help Getting Help 51 Blackmagic Design Online Support Pages 51 Contacting Blackmagic Design Support 51 Checking the Version Currently Installed 51 How to Get the Latest Software Updates 51 Battery Replacement 51 Replacing the Fan 52 Warranty Information 28
Getting Started 5 Getting started with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is as simple as attaching a lens, turning the camera on and inserting a SSD.
You can test the camera by recording and playing back your first shot and, of course, don't forget to charge the battery before you start shooting! Attaching a Lens Before you attach a lens to the camera, you'll need to remove the camera's dust cap from the lens mount. You can then attach and remove your favorite EF and ZE mount lenses. When no lens is attached to the camera, don't forget to replace the camera's dust cap.
Dust Cap To remove the protective dust cap from the lens mount, hold down the locking button and rotate the cap in a counterclockwise manner until its dot reaches the 12 o’clock position. The mounting points should now be aligned, and the cap should easily lift off. To replace the dust cap, align the dot on the mounting ring with the dot on the dust cap and turn in a clockwise fashion until locked into place. Attaching and Removing a Lens The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses. We recommended that you always turn off your Blackmagic Cinema Camera prior to attaching or removing a lens.
To attach a lens, first remove the protective dust cap from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and also the rear cover from your desired lens. Many lenses have a colored dot (typically blue, red or white) or other indicator, which you should align with the dot on the camera mount. Then twist the lens in a clockwise direction until the lens locks into place.
To remove the lens, hold down the locking button, rotate the lens counterclockwise until its dot or indicator reaches the 12 o’clock position and gently remove. Turning the Camera On and Off The camera's power button is located below the touchscreen. Press the power button to turn it on and the status strip will appear along the bottom of the touchscreen. Hold the power button for 2 seconds to switch off the camera. Removing the dust cap Attaching and removing the lens Turning the camera on and off
Getting Started 6 Inserting a SSD You can insert any 2.5" SSD formatted in either the HFS+ or exFAT file systems: Step 1.
Open the SSD door on the right hand side of the camera. Step 2. With the gold SATA contacts facing towards the camera door, insert the SSD until you feel it press into place. Step 3. Close the SSD door. When you first switch on Blackmagic Cinema Camera, or any time you insert a SSD into the SSD slot, the status strip will change from NO SSD to a moving dot while checking the SSD, and then READY. If the SSD has not been formatted correctly, or fails to work, the status strip will show NO SSD. Remove the SSD and refer to the later section "About SSDs" to check if the SSD is formatted correctly and also check that it works with a computer.
If it doesn't work with a computer, there's something wrong with the SSD and it's not going to work with your camera. Try another SSD and preferably use a model that is on the recommended SSD list in the "About SSDs" section of this manual.
Begin Recording To record with your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, insert a SSD and press the REC button on the front face of the camera or the record button in the transport control under the touchscreen. Press record again to stop recording. This is all you need to do to record unless you prefer to record in a different video format. Choosing the Recording Format You can choose to record to CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K video or to a compressed, high definition, QuickTime movie in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD video formats. To select the desired video format: Step 1. Press the MENU button below the touchscreen.
Step 2. Press the REC menu icon on the touchscreen. Step 3. Press the left-right selection arrows to set the desired recording format. Step 4. Press the MENU button again to exit. Your camera is now ready to record in the video format you have selected. The current recording format is shown at the bottom left of the touchscreen display. Press the REC button on the front face or on the transport control on the back of the camera Inserting a SSD
Getting Started 7 Playing Back Clips Recorded clips can be played back on the camera's touchscreen. Once you have recorded your video, you can use the transport control buttons under the touchscreen to play back your video.
Press the play button once for instant playback and you'll see your video on the touchscreen and on any display connected to the SDI output. Hold down the forward or reverse buttons to fast forward or reverse through the clip. Playback will finish when the end of the current clip is reached. The controls of your camera work just like a CD player, so pressing the forward button will skip to the start of the next clip. Press the reverse button once to go to the start of the current clip or press twice to skip back to the start of the previous clip.
Using Remote Control The remote port on your camera can be used to remotely control the following functions of your camera includingstartingandstoppingrecord,irisadjustmentsandalsofocusadjustmentswh enusingacompatible lens. The remote port can be found under its dust cap on the left face of the camera. The port is a 2.5 mm stereo jack which uses the standard Sony LANC protocol. Charging the Internal Battery The camera's internal battery can be charged using the supplied DC adapter. Alternatively, you can use any DC power source between 11V and 30V to charge the battery.
The camera can be charged and operated while connected via DC power.
You can also charge the camera via a powered USB connection. However, it takes a longer time to charge the camera via USB so we recommend using the DC adapter when possible. Simply press the Play button on the transport controls to view your clip. Use a LANC remote cable to control the cinema camera
Getting Started 8 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility is used to change settings and update the internal software in your camera. How to Update Your Cinema Camera Software on Mac OS X After downloading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file, open the resulting disk image to reveal its contents. Launch the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Installer and follow the onscreen instructions. How to Update Your Cinema Camera Software on Windows After downloading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file, you should see a Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility folder containing this PDF manual and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility installer.
Double-click the installer and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation. How to Update the Internal Software After installing the latest Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility on your computer, connect a USB cable between the computer and the camera. Launch the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility and follow any onscreen prompt to update the internal software in your camera.
Getting Started 9 How to Set Up Thunderbolt to Capture and Monitor Video This section guides you through how to set up your Blackmagic Cinema Camera with your computer for video capture and waveform monitoring.
Connecting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to your computer Step 1. Connect power to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera using the included power adapter. Battery power can be used but you'll usually want to connect the power adapter for longer sessions. Step 2. Connect a Thunderbolt cable between the Thunderbolt port on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a Thunderbolt port on your Mac OS X computer, or to a Thunderbolt disk array which is attached to your Mac OS X computer.
Step 3. Use your camera to record or play back video so that your video software can obtain a video signal from the camera.
Settings 10 Camera Settings To configure camera settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press the MENU button in the transport control and tap the onscreen camera menu icon. Camera ID If you're using more than one Blackmagic Cinema Camera, it can be helpful to set a camera ID which will be included with any metadata recorded with your clips. You can change the camera ID by tapping the current name and then changing or entering a new camera ID with the onscreen keyboard.
Use the Enter button to save the new camera ID or press Cancel to discard any changes. Setting Date and Time To set date and time on your Blackmagic Cinema camera, press MENU button and change the year, month and day settings to the correct date.
To set the time, adjust the time settings on the screen to the desired time in 24 hour format. You will need to manually change the date and time to local time zones if traveling with your Blackmagic Cinema Camera. If you have your Blackmagic Cinema Camera stored for a length of time, the clock may become inaccurate. It is always a good idea to check the time and date prior to recording. If you connect the camera via USB to your computer and run the Blackmagic Camera Utility, the camera time will also be synced with your computer's time.
ISO ISO settings are helpful when you are shooting in a variety of light conditions.
The optimum ISO setting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is 800ASA. Depending on your situation, however, you may choose a lower or higher ISO setting. For example, in low light conditions 1600ASA would be suitable but might introduce some visible noise. In bright conditions 400ASA would be best to record richer colors. To adjust the ISO settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen. You can change the camera ID with the onscreen keyboard The Camera Settings screen
Settings 11 White Balance Your Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes 6 white balance presets for a variety of color temperature conditions. These are 3200K for tungsten light 4500K for fluorescent light 5000K, 5600K, 6500K and 7500K for a variety of daylight conditions such as time of day To adjust the White Balance settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen. Shutter Angle Shutter angle compliments the ISO setting by regulating the amount of light on the sensor. 360 degrees is considered wide open and will retain a significant amount of motion blur. This would be best for extremely low light conditions as it allows maximum light on to the sensor, however it is best suited to low impact sequences otherwise motion blur will be obvious.
While 180 degrees is commonly regarded as a normal shutter angle, you may need to use a Shutter Angle of 172.8 degrees to minimize flickering lights when shooting 24p in countries with 50 hertz power supplies. You can use any shutter angle to shoot 24p in countries with 60 hertz power supplies and most people will choose 180 degrees for a normal look. To adjust the shutter angle settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen. The Camera Settings screen
Settings 12 Audio Settings To adjust audio input and audio monitoring settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press the MENU button and select the microphone icon to the left of the touchscreen display.
Microphone Input Microphoneinputadjuststhebuilt-inmicrophone.Dragtheaudioslidericontoincreas eordecrease levels. The mono microphone input is recorded to audio channels 1 and 2 when no external audio source is connected to the camera. Channel 1 and Channel 2 Input Levels The external audio inputs accept audio at microphone level or line level. It's important to select Mic or Line level audio as appropriate to avoid your external audio sounding almost inaudible or too hot and distorted.
Set the external audio input levels by using the left and right arrows. To prevent damage, the camera will automatically switch to line level input if the input levels are over the limit for a sustained period of time. Channel 1 Input Drag the audio slider icon for channel 1 to increase or decrease levels. The external audio input overrides the built-in microphone and is recorded to audio channel 1. Channel 2 uses Channel 1 Input Use this setting if you only have channel 1 input and want to record the same external audio to channels 1 and 2. Press the Off button to change it to On. Press the On button if you want to change it back to Off.
Channel 2 Input Drag the audio slider icon for channel 2 to increase or decrease levels. The external audio input overrides the built-in microphone and is recorded to audio channel 2. Headphone Volume, Speaker Volume When headphones are connected, a headphone icon will be displayed. When no headphones are detected, a speaker icon will be displayed. Headphones will always be active when recording or playing back, however speakers will only work when playing back. Drag the volume slider to increase or decrease volume levels for audio monitoring.
The Audio Settings screen
Settings 13 Recorder Settings The recorder settings are used to set the video format recorded to the built-in SSD recorder.
To set recorder settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press the MENU button in the transport control panel and then tap the onscreen REC icon. Recording Format You can choose to record to CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K video or to a compressed, high definition, QuickTime movie in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD video formats. Choose RAW 2.5K for maximum quality, especially if you intend to color grade your video. Choose ProRes or DNxHD if you want to record in a high definition format suitable for broadcast. To select the recording format, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen. Dynamic Range Your Blackmagic Cinema Camera has two dynamic range settings, Film and Video, which are available when ProRes or DNxHD is selected as the recording format.
Film The film setting shoots video using a log curve and gives you 13 stops of dynamic range, which increases contrast levels to help you get the most out of color grading software such as DaVinci Resolve.
Video The video setting uses the REC709 standard for high definition video which lets you work faster by recordingdirectlytotheAppleProRes422(HQ)orAvidDNxHDvideoformats,whicharecom patible with popular post production software. To select the dynamic range, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen. The Recorder Settings screen The Recorder Settings screen
Settings 14 Frame Rate Your Blackmagic Cinema Camera has five different frame rate settings for shooting common film and video frame rates: 23.98 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, 29.97 fps, 30 fps. To select the frame rate, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.
Time Lapse Interval This setting allows you to record individual frames at interval ranges of 1 - 10 seconds or 1 - 10 minutes. For example, you can set the camera to record a still frame every 5 minutes. The format of each still frame is based on your recording format, so if you set the camera to record in ProRes, the time lapse setting will maintain this format. The frame rate will be based on the video frame rate you have set the camera to, i.e., 24fps, so your time lapse footage can be incorporated into your workflow easily.
To select the time lapse interval, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen or leave it set it to Off if you do not want to use the time lapse feature. The Recorder Settings screen