Blackmagic Designs just released firmware 6.2 for the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This update removes the CinemaDNG format and adds Blackmagic RAW to the camera. The company is saying that they did this because of legal issues regarding the CinemaDNG format. Blackmagic also stated that compared to CinemaDNG format, Blackmagic RAW is a much more modern and capable format, that it requires much less CPU power from your computer to work with it and that it uses a single file with sidecar rather than individual stills for each frame like CinemaDNG. The use of a sidecar file allows them to override things like gamma settings that are not a part of the original recording.
In addition, they are saying that even their 12:1 compression ratio gives great quality in regards to color and detail. The new format also allows you to record Blackmagic RAW in UltraHD to an SD in camera. The other good news is that the update with Blackmagic RAW is free.
What’s new for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
From the Blackmagic Design website:
- Added Blackmagic RAW codec support
- Added Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, 12:1 recording for Blackmagic RAW
- Added Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 recording for Blackmagic RAW
- Added support for double tap on touch screen zoom
- Changed tap to focus behavior to tap and hold to focus
- Removed CinemaDNG formats
Here’s the video from Blackmagic describing the update:
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