shares his experiences using the Blackmagic Pocket Camera in a five part series:
This first video is just basic because I thought I should start from the very beginning just in case someone sees these videos that haven’t already seen other peoples videos or blogs about the Pocket. That way they get a good idea of this camera from the beginning.
In part 2 I go over the menu of the of the bmpcc…
One thing I would like to point out, that just accord to me as I type this, is about the problem some people are having with the auto focus using the Olympus and Panasonic lenses. If you have these lenses you need to make sure you update the lens firmware. This may be the reason why im not having any problems with mine because I updated the lens firmware a few months back. Go to my web site for the links to the firmware updates of the lenses I use.
A few issues with the menu and firmware 1.6.2
Their is no way to turn off auto exposure when camera boots
You need to go through a few menus options that are not used that much to get to settings that are used most often like iso,white balance and shutter angle.
In part 3 I will show you how I view the .dng files on my pc that comes off the Pocket cameras sd card because at least on my pc when I open up a Pocket camera file all I see is a generic icon and its frustration not knowing what video clip it is. If you are on pc and have a way to do this without downloading a program then please leave it in the comments. But my solution does work well.
Also I will show you how I set up a production folder structure template so you can be more organized with all you projects assets. This really saves you time and keeps you organized.
Part 4 was a lot of work, so many trial and errors but after all this was done I think I found the Pocket and ZOOMs sweet spot. You may have to tweak things under different condition I suppose, but these setting are going to work for me most of the time. Theirs not much more I can add but the bottom line is, that recording audio separately on the ZOOM H1 at its highest settings of 96kHz 24bit is going to give you the best audio, but with just adding a little bass and DeNoise to the Pockets internal audio (depending on mic used) you can probably be safe recording many projects (fast turn arounds) in camera and no one watching the video will think twice about the audio.
I was using a cheap Radio Shack lav mic that I have been using for years and it works great, but you will have different results with these test if your using other mics. I can only imagine with better mics the audio will be much better. I hope this video was not confusing because it was for me trying to get all the settings laid out.
I was using raw in this video.
One of the most important things when filming a scene is lighting. Without light their is no color, no contrast and well no image. Once you got your lights in the scene you need to expose the camera to see the colors properly. One thing that is so over looked, is getting the proper exposure for skin tone. So I wanted to see what settings I need to set up my Pocket camera to get proper skin tone exposure without using a light meter. You should really get a light meter to do it right, to get the proper contrast ration. With these setting you can get close to getting the skin tone in the proper Zone. I kind of run through these tutorials due to not have much time so sorry for screwing up my sentences some times and saying on thing when I meant another. These tutorials are not scripted.