The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera finally gets CinemaDNG RAW. Here are some sample videos.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera finally gets CinemaDNG RAW functionality:

Blackmagic Design today released Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software which adds new 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording to the popular Pocket Cinema Camera. Blackmagic Camera 1.5 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

What’s the compression?

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses the open standard lossless compressed version of CinemaDNG RAW. That means customers get back the mathematically perfect high quality RAW file image that they recorded.

High quality lossless CinemaDNG files are fully compatible with DaVinci Resolve 10 for seamless color grading and editing workflows. Lossless CinemaDNG RAW files are an open standard however not all video applications can open them*, although those that can are increasing all the time. Customers can download the free Davinci Resolve Lite and transcode to popular editing formats like ProRes andDNxHD for compatibility and round tripping with editing software like Final Cut Pro 7®, Final Cut Pro X,® Avid® Media Composer® and Adobe Premier Pro®.

Author’s note: Premiere Pro CinemaDNG functionality does not support compressed CinemaDNG – what a shame.

I’ve already compared three RAW processors for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, so it looks like Resolve 10 is the best bet for the near term.

Here’s a video on how to activate CinemaDNG RAW functionality:

Here are some videos that compare RAW with Prores:

If you were holding out on buying the camera because it didn’t have RAW, well here’s your chance. Get it on Amazon for $995 before Black Friday puts it back on ‘back order’.

Read the full press release from Blackmagic Design here.

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