BMD – New white balance settings

Black Magic CInema camera’s new WB settings

With my new BMD camera, I’ve just started taking a closer look at the new software.

I think my friends at BMD forgot to tell me about all the updates, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that they’ve updated the available WB settings.  I know they were initially only planning on doing 3200K, 5600K and 6500K so it’s really awesome that they’ve decided to add some more.

Now for a RAW camera, the WB settings don’t really matter so much, but for those that are planning to shoot ProRes or DNx, it’s a great plus.  It means there’s more scope to fine tune the WB point for the compressed codecs and you’ll have a little more breathing room in the grade, presuming you choose the best WB in the first place.

The camera now has 3200K, 4500K, 5000K, 5600K, 6500K and 7500K.

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35 Responses to BMD – New white balance settings

  1. Shooting as neutral as possible on set will ensure the video codec footage will hold up when pushing in either direction in post. And for the times when you’re shooting with both daylight and tungsten lighting temperatures, you could opt to choose something in between depending on the style you’ll be aiming for in post for the scene/shot. It’s the little things🙂

  2. Simon Shasha says:

    Hey John, thanks for the updates!

    I’ve never shot RAW before, nor used Resolve – do you think Blackmagic will provide tutorials for novice users?

    Also, I live in Sydney, Australia (about twenty-minutes from Bondi) – do you know if we’ll be getting the BMC the same time as the rest of the world, or possibly earlier (given that Blackmagic is an Australian company)?

    I completely understand if you don’t have the information for the questions above🙂

    Thanks again!

    • johnbrawley says:

      HI Simon.

      I don’t think living in Australia gets you any kind of special preference I’m afraid.

      Resolve has been greatly simplified in Version 9, yet to be released. I do know that there are several youtube style tutorials out there on the current version. To be honest, like photoshop, it’s such a powerful tool, I still prefer to have professional colourists do my grading !

      • Simon Shasha says:

        Haha, I was just hoping that we’d get it a little earlier then everyone else😉

        I’d love to hire a colourist if a budget permitted it – hopefully some tutorials go online once the camera and Resolve begin mass circulation🙂

        Thanks for the reply, truly appreciate it!

      • johnbrawley says:

        You can download a single node version of Resolve right now for nix and start practising.

  3. Greg says:

    Great news for mixed lighting conditions. Well done BM!

  4. Eric says:

    Hmm…Why not just offer user-customizable WB setting in increments of 100?
    Perhaps in the next FW upgrade…

    • John Brawley says:

      I think it’s a lot of work. Basically, because this is a new sensor, they have to do a lot of extra calibration work for each colour temperature setting they choose to implement. It’s like they have to start from scratch for each white point. It might happen down the road, but for now, you should be really happy it’s more than the initial three they WERE going to ship with !

      jb

    • You should be fine with those options. The ProRes footage will be able to be pushed much more in Resolve than DSLR H.264 footage.

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  7. Samjack says:

    I think it is important to keep pushing BM for improvement rather than being content and feeling lucky about every minor update because otherwise BM will rest on its laurels and we the customers will not benefit. I’m glad there is competition from Digital Bolex. A more incremental WB isnt difficult, neither is a more incremental ISO range. If you can do this in post at ease trust me you can implement them in the camera.

  8. Samjack: I suggest you get to work implementing that feature in the cinema camera you are releasing yourself! 😉

    IMHO, what’s most important is that BMD release the camera described on their website as soon as they’re able. “Improvements”, if any, are for after its initial release, or indeed for another product entirely.

    I can’t imagine Digital Bolex figures into BMD’s plans for the BMCC in any significant way. DB is welcome to attempt to make whatever camera they wish. There’s room for both cams (and all other cams) to coexist and earn varying degrees of success in the marketplace. Cheers.

    • Samjack says:

      Peter J. DeCrescenzo: I suggest a more sensible reply. If can implement a feature update a BMC camera then what does that tells you about BM engineer. If something like WB can be changed in post incrementally it can be done in camera too.

      • John Brawley says:

        @Samjack It can be done, but as I mentioned, every single WB point is a LOT of work for BMD at a time they are trying to get their very first camera out the door. BMD were already underway making their camera before the Bolex announcement. They aren’t too worried about it as it’s not really a competing camera.

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  10. odessamarin says:

    Could somebody help me, is this camera has an internal mic for sound recordings. Or one will need to use external mic?
    Thx

    • johnbrawley says:

      Like a 5D it has a built in, internal mic.

      • odessamarin says:

        Thank you,
        Also I have concern about original SATA spec. For the connector life of the SATA disks is laughably flimsy: 50 insertion cycles. Means it will brocken after about 50 connections. How we will transfer our huge recordings then? Only options is Thunderbolt port. Even in actual spec of the camera it is not clear, can we used it for data transfers… it’s says for capture of RAW video and audio. Capture… no transfer. Or it’s means the same? Any comments on this? Sad there is no USB 3 anyway..

  11. John Brawley says:

    Thunderbolt is NOT for transferring data off the camera. You can’t mount the SSD drive using the thunderbolt port of the camera and the camera as a caddy. You have for remove the SSD and use a caddy to mount the SSD. You can even get an SSD to USB3 caddy if that’s what you’re after.

    BMD feel fine about the SSD connectors. They have been making Hyperdeck Shuttles for a couple of years now and they’ve had few complaints. I’ve had a couple of Hyperdeck shuttles for some time too and I’ve been using my SSD’s with the camera. These use exactly the same mechanism.

    jb

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  13. laco says:

    John,
    thanks for sharing! Great news.
    These are the features that really matter, not those foolish requests on some forums.

    laco

  14. Luke says:

    Thanks for the update John. Very excited to hear this – they didn’t have to do it either so they clearly listen to feedback!

    The way I see it is that this is a cinema camera, and film cameras would have limited choices in terms of white balence dependent dependent on film stock so anything more on the BMC is a bonus!

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  16. Spiro G. says:

    Hello, i was wondering if you could answer some questions about this new Camera?

    1. Will there be an update to support exFAT? (a newer Filesystem, it gets rid of that pesky file limit posed by FAT32, and is compatable out of the box with Windows 7 and Snow Leopard)
    2. Can ProRes be shot in different formats like Standard Def? and different formats?
    3. How does the camera hold up in extreme lowlight situation?
    4. do you know if Anton-bauer or other companies will be making an external battery?

    anyway… thanks for all the information you’ve been posting for the new camera!!

    • johnbrawley says:

      I think you should ask BMD about the file system. I know they’ve heard a lot about this. The more they hear, the more likely they are to change it.

      ProRes is 1920×1080 HD only and 422 (HQ). No way to change. You can change WB, ISO and frame rate.

      It’s works OK in lowlight, but I wouldn’t call it an extreme low light camera. It’s not as good as a C300 by any stretch. The iso 1600 setting is genuine. if that’s enough for you then you’re ok.

      I do know that Anton Bauer are working on something. As are many other companies.

      jb

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