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Mocarg Volunteer moderator says
Just watch the video: http://gizmodo.com/5945408/watch-the-black-magic-cinema-camera-crush-the-canon-5d-mark-iiis-video-quality

I am impressed! And it’s 3000$ only! Without the lens tho…

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andrenavarre says

Wowoweewa! So much for investing in Canon… Who wants a T2i and a T3i? THIS LOOKS AMAZING :)

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

Yeah…. you can’t compare h.264 with Raw.

This is quite exciting, as it kind of bridges the gap between the DSLRs and the Red (and co.). I think I’m going to give this camera a try soon. The problem with really low budget shoots, where you can’t afford Alexa or Red One, is that while the 5D can give you a very adequate (albeit slightly muddy) looking image in many situations, it’s absolutely pointless for most VFX work. Particularly chroma key. A single blue-screen shot in a shoot forces you to go up-market with a camera. Not any more, apparently.

Usable chip size is 15.81×8.88mm compared to 24.4×13.7mm on a RED One (Super 35ish). A standard Academy 35mm frame is 22×16 mm and Super 16 is 12.52×7.41mm. 2/3” CCD (most TV type cameras) 8.8×6.6mm. 1/3” CCD (most DV cameras) 4.4×3.3mm. The 5D has a full 35mm stills frame (i.e. like 35mm film on its side) 36×24mm. So actually, the chip size isn’t too bad.

Bit of a deal breaker for those super shallow DOF fans, maybe?

I only managed to watch the first couple of minutes of the video. Did it mention what size file it records to? 1920×1080, I guess?

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5p1r17 says

Holy crap! I want this one! My 7D now looks like child toy near this monster :) Thanks for letting know, I’m really interested to test this cam :)

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Mocarg Volunteer moderator says

@Felt:

It shoots 2.5k :)

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NeuronFX says

I was waiting for this topic to pop up :P Was following this camera since its origin some months ago. Its a true step for independent film makers as its a dream for us to shoot raw at that budget.

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doru says

@felt_tips

did you have some experience with RED cameras? What do you think about the Epic?

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felt_tips Volunteer moderator says

RED is my usual shooting format nowadays. DSLRs are great, but I don’t really trust them on professional shoots. I can’t say I’ve personally noticed a huge difference between Mysterium and Epic. The rolling shutter issue is apparently rather better on the Epic and you can shoot at 5K IIRC . 4K is usually absolutely fine for my needs. (i.e. broadcast HD). RED is great though. It’s relatively cheap and although I’ve had it do some weird things with green and bluescreen in the past (probably an issue with the LUT ) the quality is great. I very rarely operate camera myself though, so how it handles to work with, I can’t say first hand.

I’ve done quite a lot of post on Arri Alexa footage lately. What comes out of that camera looks uncannily like 35mm film. The noise looks like grain (maybe a touch courser than a 100ASA 35mm), but it seems like quite a remarkable camera. Also shoots somewhere around 2.5K and writes ProRes 444 IIRC . It feels like a big move on from its predecessor, the D20 .

It’s unbelievable how much digital movie technology has moved on in the last 10 years. RED has been a real game changer. Once the rolling shutter issue is resolved, you’re on the verge of being able to say that digital can now be as good as (or even better than) film.

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flashato says

The MIII is a still camera with the “ability” to shot HD compressed footage.
The Blackmagic Cinema is a 2.5K RAW at 2432×1366. movie camera.
I m not surprise by the differences, but by the comparison.
BTW the Blak Magic images looks very good for the price :)
Thanks for sharing Mo !

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Altaf_ajju says

thanks for sharing…

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