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So it’s been a long time coming but this update really does round off the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) nicely, and with an all new installer to boot. So what is new in 2.1? Lets get in under the skin of it. First off the BMCC now has the […]

So it’s finally here, the update everyone has been waiting for and with so much more to offer. Blackmagic has just released firmware update 1.9.3 for the BMCC and BMPCC. After testing it over the past week here is what you get in the new update. It brings time remaining, audio meters and histogram, first […]

Back in around June 2012 I was asked to direct and shoot a short brand film for Tullamore Dew called “The Furnace of Resurrection”. The brief from the agency was to create a documentary film following following on from the concept of their “virtual furnace” where Facebook users could “burn all that is dishonesty and […]

With the Blackmagic Cinema Camera using SSDs as its storage medium I’ve been looking for a way to safely store my SSDs while traveling or when not in use. There are many cases that will hold a single drive but I normally have 2 – 4 drives with me on set so I was looking […]

The Benchmarks In Part 1 I explained my thinking behind building a Hackintosh and listed the parts. Part 2 covered the build. Now lets look at how this machine performs compared to other known systems. First lets compare some Geekbench scores. It’s a good comparison as Geekbench tests the system but it’s not really a […]

The Build In Part 1 I explained my thinking behind building a Hackintosh and listed the parts. So lets get into the build. When I was growing up many of my friends at school had built their own PCs. It was never something that interested me. In the early 90’s I started work as an art […]

The Parts I currently run DaVinci Resolve (and FCPX) on a CustoMac/Hackintosh. While Grant Perry from Blackmagic has stated that the new Mac Pro is an awesome machine to run DaVinci Resolve 10 on, it is still a little way off. This article explains why I built a Hackintosh and outlines my set-up for those that […]

Over the last few weeks I’ve been beta testing a Final Cut Pro X plugin developed by Nick Shaw over at Antler Post-Production Services. The plugin is a great workflow tool for Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) users who are working with footage from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) that will be delivered to television. […]

With Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite being free and a really powerful grading tool, many users are trying it out. It makes a great companion to Apple Final Cut Pro X and is really easy to move files between both applications via XML. Some however, are finding it performs really badly with AVCHD files. […]

A quick and dirty sensor stress test. There had been a great deal of discussions on the Blackmagic forums about how the Blackmagic Cinema Camera performs when under exposed in lowlight conditions (http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4269). This test was based on those discussions. We used the Sony NEX-FS100, recording to ProRes HQ via an Atomos Ninja 2, as […]

A simple Hair and Skintone test. We wanted to test the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera to see how it performed with skintones and hair. We used the Sony NEX-FS100 and Canon 5D MK2 as known refrences for comparison. This test was done so we could find out how the BMCC could fit into out work […]


Sony recently gave me a Sony Alpha NEX-5 to shoot a short film that is currently in preproduction. I had approached them in the hope that they might loan me one of the new Alpha A55’s but they were keen to see what I could do with the NEX-5. A week later an NEX-5 kit […]

So I got back from lunch today to find this waiting for me on my desk: The new Sony Alpha NEX-5 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 16mm f/2.8. A little delivery from Sony that will be used to shoot a short film I’m working on. More details in the coming weeks.