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Shoot like a Pro with Blackmagic Camera iPhone App

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Blackmagic Design has launched an app that I believe will have professional and amateur creators using the iPhone for news and content gathering like we’ve never seen before.

Blackmagic Camera is now available from the Apple App Store for free and its potential is enormous, especially for a team of video shooters. The app requires iOS 16.0 or later and a device with the A12 Bionic chip or later. That means you’re covered from the Xs onwards.

Blackmagic Camera unleashes the video capabilities of the iPhone by adding digital film camera controls so users experience an interface just like a real Blackmagic Design camera. This allows for easy adjustment of frame rate, shutter angle, white balance, ISO, lenses and much more.

Blackmagic Camera Features

  • Shoot in 16:9 or vertical aspect ratios.
  • Stealth mode for shooting 16:9 while holding phone vertically – seen here.
  • Capture in Apple ProRes, HEVC and H.264 with auto proxy generation.
  • Frame rate, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, tint and colour space camera controls.
  • Focus assist, zebra, frame guides, histogram, 3D LUT monitoring.
  • Time of day or run time, timecode recording.
  • PCM, IEEE Float or AAC audio recording, 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rate.
  • VU or PPM audio meters.
  • Thumbnail view of all recorded clips in media tab.
  • Preview clips with scrubber, duration, timecode and file name display.
  • Fully integrated with Blackmagic Cloud and DaVinci Resolve.
  • Record to iPhone, select recorded clips to share via Blackmagic Cloud or sync automatically.

As I explained In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) users can immediately upload video proxies and their originals to a ‘live’ edit session in DaVinci Resolve.

Djuro Sen explains the new Blackmagic Camera App on Sky News Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert

“Blackmagic Camera is a truly revolutionary workflow for creating feature film quality content using an iPhone ,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. 

“Plus, the Blackmagic Cloud workflow lets customers record to Blackmagic Cloud Storage and automatically sync with DaVinci Resolve.

“Now they can get their footage to the newsroom or post production studio in minutes.

“I think it will be really exciting to find out how Blackmagic Camera will change traditional news and post production workflows.”

Creators can save their media to the files folder on the phone, send it to Blackmagic Cloud Storage via Blackmagic Cloud or manually choose which clips to upload to a project library. It’s from here where users sync media from Blackmagic Camera directly into a DaVinci Resolve project so users are ready to edit and colour grade.

Blackmagic Camera features a built in chat workspace so Blackmagic Cloud project members can talk about shots and quickly share creative ideas, all without leaving the app. Users can quickly message editors, assistants, colourists or VFX artists to talk about shot selection or to receive an update on the project. Everyone on that project can see their message and reply instantly. All this means customers can keep in touch with other project members without leaving the app.

Creating their Blackmagic ID allows customers to have access to Blackmagic Cloud. It’s easy and there’s no charge. Simply tap on Blackmagic Cloud in the media tab to go to the Blackmagic Cloud website to register. Once users have created their Blackmagic ID they can log in and set up their project library. This is where projects to upload to Cloud Storage are created. With a project library set up, select for Blackmagic Camera to sync directly to Cloud Storage from the app. Invite others using their Blackmagic ID to share the project and instantly collaborate with editors and colourists globally, working on the same project.

The image above shows how well the iPhone can be tuned to professional standards. At this stage, the app is only available for iPhone. If you’re a Filmic Pro user, like me, paying a subscription fee, Blackmagic is a compelling alternative.

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Blackmagic Camera App Now on Android Devices

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Big news for serious phone videographers on Android. The Blackmagic Camera App from Blackmagic Design is now available from the Google Play Store for free.

Since the app made its debut on the iPhone back in September 2023, pro shooters like myself have been using it regularly for pick up shots, even some A-camera content. It is by far the best app on the iPhone in my opinion. And now it’s on Android.

BLACKMAGIC CAMERA APP ON GOOGLE PLAY

Blackmagic Camera for Android is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, S23 Ultra or S24, S24 Plus, S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 7, 7a, 7 Pro, 8 and 8 Pro phones.

Although you won’t get ProRes you can shoot 8K on the Samsung phones.

MEDIA LIBRARY ON S24 ULTRA

It gives users the same controls (other than iris) as they would get on a real camera. You can adjust frame rate, shutter angle, white balance and ISO all in a single tap.

I’ll be shooting a lot of test video this week so I can compare it with the iPhone.

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WWDC 2024: Canon and Blackmagic Design to Help Push Apple Vision Pro Sales

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Content is king and that’s why Apple needs Canon and Blackmagic Design cameras to capture high quality spatial and immersive video to wow potential buyers of Vision Pro headsets. We’ve been able to shoot Vision Pro spatial video for some time on the iPhone but soon professionals and expert amateurs will be able to capture better quality images, specifically for Apple’s premium device.

At WWDC Apple announced that Vision Pro will soon be selling in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. More markets means more content.

At a RRP of A$5,999, the Vision Pro needs to blow you away. Fortunately there will be more ways to gather stunning content thanks to Canon and Blackmagic Design. One for the enthusiasts and the other for pros only.

CANON RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens for EOS R7

The lens shown by Apple in its keynote is the Canon RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens for its popular APS-C R7 camera. It’s under development specifically for Apple Vision Pro spatial content. The new DUAL lens will be available between September and December this year.

The RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL lens features a field angle that is similar to a person’s field of view and it’s equipped with a high-speed autofocus mechanism.

If you can’t wait for the Apple specific lens then try the one below.

CANON RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM DUAL FISHEYE

The lens above is the (soon-to-be-released) RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM DUAL FISHEYE. It’s an APS-C (VR) lens and joins the RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE in the EOS mirrorless lineup.  

The lens will only be compatible with the EOS R7 camera at launch. The recording angle is 144-degrees but it results in a natural, forward-facing view of the world. It’s also the first 3D lens with Autofocus (AF) from Canon, with a One Shot Autofocus (AF). This helps a lot. You’ll also find a rear mounted filter holder for both screw-on and gelatin filters.  

The RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM DUAL FISHEYE is priced at A$1,999 RRP and should be available late June.

I’ve shot immersive 180 degree videos with Canon’s super-fast dual fisheye lens and although impressive, I really didn’t have anywhere to show them off. Although I tried my best in the Sky News segment below.

The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens was the world’s first lens for digital interchangeable lens cameras enabling 180° VR shooting to a single sensor. Using a Canon R5 you could record 8K 30p. Resolution is extremely important when it comes to video on VR/AR headsets. The higher the better.

Apple Vision Pro’s ultra-high-resolution display system uses micro-OLED technology to squeeze 23 million pixels into two displays. Each one is the size of a postage stamp, delivering more pixels than a 4K TV to each eye.

That’s where Blackmagic Design’s URSA Cine Immersive camera system is set to reach new standards in immersive video quality on the Apple Vision Pro.

BLACKMAGIC URSA CINE IMMERSIVE

“We are thrilled to announce the first-ever commercial camera system and post-production software that supports Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers the tools to create remarkable stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom, stereoscopic 3D lens system with dual 8K image sensors that can capture 16 stops of dynamic range.”

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive uses a fixed, custom lens system pre-installed on the body, which is designed specifically for Apple Immersive Video. The sensor delivers a jaw-dropping 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronisation.

The custom lens system is designed specifically for URSA Cine’s large format image sensor with extremely accurate positional data that’s read and stored at time of manufacturing. This immersive lens data — which is mapped, calibrated and stored per eye — then travels through post production in the Blackmagic RAW file itself.

Cinematographers can shoot 90fps stereoscopic 3D immersive cinema content to a single file.

The camera comes with 8TB of high performance network storage built in. It records directly to the included Blackmagic Media Module, and can be synced to Blackmagic Cloud and DaVinci Resolve media bins in real time. This gives over 2 hours of Blackmagic RAW in 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive.

DaVinci Resolve with Apple Immersive video support for Apple Vision Pro will be released later this year. Blackmagic customers will be able to edit Apple Immersive Video shot on the URSA Cine Immersive camera. A new immersive video viewer will let editors pan, tilt and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors or on Apple Vision Pro for an even more immersive editing experience.

Transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro will also be able to be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, giving editors clean master files. Export presets will enable quick output into a package which can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro.

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive Features

  • Dual custom lens system for shooting Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro.
  • 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive image capture.
  • 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronisation.
  • Massive 16 stops of dynamic range.
  • Lightweight, robust camera body with industry standard connections.
  • Generation 5 Colour Science with new film curve.
  • Dual 90 fps capture to a single Blackmagic RAW file.
  • Includes high performance Blackmagic Media Module 8TB for recording.
  • High speed Wi-Fi, 10G Ethernet or mobile data for network connections.
  • Optional Blackmagic URSA Cine EVF.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

DaVinci Resolve Immersive Features

  • Support for monitoring on Apple Vision Pro from the DaVinci Resolve timeline.
  • Ability to edit Blackmagic RAW Immersive video shot on Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive.
  • Immersive video viewer for pan, tilt and roll.
  • Automatic recognition of Apple Immersive Video (left and right eye) for dual file stereo immersive content.
  • Option to bypass transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro.
  • Export and deliver native files for viewing on Apple Vision Pro.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and the update to DaVinci Resolve will be available later this year.

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Microsoft Impresses by Showing DaVinci Resolve in Copilot+ PCs Launch

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Microsoft is pushing ‘on device’ AI processing as the next step in Artificial Intelligence for the masses. This week the company launched Copilot+ PCs claiming “the fastest, most intelligent Windows PCs ever built.”

One would would hope so.

The new chips are capable of more than 40 trillion operations per second with all–day battery life. Copilot+ PCs is promising things other PCs can’t deliver when it comes to AI.

One of the points that stood out to me related to DaVinci Resolve. Resolve has always worked better on Mac. Absolutely no doubt about it. But this is promising news for Windows as Resolve makes use of AI and a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to perform complicated tracking and masking.

I often need to jump from Mac to PCs and the advantage with DaVinci Resolve is being able to work on two different operating systems with little hassle. So this is great news that Microsoft is paying attention to the best NLE (in my opinion) you can use.

RECALL WILL FIND ANYTHING YOU’VE DONE

Another big feature is ‘Recall’ and it’s a little controversial. It will remember everything you have done on your PC. It does this by taking regular screenshots as you go about your business.

Snapshots stay locally on your PC and you can delete individual snapshots, adjust and delete ranges of time in Settings. You can pause at any point right from the icon in the System Tray on your Taskbar. You can choose apps and websites from ever being saved. So there’s a lot of control over what gets saved.

I actually do this manually all the time. But this involves receipts and other sensitive information. Recall makes use of your personal semantic index, built and stored on device. So unless you give someone else your password your data is safe.

I’m eager to try this because I’m always backtracking on my computers to find something I’ve done. I’ve got a good idea what I did but finding the exact moment is a pain. With recall you can scroll across time to find the content you need in your timeline across any application, website, document, or more.

HIGHLIGHTS

·       Equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Series computer chip, Copilot+ PCs are optimised to run AI workloads locally with better performance, featuring 8 high performance cores and 4 efficiency optimised cores in the built-in CPU within the X Elite. 

·       Windows now has more native Arm64 apps than ever before, including Chrome, Spotify, Zoom, Slack, Blender, and Davinci Resolve​.   

·       New Copilot experiences include improvements to Cocreator in Paint by Designer, Windows Studio Effects, Live captions and more.  

·       The company announced a new AI-led experience, Recall. Recall helps users quickly find things from their PC’s past – documents, images, websites, and more. 

·       Microsoft introduced the all-new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop – the smartest ultra-thin and light touchscreen next gen devices across their laptop and 2-in-1 portfolio.  

Copilot+ PCs Products from June 18:

  • AcerAcer’s Swift 14 AI 2.5K touchscreen enables you to draw and edit your vision with greater accuracy and with color-accurate imagery. Launch and discover AI-enhanced features, like Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 and Purified View, with a touch of the dedicated AcerSense button.
  • ASUSThe ASUS Vivobook S 15 is a powerful device that brings AI experiences to life with its Snapdragon X Elite Platform and built-in Qualcomm® AI. It boasts 40+ NPU TOPS, a dual-fan cooling system, and up to 1 TB of storage. Next-gen AI enhancements include Windows Studio effects v2 and ASUS AiSense camera, with presence-detection capabilities for Adaptive Dimming and Lock. Built for portability, it has an ultra-slim and light all-metal design, a high-capacity battery, and premium styling with a single-zone RGB backlit keyboard.
  • Dell: Dell is launching five new Copilot+ PCs, including the XPS 13, Inspiron 14 Plus, Inspiron 14, Latitude 7455, and Latitude 5455, offering a range of consumer and commercial options that deliver groundbreaking battery life and unique AI experiences. The XPS 13 is powered by Snapdragon X Elite processors and features a premium, futuristic design, while the Latitude 7455 boasts a stunning QHD+ display and quad speakers with AI noise reduction. The Inspiron14 and Inspiron 14 Plus feature a Snapdragon X Plus 1and are crafted with lightweight, low carbon aluminum and are energy efficient with EPEAT Gold rating.
  • HPHP’s OmniBook X AI PC and HP EliteBook Ultra G1q AI PC with Snapdragon X Elite are slim and sleek designs, delivering advanced performance and mobility for a more personalized computing experience. Features include long-lasting battery life and AI-powered productivity tools, such as real-time transcription and meeting summaries. A 5MP camera with automatic framing and eye focus is supported by Poly Studio’s crystal-clear audio for enhanced virtual interactions.
  • LenovoLenovo is launching two AI PCs: one built for consumers, Yoga Slim 7x, and one for commercial, ThinkPad T14s Gen 6. The Yoga Slim 7x brings efficiency for creatives, featuring a 14.5” touchscreen with 3K Dolby Vision and optimized power for 3D rendering and video editing. The T14s Gen 6 brings enterprise-level experiences and AI performance to your work tasks, with features including a webcam privacy shutter, Wi-Fi 7 connectivity and up to 64GB RAM.
  • Samsung: Samsung’s new Galaxy Book4 Edge is ultra-thin and light, with a 3K resolution 2x AMOLED display and Wi-Fi 7 connectivity. It has a long-lasting battery that provides up to 22 hours of video playback, making it perfect for work or entertainment on the go.

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