BlackMagic Cinema Camera and a really (unrelated) cool Old Spice Commercial

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Alright, so we have the BlackMagic cinema camera and it looks like a winner…so far. I haven’t had the chance to actually work with the camera itself, but I have had the chance to work with some of the DNG files provided by Blackmagic Design (You can find them on their website @

As far as the camera is concerned, I like the price ($3000USD) and the fact that it comes with DaVinci Resolve 9. It shoots RAW DNG files that can be edited in any Adobe Lightroom and them exported as to TIFF files (Or jpegs) at a resolution of 2.5k. Working with that extra space can be a definite plus. There are too many unanswered questions for me since I don’t actually have one to work with. I’d love to see how well it works in low light. How comfortable (Or uncomfortable) the form factor is? What kind of SSD drives (And how many) will I need? And of course there’s the whole getting use to using DaVinci Resolve 9 and how well it works in comparison to just working with the files in Lightroom and Premier Pro.

Here is my edit of the files I downloaded. Grading them in Lightroom was so much more fun than grading video in Premier with Magic Bullet Looks, at least for me. Then again, I’m sure the files that are being offered up for use were taking in a manner that made grading easier (Good lighting, nice subject etc).

BlackMagic Cinema Camera: Editing DNG files from Jason McDonald on Vimeo.

The only real down side I see so far to this camera is that it is EF and ZE mount only. Sorry Nikon users (And Sony, Pentax and everyone else). I’m not quite sure what their reason behind this was but if you’re a Canon person or have lots of Zeiss lenses (I wish I did) then you’re good to go. I hope to find a place to rent this bad boy out sometime soon but I’m a bit limited to what I can and can’t do here in Japan as far as renting is concerned. Still, I’ll try…and if all goes well, maybe the boss will let me get one for Christmas.

And in a completely unrelated story, Terry Crews comes up with some muscle music in this video. A great piece and with the ability to actually use your keyboard at the end of the video to do a recording of your own using his muscles!!

Old Spice Muscle Music from Terry Crews on Vimeo.