Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Blackmagic Design Studio Camera

Now that the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 11th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new that I saw. *note* These are being released in no particular order*

*NOTE: I really apologize for these last two posts being so late. Work got nuts last week.*

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Blackmagic Design Studio Camera

Over the last few years Blackmagic Design (blackmagisdesign.com) has made quite a few waves with their camera releases. This year was no different with the release of the Ursa, BMD has become a trendsetter in cameras. But this year they also released the Studio Camera, which I feel was greatly overlooked at NAB.

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The Studio Camera is built specifically for that, studio production. It shoots to Ultra HD (3820×2160) or 4K, has a micro four thirds lens mount, built in talkback and tally lights, and a whole host of additional features that make this the perfect solution for shooting a multicam studio piece.

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Like the other BMD cameras, the Studio Camera is essentially all monitor. The rear display is a massive 10 inches of high res display. It’s almost as if BMD just mounted a lens mount to a monitor. The camera also features a control panel on the back that offers a full menu even while shooting.

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The Blackmagic cameras aren’t very ergonomic for shooting, they’re bulky and odd-shaped. The Studio Camera is no different, and has absolutely no ability to be handheld without an additional rig. That being said, it’s so easy to easy to rig accessories that it becomes almost a moot point.

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Working with the Studio Camera is possible, but ultimately is better in a studio (the four hour battery life makes it difficult). I went to the back of the BMD booth with School Video News (svnfilm.com) and we agreed that for schools who are producing news or studio style programs the Blackmagic Studio Camera is the perfect option.

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Part of why we loved this camera for studio work is because the Ultra HD model falls in at $2000, and the 4K is only $3000. Blackmagic Design offers a whole range of video solutions and adapters, and you can find more information on their website (blackmagicdesign.com) or by following them on twitter (@Blackmagic_News).

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