Blackmagic releases Cinema camera firmware updates

Firmware updates

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Picture: Blackmagic Design.

Blackmagic Design has issued a raft of firmware updates for its camera range.

The update, released as Blackmagic Camera Utility 1.8, covers the Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera and Studio Camera, and includes both bug fixes and new features.

The firmware update is now officially available on the Blackmagic website, after it appeared to have been released prematurely on to the company’s support forums.

The new software includes a new user interface for the Production Camera 4K, support for “losslessly compressed” RAW DNG recording, and a fix to an issue that caused pixel artefacts, when shooting strong highlights in 1080p mode. In addition, the update adds AF support for Canon EF lenses.

The Cinema Camera also gains the new user interface and EF-lens autofocus support. The company says debayering has been improved in ProRes and DNxHD modes, there are improvements to the ISO1600 mode, to audio performance, and there is better focus peaking.

For the Pocket Cinema Camera, audio recording with the internal mics is improved, there is improved lens support – including support for stabilization for MFT lenses without OIS swtiches, and there are general autofocus improvements. The Pocket Cinema Camera also gains a new user interface.

Finally, the Studio Camera gains better phantom power compatibility for audio, and Blackmagic has fixed an issue that caused the camera to output progressive streams, even when shooting in interlaced modes.

The update is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9, and with Windows 7 and Windows 8 64-bit editions.

  • For more on Blackmagic cameras, see our in-depth review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.