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Blackmagic Releases Update for Pocket Cinema Cameras
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 5, 2020 @ 06:30 AM (EST)
Source: DPReview


Blackmagic has released an update for its Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K) and Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC6K) that adds new features and improvements, and fixes various bugs. According to the Australian company, Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.8 improves startup time and USB PTP control performance, and fixes an issue with “slow mounting of media containing large number of clips.” On the 6K model, which features an Canon EF mount, the update fixes an issue where “EF lens stabilization cannot be turned on if the camera is started with lens IS turned off.”

Included in the update is Blackmagic RAW 1.6.1, which promises “general performance and stability improvements” when using the Blackmagic RAW plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.

Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.8 can be downloaded through the Blackmagic website. Keep an eye out for DPG’s forthcoming review of the BMPCC4K in Nauticam housing.
 



DETAILS

Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.8

Welcome to the Blackmagic Camera Setup!

This software package allows you to update your Blackmagic Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements.

The software installer no longer installs the Desktop Video or UltraScope applications and they will need to be downloaded separately from the Blackmagic Design website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support

To use UltraScope via Thunderbolt with Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Production Camera 4K, download and install the Blackmagic UltraScope software. If you want to use Media Express with the supported cameras, download and install the Blackmagic Desktop Video software.

Please ensure that your device is plugged into mains power before running the software update. To update Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter you will need to ensure that the unit is powered from the camera using the URSA 12V power supply rather than SMPTE fiber during the update.

Please update your camera before attaching the Blackmagic Camera Battery Grip.

For updating Blackmagic Cameras from Camera 4.0 or above it is advisable to export your presets and LUTs onto a card as they will be removed during this update.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.8

New features for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

  • Improve camera startup time.
  • Improved USB PTP control performance.
  • Increase 4K 2.40:1 recording pixel height from 1712 to 1720.
  • Fixed issue with slow mounting of media containing large number of clips.

New features for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

  • Improve camera startup time.
  • Improved USB PTP control performance.
  • Fixed issue with slow mounting of media containing large number of clips.
  • Fixed issue where EF lens stabilization cannot be turned on if camera is started with lens IS turned off.

No new features in 6.8 for other camera models.

What's new in Blackmagic RAW 1.6.1

  • Added Blackmagic URSA Broadcast support.
  • Blackmagic RAW Avid Media Composer plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin general performance and stability improvements.

Minimum system requirements for Blackmagic Camera Setup on macOS

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 or later
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 or later
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port

Minimum system requirements for Blackmagic RAW on macOS

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 or later
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 or later
  • AVX, AVX2, or SSE compatible chipset
  • Adobe CC 2019 or later for Adobe Premiere Pro plug-ins
  • Avid Media Composer 2018 for Avid Media Composer AMA plug-in

Minimum system requirements for Blackmagic Camera Setup on Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit or later
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port

Minimum system requirements for Blackmagic RAW on Windows

  • Windows 10 or later
  • AVX, AVX2, or SSE compatible chipset
  • Adobe CC 2019 or later for Adobe Premiere Pro plug-ins
  • Avid Media Composer 2018 for Avid Media Composer AMA plug-in

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility

Before installing the software, we recommend that you run "Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup” first.

While installing Camera Update on URSA Mini and URSA Mini Pro you may notice a pause around the 10% mark in the install process, this is normal and will continue installing after around 20 seconds.

While installing Camera Update on Pocket Cinema Camera 4K you may notice a pause around the 70% mark in the install process, this is normal. Please do not power off the camera as it may still be in the middle of the update process. When the update is completed, the camera will restart into its normal operating state.

After loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL, EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behavior. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.

The Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • Blackmagic RAW SDK
  • Blackmagic RAW Player
  • Blackmagic RAW Speed Test
  • Blackmagic RAW plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Blackmagic RAW plugin for Avid Media Composer
  • Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • User Manuals
     


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