If you haven’t already heard, Blackmagic raw is now available on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k. This new feature will allow you to record higher quality images at much smaller file sizes.
If you are not familiar with Blackmagic Raw, it is a relatively new codec that combines the quality and benefits of 12 bit raw files while still retaining smaller file sizes of traditional video formats.
For example, you will be able to record up to 2 hours of Blackmagic Raw footage in 4k on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card. You will also have the option of choosing between 3:1, 5:1, 8:1, and 12:1 constant bit-rate recording or between constant quality Q0 and Q5 recording.
This will give you the choice of image quality or file size. The constant bit-rate encoding options allow you to record at predictable and consistent file sizes.
The only downside currently is that Blackmagic raw is not supported by Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro at this current time. You can only edit the raw files in BlackMagic’s Davinci Resolve. If you are not already familiar with their software they do have a free training series available.
Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve software is also included with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which makes it a pretty good deal in my opinion. With the addition of raw to this camera I’m seriously considering selling my Panasonic GH5 and adopting this new workflow. Alternatively if you don’t want to struggle with learning how to use new editing software you can also record in ProRes on the BBPCC 4k and you can easily edit that codec in just about any NLE.
In conclusion, let me know in the comment section below whether or not the addition of Black Magic Raw has you considering picking up the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k? Also, let me know if you think the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k is a better option than the Panasonic GH5S which is reported to use the same sensor.