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Blackmagic Releases v1.5 with CinemaDNG RAW

A BMPCC compressed RAW frame

Today, Blackmagic Design announced the release of the first and long-awaited software update for their Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The 1.5 upgrade adds a 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording file so users can capture extensive dynamic range — the brightest highlights and darkest shadows — in a single file. The new addition will allow for lossless quality when images are decompressed, and greater flexibility in the color grading process. Further, users can begin editing or color correcting directly from an SD card, which will facilitate the post-production workload. A nice function for a camera that runs under $1000. The Blackmagic team recommends the Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB SD card for RAW recording.

The upgrade can be downloaded at the Blackmagic site, and some RAW compressed, test samples can be found here.



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