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BMCC vs BMPC4k | Detail Comparison

A comparison of how well details are rendered by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera vs Blackmagic Production Camera - and 4k vs 2.4k vs. HD. Which camera produces a more detailed image at 1080p? LEARNED If you create an image of a human face at actual size, in both HD and 4k, the level of detail…
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Blackmagic 4k | In the Mist

"The city of London, shrouded in a Dickensian blanket of smog, as light winds, Sahara dust, and dirty air from the continent conspire to produce air pollution levels right at the top of the chart." - Sky News Shot on the Blackmagic Production Camera in 4k, at 400 ASA, with a Canon 28mm f2.8 lens…
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BMCC vs BMPC4k | Noise Comparison

A noise comparison of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera. First question: how is the noise different shooting between 4k and 1080p with the Production camera? I compare the Production camera shot at 1080p, shot on 4k and then cropped to 1080p, and shot at 4k and shrunk to 1080p. From this I…
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BMCC vs BMPC 4k | ISO Comparison

An ISO comparison of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera. Is 400 ASA and 800 ASA the same on both cameras? (If industrial standards mean anything - yes.) The results are surprising. The cameras are simultaneously exactly the same and completely different. Everything is shot ProRes, Film, 25fps. In general, with the Cinema…
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BMCC vs BMPC4k | In the Gloom

Blackmagic Cinema Camera versus Blackmagic Production Camera in the gloom. The only concern I have about replacing a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a 4k Production camera is low light. I need to work fast using whatever is available. I often shoot on a monopod because a tripod is too slow. However, I also want a…
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Making an iPad fundraising video – 4 simple rules

Donors like iPads. Of course, they say they don't ("you can't need my money if you can afford iPads") but they appreciate the security of electronic data, not having to leave their Direct Debit details on paper in the hands of a fundraiser they only just met. Door to door fundraisers like iPads too. Assuming…
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Standard lens translation for Blackmagic Cinema camera

Roger Deacons: "To me a standard lens for 35mm film would be a 32mm and for 35mm stills it would be a 35mm. For 16mm the lens would be about a 16mm. On film, I would call a 50mm a close up lens rather than a standard because it tends to give little distortion when…
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Charity evaluators and winning hearts in a glass workshop

An interesting article from the Guardian - How charity evaluators are changing the donations landscape - elaborates on the emergence of charity evaluators using the heart vs head metaphor. "Charities often ask for donations by appealing to people's hearts, not their heads. However, many large-scale donors, such as foundations and government departments, demand evidence that…
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The Art of Asking

"And the media asks: the music business is tanking and you encourage piracy - how do you make all these people pay for music? And the answer is, I didn't make them. I asked them. And through the very act of asking people, I connected with people. And when you connect with them, people want…
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The Revolution is Pre-ordered – Blackmagic CinemaDNG Raw

When you roll over the image above, you see the image as it came out of the Blackmagic Cinema camera, a little over-exposed. The darker image shows that the skin detail in the overexposed highlight still exists and is entirely recoverable from the Raw data. The images are shown at actual size, cropped to 620…
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