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First look at RAW CinemaDNG Footage from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

By Anthony Thurston on November 13th 2013


We broke he news yesterday that Blackmagic finally released the update that allowed for RAW video capture on their Pocket Cinema Camera. Today I am happy to bring you the first (that I have come across) footage showcasing this new RAW CinemaDNG from the BMPCC.

The video was posted to Youtube just a few hours ago on the Fenchel & Janisch channel. While it is not the greatest or most entertaining footage ever it does give us a good look at the abilities of these CinemaDNG files. In the video description the team over at Fenchel & Janisch had this to say about working with the new CinemaDNG RAW files….

We had serious problems importing the CinemaDNG files in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (7.1). We color corrected / adjusted the settings in Camera Raw, saved the single frames and exported the sequences as video files from After Effects. Editing the files wasn’t that hard but saving and exporting them took a really long time.

It will be interesting to see what others have to say about the new footage as more and more people download the software update and have some time to play with the new CinemaDNG files.

What are your thoughts on the CinemaDNG footage shown here? Anything to be impressed by? Anything stick out to you as not good? Let us know in a comment below. 

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Federico

    Looks great. I would have liked to see more high contrast shots though as that was the whole point. There’s a couple of good shots with the leaves in the foreground and the sun in the background but I would have liked to see a wide high contrast landscape shot in the middle of the day and see how it handled that. But from what I see, great quality and dynamic range for a 1K$ camera!

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  2. Gordon Sandvoss

    Seems like Resolve should be able to do this fairly easily. I wonder why they didn’t use Resolve since it comes with the BMPCC? In my experience, Resolve and Premiere have always worked well together.

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