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  1. 1. Installation and Operation ManualBlackmagic Cinema CameraWindows™April 2013Mac OS X™
  2. 2. WelcomeWelcomeThank you for purchasing Blackmagic Cinema Camera!We have worked hard to produce a camera thats designed from the ground up to have a very wide dynamicrange and to produce files that are "flat", which means they preserve this wide dynamic range. This willallow you to make your creative decisions by using the included DaVinci Resolve 9 color correction tools!We think this means you get a cinema style shooting experience where you capture and preserve more ofthe image so you have as many creative options as possible. An added benefit of the 2.5K sensor is youcapture more pixels than you need for HD so your HD images get a wonderful anti aliased look, similar toshooting film!We have also included a large screen for easy focus and metadata entry as well as standard file formatsthat work with all video software. We hope you connect to this camera in a creative way and produce someamazing looking images! We will be extremely excited to see what creative work you produce!Grant PettyCEO Blackmagic Design
  3. 3. ContentsBlackmagic Cinema CameraGetting Started Attaching a Lens 5 Turning the Camera On and Off 5 Inserting a SSD 6 Begin Recording 6 Choosing the Recording Format 6 Playing Back Clips 7 Using Remote Control 7 Charging the Internal Battery 7 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility 8 How to Set Up Thunderbolt™to Capture and Monitor Video 9Settings Camera Settings 10 Camera ID 10 Setting Date and Time 10 ISO 10 White Balance 11 Shutter Angle 11 Audio Settings 12 Recorder Settings 13 Display Settings 15 Adjusting Settings 16 Iris Button and Control 16 Focus Button 16 Focus Zoom - Double Tap 16 Image Stabilizer 16 Status Strip 1751018192125Entry of Metadata What is the Slate? 18 How to Enter Metadata Information 18Connections Remote 19 Headphones 19 Audio In 19 SDI Out 19 Thunderbolt™ 19 Power 19 USB 19 Blackmagic Cinema Camera 20Software Compatibility Accessing Clips 21 RAW Files 23 Workflows 24 Using Blackmagic Video Software 24About SSDs Important Information About SSD Speeds 25 Supported Disk Format 26 Recommended SSDs for RAW Recording 27
  4. 4. ContentsBlackmagic Cinema Camera3031405254Attaching Accessories Sun Shield 28 Carry Strap 28 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles 29Working with Thunderbolt Technology What Can I Do with the Thunderbolt Port on My Camera? 30Working with SDI What Can I Do with the SDI Port on My Camera? 31Using Blackmagic Media ExpressUsing Blackmagic UltraScopeHelp Getting Help 52 Blackmagic Design Online Support Pages 52 Contacting Blackmagic Design Support 52 Checking the Version Currently Installed 52 How to Get the Latest Software Updates 52 Battery Replacement 52 Replacing the Fan 53Warranty Information2832
  5. 5. Getting Started5Getting started with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is as simple as attaching a lens, turning the camera onand inserting a SSD. You can test the camera by recording and playing back your first shot and, of course,dont forget to charge the battery before you start shooting!Attaching a LensBefore you attach a lens to the camera, youll need to remove the cameras dust cap from the lens mount.You can then attach and remove your favorite EF and ZE mount lenses. When no lens is attached to thecamera, dont forget to replace the cameras dust cap.Dust CapTo remove the protective dust cap from the lens mount, hold down the locking button and rotate the capin a counterclockwise manner until its dot reaches the 12 o’clock position. The mounting points should nowbe aligned, and the cap should easily lift off.To replace the dust cap, align the dot on the mounting ring with the dot on the dust cap and turn in aclockwise fashion until locked into place.Attaching and Removing a LensThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera is compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses. We recommended that youalways turn off your Blackmagic Cinema Camera prior to attaching or removing a lens.To attach a lens, first remove the protective dust cap from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and also the rearcover from your desired lens. Many lenses have a colored dot (typically blue, red or white) or other indicator,which you should align with the dot on the camera mount. Then twist the lens in a clockwise direction untilthe lens locks into place.To remove the lens, hold down the locking button, rotate the lens counterclockwise until its dot or indicatorreaches the 12 o’clock position and gently remove.Turning the Camera On and OffThe cameras power button is located below the touchscreen. Press the power button to turn it on and thestatus strip will appear along the bottom of the touchscreen. Hold the power button for 2 seconds to switchoff the camera.Removing the dust capAttaching and removing the lensTurning the camera on and off
  6. 6. Getting Started6Inserting a SSDYou can insert any 2.5 SSD formatted in either the HFS+ or exFAT file systems:Step 1. Open the SSD door on the right hand side of the camera.Step 2. With the gold SATA contacts facing towards the camera door, insert the SSD until you feel it pressinto place.Step 3. Close the SSD door.When you first switch on Blackmagic Cinema Camera, or any time you insert a SSD into the SSD slot, thestatus strip will change from NO SSD to a moving dot while checking the SSD, and then READY. If the SSDhas not been formatted correctly, or fails to work, the status strip will show NO SSD. Remove the SSD andrefer to the later section About SSDs to check if the SSD is formatted correctly and also check that it workswith a computer. If it doesnt work with a computer, theres something wrong with the SSD and its not goingto work with your camera. Try another SSD and preferably use a model that is on the recommended SSD listin the About SSDs section of this manual.Begin RecordingTo record with your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, insert a SSD and press the REC button on the front face ofthe camera or the record button in the transport control under the touchscreen. Press record again to stoprecording. This is all you need to do to record unless you prefer to record in a different video format.Choosing the Recording FormatYou can choose to record to CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K video or to a compressed, high definition, QuickTimemovie in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD video formats. To select the desired video format:Step 1. Press the MENU button below the touchscreen.Step 2. Press the REC menu icon on the touchscreen.Step 3. Press the left-right selection arrows to set the desired recording format.Step 4. Press the MENU button again to exit.Your camera is now ready to record in the video format you have selected. The current recording format isshown at the bottom left of the touchscreen display.Press the REC button on the front faceor on the transport control on the back of the cameraInserting a SSD
  7. 7. Getting Started7Playing Back ClipsRecorded clips can be played back on the cameras touchscreen. Once you have recorded your video, youcan use the transport control buttons under the touchscreen to play back your video.Press the play button once for instant playback and youll see your video on the touchscreen and on anydisplay connected to the SDI output. Hold down the forward or reverse buttons to fast forward or reversethrough the clip. Playback will finish when the end of the current clip is reached.The controls of your camera work just like a CD player, so pressing the forward button will skip to the start ofthe next clip. Press the reverse button once to go to the start of the current clip or press twice to skip backto the start of the previous clip.Using Remote ControlThe remote port on your camera can be used to remotely control the following functions of your cameraincludingstartingandstoppingrecord,irisadjustmentsandalsofocusadjustmentswhenusingacompatiblelens.The remote port can be found under its dust cap on the left face of the camera. The port is a 2.5 mm stereojack which uses the standard Sony LANC protocol.Charging the Internal BatteryThe cameras internal battery can be charged using the supplied DC adapter. Alternatively, you can use anyDC power source between 11V and 30V to charge the battery.The camera can be charged and operated while connected via DC power. You can also charge the cameravia a powered USB connection. However, it takes a longer time to charge the camera via USB so werecommend using the DC adapter when possible.Simply press the Play button on the transport controlsto view your clip.Use a LANC remote cable to control the cinema camera
  8. 8. Getting Started8Blackmagic Cinema Camera UtilityBlackmagic Cinema Camera Utility is used to change settings and update the internal software in yourcamera.How to Update Your Cinema Camera Software on Mac OS XAfter downloading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file,open the resulting disk image to reveal its contents.Launch the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Installer and follow the onscreen instructions.How to Update Your Cinema Camera Software on WindowsAfter downloading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file,you should see a Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility folder containing this PDF manual and the BlackmagicCinema Camera Utility installer.Double-click the installer and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.How to Update the Internal SoftwareAfter installing the latest Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility on your computer, connect a USB cablebetween the computer and the camera. Launch the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility and follow anyonscreen prompt to update the internal software in your camera.
  9. 9. Getting Started9How to Set Up Thunderbolt to Capture and Monitor VideoThis section guides you through how to set up your Blackmagic Cinema Camera with your Mac OS X orWindows computer for video capture and waveform monitoring.Connecting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to your computerStep 1. Connect power to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera using the included power adapter. Batterypower can be used but the power adapter is recommended for longer sessions.Step 2. Connect a Thunderbolt cable from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to a Thunderbolt port onyour computer, or to a Thunderbolt disk array which is attached to your computer.Step 3. Use your camera to record or play back video so that your video software can obtain a videosignal from the camera.
  10. 10. Settings10Camera SettingsTo configure camera settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press the MENU button in thetransport control and tap the onscreen camera menu icon.Camera IDIf youre using more than one Blackmagic Cinema Camera, it can be helpful to set a camera IDwhich will be included with any metadata recorded with your clips. You can change the camera IDby tapping the current name and then changing or entering a new camera ID with the onscreenkeyboard. Use the Enter button to save the new camera ID or press Cancel to discard any changes.Setting Date and TimeTo set date and time on your Blackmagic Cinema camera, press MENU button and change the year,month and day settings to the correct date.To set the time, adjust the time settings on the screen to the desired time in 24 hour format. You willneed to manually change the date and time to local time zones if traveling with your BlackmagicCinema Camera.If you have your Blackmagic Cinema Camera stored for a length of time, the clock may becomeinaccurate. It is always a good idea to check the time and date prior to recording. If you connect thecamera via USB to your computer and run the Blackmagic Camera Utility, the camera time will alsobe synced with your computers time.ISOISO settings are helpful when you are shooting in a variety of light conditions. The optimum ISOsetting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is 800ASA. Depending on your situation, however, youmay choose a lower or higher ISO setting. For example, in low light conditions 1600ASA wouldbe suitable but might introduce some visible noise. In bright conditions 400ASA would be best torecord richer colors.To adjust the ISO settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.You can change the camera ID with the onscreen keyboardThe Camera Settings screen
  11. 11. Settings11White BalanceYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes 6 white balance presets for a variety of color temperatureconditions. These are‚‚ 3200K for tungsten light‚‚ 4500K for fluorescent light‚‚ 5000K, 5600K, 6500K and 7500K for a variety of daylight conditions such as time of dayTo adjust the White Balance settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.Shutter AngleShutter angle compliments the ISO setting by regulating the amount of light on the sensor. 360degrees is considered wide open and will retain a significant amount of motion blur. This would bebest for extremely low light conditions as it allows maximum light on to the sensor, however it is bestsuited to low impact sequences otherwise motion blur will be obvious.While 180 degrees is commonly regarded as a normal shutter angle, you may need to use a ShutterAngle of 172.8 degrees to minimize flickering lights when shooting 24p in countries with 50 hertzpower supplies. You can use any shutter angle to shoot 24p in countries with 60 hertz power suppliesand most people will choose 180 degrees for a normal look.To adjust the shutter angle settings, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.The Camera Settings screen
  12. 12. Settings12Audio SettingsTo adjust audio input and audio monitoring settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press theMENU button and select the microphone icon to the left of the touchscreen display.Microphone InputMicrophoneinputadjuststhebuilt-inmicrophone.Dragtheaudioslidericontoincreaseordecreaselevels. The mono microphone input is recorded to audio channels 1 and 2 when no external audiosource is connected to the camera.Channel 1 and Channel 2 Input LevelsThe external audio inputs accept audio at microphone level or line level. Its important to select Micor Line level audio as appropriate to avoid your external audio sounding almost inaudible or too hotand distorted.Set the external audio input levels by using the left and right arrows. To prevent damage, the camerawill automatically switch to line level input if the input levels are over the limit for a sustained periodof time.Channel 1 InputDrag the audio slider icon for channel 1 to increase or decrease levels. The external audio inputoverrides the built-in microphone and is recorded to audio channel 1.Channel 2 uses Channel 1 InputUse this setting if you only have channel 1 input and want to record the same external audio tochannels 1 and 2. Press the Off button to change it to On. Press the On button if you want to changeit back to Off.Channel 2 InputDrag the audio slider icon for channel 2 to increase or decrease levels. The external audio inputoverrides the built-in microphone and is recorded to audio channel 2.Headphone Volume, Speaker VolumeWhen headphones are connected, a headphone icon will be displayed. When no headphones aredetected, a speaker icon will be displayed. Headphones will always be active when recording orplaying back, however speakers will only work when playing back. Drag the volume slider to increaseor decrease volume levels for audio monitoring.The Audio Settings screen
  13. 13. Settings13Recorder SettingsThe recorder settings are used to set the video format recorded to the built-in SSD recorder. To setrecorder settings on your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, press the MENU button in the transportcontrol panel and then tap the onscreen REC icon.Recording FormatYou can choose to record to CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K video or to a compressed, high definition,QuickTime movie in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Avid DNxHD video formats. Choose RAW 2.5K formaximum quality, especially if you intend to color grade your video. Choose ProRes or DNxHD ifyou want to record in a high definition format suitable for broadcast.To select the recording format, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.Dynamic RangeYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera has two dynamic range settings, Film and Video, which areavailable when ProRes or DNxHD is selected as the recording format.FilmThe film setting shoots video using a log curve and gives you 13 stops of dynamic range, whichincreases contrast levels to help you get the most out of color grading software such as DaVinciResolve.VideoThe video setting uses the REC709 standard for high definition video which lets you work faster byrecordingdirectlytotheAppleProRes422(HQ)orAvidDNxHDvideoformats,whicharecompatiblewith popular post production software.To select the dynamic range, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.The Recorder Settings screenThe Recorder Settings screen
  14. 14. Settings14Frame RateYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera has five different frame rate settings for shooting common filmand video frame rates: 23.98 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps, 29.97 fps, 30 fps.To select the frame rate, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.Time Lapse IntervalThis setting allows you to record a still frame at the following intervals:Frames: 2 - 10Seconds: 1 - 10, 20, 30, 40, 50Minutes: 1 - 10For example, you can set the camera to record a still frame every 10 frames, 5 seconds, 30 seconds,5 minutes etc.The Time Lapse feature offers many creative options. For example, if the Time Lapse interval is setto record a frame for every 2 frames of video, this will give your recorded video a strobe-like effectwhen played back at normal speed.The format of each still frame is based on your recording format, so if you set the camera to recordin ProRes, the Time Lapse setting will maintain this format. The frame rate will be based on the videoframe rate you have set the camera to, i.e., 24fps, so your time lapse footage can be incorporatedinto your workflow easily.When the REC button is pressed in Time Lapse mode, a TIME LAPSE message will replacethe timecode in the status strip and on the SDI output for 2 seconds before reverting back to thenormal timecode display. The timecode counter will only change when a frame of video is recorded,meaning the rate of timecode increments depends on the Time Lapse interval setting.To select a Time Lapse interval, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen or leave it set it to Off if youdo not want to use the Time Lapse feature.The Recorder Settings screen
  15. 15. Settings15Display SettingsTo adjust the display settings for the cameras touchscreen, press the MENU button and select thetelevision icon on the touchscreen.Dynamic RangeThe touchscreen serves as your viewfinder, allowing you to view your video as you are recording. Youcan set the dynamic range of your viewfinder by tapping the onscreen television icon and selectingVideo or Film.The dynamic range setting of the touchscreen display is independent to the dynamic range setin the recorder settings. Some people prefer to monitor video with the touchscreen display set toVideo even when the recording format is set to Film.To select the dynamic range, tap the arrow icons on the touchscreen.Brightness, ContrastAdjust the brightness and contrast settings by tapping the touchscreen and sliding the control tothe left or right to achieve desired levels for comfortable viewing.Zebra + Warning LevelThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera has a zebra feature which gives an indication of exposure levels.Diagonal lines will appear across any part of the video which exceeds the zebra exposure level.Turn zebra on and select the desired zebra warning level by using the left and right arrows.SDI OverlaysThe SDI Overlays setting lets you display useful information on your SDI monitor. Tap the arrow iconson the touchscreen to select which overlays to display on your SDI feed.All: displays both frame guides and recording information.Status: displays only the recording information, such as f-stop number, frame rate, battery life etc.Guides: displays only the frame guides.Off: gives you a clean SDI feed.The Display Settings screenSDI Overlays set to display on a monitor attached to the SDI output
  16. 16. Settings16Adjusting SettingsYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports electronic iris control, focus peaking and image stabilization andis compatible with cinema style EF and some ZE mount lenses, all of which have the highest optical quality.Iris Button and ControlYou can also manually adjust the iris of your lens by using the forward and reverse buttons on the transportcontrol panel.When shooting using the Video dynamic range, exposure will be set using an average similar to what youreused to on a stills camera. However, in Film dynamic range, the IRIS button adjusts your exposure to ensurethat nothing in your scene is clipped.Focus ButtonThe FOCUS button allows you to sharpen the images without affecting your recorded picture, as it createsa peaking edge around the sharpest part of the image to confirm focus.To turn on, press the FOCUS button located near the top-right of the touchscreen.The FOCUS button turns on focus peaking, which highlights the edges in your scene that are in focus andhelps you get accurate focus when using manual lenses.Focus Zoom - Double TapDouble tap the touchscreen display to zoom into the image to help you adjust focus at the 1:1 pixel scale.Double tap the display again to zoom out.Image StabilizerBlackmagic Cinema Camera supports the image stabilizer (IS) feature found in many EF lenses. Simply setthe Stabilizer switch to ON to use it with your camera. If your lens also features a Stabilizer Mode switch, setit to the appropriate mode for still shots or for movement.When using battery power, the camera will only activate the image stabilizer while recording as the lensdraws additional power from the camera to operate the image stabilizer. When external power is connectedto the camera, the image stabilizer will be active any time you set the lens stabilizer switch to ON.The IRIS button is located near the top-left of the touchscreenand the FOCUS button is near the top-right.When focusing the camera, double tap the touchscreen displayto zoom into the image to help you adjust focus.
  17. 17. Settings17Status StripAlong the bottom of the touchscreen is a status strip that contains a convenient summary of the recordingsettings that have been chosen through the various menus. This information is displayed in the followingorder from left to right on the strip:Format - ProRes, DNxHD or RAW 2.5KF-Stop numberFrame RateSSD StatusTimecode / Record duration / Playback duration (based on entire clip)ISO SettingShutter Angle SettingWhite Balance SettingBattery Life IndicatorThere are two important indicators on the status strip to note.Battery Life IndicatorWhen the remaining charge drops below 25% capacity, the status strip will show the battery status in red towarn you that battery life is running low.SSD StatusThe status strip displays important information showing the state of the inserted SSD.Moving Dots When you see the moving dots, the camera is checking and preparing the SSD.No SSD This means no SSD is detected or present in the camera.Ready Ready to Record.Rec Recording.Rec flashing Dropped Frames were detected.Disk Full Flashes when disk is almost full.Playback mode Shows play, fast forward and reverse icons.Time During capture, this shows the duration of the current shot. When playing backclips from the SSD, this shows the time of the clip in relation to the clips on the SSD.
  18. 18. Entry of Metadata18What is the Slate? - Single TapThe large touchscreen on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera has many purposes, one of which is to allowyou to easily log metadata directly into the camera. Tap the display once with your finger and a data entrywindow called the slate will appear.This data is referred to as metadata. The metadata is stored in the files and is easily accessed by NLEsoftware when editing content.How to Enter Metadata InformationTap once on the touchscreen to make the slate appear.To enter or change details, tap the text that you wish to change and an onscreen keyboard will appear.Type in the desired information and press the save button.If you want the scene, shot or take number to auto-increment, tap the corresponding auto-increment iconso it is illuminated. Tap it again if you want to turn off the auto-increment feature.Entering words into the Keywords field will allow you to use them as search terms in your library database.This may be particularly useful for large projects where you have a lot of material to sort. The use of keywordsnarrows down the number of clips to search through, saving valuable time when you are editing a project.All metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.Focus Zoom - Double TapDouble tap the touchscreen display to zoom into the image to help you adjust focus at the 1:1 pixel scale.Double tap the display again to zoom out.The SlateTap the display once with your finger and a data entry windowcalled the ‘slate’ will appear.Tap the auto-increment icon if you want the scene, shotor take number to auto-increment.
  19. 19. Connections19The Blackmagic Cinema Camera features standard connections, so custom cables are not required.Connections are located on the left side of the camera and are protected from dust and dirt by rubberhoods.RemoteThe 2.5mm stereojack for remote connection uses the standard LANC protocol to support record start,record stop, iris control and manual focus.Headphones3.5 mm stereo headphone jack connection.Audio InAudio in is via ¼” TRS jack/mic. Balanced audio inputs accept mic or line level audio for recording thehighest quality uncompressed audio. Audio settings are accessed via the touchscreen to select betweenmic and line level audio.SDI OutThe BNC port provides 3G-SDI output, letting you monitor on set or send video to an SDI router or switcher.The SDI output always outputs 10-bit 4:2:2 high definition 1920 x 1080 video, regardless of whether you arerecording RAW 2.5K, ProRes or DNxHD to your SSD. When the camera is set to record 25p or 29.97p withSDI Overlays switched off, the SDI output will be 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 respectively, so that you can sendthe SDI output to switchers.When SDI Overlays are on, the SDI output also shows action safe and title safe frame guides as well as thecamera status strip.ThunderboltThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a Thunderbolt port to capture video to your computer using theincluded DaVinci Resolve color grading software or Blackmagic Media Express. Alternatively, Thunderboltcan be used with the included Blackmagic Design UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. For moreinformation about DaVinci Resolve, please refer to the accompanying manual.Power12 – 30V DC input for power and battery charging.USBA mini-USB 2.0 port is located on the right hand side of the camera, behind the SSD door, to allow you toupdate the internal software of the camera with the latest Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software.Connections are located on the left side of the camera and areprotected from dust and dirt by rubber hoods.The mini-USB 2.0 port is located behind the SSD door.
  20. 20. Connections203.5 mm HeadphoneSocketLANC 2.5 mmRemote Control12-30 V DC Power Input¼” balanced jackmic and line levelaudio inputs3G-SDI OutputThunderbolt PortBlackmagic Cinema Camera
  21. 21. Software Compatibility21Accessing ClipsFile Naming ConventionThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera uses the following file naming convention when recording video.[Camera ID]_[Reel Number]_[yyyy-mm--dd]_[hhmm]_C[Clip number].movThis is an example of how this would appear on the touch screen of the QuickTime Movie Camera Reel Date (2012 Aug 08) Time (16:31pm - 24hrs) Clip NumberFor CinemaDNG files, the folder of the image sequence will also be named the same way.Accessing Clips Recorded to SSDClips recorded to the built-in SSD recorder in your camera are recorded in the CinemaDNG RAW format orto a ProRes or DNxHD QuickTime movie depending upon which recording format you have chosen in theRecorder Settings menu.CinemaDNG files use an open format which can be opened in applications such as DaVinci Resolve 9 whichis included with your camera. CinemaDNG comprises a folder of regular DNG files which can be opened bymany software applications. Due to differences in the ways that software applications treat RAW DNG files,you can get varying looks, including files that look clipped, even when all the information is still available inthe file.ProRes and DNxHD QuickTime movies can be opened by many software applications including Apple FinalCut Pro 7 and X, Adobe After Effects CS6, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Avid Media Composer 6.x, BlackmagicMedia Express 3 and DaVinci Resolve 9.Edit directly from the SSD by removing it from your camera anddirectly mounting the SSD on your computer using an eSATA orThunderbolt dock.
  22. 22. Software Compatibility22Capturing from the Thunderbolt connectionThe Thunderbolt port of your camera outputs uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit HD1080 video while recording livewith the camera.You can capture video from the Thunderbolt port with a variety of video software supported by your camera,including: Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, Avid Media Composer 6.x, Blackmagic MediaExpress 3 and DaVinci Resolve 9. Each of these applications have their own project preferences that let youcapture the video in an uncompressed or compressed format of your choice.Capturing from SDIThe SDI port of your camera outputs uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit HD1080 video while recording live with thecamera. Make sure the SDI Overlays are set to Off in the cameras display settings to avoid the SDI outputshowing action safe and title safe frame guides as well as the camera status strip.You can capture the HD-SDI video output from the camera with any HD-SDI capture hardware, and withany video software supported by your capture hardware on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux. Each of theseapplications have their own project preferences that let you capture the video in an uncompressed orcompressed video format of your choice.You could also record the HD-SDI video output to a traditional tape deck or to a HyperDeck SSD recorderfor a redundant and portable backup of your recording. When the camera is set to record 25p or 29.97p andSDI overlays are switched off, the SDI output will be 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 respectively.
  23. 23. Software Compatibility23RAW FilesWhy do my RAW shots look overexposed?The 100% Zebra level in the Display Settings helps you adjust your exposure to ensure that you dontoverloadthesensorandclipyourhighlights.ItisbasedonthefulldynamicrangecapabilityoftheBlackmagicCinema Camera and not on video levels. A quick way to ensure you do not allow the sensor to clip anyimage data is to set your Zebra level to 100%, expose your shot such that zebras start to appear and thenback it off until the zebras disappear. If you have an auto iris lens on the camera, pressing the IRIS button willdo this automatically for you by adjusting the lens aperture to keep the white peaks just below the sensorsclipping point.If you normally expose your shots based on an 18% gray card at 40 IRE video levels, then your RAW imageswill look correct when imported into DaVinci Resolve. However, if you want to maximize your camerasensors signal to noise ratio, you might expose your shots so the white peaks are just below the sensorclipping point. This may cause your RAW images to look overexposed when a video curve is applied to thepreview, and the highlights you thought were safe will look as though they have been clipped. This is normaland all the details are still retained in the file. If there is a lot of contrast range in the shot, the RAW imagesmay look fine and not overexposed.Shooting in RAW captures a very wide dynamic range. However, you might only see the image in the morelimited Video range when you open the CinemaDNG files in a compatible application. If the camera is notexposed based on 18% or another video related exposure guide, the RAW files will look over or underexposed depending on the dynamic range of the scene.The good news is that you have not really lost any information in your shots. Based on the contrast rangeof your shot, you can creatively adjust the exposure settings of the DNG file for the look you want usingsoftware such as DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.To recover the highlights not displayed in Resolve, use the RAW image settings and adjust the Exposurevalues so the details you need fit within the video range. Exposing your shot to the point just before thesensor clips, ensures you are getting the best signal to noise ratio for the maximum flexibility during postproduction.Alternatively, you can also base your exposure while using the LCD set to preview in Video dynamic rangeso there is no need to worry even if you do not have a gray card. Shots exposed this way will then look thesame when imported into Resolve and will need very little exposure correction.RAW FILM DATAVIDEO DATARAW Wide Dynamic Range - With Blackmagic Cinema Camera,a wide dynamic range is captured with all details preservedFinal Color Graded Shot - Now the shot can be graded andhighlights managed, so your shots look cinematic!
  24. 24. Software Compatibility24WorkflowsThere are many powerful ways to use Blackmagic Cinema Camera with your favorite video software.The following steps detail one of the most common workflows.Step 1. Shoot with Blackmagic Cinema Camera and record to CinemaDNG RAW files.Step 2. Take the SSD out of the camera and dock it to your computer via a SSD dock with a fastThunderbolt, USB 3.0 or eSATA connection.Step 3. Bring the media into Resolve 9.Step 4. Apply a basic grade in Resolve 9 and render out to Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD or other formats.Step 5. Edit the files in popular NLE software such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer orAdobe Premiere Pro.Step 6. When finished editing, export an XML or AAF file.Step 7. Import the XML or AAF file into Resolve 9 and conform with the original CinemaDNG images formaximum creative control.Step 8. Grade the edited timeline in Resolve 9 to complete the project.If you have shot and recorded your clips in ProRes or DNxHD using the Film Dynamic Range, you can quicklyturn it into Video or REC709 using the built in 3D LUT in Resolve 9. Just right click on the clip in Resolvestimeline in the Color page and select Blackmagic Cinema Camera Film to Rec709 from the 3D LUT menu.Using Blackmagic Video SoftwareYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes three video applications from Blackmagic Design.DaVinci Resolve 9, the worlds most powerful color correction, lets you take advantage of BlackmagicCinema Camera’s wide dynamic range images that are perfect for color correction. Please refer to theDaVinci Resolve 9 manual provided in your software download or on disc.Blackmagic Media Express 3 lets you perform simple video captures via the Thunderbolt port of yourBlackmagic Cinema Camera. Please refer to the Media Express chapter in this manual.Blackmagic UltraScope lets you perform waveform monitoring, while shooting, via the Thunderbolt port ofyour Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Please refer to the Blackmagic UltraScope chapter in this manual.DaVinici Resolve 9Final Cut Pro XAvid Media Composer
  25. 25. About SSDs25Important Information About SSD SpeedsSome SSDs can have up to 50% lower write speed than the manufacturer’s claimed speed, so even thoughthe disk specifications claim a SSD is fast enough to handle video, in reality the disk is not fast enough forreal time video data recording. Hidden data compression mostly affects recording and often these disks canstill be used for real time playback.Blackmagic Disk Speed Test measures accurately if your SSD will be able to handle uncompressed RAWvideo recording and playback. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test uses data to simulate the storage of video soyou get results similar to what you will see when recording video to a disk. This will let you find models ofSSD that work well for video recording. In our testing, we have found larger newer models of SSD, and largercapacity SSDs are generally faster. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test also tests the speed of disks connected tointerfaces including Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and eSATA docks, which can affect disk performance. Pleasecheck our web site at and click the support page to download the latestversion of Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.Use Disk Speed Test to get a great real world indication of yourdisk array performance.
  26. 26. About SSDs26Supported Disk FormatSSDs used by Blackmagic Cinema Camera must be formatted as either HFS+ or exFAT. These disk formatsallow long clips to be recorded in a single file per clip. Simply connect the SSD to your computer with anexternal dock or cable adapter and format it as you would a regular disk. Make sure you back up anythingimportant from your SSD as you will lose everything on it when you format it.HFS+ is also known as Mac OS Extended. It is the recommended format for Cinema Camera as it supportsjournaling. In the event of a hardware or software malfunction, data on a journaled SSD is more quicklyrecovered and less likely to be corrupted in the first place. HFS+ is natively supported by Mac OS X.Windows computers can use HFS+ with the purchase and installation of MediaFour MacDrive softwarefrom is supported natively by Mac OS X and Windows without needing to purchase any additionalsoftware. However exFAT does not support journaling.Preparing SSDs on a Mac OS X computerThe Disk Utility application included with Mac OS X can format a drive in the HFS+ or exFAT formats. If youare shooting CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K video, be sure to choose the HFS+ format so you can quickly browsethrough the thousands of DNG files in the Finder of Mac OS X.Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer and dismiss any message offering to use your SSD for TimeMachine backups.Step 2. Go to /Applications/Utilities and launch Disk Utility.Step 3. Click on the disk icon of your SSD and then click the Erase tab.Step 4. Set the Format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or exFAT, type a Name for the new volumeand then click Erase. Your SSD will quickly be formatted and made ready for use with BlackmagicCinema Camera.Preparing SSDs on a Windows computerMacDrive software can format a drive in the HFS+ format on a Windows PC.Step 1. Install MediaFour MacDrive and restart your PC.Step 2. Connect the SSD to your computer.Step 3. Choose StartComputer and right-click on your SSD.Step 4. From the contextual menu, choose MacDriveFormat Mac Disk.Use Disk Utility on Mac OS X to erase your SSD in theMac OS Extended (Journaled) format.Use MacDrive software on Windows to initialize the SSD with aGPT and create an HFS+ volume.
  27. 27. About SSDs27Step 5. Select the SSD in the MacDrive Disk Manager and choose Initialize diskInitialize as GPT.Step 6. Choose Automatically create an HFS+ volume and click Initialize Disk.Step 7. Once the format has been completed, your SSD is ready for use with Blackmagic Cinema Camera.The Format dialog box can format a drive in the exFAT format on a Windows PC.Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer.Step 2. Choose StartComputer and right-click on your SSD.Step 3. From the contextual menu, choose Format.Step 4. Set the file system to exFAT and the allocation unit size to 128 kilobytes.Step 5. Type a volume label, select Quick Format and click Start.Step 6. Your SSD will quickly be formatted and made ready for use with Blackmagic Cinema Camera.Recommended SSDs for RAW RecordingSSDs recommended for use with Blackmagic Cinema Camera and RAW 2.5K video recording include:‚‚ Crucial 256GB C300‚‚ Crucial 512GB M4 (firmware 009)‚‚ Kingston 64GB SSDNow V+100‚‚ Kingston 128GB SSDNow V+100‚‚ Kingston 240GB SSDNow V+200‚‚ Kingston HyperX 240GB‚‚ Sandisk Extreme 480GB.Please check the tech notes on the Blackmagic Design web site for the latest compatibility information.Use the Format dialog box feature in Windows to format yourSSD in the exFAT format.
  28. 28. Attaching Accessories28Sun ShieldYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a detachable sun shield to shade the touchscreen in brightconditions and ensure optimum viewing is possible at all times.Place the sun shield over the rear of the camera and, with the shield positioned at the top, line up thelocking tabs and gently push into the camera.To remove the sun shield either:Option 1. Hold the top of the shield in the middle and gently pull out, making sure it releases evenlyon both sides.Option 2. Position your thumbs above the locking tabs on the inside of the shield, gripping the outsideof the shield with your fingers. Using your thumbs, gently press the locking tabs outwardsusing equal pressure, and then pull out the shield.Do not pull the sun shield out one side at a time, as you may damage the locking tabs.Carry StrapYour Blackmagic Cinema Camera comes with a carry strap for convenient carrying of the camera when onthe move from location to location.To fasten, loop the end of the strap through the metal hook on the top of the camera, and secure throughthe plastic clasp to the desired length.Option 1.Option 2.
  29. 29. Attaching Accessories29Blackmagic Cinema Camera HandlesThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera has optional handles for shooting in locations where you need to movearound quickly with your camera. The handles let you steady your shot and keep up with the action!On the underside of the camera, locate the ¼” screw thread and insert the guide pin, locking the handlesto the camera.
  30. 30. Working with Thunderbolt Technology30What Can I Do With the Thunderbolt Port on My Camera?When connected to a Mac OS X or Windows computer with Thunderbolt technology, your BlackmagicCinema Camera can be used as a powerful solution for video capture, waveform monitoring and colorcorrection. Regardless of which recording format you choose on the camera, the Thunderbolt port alwaysoutputs HD1080p video in the uncompressed 10-bit format which is compatible with a wide range ofpopular video software.The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software installer installs the Blackmagic Media Express applicationfor simple captures without the complexity of NLE software.Blackmagic UltraScope software is also installed for waveform monitoring of your camera during recordingand playback.Video CaptureYou can also use your favorite video capture applications to capture video from the Thunderbolt port of yourBlackmagic Cinema Camera. Applications include Blackmagic Media Express, DaVinci Resolve, AdobePremiere Pro CS6 and Apple Final Cut Pro 7. The Using Blackmagic Media Express chapter of this manualcontains detailed instructions for performing simple captures with Media Express.Waveform MonitoringBlackmagic UltraScope software allows you to monitor almost every aspect of the video you record with yourBlackmagic Cinema Camera. The Using Blackmagic UltraScope chapter of this manual contains detailedinstructions to help you get the most out of waveform monitoring with your camera.Color CorrectionDaVinci Resolve 9 can directly capture video from the Thunderbolt port of your Blackmagic CinemaCamera. However if you are shooting RAW 2.5K Film, it would be best to take the SSD out of the cameraand connect it directly to your computer to retain all quality of the original video.Connect a cable from the Thunderbolt port of your BlackmagicCinema Camera to your computer.
  31. 31. Working with SDI31What Can I Do With the SDI Port on My Camera?Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports 3G-SDI so it can be used to output uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 videoto routers, monitors, SDI capture devices, broadcast switchers and any other SDI devices.Connecting to Video SwitchersThe SDI output allows you to use Blackmagic Cinema Camera as a television production camera. You canconnect the SDI output directly to production switchers for studio work or to ATEM Camera Converters toconvert your signal to optical so you can send it hundreds of meters back to an OB vehicle for live locationbroadcasts.If you have selected to record in 25 fps or 29.97 fps and set the SDI overlays to Off, the SDI output will beset to 1080i50 and 1080i59.94 respectively. This allows you to work with most switchers, which only supportinterlaced high definition formats.Connecting to MonitorsAlthough you can use Blackmagic Cinema Cameras LCD to monitor your image, SDI monitoring can bereally handy if the camera is mounted in a way where accessing the LCD is tricky or impractical, such assecured high up for a birds eye view shot, on a car mount or crane.The SDI Overlays setting in the Display Settings menu lets you display useful information for monitoring,such as frame guides, recording information and camera settings on your SDI feed.Connect the SDI output to SDI monitors for full 10-bit uncompressed monitoring. You can also connect toBlackmagic SmartScope Duo for live waveform monitoring.Alternatively, you may simply want a clean SDI feed so you can just focus on getting the best cinematicshots. To do this, set the SDI overlays to Off.Connect a SDI cable from the BNC port of your BlackmagicCinema Camera to any SDI device.
  32. 32. Using Blackmagic Media Express32What is Media Express?Blackmagic Media Express 3 software is included with every Blackmagic Cinema Camera to perform videoand audio capture to files. Blackmagic Media Express 3 is a great tool when you don’t need the complexityof NLE software, but simply want to capture the live video output of your cameras Thunderbolt port.The User InterfaceMedia Express can easily be scaled for different sizes of monitors or even small notebook screens. Whenyou open Media Express, youll notice the log and capture, playback and edit to tape views are color-codedso you will know at a glance which mode is being used. The edit to tape view is not used by BlackmagicCinema Camera but may be used with other Blackmagic Design capture and playback products.Media ListThe left media list always displays the scratch, any bins you have created and also any media you haveimported or captured. Media can be displayed in Timecode List view or Thumbnail view and you can evenfilter media by favorites. The Search field makes it easy to find media by name or by attributes capturedin the media metadata. The project name and format are shown in the bottom-left corner of the MediaExpress window.The top-right pane always displays the video preview. Timecode is displayed at the top of the videopreview pane.Log and CaptureClickontheredLogandCapturetab.ThevideopreviewpaneshowsthesourcevideofromyourBlackmagicCinema Camera. Here you can enter metadata for the clips you will capture including name, description,favorite and more. Double-clicking a captured clip in the media list will automatically switch Media Expressto Playback view.PlaybackIn the green Playback view, the video preview pane shows the video of the clip being played. Click thefavorites button to add to your favorites in the media list.
  33. 33. Using Blackmagic Media Express33Capturing Video and Audio FilesSelecting Your Blackmagic Cinema CameraIf you have more than one Blackmagic Design capture product installed or connected to your computer,go to the Device menu in Media Express and select your Blackmagic Cinema Camera. In the examplepictured on this page, an Intensity Extreme and a Blackmagic Cinema Camera are both connected to thesame computer. Selecting your Blackmagic Cinema Camera will allow you to choose suitable video settingsfor your project.Setting Up a ProjectBefore capturing any clips in Media Express, you will need to select the settings for your project. Go toMedia ExpressPreferences. Any settings which are grayed out are only used with other Blackmagic Designcapture products and are not required by your Blackmagic Cinema Camera.With Blackmagic Cinema Camera, set the project video format to HD1080p and also set the frame rate.Select from a range of professional compressed and uncompressed capture file formats or even a DPXimage sequence. Video will be captured in the chosen format and saved to a QuickTime movie.Set the storage location for your captured video and audio and choose whether to stop capture or playbackif dropped frames are detected.Usuallyvideoapplicationsstopplayingvideoifyousendthemtothebackground.IfyouwantMediaExpressto keep playing video, even if you open another application in the foreground, enable the checkbox toContinue playback when in the background.The final options are not used by Blackmagic Cinema Camera as they relate to tape decks with RS-422 deckcontrol.Select your Blackmagic Cinema Camera from the Device menu.Media Express Preferences
  34. 34. Using Blackmagic Media Express34Media List Search FieldTimecode List, Thumbnail and Favorites view VTR / deck timecode Video PreviewClip Bins CaptureoptionsTransportControlsGrab StillFrameProject name, video formatand frame rateRemoteindicatorLoggingInformationMark In /Mark OutAudio MetersAudio channelenable/disable
  35. 35. Using Blackmagic Media Express35CaptureCapturing video is easy! All you need to do is connect your Blackmagic Cinema Camera via a Thunderboltcable, set the Media Express preferences and press the Capture button.Open Media Express and set its preferences to the desired project video format.Click the red Log and Capture tab and enter a description for your video into the Description field of thelogging information area.Click the + button next to the Description to add it to the automatic Name field. Click the + button nextto any of the other fields that you wish to add to the Name field.You can increment the value in each of these fields by clicking on the corresponding clapper boardicon. Alternatively you can type directly into any field to customize its name and number.The text in the automatic Name field will be applied to the clip(s) which are about to be captured.Click the star icon next to the Name field if you want to log the clip as a favorite.Click the ! icon next to the Name field if you wish a clip name confirmation prompt to appearbefore every capture. This will provide you with the chance to change the clip name.Set whether audio channels 1 and 2 are to be captured and then click the Capture button to start recording.The Clip, Batch and Log buttons are not used to capture from Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. They relate tocapturing from tape decks with RS-422 deck control.To end capture, click the Capture button again to automatically keep the clip. Alternatively, press the Esc keyif you want to be prompted to delete or save the clip.The captured clips will be added to the Media List.Set the desired audio channels to be capturedEnter a description for your videoClick the Capture button to commence recording
  36. 36. Using Blackmagic Media Express36Clip Bins FavoritesSelectionTransportControlsGrab StillFrameProject name, video formatand frame rateRemoteindicatorClipInformationMark In /Mark OutAudio MetersMedia List Search FieldTimecode List, Thumbnail and Favorites view VTR / deck timecode Video PreviewAudio channelenable/disable
  37. 37. Using Blackmagic Media Express37Playing Back Video and Audio FilesImporting ClipsYou can play back your video and audio files after capturing video or importing media into Media Expressin any of the following ways:• Double-click an empty area of the Media List.• Right-click an empty area of the Media List and select Import Clip from the contextual menu.• Go to the File menu, select Import and then Media Files.Then select the clip(s) you wish to import from the Open Video Clip dialog box. The clips will appear in theScratch area of the Media List. If you have created your own bins in the Media List, you can drag the clipsinto the desired bin.If you want to import media directly to a bin, right-click within the desired bin and select Import Clip fromthe contextual menu.If the files being imported do not match the frame rate and size of existing clips in the Media List, you willbe prompted to create a new project and to save the current project.The Final Cut Pro XML import option is not used by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. This option relates tocapturing from tape decks with RS-422 deck control.The CMX EDL import option is not used by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. This option relates to capturingfrom tape decks with RS-422 deck control.Playing Back Single and Multiple ClipsYou can play back files in the video preview pane of Media Express, and monitor audio via the default soundoutputofyourcomputer.AlternativelyuseamediaplayersuchasQuickTimePlayer,iTunes,WindowsMediaPlayer or VLC to play back your files in full screen.To play back a single clip, double-click the clip in the Media List. Alternatively, select the clip in the Media Listand press the space bar on your keyboard or the play button in the transport controls.To play back multiple clips, select the clips in the Media List and then press the space bar on your keyboardor the play button in the transport controls.Your video will play back in the video preview pane of Media Express. During playback, the audio channelsbeing monitored can be switched on or off via the track enable/disable buttons.There are three ways to import clips into Media ExpressYou can use the transport controls to play, stop, jump to the nextor previous clip and loop playback of your clips.
  38. 38. Using Blackmagic Media Express38Browsing MediaIn the Media List, you can view your clips in Thumbnail view or Timecode List view by clicking on the desiredview button at the top-right of the Media List.Thumbnail ViewThumbnails are the most intuitive way to display your clips. To get information for a clip, hover your mouseover the clips thumbnail and then click on the popup info icon which will appear at the bottom-right of thethumbnail. Click the info bubble to hide it.List ViewYou can view your clips in Timecode List view by clicking on the Timecode List button at the top-rightof the Media List. Use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the Media List to view all the columns ofinformation for your clips, including: in and out points, video format, audio channels, field dominance andlogging information.Creating and Using BinsTo create a bin for your clips, right click an empty spot in the Media List and select Create Bin. Type in aname for the new bin.You can move clips from the Scratch, or from one bin to another, by dragging the clip icons to the desiredbin. If you want a clip to appear in more than one bin, import the same clip again by right-clicking on the binand choosing Import Clip.By default, logged clips appear in the Scratch. If you want to log clips and have them appear in a new bin,right-click the new bin and choose Select As Log Bin.Creating and Using FavoritesIn the Log and Capture tab, click the star icon next to the Name field if you want to capture a clip as afavorite.In the Playback tab, clicking the star icon will make the clip a favorite if it is selected in the Media List. Clickthe star icon again to deselect it as a favorite.Clips marked as favorites will show a yellow star in their icon in Timecode List view and Thumbnail view.Once you have marked clips as favorites, click on the gray Favorites star button at the top of the Medialist and it will turn yellow. All clips in your Media List will be hidden except for those marked as favorites.This is similar to creating a playlist and makes it easy to only play back your favorite clips.In the Media List, choose to view your clips in Timecode List viewor Thumbnail view.Clips marked as favorites are easily identified by the yellow star intheir icon.Click the popup info icon on a thumbnail to view its info bubble.
  39. 39. Using Blackmagic Media Express39Deleting Clips and BinsTo delete clips, select the unwanted clips and press the forward delete button on your keyboard. This willonly delete the clips from the Media List and they will safely remain on your disk storage.To delete bins, right-click within a bin and choose “Delete Bin”. This action will delete the bin and any clips itcontained. This will only delete the clips from the Media List and they will safely remain on your disk storage.Searching the Media ListClips can easily be found in a project by typing the name of your clips in the Search field at the top of theMedia List. When used in conjunction with the favorites feature, the search will be confined to your favoriteclips so you will see a shorter list of found clips.Click the Favorites button at the top of the Media List to onlyshow your favorite clips. Type in the Search field to find clips.In the Log and Capture tab, click the star icon next to theName field if you want to log the clip as a favorite.In the Playback tab, clicking the star icon will mark a clip as afavorite if it is selected in the Media List.
  40. 40. Using Blackmagic UltraScope40What is Blackmagic UltraScope?Now with Blackmagic Cinema Camera you get the incredible features of Blackmagic UltraScope which youcan even use with compatible Mac OS X and Windows notebook computers with Thunderbolt technology!Blackmagic UltraScope software is installed by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Installer.Previously broadcast quality television and post production scopes were incredibly expensive customsolutions that only let you see one scope at a time on a tiny screen! Some scopes look ugly and don’treally look good in front of your client. With Blackmagic UltraScope, you get 6 wonderful scopes that letyou see all aspects of your video signals, which is perfect for checking levels on your Blackmagic CinemaCamera while shooting. Any adjustments made to the camera can immediately be seen with BlackmagicUltraScope!Blackmagic UltraScope software provides waveform monitoring of the video output of your BlackmagicCinema Camera. Simply connect a Thunderbolt cable from your Blackmagic Cinema Camera to aThunderbolt port on your computer and away you go!Installation RequirementsBlackmagic Cinema Camera connects to Mac OS X and Windows computers with Thunderbolt technology.The Blackmagic UltraScope software interface requires a computer display with a minimum resolution of1280 x 800 pixels to view two scopes simultaneously. Blackmagic Design recommends viewing all 6 scopessimultaneously by using a computer display resolution of 1920 x 1200 or 1920 x 1080 pixels.Please see the support pages at for a comprehensive list of the latest minimumsystem requirements for Blackmagic UltraScope.
  41. 41. Using Blackmagic UltraScope41Blackmagic UltraScope Interface1. Parade Display 2. Waveform Display 3. Vectorscope Display4. Histogram Display 6. Audio Metering Display 7. Picture Display5. Error Logging
  42. 42. Using Blackmagic UltraScope42Understanding Blackmagic UltraScope ViewsBlackmagic UltraScope has two different views available depending on your workflow needs and screenresolution. You have the choice of viewing six displays in “Full Screen” view, or for more compact viewing,choose any 2 displays in “2-up” view.The display view can be selected from the View menu.Choose Full Screen to enter Full Screen view. If this option is unchecked, 2-up view will be displayed.You can quickly switch between Full Screen view and 2-up view by using the hot key CMD-F on Mac OS X.In2-upview,selectthedesiredleftandrightscopesbyopeningtheView menuorbyright-clickinganywherein the UltraScope window. Make your selections from the Left View and Right View menu options.If you want the scopes to swap sides, select the left or right view and set it to be the same as the other view.The scopes will swap sides. This is because the 2-up view always shows two different scopes and neverdisplays the same scope in both the left and right views.Screen Resolution Requirements for Display Views• Full Screen view: 1920 x 1200 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels. If your monitor doesn’t support theseresolutions, then Full Screen view will not be available.• 2-up view: minimum resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.Full Screen view2-Up view
  43. 43. Using Blackmagic UltraScope43Zoom FunctionBlackmagic UltraScope allows you to zoom in on various displays for a more detailed analysis.This helpful function will also pan and zoom the graticules for each display in high resolution.The zoom function is available in the Parade, Waveform, Vectorscope and Picture displays.To zoom in, simply click on the bottom right of each respective display. Now you will be able toview the display in finer detail. Drag the mouse within the display area to pan around the zoomed display.Clicking again will return the display back to its normal view.Zoom button
  44. 44. Using Blackmagic UltraScope44Blackmagic UltraScope is included for use with your Blackmagic Cinema Camera so you can always useit on set whenever your computer is connected to the cameras Thunderbolt port. The following pagesexplain how each waveform display is used for tasks such as editing and color correction, as well as with yourcamera, so you get a deeper understanding of how each type of waveform display can help you.1. Parade DisplayParade Display is perfect for checking for illegal colors and checking levels.Press the RGB button to display the full height of each color channel as red, green and blue. Monitoring thelevels of each red, green and blue color channel makes it is easy to view color balance in the blacks, midsand whites of the video signal. Parade Display enables you to identify details common to the red, green andblue channels.It’s often important to make sure you’re not clipping the video levels. Make sure the video is full level butnot clipped. You can turn on the GAMUT function, and any illegal levels will be highlighted in bright red,so they are easy to see. Instructions for setting gamut limits can be found in the Error Logging Displaysection of this manual. If you want to increase the video level, then make sure it doesn’t go above upperRGB limit or you will encounter illegal levels. Some equipment won’t let you generate illegal 100% RGBlevels, however other equipment will. Blackmagic UltraScope lets you see illegal levels whenever they occur.Illegal video can also happen in blacks as well as whites. Some equipment produces black levels which canbe lowered below the black point of 0%. The levels will be shown as bright red if this falls below the lowergamut limit and the GAMUT warning mode is enabled. If you observe illegal black levels, just add some“lift” or gain to eliminate them but check the 100% graticule level to make sure the whole video signal hasnot lifted and generated illegal colors in the whites.To check levels, simply press the YUV or YUV+ button.The COLOR setting switches the RGB display to color rather than traditional black and white. When theCOLOR setting is used with the YUV or YUV+ display, luma (brightness) remains white, B-Y (differencebetween blue and luma) appears blue and R-Y (difference between red and luma) appears red. The COLORsetting is not a professional setting and should usually be switched off, especially when showing videoto clients.
  45. 45. Using Blackmagic UltraScope45Waveform Display on Mac OS X always shows Luminance view.2. Waveform DisplayThe Waveform Display is similar to traditional composite waveform monitors seen in many broadcaststudios.On Mac OS X, B/W is always selected to show the luminance view, which provides a digitally encodedwaveform similar to traditional luminance waveform monitors. The luminance view is very useful whenadjusting luma (brightness) levels in an image. Turn on the GAMUT function, and any illegal luma levelswill be highlighted in bright red, so they are easy to see. Instructions for setting luma limits can be found inthe Error Logging Display section of this manual. Traditional luminance waveform monitors only supportedcomposite analog standard definition video. However UltraScope’s luminance view works in high definitionas well as standard definition, so you have a consistent and easy way to adjust luma levels even whenmonitoring high definition digital video formats!ForWindows users,the composite view is exciting because it’sa fully digitally encoded compositewaveformview and similar to a traditional waveform monitor. This provides a much easier way to align to test signals,such as color bars, because you can use the composite waveform exactly the same way as it has always beenused. Composite view also works in high definition, so you have a consistent and traditional way to adjustvideo even when working in high definition!When BOTH view is selected on a Windows PC, the composite and luminance waveforms display side byside in a twin view. This is incredibly useful when adjusting video levels or color correcting. It’s impossible fora vectorscope to show which objects in the video have color because a vectorscope just shows what colorsare in the whole image and not which objects have color. When color correcting, you often need to look forspecific parts of the image, remove the color and produce a neutral state. This is because the compositewaveform is the same as the luminance signal but with chroma added.Choosing this twin view makes it easy to identify similar items in the luminance and composite waveforms,and if more blur or chroma is observed in the composite area, the item has color. If some part of thevideo image is neutral gray, then it should look the same on both waveforms because no chroma willbe present. With the twin view, you can look around the waveform and see the levels of color or chromaof various objects. As you color correct, the composite waveform will display more or less chroma inthe video signal. Now you can see if specific objects in the video image are color or black and white.You can make technical and creative decisions using the Waveform Display.When the Waveform display is zoomed in, you can toggle between COMP and B/W, and view the sameregion of an image in the zoomed display.Waveform Display on Windows can show Luminance, Compositeor Both views.
  46. 46. Using Blackmagic UltraScope463. Vectorscope DisplayThe Vectorscope Display uses a vector view to show the colors in a video signal. You can see color barvideo levels by using the color boxes in the graticule. All you need to do is select 75% or 100% color bars,depending on the standard of color bar test signals used in your facility!Some people think you can use a vectorscope to check for illegal levels. However this is not correct and theParade Display should be used, and set to RGB, for checking for illegal colors. The reason you cannot use avectorscope to check for illegal levels is that both chroma and luminance values are required. For example,colors near the white or black points in video cannot be as saturated as the much stronger colors, whichcan be used in the mid-grays. Because Vectorscope Display only shows colors, and not luminance values, itcannot be used to check for illegal colors.Vectorscope Display lets you see if your video is correctly white-balanced or if there is a color tint. If yourvideo has a color tint, the Vectorscope display will drift off-center, and you might see two center dots.Normally the blanking in the video signal will create a dot in the center of the vector scope, and this isbecause the blanking in the video is black video without any color. Blanking provides a useful referencepoint to help recognize areas of black video without any color information.If your video has a color tint, you should see the blacks move off-color and off-center. The degree of shiftrepresents the amount of color tint in your video, and you can see the shift in both the white and blackdetails of your video. This makes Vectorscope Display valuable for removing color tint and regaining correctwhite balance.Vectorscope Display lets you push colors in your video to the limits, without accidentally adding unwantedcolor tints to blacks and whites. While color balance can be monitored on both the RGB Parade Display andVectorscope Display, color balance issues will often be easier to see in Vectorscope Display.
  47. 47. Using Blackmagic UltraScope474. Histogram DisplayHistogram Display is most familiar to graphic designers and camera operators. Histogram Display showsthe distribution of white to black information and lets you monitor how close the detail is to being clippedoff in the whites or blacks of the video. Histogram Display also lets you see the effects of gamma changesin the video.Black video is shown on the left of the display, and whites are shown on the right. All video should usuallybe found between the 0% and 100% intervals of the Histogram Display. Your video is being clipped if itmoves below 0% or above 100%. Video clipping can be really bad, when you’re on a shoot, as detail in theblacks and whites must be preserved if you subsequently want to perform color-correction in a controlledenvironment. When shooting, keep the video above the black clip, and below the white clip, so you canhave more freedom later to adjust colors without whites and blacks appearing flat and lacking in detail.When shooting video, you might decide to clip your video, and in which case Histogram Display will showthe effect of clipping the video, and how much it is being clipped. You can even use gamma to create asimilar look, with less clipping, while retaining more detail.You cannot really use Histogram Display to check for illegal levels, although you can use it to see illegalblacks and whites. Histogram Display does not show colors and so the histogram might appear to showlegal levels, even though your video may contain illegal colors. Again, RGB Parade Display provides thebest way to watch out for illegal levels as it shows them in both the color and luminance elements of thevideo signal.The HIGH and LOW buttons simply control how bright the histogram appears on your computer display. Ifyou find the white area of the histogram is too bright in a dark studio, choose LOW for a more comfortablebrightness level.
  48. 48. Using Blackmagic UltraScope485. Error Logging DisplayError Logging records errors in video and audio and is indispensable when reviewing video and forunattended operation. Errors may be logged for color, brightness or audio threshold levels as well as lossof video signal, change of video format or audio silence. After setting the parameters which define when anerror should be logged, you can choose to start or stop error logging, save the log to a file, or clear the log.These functions can be selected from the buttons in the Error Logging Display or from the Error Loggingpulldown menu.Errors are recorded against timecode and time of day to make them easy to find. If the timecode is notpresent, errors can be found by reviewing the time of day at which they were recorded. As computer clockscan drift, it is a good idea to inspect the Date Time settings on your computer, and set the clock tosynchronize with an Internet time server to ensure accurate time of day logging.In the Full Screen view, Histogram Display and Error Logging Display share the same area of the UltraScopeinterface. Select the LOGGING button, below the Histogram Display, to switch to the Error Logging Display.Select the HISTOGRAM button, below the Error Logging Display, to switch back to the Histogram Display.After quitting and reopening the UltraScope application, the last viewed display will be made visible again,i.e., either Histogram or Error Logging.In 2-up view, Histogram Display and Error Logging Display can be viewed simultaneously and so there areno LOGGING or HISTOGRAM buttons.When viewing the Error Logging Display for the first time, the display will initially be blank other than forsome column headings. Select the START button to commence logging. In Full Screen view, you can switchback to the Histogram Display and UltraScope will continue to perform error logging until you choose tostop it.When error logging is being performed, the STOP button replaces the START button. When the STOPbutton has been selected, you can choose to START again and any new errors will be appended to theexisting log. When error logging has been stopped, you can choose to SAVE the log to a CSV file oralternatively CLEAR the log. The SAVE and CLEAR buttons will not appear if no errors have been recorded.The CSV file can be analyzed in many applications, including spreadsheet and database software.By default, error logging is performed using the EBU-R103 standard, which is set down by the EuropeanBroadcasting Union. This standard is popular worldwide and is commonly used as a template for makingnew error logging profiles.From the Histogram Display, select the Logging button to switchto the Error Logging Display.
  49. 49. Using Blackmagic UltraScope49How to Customize Error LoggingTo customize error logging, go to the Error Logging menu and choose Profiles to open the Error LoggingProfiles window. Saved profiles appear in the profile list at the left and the current, active profile appears inbold above the list.The standard EBU-R103 profile cannot be deleted or modified and is grayed out. You can add a profile byclicking the add (+) button and typing a name for your profile. The new profile will initially contain the sameparameters as the EBU-R103 profile, but these can be changed as required.Under the Gamut tab, upper and lower limits can be adjusted as a percentage of IRE units for RGB, Lumaand Chroma. Set the minimum time in milliseconds (ms) for which these conditions must be sustainedbefore being logged as errors. Set the percentage area, of pixels in error to total pixels in a frame, belowwhich errors can be ignored. The Area setting acts like sensitivity.Under the Audio tab, the maximum audio level can be set in decibels (dBFS) as can the audio level belowwhich audio is regarded as silence. Set the minimum time in milliseconds (ms) for which these conditionsmust be sustained before being logged as errors.Under the Video tab, loss of video signal and change of video format can be logged as errors.Under the Notes tab, write a brief description of the new profile to help distinguish it from other profiles.To modify a new or existing profile, ensure it is selected and then change its parameters as desired. PressSave to save these changes or choose Revert to leave the profile unchanged.Choosing Save saves the changes to the profile but does not determine which profile is active. To activatea profile, select it from the profile list and then choose Set Active.You can delete a profile by selecting it in the profile list and clicking the delete (–) button.Gamut error tolerance settings for color and brightnessAudio error tolerance settings
  50. 50. Using Blackmagic UltraScope506. Audio Metering DisplayAudio Metering Display shows you the audio levels in the embedded audio of the cameras video signal.The 2 channels of embedded audio from your Blackmagic Cinema Camera are de-embedded and thendisplayed in either dBFS or VU format. The VU button switches between dBFS and VU audio meteringstandards.dBFS is essentially a meter of the overall digital audio signal and is common on modern digital equipment.The VU meter shows average signal levels, is easy to use and very common on older equipment. VU iscalibrated to the SMPTE recommendation of a 1 kHz tone test signal set to -20 dBFS.The right hand audio scope can monitor two channels of audio. The audio scope presents audio in an X-Yview so you can see audio balance issues, out of phase conditions and whether an audio track is mono orstereo. Mono audio should appear as a single, vertical, “in phase” line. If the line is horizontal, then youraudio is “out of phase” and could cancel out (i.e., loss of audio) when received by downstream equipment.Audio phase is one of the most common audio faults in large facilities, where cables can be incorrectlyconnected.When monitoring stereo audio, the Audio Metering Display will puff out a little like a flower, highlighting thedifference between the left and right audio channels. The more stereo sound is contained in the audio track,the more circular the display will appear. If the audio contains minimal stereo content, then the display willappear more concentrated around the vertical axis.While spoken dialog tends to appear as a vertical line, music with plenty of stereo content will puff out.This is because mono audio is L+R, and will display on the vertical axis, whereas stereo content is L-R, andwill display on the horizontal axis to show the stereo difference.
  51. 51. Using Blackmagic UltraScope517. Picture DisplayThe Picture Display is a handy confidence monitor so you can see the video that is being receivedby Blackmagic UltraScope. The Picture Display has three settings: COLOR, B/W (black white) and BLUE(Blue Only).Set to COLOR or B/W depending on the needs of your facility. Black white is popular for use in colorcorrection studios so clients don’t get confused when seeing multiple color displays and not understandingwhich color display is the correct, color-calibrated display. You may wish to select B/W so there is only asingle, calibrated, color display in the room. The black white display can also provide a useful visualreference.Blue Only is used with color bar test signals for setting hue on playback decks. When adjusting hue, makesure all the blue bars are a constant brightness to attain the correct hue level.Blue Only can also be used for evaluating noise levels from your camera. Blue has the least amount of signallevel, in a color video signal, and so is more susceptible to noise. The BLUE setting can provide a good wayto check on noise levels in a video signal.Lastly, the video standard is displayed on the left side of the Picture Display, so you can verify the videostandard, and confirm you’re monitoring the correct video feed.
  52. 52. Help52Getting HelpThe fastest way to obtain help is to go to the Blackmagic Design online support pages and check the latestsupport material available for your Blackmagic Cinema Camera.Blackmagic Design Online Support PagesThe latest manual, software and support notes can be found at the Blackmagic Support Center Blackmagic Design SupportIf you cant find the help you need in our support material, please use the Send request button, onthe support page for your Blackmagic Cinema Camera, to email a support request. Alternatively, call yournearest Blackmagic Design support office at the Software Version Currently InstalledTo check which version of Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software is installed on your computer, openthe About Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility window.• On Mac OS X, open Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility from the Applications folder. Select AboutBlackmagic Cinema Camera Utility from the application menu to reveal the version number.• On Windows 7, open Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility from your Start menu. Click on the Help menuand select About Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility to reveal the version number.How to Get the Latest Software UpdatesAfter checking the version of Blackmagic Cinema Camera Utility software installed on your computer,please visit the Blackmagic Support Center at to check for the latestupdates. While it is usually a good idea to run the latest updates, it is a wise practice to avoid updating anysoftware if you are in the middle of an important project.Battery ReplacementThe built-in camera battery is not user-servicable. Should the battery require replacement, you will needto send it to your nearest Blackmagic Design service center for replacement. If the camera is outside of itswarranty period, the battery replacement will incur a small service fee for the cost of the battery, labor andreturn of the camera to you. Please contact Blackmagic Design Support to find out details of where to sendyour camera, how to package it safely and how much the replacement will cost in your country.
  53. 53. Help53Replacing the FanYour camera contains a fan, which is necessary for cooling. If you detect that the fan is not working, or thatit is making a strange noise, switch off the camera and order a replacement fan by contacting BlackmagicDesign Support. You should use an anti-static strap to avoid damaging the camera while opened.To replace the fan, start by switching off the camera and then remove any external cables.Place the camera upside down on a bench, with the tripod hole facing up, and the touchsceen facingtowards you. You will see a metal panel labelled Fan. This panel is attached to a fan module insidethe camera. Remove the four screws from this panel using a number 01 size Phillips head screwdriver.Thread-locking fluid has been applied to the screws which will require additional force to unscrew them.Keep the screws as you will need them again.Gently lift the fan module up and out of the camera, taking care NOT to pull the wires that connect tothe inside of the camera. Accidentally pulling on these wires could cause them to become unpluggedfrom an inaccessible location inside the camera, which would need to be fixed by a Blackmagic Designservice center.Locate the white plastic plug a short distance along the wires from the fan. Pull the plug apart using bothhands so that no stress is placed on the wires that continue inside the camera. You can now discard the oldfan module.Connect the white plastic plug to the wires of the replacement fan module. Reinstate the fan module inits hole with the Fan label the right way up. The fan module can only be installed in one orientation.Reinstate the four screws into the fan plate to finish replacing the fan.Switch on the camera and you should feel a gentle flow of air coming from the vent holes in the fan module.FAN
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