Over the last few years Blackmagic Design (blackmagisdesign.com) has made quite a few waves with their camera releases.
This year was no different with the release of the Ursa, BMD has become a trendsetter in cameras. But this year they also released the Studio Camera, which I feel was greatly overlooked at NAB.
The Studio Camera is built specifically for that: studio production. It shoots to Ultra HD (3820×2160) or 4K, has a micro four thirds lens mount, built-in talkback and tally lights, and a whole host of additional features that make this the perfect solution for shooting a multicam studio piece.
Like the other BMD cameras, the Studio Camera is essentially all monitor. The rear display is a massive 10 inches of high res display. It’s almost as if BMD just mounted a lens mount to a monitor. The camera also features a control panel on the back that offers a full menu even while shooting.
The Blackmagic cameras aren’t very ergonomic for shooting, they’re bulky and odd-shaped. The Studio Camera is no different, and has absolutely no ability to be handheld without an additional rig. That being said, it’s so easy to easy to rig accessories that it becomes almost a moot point.
Working with the Studio Camera is possible, but ultimately is better in a studio (the four hour battery life makes it difficult). I went to the back of the BMD booth with School Video News (svnfilm.com) and we agreed that for schools who are producing news or studio style programs the Blackmagic Studio Camera is the perfect option.
Part of why we loved this camera for studio work is because the Ultra HD model falls in at $2000, and the 4K is only $3000. Blackmagic Design offers a whole range of video solutions and adapters, and you can find more information on their website (blackmagicdesign.com) or by following them on twitter (@Blackmagic_News).
Jeremy Widen is a film and video professional now living in San Francisco. The creation of digital media is his passion. Movies, TV, animation, and gear feed Jeremy's hunger to stay creative. He graduated from the Art Institute of California- San Francisco with a B.Sc. in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. While there he received a top of the line education and a tremendous amount of hands on training which resulted in his feeling comfortable in any role on set. Widen moved to Chicago to further his education; and is currently a graduate of Columbia College’s MFA program for Creative Production. You can read more articles by Jeremy in SVN Student Filmmaking.