Blackmagic posts 4K production footage in ProRes [UPDATED download link]

December 19th, 2013
Blackmagic posts 4K production footage in ProRes [UPDATED download link]

In typical REDUSER manner, Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty has gotten used to posting news about significant advances in the development of their cameras on their very own Blackmagic Forum.

Today he posted a link to about 10 GB worth of 4K (UltraHD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) ungraded ProRes clips from their upcoming new 4K Production Camera (the footage was acquired in ProRes, he did not touch RAW footage).

Download the original footage by clicking here! Warning: 10 GB download (UPDATED! we took the liberty to upload the ZIP file to one of our servers as Windows users complained about a corrupted ZIP archive via the original Blackmagic link).

He says that the camera is out now for their beta testers and seems to get fine tuning now for the release, which can’t be far away hopefully.

The 4K footage looks really crisp and nice, however it is obvious that this sensor isn’t made for low light at all – which is kind of surprising as I was expecting better low light performance than from the original blackmagic cinema camera (and Pocket Cinema Camera) simply because of the massively bigger sensor (Super35) of the 4K camera. There also seems to be some grain in the shadows of the daytime shots.

Check out the still frames from the footage here and at the bottom of this post (not in 4K tough):

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UPDATE:

Our friend James Miller from UK has graded some of Grant Petty’s footage and uploaded it to YouTube in up to 4K. Check it out!

Here’s the full text:

Hi,

I wanted to do a quick update on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. 

As I have mentioned previously we have been working hard on redesigning part of the camera due to differences in the production sensors to what we experienced in the early camera builds, however that work is completed now and we are in final testing. 

I wanted to post some clips that I personally have shot from the camera as I know people are interested in them. We have other more experienced camera operators out shooting with beta cameras now and they can post more realistic clips with lens details and other shooting information soon, however I wanted to post something now so I thought I would upload some of the clips I have shot personally.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is very different to our other cameras, but I personally think it’s quite filmy in its look, even though it’s not really a digital film camera but more of a general production camera. 

This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.

The download is at:

http://video.blackmagicdesign.com/Camer … _Shots.zip 

Its a big file at just under 10 GB so it will take a little while to download, but these 4K files are big. Also, I know you might want to color grade these shots so I allowed some clips to be longer at up to 10 seconds for some of them. I think when working in higher resolution, being able to see the movement in the distance in these shots is quite interesting. I will be excited to see if anyone color grades these shots up nice because I am a terrible colorist!  

We expect to see some of the DOP’s beta testing the camera to post some professional test shots with comments on how the camera performs in a few days. I hope that gives everyone a better feel for the camera. A lot of people think this camera is a similar camera to our other cinema cameras, but it’s quite different and so I think these posts will be important so people know what it’s like to use. 

I think people’s relationship to cameras is such a personal and deeply creative connection, so I never really know what will happen with a new camera until it’s used professionally. It has been really fun to get time over the last few weeks to use it myself!

Regards,
Grant

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Angerous Lion
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Except the zip archives won’t open in Windows… It’s not just me. So far the best you can do is get a few of the shots out with WinRar…

Cinema5D
Cinema5D
GuestDecember 19th, 2013

We are reuploading the footage on our server … stay tuned, should be up within 2 hours

Angerous Lion
Angerous Lion
GuestDecember 21st, 2013

It’s still not opening in Windows… I don’t think the problem is “corruption”… The archive was probably made on a Mac. We need someone to re-zip the files on a PC or upload them somewhere as individual clips.

Patrick Zadrobilek
Patrick Zadrobilek
MemberDecember 19th, 2013

Nice News Nino!
Sadly, only a few files can be opened – ZIP file is currupt.
Two things I see, lots of noise and the ProRes files are only 8-bit, not even 10-bit which is supported by the ProRes file format.

Derek McCabe
MemberDecember 19th, 2013

My first impressions are like most “sample” footage”. Every scene has different pros and cons, so I don’t know if it is a flaw in the camera or the user.

Overall, many of the scenes look very sharp with plenty of detail. Others look soft.

What lens, what aperture, what setup?

The 8-bit is disappointing. 4K files should be 10-bit at the very least.

Ken
Ken
GuestDecember 20th, 2013

Tried to download several times , every time when trying to un zip message reads

“Error: central directory not found.”

:(

 Zee Ristic
Zee Ristic
MemberDecember 21st, 2013

I opened zip but in Premiere CC/windows those files show as 1364 x 767 and i QT player seems to play at 4K, anybody have some explanation? Am I missing some codec…? Thanks

AlexeyD
AlexeyD
GuestJanuary 6th, 2014

I tried to open 4K files with Premiere CS6 and it opened with resolution 1364×767. But with newly installed Premiere CC, all 13 zip files can be opened in their native 4k format.

Fábio Mestrinho
Fábio Mestrinho
GuestDecember 22nd, 2013

The file remains corrupted. I can open some files that are 1364 x 767.
When you have a new link? thank you

AlexeyD
AlexeyD
GuestJanuary 6th, 2014

For people with slow connection 8GB archive is too big. I have unzipped archive and reuploaded .mov files to my account at fil.io:

http://fil.io/FL5kj/Samples%20from%20Grant%20Petty

ISA8K
ISA8K
GuestJanuary 7th, 2014

Thank you!

YK
YK
GuestApril 10th, 2014

Thank you very much for this seperated download!

Marcello Mazzilli
Marcello Mazzilli
GuestJanuary 18th, 2014

The footage is fine…
At first I couldn’t open it in Premiere CS6 but only in Premiere CC…
To open it in Premiere CS6 I had to re-export it from MPEG STREAMCLIP (freeware) reporting it a Quicktime ProRes 3840×2160 (that is exactly same format and resolution).. this time it worked and Premiere CS6 handles it fine!
It’s a pity because probably there is a small, impossible to see… but is there… information loss (due to recompression)

jakub
jakub
GuestFebruary 5th, 2014
Neto
Neto
GuestFebruary 26th, 2014

Hi,

Someone post a orignal RAW 4K shoots for download?

Ovid
Ovid
GuestFebruary 27th, 2014

I have downloaded the files and I had the same resolution issues with CS6
Adobe CS6 interprets the footage as it has been last previewed and saved in Quick Time (probably on a small screen 1364×767).

If you have Quick Time and open the files you will notice that they open(preview) at 1364×767. If you go to the menu View and select Normal Size (Ctrl+1) they will open at full scale. Then hit File/Save (Ctrl=S. This way they should all open correctly in CS6.
I did this on Quick Time Pro and it’s not conversion, it just reinterprets the video. Not sure if it works with the free version of QT.

Mark Weiss
MemberMarch 8th, 2015

The free version doesn’t work, and I’m not going to buy the payola version just to load these files in Premiere. Too bad it took 40 hours to download this corrupt archive and another hour to hunt around for a trial program that can open some of the archive.

Is there another no cost way to open more than the embedded preview in Premiere CS6?

J Hernandez
J Hernandez
GuestMarch 10th, 2014

Downloaded the file but it says file corrupt. I have windows 7…

J Hernandez
J Hernandez
GuestMarch 10th, 2014

Never mind I got it going.

Digitalpictures
Digitalpictures
GuestMarch 23rd, 2014

What kind of format is the 10G footage? Cineon? or 10bit DPX ?

Mark Weiss
MemberMarch 8th, 2015

Files are only 1366 x 767 when I open them in Premiere CS6.

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