BMPCC 4K Modification Adds Tilting Mechanism to Screen

June 13th, 2019
BMPCC 4K Modification Adds Tilting Mechanism to Screen

Do you miss an articulating screen with the BMPCC 4K? There now is a possibility to have the camera’s screen modified in China and get a tilting screen. The modification is non-destructive (reversible) and also adds a USB-C port at the back, between the backside of the camera and the screen.

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification. Source: power_cheung

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (further only BMPCC 4K) has been a popular camera amongst (not only) indie filmmakers since its announcement. It offers great image quality for a really low price. If you want to know more about the BMPCC 4K, make sure to check out Nino’s hands-on review.

Aside from great image quality with high-bitrate codecs, this camera also introduced an unusually large screen. It features a 5-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution. However, one of the downsides of the screen is that it is fixed on the back of the camera. No tilting, no flipping out, nothing. It seems like there is an unofficial solution for this downside now.

BMPCC 4K Tilting Screen Hack

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification – First Prototype. Source: power_cheung

A user named power_cheung modified his BMPCC 4K screen by adding a tilting mechanism and posted a couple of photos on a Chinese filmmaking forum, filmaker.cn. In fact, he posted photos of the first prototype already in May 2019. That first prototype seemed to be working, but the design wasn’t so neat. That’s how it is with prototypes.

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification. Source: power_cheung

Now it seems like he managed to improve the mechanics and design of the modification. He posted new photos of the latest version, which actually looks pretty good. The important fact about this modification, as power_cheung claims, is that it is non-destructive. This means that, if needed, the BMPCC 4K can be assembled back to its original shape with the built-in screen.

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification. Source: power_cheung

His solution looks very interesting. The screen can be tilted 180° up and serve as a selfie screen for vloggers. The only downside of this is that the image cannot be flipped. There is no such option in the menu, as Blackmagic never counted on using the camera upside down. The screen can also be tilted to face down up to 90°. This certainly makes shooting from very low or very high perspectives much easier, as there is no need for an external monitor. The GH-style flip-out mechanism would have probably been better, but I guess it would have led to a more problematic cable management.

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification. Source: power_cheung

Another advantage of this modification is that there is now additional space available between the backside of the camera and the screen. Power_cheung even put one USB-C connector to this space to connect an SSD for high-speed recording. From what I understood, he will offer the special chassis for the SSD to fit perfectly in that space.

BMPCC 4K Screen Modification with USB-C port for SSD. Source: power_cheung

Price and Availability

The price of the BMPCC 4K tilting screen modification is between ¥ 1500 and 2050 (chinese juan), depending on the version. This translates to roughly $220 to $300. The two versions are both with an SSD box with an M.2 slot, either with SATA or NVMe protocol. The modification can be purchased here on taobao.com. After purchasing, users need to send their BMPCC 4K to China and let the store perform the modification. They claim the modding will take up to three business days.

For non-Chinese residents, there are certain risks of sending the camera to China, for sure – the shipping alone is kind of risky. I don’t know if there is any kind of warranty provided by the modders. They do offer a free replacement service for the life of the flexible cable though.

I also believe that such a modification will probably lead to a warranty void with Blackmagic (I don’t know if there is a way to tell the camera has been modified, even after being assembled back to its original shape). Considering the relatively low price of the camera, I think it would still be interesting to have it modded.

What do you think about this modification? Do you miss an articulating screen with the BMPCC 4K? Would you consider having something like this done? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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 Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
MemberJune 14th, 2019

Buy a GH5 or an external monitor if you HAVE to have an articulated screen! Jeez. This camera would be a terrible Vlogging camera anyway.

Chris
Chris
GuestJune 14th, 2019

Yep, I cant imagine anyone is shooting a BMPCC without a battery solution anyway, so adding a monitor to the rig isnt crazy.

Or just as easily shoot GH5, skip the batter solution, and output to external. Either way you’re rig is similarly sized.

Henry B
Henry B
GuestJune 14th, 2019

Vlogging isn’t the only use case for having a fully articulating screen you know? GH5 is too expensive for people looking to buy the Blackmagic pocket 4k.

Roberto Mettifogo
Roberto Mettifogo
GuestJune 13th, 2019

Oh, and the camera did not exploded misteriously?? We gotta inform blackmagic! May be now they also can do it in next version!

 Simon Bailey
Simon Bailey
MemberJune 14th, 2019

Whats wrong with you?

Henry B
Henry B
GuestJune 14th, 2019

You have confused Blackmagic for Samsung. They are called Blackmagic DESIGN for a reason you know? These a properly designed cameras with high quality materials. The pocket 4k barely even overheats like other cameras anyway.

Roberto Mettifogo
Roberto Mettifogo
GuestJune 13th, 2019

It will also help to lower the body’s temp.

Mike Vlack
Mike Vlack
GuestJune 13th, 2019

I think there might be patients and licensing fees etc. associated with articulating screens on cameras. It might be that BM didn’t want to pay the licencing fee.

Henry B
Henry B
GuestJune 14th, 2019

They literally have a fully articulating screen on the URSA. I doubt there are any licensing fees.

Tanley Lau
Tanley Lau
GuestJune 14th, 2019

Daniel Teo

Pete Manabat
Pete Manabat
GuestJune 14th, 2019

Or just get an external monitor. ?

Nistor Simon Ardelean
Nistor Simon Ardelean
GuestJune 14th, 2019

Sam Wolfgang

Dillon Pearce
Dillon Pearce
GuestJune 15th, 2019

Anthony Littlechild V2 is looking nice nicer

stanisław
stanisław
GuestJune 15th, 2019

Since tere is space between back part of camera and LCD it cools better the sensor.

Mark
Mark
GuestJune 17th, 2019

They have an opition that you can just buy the accessories and do it yourself. Available August.

 Dean Mermell
Dean Mermell
MemberAugust 17th, 2019

While there is the possibility of voiding the warranty, and the obvious dangers of sending your camera to China to have something done to it, I’m not sure I understand the reticence to doing this to the camera. Yes, while it’s simple enough to add a lightweight monitor (and battery) to your system, it’s more weight and yet another 2 connections that can go wonky. We’re used to it, but wouldn’t it be nice not to hassle with that? Plus something folks don’t seem to bring up is there are no controls on that extra monitor. I want to directly control what I’m seeing, and have a lightweight rig. The “bonus” of usb-c 3.1 g2, if in fact that’s working, is certainly not to be discounted. This looks like an inexpensive way to radically improve the experience of this camera. So, that’s why I’d like to know if anyone has actually done it.

 Seiji John
Seiji John
MemberSeptember 12th, 2019

I just did it and it works great!

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberJune 13th, 2019

If only he could replace the sensor with the APS-C one the camera should’ve had in the first place.

 Simon Bailey
Simon Bailey
MemberJune 14th, 2019

Why? Really why? The image is so beautiful on the Pocket I cancelled my order for the Ursa G2.

I’ve had 3 full frame cameras and 2 super35 (apsc basically) and now the Pocket with its m4/3 sensor and combined with the speedbooster I’ve never ever been happier.

Russell Dixon
Russell Dixon
GuestJune 13th, 2019

I’d rather use a monitor than void my warranty for this ? it’s silly @Blackmagic_News didnt make the s… https://t.co/GO17KsrgBx

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberJune 13th, 2019

If you’re in the USA, this doesn’t void your warranty; it would be against federal law for BMD to refuse you warranty service just because the camera is modded. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act protects your right to modify products you own without voiding the warranty. This goes for “jailbreaking” your phones, mods like this, changing batteries yourself…

To void a warranty, the vendor has to prove that the modification caused the problem for which you’re seeking service.

That’s right: Those stickers that say “warranty void if removed” are BULLSHIT.

Jireh Jhun Pang Diaz
Jireh Jhun Pang Diaz
GuestJune 13th, 2019

It is possible! Hahahaha…funny how black magic was not able to find a way to actually do that compared to this guy who did it with what he can find and made it possible…now black magic has no reason if they release a new bmpcc body in the future hahahaha

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