Firmware 1.9 for Blackmagic 4K. Histogram, audio levels plus more

July 25th, 2014
Firmware 1.9 for Blackmagic 4K. Histogram, audio levels plus more

blackmagic production camera 4kJust a month on from firmware version 1.8, and just a week on from version 1.8.2.

Firmware 1.9 has been released for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, improving the sensor calibration and adding histogram, audio levels and time remaining to its features.

It seems every other article I write at present is related to Blackmagic Design, they weren’t kidding when they promised more regular, substantial updates to their cameras firmware.

Some say that the Blackmagic cameras exclude a fair amount of staple features that any camera should include; version 1.9 shortens that list.

A swiping action activates the new heads up translucent display, which features a histogram, audio levels and time remaining on the memory card.

Blackmagic 1.9

Firmware version 1.9 has also improved sensor calibration, which is said to improve the image quality and potentially solve some issues users were having such as fixed pattern noise. To what extent this has been fixed we will see. Without having a unit back in for testing we don’t know for sure. However trusted shooter James Miller has tried out the new firmware update, and has positive remarks on the image quality.

Blackmagic stated that a uniform numbering system for their firmware meant consistency across all their cameras, so expect a similar update soon for both the Pocket and Cinema cameras.

So, what’s next, formatting of cards? Write your wish lists below!

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cubedx
cubedx
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August 7th, 2014

Higher frame rates if possible? Even if it was at 720p? 100fps at 720p?

50fps at 1080?

Patrick Murray
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August 2nd, 2014

I’m seriously thinking of taking a dive on one of these. I know they’re not perfect, but they seem to have a really great choice of high image quality with a low price tag. Glad they cleaned up the FPN at ASA 400.

KYLE
KYLE
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July 28th, 2014

THE THREE THINGS STOPPING ME FROM BUYING THIS CAMERA ARE NOT BEING ABLE TO FORMAT CARDS IN CAMERA, BEING ABLE TO RECORD IN LOG, BUT VIEW IN REC 709 WHILE RECORDING AND BEING ABLE TO SHOOT PAST 800 ASA. THEY FIX THESE THINGS, IM IN.

Jordan
Jordan
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July 28th, 2014
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Though it’s not Rec709, you can view a more “traditional” image while recording in log. The camera has a record setting and display setting, allowing you to set each individually.

Formatting cards in camera has never been an issue for me. I generally have a laptop with me as it is, so I always have one card clearing while the other is recording.

I feel like a lot of these “wants” that I see posted come from a DSLR mentality. What high end camera is known for its low light capability. Rather than a higher ASA, I’d used the money saved on a lighting kit.

Fabio
Fabio
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July 30th, 2014
Reply to  Jordan

I agree with you, this camera is awesome as it is. I Know that these “wants” come from Camcorders mentality rather than DSLR because the last ones don’t really have any of those features originally. The problema was Magic Lantern who made Canon’s DSLR some thing close to camcorders and now everybody wants to have a video camera (camcorder style) and don’t see an excellent Indie film camera when it is in front of them. Botton line this is still a tool and we have to learn to use it.

Saskatoon wedding videographers
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July 26th, 2014

Card formatting!

Fabio
Fabio
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July 26th, 2014

I’d like to have on the next firmware something to fix the black hole sun issue on camera. It would be nice to have battery time remaining too. But for now I’m happy with the improvements on image quality. FPN issues seem to be erased although there is a weird little flickering at 800 ISO when on dark situations. I’ve not tested so much but I’ll let you know what happens this weekend.

Bart van der Horst
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July 25th, 2014

Oh yes lets make audio levels something special.

Oscar
Oscar
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July 25th, 2014

Sounds fine – but honestly we still cant format a card that is insane – would you buy a car without windshield wipers.

Leonardo Siqueira Moreira
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July 25th, 2014
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