Tilta BMPCC 4K and 6K Flipscreen & M.2 SSD Modification Kit

September 17th, 2019

In somewhat of a surprise move, Tilta showed off a kit that will allow you to modify the screen of your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K, to flip 180° up and 90° down. In addition to that the modification kit comes with a housing for an M.2 SSD drive that will bridge over to the cameras internal USB-C port and thus enable recording directly onto it. Furthermore the kit contains what Tilta considers an enhancement to the housing of the camera’s ports.

Do-It-Yourself BMPCC 4K and BMPCC 6K Modification

According to Tilta representative Jay Kaufman, the kit shown to us at the Tilta booth at IBC 2019 is still a prototype that arrived only yesterday, so there will still be a few modifications to it before sales start in November. The modifications kit for the Pocket 4K’s and 6K’s screen will come with all tools necessary to make the modifications, as well as video tutorials that will guide customers through the whole process. The modification is supposed to be fully reversable, although its influence on your camera’s warranty might be detremental. The kit works with the camera’s own screen and does not inhibit any camera functionality. So what is in store here?

What can it do?

The tilting mechanism strongly resembles that of the recently released Sony A6100 and 6400, tilting upwards up to 180° but also up to 90° downwards. The modified screen will still work with all of the accessories for Tilta’s cages for the BMPCC 4K and 6K, except for the sunhood – the new screen however has screwholes for a new to be released sunhood that will support the flipping screen. The mechanism itself looks sturdy and begs the question why Blackmagic didn’t implement something like this themselves.

In addition to the modification of the screen, there is also a housing for an M.2 SSD drive that comes with the kit. Somewhat similarly to the Atomos SSD caddies, this will enable you to insert your own SSD and use it with the male USB-C plug, that will sit flush right behind the newly modified screen. For now this USB-C plug is just bridging over from the BMPCC’s internal plug, but Tilta has plans to enhance this, so that the camera’s USB-C will remain usable. What that will mean for the total bandwidth of the port remains to be seen.

The third part of the modifications kit deals with the BMPCC’s ports. Assuming that user feedback for those might have been less than stellar, Tilta has implemented string-secured, carbon-fibre-styled plugs to close up and protect unused ports instead.

Where did this come from and when will it be available?

Modifications like this have been showing up in user forums and around the internet practically since the BMPCC 4K came out. This particular modification is actually a result of Tilta’s Tiltaing project cooperation with Mr Zhang – we reported about his BMPCC 4K modification back in June 2019. Tiltaing is Tilta’s initiative to fund interesting ideas and share profits with its inventors. We reported about Tiltaing from NAB in April 2018. Anyway, the large number of kits surrounding the BMPCC 4K and BMPCC 6K cameras without a shadow of a doubt speaks to their popularity.

According to Tilta the modifications kit for the BMPCC will already be available in November for $329.00. We will keep you posted on any new developments and when it becomes available.

Are you excited about these modifications to the BMPCC 4K and 6K? Would you actually buy this and install it in your camera? Let us know in the comments!

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 Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
MemberSeptember 17th, 2019

I have a review copy of the BMD PCC6K in hand right now for an article I am writing. After shooting outdoors with it this week, if I owned this camera, I would buy this kit in a heartbeat. The PCC6K is an impressive camera hampered by the screen and by it’s power requirements, more than it’s media limitations. I have had no issues shooting to CFast 2.0 cards but the option to shoot to drives without a bulky add on bracket and extra hanging cable is appealing.

I wonder if this kit can be used in conjunction with the BMD battery grip?

William Koehler
MemberSeptember 17th, 2019

The lower cost/GB of M.2 drives versus CFast 2.0 cards more than pays for this kit. And M.2 comes in capacities of up to 2 TB. A quick check on NewEgg shows CFast 2.0 currently topping out at 512 GB.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

While M.2 drives are great, keep in mind that not all “M.2 drives” are built equally.

Although even SATA 3 based “mSATA M.2 Drives” which have a theoretical speed of 600MB/s SHOULD be fast enough to max out USB 3.1 Gen 1’s 500MB/s and the Pocket 6K’s maximum recording rate of 480MB/s you’ll be cutting it close and NEED to check the sequential write speeds WITHOUT manufacturer drivers installed and after the cache has been filled.

For example, the relatively new Intel 660p M.2 drives are very well priced at 2TB for $189 and use the faster NVME M.2 protocol with a rated potential speed of 1.8GB/s but they use a dynamic QLC cache and without intel drivers it slows to about 100MB/s after the cache is filled at just 20% of the drive’s capacity so it will likely drop frames with most of the Pocket’s codecs.

To be fair if you’re recording at 6K 5:1 Raw you should be able to get about 30 minutes without a dropped frame when using the 2TB 660p (15 mins with the 1TB) which would be okay for narrative work but not for long-form recording (which I personally need). Only 6K Raw 12:1, 4K 422 and slower codecs would be stable with that particular drive after 15 or 30 minutes.

 Silviu Craciun
Silviu Craciun
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

The bmpcc 4k/6k works only with sata drives..so no nvme ssd.
I already tested this and the guy with the kit corfirmed the same thing. Before installing this this mode i was using msata ssd with usb c enclosure and worked perfectly since november 2018.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

Thanks! I think I have heard that before too so it’s nice to have it confirmed. Do you happen to know which mSATA M.2 Drives are fast enough for 5.7K 60fps 5:1 BRaw for 2 hours? I know Blackmagic has an “Approved Media List” but those are prepackaged USB-C portable SSD drives.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

The maths for 5.7K 60fps 5:1 BRaw is 320MB/s sustained and 1 hour 40 minutes is the most that can be recorded on a 2TB drive. So I myself would need a drive that can sustain a write speed of 320MB/s for one large 2TB file.

 Silviu Craciun
Silviu Craciun
MemberSeptember 20th, 2019

I am using 1tb Samsung 860 mSATA/m.2 drives and they work very well with Pocket 4k

Forrest McBride
Forrest McBride
GuestSeptember 21st, 2019

you can’t use a nvme? I bought a sabernt 1TB Nvme and enclosure for $130 for my editing drive and its just connected via a USB-C or USB-A cable. I don’t see the difference between my nvme closure or had i gotten a SSD m.2 enclosure other than mine does 990MB/s vs the 500MB/s (tested with a few programs)

 Dean Harrington
Dean Harrington
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

On long recording sessions … like conferences, I would not shoot in raw. I would use a pro-res 4.2.2 codec instead or likely one of my other ENG CAMERAS. Raw, in my opinion, is really meant for narrative, commercial, music videos and indie films.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

That’s fine as long as you don’t want 6K, I do. And if you don’t want 6K might as well get the Pocket 4K.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

I forgot that those numbers are based on 30fps, for 60fps cut them in half to 7 (1TB) or 15 (2TB) minutes before a dropped frame or 54mins (2TB) and 27 mins (1TB) in 24fps.

 Silviu Craciun
Silviu Craciun
MemberSeptember 17th, 2019

Yes! you can use the BMD battery grip without problem.

 Silviu Craciun
Silviu Craciun
MemberSeptember 17th, 2019

Tilta bought this project from this guy https://m.tb.cn/h.em81m1n?sm=7e0dcc , i have speaked with him and he sent me a kit that i have installed on my pocket 4k camera it works very well and it’s very well build he also included 4 flex cables just in case. If someone it’s interested to buy the kit before will be availabe on tilta website can contact me .

Jack
Jack
GuestSeptember 19th, 2019

I want to buy 2 asap. Let me know.

Peter Kent
Peter Kent
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

It’s awesome that Tilta is making this mod mainstream! Now they need to find a guy adding IBIS and Dual-Pixel AF :D

 Dean Harrington
Dean Harrington
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

I’m glad to see Tilta has been working with Mr. Zhang and a percentage of the product sales by Tilta will go to Mr. Zhang! That is wonderful support for creators. I’ll get this mod when it comes out and like everyone else, I wonder why Black Magic did not do this in the first place!

dfegrthj
dfegrthj
GuestSeptember 17th, 2019
 User O
User O
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

For a long time there! China came up with the first. – $183.26 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?ft=t&spm=a230r.1.14.1.118441baAHchd0&id=596198065786
Instruction How to disassemble the camera. https://www.bilibili.com/video/av62409810

 sicha ned
sicha ned
MemberSeptember 19th, 2019

so tilta is selling a it for 330 usd which they themselves bought on taobao for about half?
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=596198065786

 Dean Harrington
Dean Harrington
MemberNovember 6th, 2019

Is the Tilta the modifications kit for the BMPCC 4K and 6k out yet? Is there going to be dual use of the USBc plug to run outside and inside the camera?

Gregor
Gregor
GuestSeptember 23rd, 2019

Awesome! I would buy it! When will it come out?

Gregor
Gregor
GuestSeptember 23rd, 2019

Awesome! When will it come out?

Ulysse
Ulysse
GuestDecember 18th, 2019

I want !!! Trop bien :)

Jeff
Jeff
GuestApril 30th, 2020

Currently up for sale on Adorama and B&H for preorder shipping soon.

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