Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

I already knew when puchasing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that I eventually would need to invest in a protective metal cage which also provided for a full rigging of the camera, with rods, batteries, mics, etc. In my search I have considered the CAME-TV, the Tilta ES-T13 and the CamTree Hunt (a carbon copy … More Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

A Short Narrative Documentary – The XmasTree Hunt

Herein below is attached my first official short movie presented by Gorilla Film Studios (formerly MasterPlan Productions), entitled The XmasTree Hunt. It was directed, recorded, edited, mixed and graded by yours truly, Tomas Stacewicz. Music by courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) license, and the Jingle Punks. Drone … More A Short Narrative Documentary – The XmasTree Hunt

The Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

Recently, a heated discussion erupted on the Blackmagic Forum following a plead to Blackmagic Design to incorporate Bolex Log and Bolex Wide Gamut RGB support as an option in the Camera Raw panel of DaVinci Resolve. The biggest benefit from the implementation of such a feature, the pleader Alex Mitchell holds, is that highlight information … More The Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

The Logic of RAW – Why it’s better to overexpose (than to underexpose) with the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

In a previous blog post, where I delved somewhat into the question of over- and underexposure with CinemaDNG RAW, I stumbled upon the topic of the seeming similarites between the flat image of RAW and the Log (logarithmic) profile curve whose exposure f-stop range perfectly emulates the iris of the human eye. Let me reiterate … More The Logic of RAW – Why it’s better to overexpose (than to underexpose) with the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

Who reads yesterdays paper? – An updated review of the BMPCC

When I bought the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) three months ago I mainly had to rely on two or three year old video reviews, which describes a product in a working progress, to base my decision on. I only saw perhaps one or two reviews that were less than two years old, but never … More Who reads yesterdays paper? – An updated review of the BMPCC

Trusting the Force – Introducing the PATONA Dual USB Charger

While ordering the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), well aware that the camera didn’t come with a separate battery charger, I took care to order a no-name brand single charger together with a pair of spare Li-Ion EN-EL20 batteries. It was a single battery charger which also came delivered with a car charger adapter for … More Trusting the Force – Introducing the PATONA Dual USB Charger

The Strobe Effect – How to match your Camera to your AC Mains

The other day, I took some shots with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera of our newly decorated Christmas Tree. I only used the light coming from the electric christmas tree LED lights, fed from the mains with 220 Volts, 50 Hz. The scene was shot on CinemaDNG RAW, with the camera set to 24 fps, … More The Strobe Effect – How to match your Camera to your AC Mains

The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

Studying Steven Ascher’s The Filmmaker’s Handbook has left me somewhat perplexed and made me reflect on the issue of exposure when shooting RAW. Or rather, what lattitude of error exists in wrong exposure. Is it better to overexpose or underexpose RAW footage? Exact and balanced exposure is of course always the preferrable, but what is … More The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

Sub Zero – Protecting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera against the freezing cold

The winter season having already arrived, it begs the question on how to best protect a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) against temperatures below the freezing point of water. Blackmagic Design specifications limits the Operating Temperature of the BMPCC (as well as all other of its range of cameras) to 0° C (32° F). As … More Sub Zero – Protecting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera against the freezing cold

A Dangerous Method – Against deleting footage in camera

Lately there has been a quite heated discussion over at the Blackmagic Forum concering the decision by Blackmagic Design not to implement the feature of deleting footage on the SD card in-camera. Blackmagic Design share this attitude with professional digital camera companies such as Red Digital Cinema Camera Company and Arri. Some argue against this … More A Dangerous Method – Against deleting footage in camera