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

Some Essential Advice – Dispelling all confusion between the Super 16 and 35 mm formats

I want to take the opportunity to pass on the writings of a distinguished forum member over at the BMCuser forum that really struck me as being one of the single most important lines that I have read on that forum or anywhere else in a long time. It was a true eye opener for … More Some Essential Advice – Dispelling all confusion between the Super 16 and 35 mm formats

Lux ex Tenebris HQ – The art of maximising your YouTube upload

For the last week or so I have worked tirelessly in finding a way of upolading my first camera test movie entitled Lux ex Tenebris with as high quality to the image retained as possible. Iv’e done all of my editing and grading in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and when it was time to render the … More Lux ex Tenebris HQ – The art of maximising your YouTube upload