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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
BMPC-4K as b-cam for use with a RED EPIC
on Feb 17, 2014 at 7:43:31 pm
Last Edited By Peter J. DeCrescenzo on Feb 17, 2014 at 7:44:29 pm

I think this new video is very impressive:

The German company that produced it wanted to learn if a BMPC-4K could be a viable "B-camera" alongside their RED EPIC.

IMHO the answer is a resounding, "Yes".

The EPIC has slightly more dynamic range, and the BMPC-4K doesn't have slo-mo capability (other than 30p slowed to 24p or 25p, which actually looks quite nice), but otherwise both cams look great together!

To see the video in better quality, click the "Download" button and download the 222MB version of the edit.

Note 1: The BMPC-4K costs $3K including its built-in 5" LCD, SSD recorder & battery. An EPIC costs >$25K with its optional 5" LCD, SSD recorder, and a battery. Lenses, SSD media, and other accessories cost extra of course!

Note 2: The BMPC-4K's CMOS sensor and its global shutter renders motion more naturally than does the EPIC's CMOS rolling shutter. The BMPC-4K GS records _zero_ jello, skew, or partial frame (flash-band) artifacts. The EPIC's relatively fast RS results in artifacts, but not as bad as most CMOS cams.

Note 3: In this comparison, the BMPC-4K is recording 4K ProRes HQ, and the EPIC is recording 4K RED RAW. Both down-scaled to 1080p. Later when BMD releases compressed RAW for the BMPC-4k, the two cams will be even closer. In the comparison, neither cam was color corrected.

Note 4: Unfortunately, the BMPC-4K can record the extreme highlight of direct sun in the lens as a red dot (visible in the video at the 1:10 point). The Blackmagic pocket cam initially had a "black sun" problem, but with the BMPC-4K it's a "red sun" (different sensors). BMD fixed this issue on the pocket cam via a free firmware update, so there's hope they'll do the same with the BMPC-4K. It's an unknown at this point. However, for most shoots this isn't a deal killer.

All in all a very interesting comparison.

- Peter

P.S.: Other recent BMPC-4K videos (download the higher quality versions if available):

<--- Excellent example of the value of the BMPC-4K's global shutter!


I hope my BMPC-4K dealer receives their shipment sometime soon!



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