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is designed to connect up to 4 cameras. Cool,
but another bit of kit to buy.
There is no way of doing a white balance unless
you use the Blackmagic software interface
controlled from an ATEM system. It’s some
great software - you basically have DaVinci
colour correction built in, but when you just
want to do a quick white balance in a small
studio, and you only have one camera - it
seems like a bit of a hassle. The iris button
is only an auto-iris ‘take’ button and does
not allow you change of iris when using MFT
lenses, and there is no compatibility with a CCU
- you have to use ATEM kit.
The Studio Camera has an MFT lens mount.
The Panasonic lens we had worked well but
required a refocus after manually zooming.
Powered zoom MFT lenses get a bit more
expensive, and using B4 lenses via an adaptor
as Blackmagic suggest results in a crop factor,
so may mean stepping backwards a bit!
The body has multiple mounting points which
I found really useful - attaching a teleprompter
and radio mic pack was no problem. There are
two mounting points on the base - it would also
be easy to switch between a tripod and studio
pedestal. An unexpected discovery was an internal power
source. Accidentally powering up the camera
when it wasn’t attached to the mains was a
surprise. (Maybe we should have read the spec
sheet!) So when we repositioned the camera
out of reach of the attached mains we could
keep rolling. A feature that you may not seek in
a studio camera solution but could be a useful
feature. The cost and portability of this camera are neat
features. If you’ve already got an ATEM system,
these will be a nice addition to your studio and
would definitely work well together as part of a
If you want to find out more about the
Blackmagic Studio Camera, then take a look at
the tv-bay site for a video covering its release at
Mark is an editor for tv-bay, and works at Wildseed
Studios as a Production Manager in Bristol.
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