Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - Initial Impressions

Cary and Curtis talk about their experience with the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera so far. This is not a review, but a practical discussion about what we like and don't like. No camera is perfect for every job. But the P4K packs a lot of punch.

You can buy the Pocket 4K at B&H

If you want to run an XLR microphone into the P4K, you'll need an adapter cable like this

And here is the cable that allows you to power the P4K with a cine battery with a d-tap output

Copyright 2019 by Cary and Curtis Judd

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Audio Features - Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

In this episode, we have a look at (and listen to) the audio features on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I used this to record this episode, including the audio directly from the DPA 4017b

Mini XLR to XLR Adapter Cable - you’ll need at least one of these to get a standard XLR cable into your Pocket 4K. This is a pack of 2 (always good to have a backup) and seems to be of very high quality

Blackmagic power adapter cable kit - I use the 2-pin to d-tap cable to power the Pocket 4K with an Anton Bauer Digital 90 cine battery. Will work with any cine battery with d-tap output (v-mount, gold mount, etc.)

Tentacle Sync E Timecode Generator

Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone

RODE NTG2 Shotgun Microphone

Shure SM-58 Dynamic Microphone

Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the Pocket 4K camera

Lupo Superpanel Dual Color Panel Model 400 - Bounced off of a big piece of white foamcore for the key light

Aputure AL-MW - background light for all of the talking head shots. Cool little waterproof light with in-built Li-Ion battery that lasts 80 minutes at full power

Aputure COB120t - background light for product shots

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2019 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com or B&H Photo affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

100K Giveaway Winners - Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone

In celebration of the channel reaching 100,000 subscribers, Deity has generously offered to give away 2 of their S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone Location kits. And here are the two winners!

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone - This episode recorded with this mic.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I used this to record this episode, including the audio directly from the S-Mic 2

Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the Pocket 4K camera

Aputure COB 120dII - key light

Aputure Light Dome II - soft box for key light

Aputure COB120t - background light

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2019 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com or B&H Photo affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

Sound for Video Session: Desert Island Gear 2018

Cary Judd and I have an informal, unscripted discussion on the one microphone and one audio recorder we would each choose if we were stranded on a deserted island.

Please consider my sound for video classes available over at http://school.learnlightandsound.com

Gear and links discussed/used to record this episode:

Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Microphone

DPA 4107b Shotgun Microphone

Sound Devices MixPre Recorders

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder/Mixer

Runners Up:

Sennheiser MKH8060 Short Shotgun Microphone

Zoom F Series Recorders

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Outro music licensed from Artlist: Sunday by Young Rich Pixies on Amazing Journey

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

Glider Pro 3 - 4th Axis Stabilizer for Single Handle Motorized Gimbals

In this episode, we review the Glider Pro 3, a 4th axis stabilizer for single handle motorized gimbals. Why would you ever want something like this? When shooting walking shots, have you ever noticed that there’s some bouncing in the footage with your footsteps? This helps reduce that. Let’s take a look!

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

Scotty Makes Stuff Glider Pro 3 Duo - 4th axis stabilizer with two handles and the option to configure with one handle

Panasonic GH5S - Used this camera on all of the gimbal shots

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I used this to record everything but the gimbal shots in this episode

Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the Pocket 4K camera and the GH5S. On the gimbal shots, we turned the image stabilization on the lens off so that you could see how the gimbal and Glider Pro 3 work without the help of camera or lens stabilization.

Sennheiser MKH 8050 - Microphone used for this episode

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder/Mixer

Aputure COB 120dII - key light

Aputure Light Dome II - soft box for key light

Aputure COB120t - background light

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

Sound for Video Session: Control Surfaces for Sound Devices MixPre

For those of you who record with one of the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders, good news: You can now use a variety of MIDI controllers as a control surface with your MixPre. This will make it easier for you to make a quality stereo mix while still recording your isolated microphone channels. This is especially helpful when recording interviews, panel discussions, or lectures. Let’s give you a quick overview!

Please consider my sound for video classes available over at my school.

Gear and links discussed/used to record this episode:

Novation LaunchControl XL - This is the controller we used in this demonstration.

Akai MIDIMix

Korg nanoKontrol Studio

Korg nanoKontrol 2

Sound Devices MixPre Recorders

Blackmagic Pocket cinema Camera 4K - used to shoot this episode

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Outro music licensed from Artlist: Sunday by Young Rich Pixies on Amazing Journey

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

PortKeys HS7T Monitor: 1200 Nit HDMI & SDI 4K On-Camera 7" Monitor

In this episode, we review the PortKeys HS7T on-camera 7” monitor. What makes this monitor unique is that it can produce brightness levels of up to 1200 nits, has HDMI and SDI inputs, can take 4K DCI signals up to 60p via HDMI, and has good power options.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

PortKeys HS7T on-camera 7” HDMI/SDI Monitor

Also an HH7 version without the SDI input and support for up to 30p at a lower price:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I used this to record most of this episode

Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the Pocket 4K camera

Aputure COB 120dII - key light

Aputure Light Dome II - soft box for key light

Aputure COB120t - background light

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com or B&H Photo affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

DaVinci Resolve Fairlight Overview Part 2

Mary from Blackmagic Design put together a two part series as an overview on how to use the Fairlight audio mixing panel in DaVinci Resolve. For those not familiar with DaVinci Resolve, it is a free application that allows you to edit, color grade, add compositing effects, and mix your video projects. Fairlight is the audio mixing portion. Long, but great information for those into audio post for film and video.

DaVinci Resolve Fairlight Overview Part 1

Mary at Blackmagic Design has put together a couple of Fairlight overviews to familiarize yourself with the Fairlight interface. For those not familiar with it, Fairlight is the digital audio workstation built into DaVinci Resolve which is a free video editing, color, compositing, and mixing app. Fairlight is the audio mixing portion and it has come a long way in terms of features over the last couple of years.

Sound for Video Session: Timecode Generators

In this week’s Sound for Video session, we take a quick look at several timecode generators available on the market today.

The table comparing the TC generators we discussed today.

Gear discussed/used to record this episode:

Tentacle Sync Sync E

Ambient Recording NanoLockit

MozeGear TIG Q28

MozeGear TIG QBIT X2

Timecode Systems Pulse Base Station

Timecode Systems UltrSync One

Timecode Systems UltraSync Blue

Timecode Systems SyncBac Pro (for GoPro Hero 6 & 7)

Betso TCX-2+

AKG C414 XLS Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone - used to record this session

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder/Mixer - used to record this session

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Outro music licensed from Artlist: Call on Me by Kick Lee

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!