Camera Gear

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!

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!

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!

Freetail Evoke CFast 2.0 Card & Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K Camera - Supported Framerates and Codecs

In this episode, a look at which resolutions, frame rates, and codecs the FREETAIL EVOKE CFast 2.0 (x3700) cards can support on the Blackmagic Design 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:

FREETAIL EVOKE CFast 2.0 (x3700) Card

Lexar CFast 2.0 Card Reader USB 3

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

AKG C414 XLS Microphone - recorded the voiceover for this episode

Aputure COB120t - background light

Lupo DayLED 1000 Fresnel Light - this was the main 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!

Sound for Video Session: Timecode Systems UltraSync Blue Demo

In this week’s session, we take a look at a wireless timecode generator you can use to make syncing audio and video from your mobile phones and tablets quick and easy: The Timecode Systems UltraSync BLUE.

The BLUE can send timecode to up to 4 devices at the same time and can also connect wirelessly to UltraSync generators attached to cinema cameras or professional level audio recorders.

At the time of this review, the compatible apps are for iOS, available in the App Store:

Apogee MetaRecorder (audio recording app)

Mavis (Cine style camera app)

Gear and links discussed/used to record this episode:

Timecode Systems UltraSync BLUE - Bluetooth wireless timecode generator

Sennheiser ClipMic digital - used to record the talking head clips into the MetaRecorder app

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - used to record the voice over for the screen cast portion

Universal Audio Apollo x6 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface - used to record the voice over for the screen cast

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd

Outro music licensed from Artlist: Keep an Eye by Back to Dream

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!

MOZA AIR 2: How to Balance & Mini Review

Single handle motorized gimbals for interchangeable lens hybrid and DSLR cameras have come a long way over the last few years. The original MOZA AIR was really good for the smaller ILM cameras and had a great app for remote control and time-lapse. The newest gimbal from MOZA, the AIR 2, is a nice step forward in a lot of ways. It can handle much heavier payloads, uses separate axis controls rather than “modes”, impressive battery life, a new shorter pan arm which makes it easier to see the screen on your camera and quickly and smoothly go to a low shot.

In this episode, we cover how to balance your camera on the MOZA AIR 2 and do a mini review.

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:

Gudsen MOZA AIR 2 Gimbal for Interchangeable Lens Hybrid and DSLR Cameras

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

Aputure COB120dmkII - Key light in the talking head clips

Aputure Light Dome II - Newer version of the big soft box with faster setup and gel holder

Lupo Superpanel Full Color 30 - RGB 1x1 LED panel light

Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the GH5 gimbal shots

Panasonic GH5 Camera - Used on the gimbal shots

Glider Pro 3 4th Axis Dual Handles by Scotty Makes Stuff - Review coming soon

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!

Upcoming Reviews After a Short Break

After five years of producing a new video nearly every week, I need a short break just to catch up on a ton of things that have been neglected and recharge a bit. We've got a bunch of interesting reviews coming up after the break:

Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Microphone

Centrance MixerFace R4 - 4 channel XLR/3.5mm TRS Mixer/USB Audio Interface. Great for mobile recording

JK Mic-J Headset Microphone

Moza Air II - Coming soon

Scotty Makes Stuff Glider Pro 3 Duo - 4th Axis Stabilizer for motorized gimbals (like the Zhiyun Crane 2)

Aputure Light Dome II - Softbox for the Aputure COB series of lights or any light with a Bowens mount

Aputure Light Dome Mini II - Smaller softbox for the Aputure COB series of lights or any light with a Bowens mount

Portkeys HS7T On Camera Monitor - HD high brightness screen with HDMI and SDI inputs. Can read 4K signal via HDMI - Coming soon

Accusonus ERA D

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!

A Gimbal for Your Gimbal: DigitalFoto DH04 Dual Spring Handle

Gimbal shots are super popular and can add a lot to your film or video project when the motivation for camera movement is right. But one issue I’ve run into time and again is that I can still see the bouncing as the camera operator takes steps. The DigitalFoto DH04 Dual Spring Handle can help solve that problem

Links to gear used in this episode:

DigitalFoto DH04 Dual Spring Handle for single handle gimbals

Zhiyun Crane 2 three axis motorized gimbal - My current favorite gimbal for small cameras

Panasonic GH5s Camera - my favorite small camera for video

Amazon: http://geni.us/hnP75j

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - this is the the lens I use more than any other on the GH5s

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd 

Outro music licensed from Artlist: Call on Me by Kick Lee. Artlist provides high quality music tracks for your film and video projects. You can receive two months off an Artlist account by using our link.

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!

Warranties, Repairs, & Workflows

This is an informal episode where we talk about the challenges that filmmakers face: False economies, gear warranties and repairs, and a high-level review of my product review workflow.

Links to gear discussed and used to shoot this episode:

Audio Technica AT2005 Dynamic Handheld Microphone

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro cinema camera

Panasonic GH5S - My favorite small camera for video

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - incredibly versatile lens that is on the GH5 most of the time

Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd 

Music - MzA - Copyright 2017 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!