Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K | Full Tutorial

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Gear Focus

Feb 18, 2020

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K was released in August of 2019. It is a cinema camera that sports a Super 35 sensor with an EF mount up front. This camera took the industry by storm when it was released as it allowed RAW video at an affordable price point. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what RAW video is, it is essentially an uncompressed video file which allows for a much wider variety of post-editing workflow than other video formats. The BMPCC6K is the successor to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which has a Micro Four-thirds mount and sensor.   The majority of our shoots at Gear Focus involve the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K, usually for interviews or talking head sections. This is done because the 6K resolution allows for us to punch in and reframe in post, getting a wider variety of shots in the final cut. Also the RAW video format, while they do have massive file sizes, allows for much greater image flexibility in post as well.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k

Something to keep in mind though is that the BMPCC6K cannot shoot 4K RAW video. We can only shoot 4K video in ProRes formats, with 422 being the least compressed and Proxy as the most compressed. ProRes 422 does allow for 10-bit color, which means the colors are able to be pushed and pulled in post since there is more color information.

Full Video Tutorial Available on Youtube

The full Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K tutorial is up on Youtube, with the following time stamps for sections. In this video we take a look at each setting as well as each menu and go over exactly how to use each one. Hope to see you over there!!
  • 0:23 - Camera Overview
  • 1:18 - Buttons and Exterior Components
  • 3:05 - Ports and Connections
  • 5:07 - Touchscreen Controls
  • 5:23 - Monitor Options
  • 6:15 - Touchscreen - Setting Your Frame Rate
  • 6:58 - Touchscreen - Setting Your Shutter
  • 7:20 - Touchscreen - Setting Your Aperture
  • 7:32 - Touchscreen - Timeclock and Timecode
  • 7:46 - Touchscreen - Setting Your ISO
  • 7:59 - BMPCC6K Dual Native ISO
  • 8:22 - ISO in Blackmagic RAW
  • 8:54 - Touchscreen - Setting Your WB
  • 9:09 - Touchscreen - Hiding the Controls
  • 9:23 - Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Menu
  • 10:02 - Record Menu
  • 10:40 - Setting Your Resolution
  • 11:49 - Setting Your Dynamic Range
  • 12:24 - Setting Up Your Project
  • 12:59 - Setting Your OffSpeed Frame Rate
  • 13:45 - Timelapse Options
  • 14:42 - Monitor Menu
  • 15:52 - Focus Assist Settings
  • 16:24 - Setting Your Grids
  • 16:48 - Audio Menu
  • 16:55 - Audio Source Select
  • 17:30 - Audio Meters and Levels
  • 17:54 - Adjusting Headphone and Speaker Volume
  • 18:26 - Setup Menu
  • 19:06 - Setting Your Custom Buttons
  • 20:16 - Setting Your Luts
  • 20:35 - Using the Bluetooth App
  • 22:44 - Closing

What do you think about the BMPCC6K?

So that is our tutorial on the BMPCC6K. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this camera as well as on this tutorial. Be sure to leave a reply below on the blog, or over on the youtube page to let us know what you think. Have you shot with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K? Is it better than other cameras you've shot with? Tell us what you liked or didn't like. Gear Focus is here to help FEED YOUR PASSION. And as always, if you have one to sell, be sure to head over to Gear Focus to list now for FREE!

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