Blackmagic Design has unveiled a new iPhone camera based on the same operating system as the company’s digital film cameras.
Blackmagic Camera is available from the Apple app store, free of charge, and enables users to adjust settings such as frame rate, shutter angle, white balance and ISO all in a single tap.
Content can be recorded directly to Blackmagic Cloud in 10-bit Apple ProRes files up to 4K, allowing creators to collaborate and share media with multiple editors and colourists around the world instantly, said the company.
Users can shoot in 16:9 or vertical aspect ratios, and can film 16:9 while holding the phone vertically if they want to shoot unobtrusively. There are also tabs for media management including uploading to Blackmagic Cloud, chat and access to advanced menus, said Blackmagic.
The heads up display, or HUD, includes lens selection, frame rate, shutter angle, timecode, ISO, white balance, tint, histogram and audio levels. Blackmagic Cameras users can adjust settings such as exposure by touching the ISO indicator, or change the audio levels by touching the audio meters.
“Blackmagic Camera is a truly revolutionary workflow for creating feature film quality content using an iPhone ,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Blackmagic Camera adds professional camera features like frame rate, shutter angle, time of day timecode, ISO and white balance to the iPhone so our customers have similar controls as our professional cameras. Plus, the Blackmagic Cloud workflow lets customers record to Blackmagic Cloud Storage and automatically sync with DaVinci Resolve. Now they can get their footage to the newsroom or post production studio in minutes! I think it will be really exciting to find out how Blackmagic Camera will change traditional news and post production workflows.”