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Blackmagic Design is an Australian digital cinema company and manufacturer based in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It designs and manufactures broadcast and cinema hardware, most notably digital movie cameras, and also develops video editing software, such as the DaVinci Resolve application.

Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd.
Proprietary limited
IndustryDigital cinema
Manufacturing
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
FounderGrant Petty
Headquarters11 Gateway Court, ,
Number of locations
8 offices (2016)[1]
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Grant Petty (CEO)
ProductsDigital movie cameras
Digital cinematography
Video editing software
Websiteblackmagicdesign.com

Blackmagic Design film production equipment has been used in 20 of the 30 highest grossing movies of all time.[2] Blackmagic Design software and hardware has also been used on many Academy Award winning films and Best Picture films such as Green Book and Moonlight.[2][3] Additionally, Blackmagic Design software has been leveraged on popular television shows such as the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones and Modern Family.[4][5]

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HistoryEdit

The company was founded in 2001 by Grant Petty[6] and produced their first product in 2002,[6][7] a capture card for macOS called DeckLink that was the first to offer uncompressed 10-bit video.[7] The company later released new versions of the card[8][9][10][11][12][13] and added color correction capabilities,[14] support for Microsoft Windows,[15] and full support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Microsoft DirectShow.[16]

In 2005 the company released several products, including the Multibridge family of PCIe bi-directional converters and the FrameLink family of DPX-based software.[17][18] In 2006 the company released Blackmagic On-Air television production software.[19].

At the 2012 NAB Show Blackmagic announced their first Cinema Camera[20]. In 2018, Blackmagic Design also partnered with Apple to create the Blackmagic eGPU which was sold exclusively through the Apple Store for its first 6 months upon release.[21] This was followed by the Blackmagic eGPU Pro which was also solely sold through the Apple Store.[22]

In 2018, Blackmagic also became a participant in Netflix's all four categories for its Post Technology Alliance which includes both URSA cinema cameras and Davinci Resolve.[23]

AcquisitionsEdit

ProductsEdit

Broadcast HardwareEdit

Blackmagic's first and main products have been broadcast video hardware, including live production switchers, real-time compositing processors, Cintel scanners, signal converters, and video monitors. The company then began producing similar products for the filmmaking industry, including cinema cameras and video monitors with integrated recording options.

CamerasEdit

Blackmagic Design offer two lines of cameras: Digital Film and Live Production.

  • Digital Film Camera family: cinema cameras with internal recording ranging from 1080p to 6k, up to 60fps, and 13 stops of dynamic range (DR)
  • Live Production Camera family: cameras designed for live broadcast, all the models are able to record up to 30fps at 4K, 60fps at 1080p and deliver 12 stops of DR.
  • URSA family: professional upgradeable cameras capable of both cinema and broadcast recordings, different models ranging from 4K to 4.6K, up to 60 fps at native resolution, and from 12 to 15 stops of DR.
Blackmagic Design — Digital Film Cameras
Name Image Intro. Disc. Sensor Size Max. Resolution FPS Lens Mounts Notes Ref.
Cinema Camera   2013 2017 1.1"[a] 2432×1366 24, 30p EF, M4/3[b] [26]
URSA 2014 Super35[c] 3840×2160 24, 30, 50, 60p[d] EF, PL[b] Same chassis available with smaller sensor and B4 lens mount for live production work as URSA Broadcast and URSA HDMI. Sensor upgrade starting in 2015, using the 4K and 4.6K sensors from the URSA Mini line. [27] [28] [29]
Pocket Cinema Camera   2018 Super16[e] 1920×1080 24, 30p M4/3 [30]
Micro Cinema Camera 2015 24, 30, 50, 60p [31]
URSA Mini 4K 2017 Super35[f] 4000×2160 24, 30, 50, 60p EF, PL[b] A lens mount converter to use B4 lenses was available for the URSA Mini 4K PL and URSA Mini 4.6K PL. [32]
URSA Mini 4.6K Super35[g] 4608×2592 [33]
URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 2017 24, 30, 50, 60p[h] EF, PL, B4, F[i] [34]
Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   4/3rds[j] 4096×2160 24, 30, 50, 60p[k] M4/3 [35]
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K 2019 Super35[l] 6144×3456 EF [36]
Blackmagic Design — Live Production Cameras
Name Image Intro. Disc. Sensor Size Max. Resolution FPS Lens Mounts Notes Ref.
Production Camera 4K 2013 2015 Super35[c] 3840×2160 24, 30p[m] EF Same chassis as Cinema Camera. [37]
Studio Camera HD 2014 Super16[e] 1920×1080 24, 30p M4/3 The two Studio Cameras use the same chassis with different sensors. [38]
Studio Camera 4K   Super16+[n] 3840×2160 24, 30p[o]
Micro Studio Camera 4K 2015 Same chassis as Micro Cinema Camera. [39]
URSA Broadcast 2016 B4 Same chassis as URSA. [40]
Notes
  1. ^ 15.81 mm × 8.88 mm (0.622 in × 0.350 in)
  2. ^ a b c Lens mount determines model.
  3. ^ a b 21.12 mm × 11.88 mm (0.831 in × 0.468 in)
  4. ^ Up to 80fps at lower resolutions
  5. ^ a b 12.48 mm × 7.02 mm (0.491 in × 0.276 in)
  6. ^ 22 mm × 11.88 mm (0.866 in × 0.468 in)
  7. ^ 25.34 mm × 14.25 mm (0.998 in × 0.561 in)
  8. ^ Up to 300fps at lower resolutions
  9. ^ Interchangeable; EF mount is standard, and other mounts are available at extra cost.
  10. ^ 18.96 mm × 10 mm (0.746 in × 0.394 in)
  11. ^ Up to 120fps at lower resolutions
  12. ^ 23.10 mm × 12.99 mm (0.909 in × 0.511 in)
  13. ^ Up to 60fps at 1080i.
  14. ^ 13.056 mm × 7.344 mm (0.5140 in × 0.2891 in)
  15. ^ Up to 60fps at 1080p

Editing SoftwareEdit

 
DaVinci Resolve
 
DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel
  • DaVinci Resolve: Non-linear editing system originally developed by Da Vinci Systems. Although the latest versions are fully featured for video editing it's still better known by its original capabilities in color correction and grading. Blackmagic distributes both a free and paid version of the software. The cost for the paid version of DaVinci Resolve is $299 (as of 2018).
  • Fusion: fully featured compositing software, originally developed by eyeon Software. Blackmagic distributes both a free and paid version of the software.

DaVinci Resolve was merged with Fusion from version 15.[41]

Blackmagic RAW is a free and modern codec that combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats.[42] The advanced technology also won Blackmagic Design Cinema5D's IBC 2018 Technological Innovation Award.[43] The company has a BRAW video player application for MacOS and the file format is compatible with Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro through the BRAW Studio plugin by Autokroma.[44][45] BRAW is currently only available on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k, URSA Mini Pro G1 and G2. However, the format is intended to be supported by other cameras and implemented into other editing platforms.[46][47]

Blackmagic also offers a free mobile camera control application as well as widely used Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and Blackmagic RAW Speed Test applications.[48][49][50]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Blackmagic Design's $300m example for in-sourcers". Australian Financial Review. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Waters, Cara (27 January 2019). "The Aussie tech company behind the Oscar nominees". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "'Modern Family' Graded with DaVinci Resolve | Computer Graphics World". www.cgw.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ "HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Chainsaw's Joe Finley | ProductionHUB". ProductionHUB.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Blackmagic Design founder Grant Petty on how a "burning revelation" led him to create his $300 million video technology company". SmartCompany. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Price Barrier for Uncompressed Video Slashed". Blackmagic Design. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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  12. ^ "DeckLink Multibridge™ Announced". Blackmagic Design. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
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  14. ^ "World's First Real Time Uncompressed Color Correction". Blackmagic Design. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  15. ^ "DeckLink Support for Microsoft Windows™". Blackmagic Design. 29 March 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
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  18. ^ "Blackmagic Design Introduces FrameLink, a New Software Utility for Instant DPX Compatibility". Blackmagic Design. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic On-Air -- The First Affordable Live HD Television Production Studio". Blackmagic Design. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  20. ^ "NAB 2012: Blackmagic Unveils Surprise 2.5K Cinema Camera for Unprecedented $3,000". 16 April 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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  24. ^ "Blackmagic Acquires Assets of Film Scanner Maker Cintel". 24 July 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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  29. ^ "Blackmagic URSA 4K: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015.
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  31. ^ "Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  32. ^ "Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016.
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  34. ^ "Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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  36. ^ "Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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  38. ^ "Blackmagic Studio Camera HD: Technical Specifications". Blackmagic Design. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014.
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  41. ^ Cinema5D: DaVinci Resolve 15 Integrates Fusion, 10 April 2018
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  45. ^ "BRAW Studio - Premiere Pro Blackmagic RAW Native Importer". Newsshooter. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
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  48. ^ "Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Beta and Blackmagic RAW Speed Test Announced". cinema5D. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  49. ^ "Blackmagic Camera Control". App Store. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  50. ^ "Blackmagic Disk Speed Test". Mac App Store. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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