rfairley - July 18th, 2014
Blackmagic Design announced the release of Camera 1.8.2 software for all models of Blackmagic Camera, adding three new Apple ProRes recording formats. The cameras have always be capable of CinemaDNG RAW and compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats, but the addition of ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy will free up shooters to shoot in high quality and bring down the footage file sizes.
All of the formats are still 10-bit 4:2:2 quality, and therefore shooters can simply shoot more with lower cost, smaller storage SSD drives and SD cards and not sacrifice on quality. For example, using ProRes 422 Proxy will allow for 230 minutes of full 1080p recording on an inexpensive 64GB SD card.
The update is available free of charge right now at from the Blackmagic Design website, and updating the camera is as simple as connecting a Mac or PC to a Blackmagic Design camera via USB cable and performing the update.
Apple’s ProRes formats are created specifically with multi-stream non linear editing in mind. Their performance in editing applications, including minimal generation loss and fast export make them very popular for use in professional applications such as broadcast and in post production.