In addition to a new, full frame 6K camera, Blackmagic Design also just released the free —yet powerful— Blackmagic Camera app which can revolutionize ENG (Electronic News Gathering). Whether you use a single iPhone/iPad camera or multi iPhone or iPad cameras to cover a single event, the iPhone/iPad footage can be automatically sent wirelessly to a particular DaVinci Resolve project via Blackmagic Cloud, where the multiple clips will be in sync on the DaVinci Resolve timeline. By default, the Blackmagic Camera app sends the proxy files first and the high quality files second, in the selected códec. I must interject that (unlike the RØDE Capture app I’ve been covering recently, which just a few days ago silently added support for 25 FPS, but still lacks 50 FPS), the brand-new Blackmagic Camera app was launched with all desired framerates, including VFR (variable frame rate) 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 FPS, as well as a full range of shutter speeds, including the coveted 1/48 for shooting 24 FPS with a 180º shutter angle, which is often omitted. Both were documented in a short video produced by Memo Sauceda you’ll see ahead. Another video from Team 2 Films confirms compatibility with RØDE wireless microphones in the Blackmagic Camera app, among many more details.
Framerates offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
As indicated in the introductory paragraph, the brand-new Blackmagic Camera app was fortunately launched with all desired VFR (variable frame rate) framerates, including 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 FPS, as illustrated in the above short video from Memo Sauceda. After our request, the RØDE Capture app silently added support for 25 FPS, but still lacks 50 FPS. See:
RØDE Capture silently adds 25 fps, but still no 50 fps (illustrated above)
As covered in previous articles, VFR (variable frame rate) is the way most recordings are made on smartphones, since it is more efficient and represents the target rate, not the precise rate (as with CFR or constant frame rate). Later, we can conform the VFR footage to the desired delivery rate by manually setting it in the video editing program (even for non-integer rates like 23.976 – 29.97 and 59.94 used in NTSC and ex-NTSC regions) and saying NO to the question about whether we want to have the timeline match the rate of the first clip added.
The rates 25 and 50 are derived from the analog PAL system. The more modern digital systems used in the PAL or ex-PAL regions still require these rates for conventional television broadcast there. Those regions include Africa, Australia, parts of Asia, parts of South America (i.e. Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay at least*), Europe, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.
*I am still awaiting confirmation from colleagues in French Guiana and the Falkland Islands about the current rates in those two places, although I suspect those also likely use 25/50.
Shutter speeds and shutter angles offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
As shown in the above short video from Memo Sauceda, the Blackmagic Camera app includes many desired shutter speeds, including the coveted 1/48 for 24 FPS, in addition to many more. When shooting VFR 24 FPS (which also covers 23.976), 1/48 will provide a 180-degree shutter angle. When shooting at VFR 25 FPS, a 1/50 will also provide a 180-degree shutter angle. When shooting at VFR 30 FPS (which also covers 29.97), a 1/60 shutter speed will also provide a 180-degree shutter angle.
I also understand that the Blackmagic Camera app allows for directly setting and displaying shutter angle directly, although I haven’t been able to confirm that detail by publication time of this article.
Anamorphic modes offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
The Blackmagic Camera app currently offers Anamorphic De-Squeeze for 1.33 and 1.55. This is desired if an anamorphic lens is attached to an iPhone or iPad.
Códecs offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
The Blackmagic Camera App currently offers the following códec options:
- Apple ProRes 4444
- Apple ProRes 422 HQ
- Apple ProRes 422 LT
- Apple ProRes 422 Proxy
- H.265 (HEVC)
The available options will be fewer with older iPhones and iPads.
LUTS offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
You may import your own LUT (Look Up Table).
Audio settings offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
You may choose the source, format (AAC or PCM/uncompressed), Stereo/Mono, sample rate (including our standard 48 kHz) and type of monitoring.
Audio source selection offered in the Blackmagic Camera app
Thanks to Team 2 Films of the United Kingdom, we now know that RØDE wireless receivers are indeed compatible with the Blackmagic Camera app.
I highly recommend this video from Team 2 Films, where DaVinci Resolve experts Natalie and Leon Barnard emphasize different details than I do. They also demonstrate the use of the internal chat system between the Blackmagic Camera app and DaVinci Resolve.
We don’t currently have evidence that the Blackmagic Camera app for iOS and iPad OS can record ISO (isolating) audio tracks from the latest RØDE wireless systems which allow for multiple microphones, we hope that the two Australian companies (Blackmagic Design and RØDE) can work together to make that happen.
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In addition to being a competitor to FiLMiC Pro (which is now available only as a subscription for iOS), the new Blackmagic Camera app, with its integration into DaVinci Resolve via Blackmagic Cloud will indeed revolutionize both ENG shooting (Electronic News Gathering) and broadcast contribution, to get the just recorded footage to the news editor(s) who use DaVinci Resolve (Studio). I applaud Blackmagic for including all of the desired VFRs (variable frame rates) including VFR 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 and all of the desired shutter speeds, including the coveted 1/48, in addition to many more.The Blackmagic Camera app for iOS is currently in palindromic version 1.01 and is free from the Apple App Store. As of publication time, there is no word about any potential Android version.
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