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Has Blackmagic added 720p to its studio cameras yet?

I had to ask that question twice in the past 45 days.

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A year has passed since I published my article called Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?. I wrote that article because at that time, both AJA and Blackmagic had released new cameras, but neither included 720p, even though at least 39 US networks use it. While AJA responded that there were no plans to add 720p to its CION camera, an engineer from Blackmagic said they would look into adding it to the Blackmagic Studio camera. In March 2015, I had a client who wanted to consider using that model for a sports channel (where 720p is favored), so I asked Blackmagic again. There answer was “We still do not support 720p for Studio Cameras”. But then, last week, I noticed a reference to 720p in the Blackmagic Studio Camera manual, so I wrote back for confirmation.

Link to the original article, and a related one.

The original article called Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX? is still available here.

FullHD 605 Please also see thhis more recent related article called Why “Full HD” is disparaging, misleading, and quite empty.

What I found in the Blackmagic Studio Camera manual

I wrote back to Blackmagic’s public relations department:

Please re-check about the 720p in studio cameras, since I see it mentioned in the manual. Specifically, on page 63 of the Blackmagic_Studio_Camera_Manual_2014-12-18, I see under Developer information a reference to 720 resolution. Does this mean that your studio cameras do 720p only with a third-party remote control, but not adjustable with the camera’s own menu? If that is the case, do you know of any third-party remote control which as yet implemented this? Will this be added to the camera’s menu soon? The answers to these questions may make or break a sale to any 720p TV station. Thank you! Allan Tépper

Blackmagic responded:

Allan: Good morning. That is a mistake in the manual. The cameras do not work in 720p. I have passed this onto the manual folks to fix.

Why I published this short article now?

I am afraid that other people who are interested in 720p from the Blackmagic Studio Cameras may have seen that in the manual too. (It may or may not be updated by the time you read this.) Of course, I also want to reiterate my suggestion to Blackmagic so they will add a 720/50p and 720/59.94p to their Studio Cameras.

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…
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