While the big headlines from Blackmagic Design’s announcement at IBC 2023 will focus on their return to full-frame with a new 6K cinema camera, we don’t want it to be lost that Blackmagic has also unveiled their own Blackmagic Camera app, which is now available and free.
What is this Blackmagic Camera app though? Good question – let’s explore.
Introducing the Blackmagic Camera app
So, along with a pretty wide range of releases and updates unveiled at IBC 2023, Blackmagic has introduced us all to their new app, which they’re simply calling the “Blackmagic Camera” app. This Blackmagic camera aims to give digital film camera controls for creating cinematic, movie-quality images anywhere on their iPhone.
Based on the same operating system as the brand’s digital cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Camera app will give iPhone content creators the same tools they use for their own film or video content projects, along with support for the BLackmagic Cloud for collaboration and share it with their teams around the world.
Unlock the cinematic power of your iPhone
While this initially appears to be just an iOS device designed for the latest iPhones (like the new iPhone 15 Pro Max), users of this free app can create the same ‘cinematic look’ seen in Hollywood feature films by granting permission allow adjusting settings such as frame rate, shutter angle, white balance and ISO in the app and with an easy-to-use tap system.
You can also record directly to the Blackmagic Cloud in industry standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files up to 4K, and of course use the Cloud Storage for all your collaboration needs through DaVinci Resolve projects.
There also appear to be other advanced settings that the app will unlock on your iPhone for monitoring, audio, camera settings, and recording controls that even allow users to set anamorphic pinch and lens correction settings. In addition, professional audio options such as VU or PPM audio meters and AAC, IEEE FLoat and PCM formats will also be available.
Quick installation and easy to use
As you’d expect from an iPhone app, a big selling point for this Blackmagic Camera will be its simplicity and ease of use, as BMD touts it as a quick setup for creators who want to start shooting as quickly as possible.
Everything in the app is designed to be interactive, so you can tap into all the settings or make changes directly in the screen or HUD to adjust elements like shooting parameters, histogram, focus peaking, levels, frame guides and more.
This heads-up display HUD in particular looks quite intriguing, as it will be able to control things like lens selection, frame rate, shutter angle, timecode, ISO, white balance, tint, histogram and audio levels, all with a simple tap of the knob. screen.
Price and availability
Now we’ll no doubt have a lot more to say about the Blackmagic Camera app once we try it out for ourselves – and I’m sure countless other YouTubers and content creators will be testing every feature of it in the coming days and weeks.
But in short, this appears to be a major innovation for BMD and a step toward the inevitable combination of smartphone and digital camera technologies that we all knew was coming. So if you’re interested, here’s a full list of specs and features, as well as a link to download below.
- Shoot in 16:9 aspect ratio or vertical aspect ratio.
- Stealth mode for 16:9 recording while holding the phone vertically.
- Capture in Apple ProRes, HEVC and H.264 with automatic proxy generation.
- Frame rate, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, tint and color space camera controls.
- Focus assist, zebra, frame guides, histogram, 3D LUT monitoring.
- Time of day or running time, timecode recording.
- PCM, IEEE Float or AAC audio recording, 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rate.
- VU or PPM audiometers.
- Thumbnail view of all recorded clips in the media tab.
- Preview clips showing scrubber, duration, timecode, and filename.
- Fully integrated with Blackmagic Cloud and DaVinci Resolve.
- Record to iPhone, select recorded clips to share via Blackmagic Cloud or sync automatically.
And, as mentioned above, the Blackmagic Camera app is now available and free to download from the Apple Store.
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