Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K | Indie FilmMakers Dream Camera?


– Here, we have the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. It shoots 6K in raw. It shoots 4K in Pro Res. It has an EF mount. It has good dynamic range. It has good colors. It’s compact, it’s portable. It’s under $2,500 bucks. That’s all you got to say to
get most people to schwing, long term financial
responsibility is a joke. And they put the chip in the card reader, and they tell you the
chip reader isn’t working, so you have to take it and swipe it and you feel like kind of dumb, just give me the damn camera! Over the last few weeks
I’ve taken this camera to Ireland, where it’s cold and rainy, and Arizona, where it’s blazing hot, and the beach where it’s damp and sandy, and I’m happy to say it
hasn’t broken on me yet, so we’re off to a good start. And there definitely
is a few things to know about this camera before you
go out and shoot with it, or else you might be like what the (beep). But once you have everything in place, the 6K footage that
comes out of this thing. Oh yeah. First time I pulled
up the footage on my display, I was blown away by the amount of quality coming out of a camera that’s barely bigger than the DSLR. Is 6K necessary or possibly even too much? That’s a whole other discussion, ’cause sometimes you could be
filming close ups of people. You’re going to see every little pimple. I have a pimple right here, but I’m filming in HD right now, so, you can’t really tell. But if we were shooting on this thing, you would be like, you’ll be able to count the hairs. So when you’re filming people
with this kind of set up, that’s when you really want
to look into filters like Pro-Mist or Schneider’s
Hollywood Black Magic. Things to help just kind of re-soften things out a little bit so everything doesn’t
look so like (groans). But of course the benefit is, you retain all that detail so you can punch in
200%, sometimes even 300% and have the image look somewhat decent, which is awesome. But do keep in mind, this is not a YouTuber’s camera. This is a cinematographer’s camera, which I think is a huge difference. In YouTube land it’s all about convenience, right? So, you want great auto focus. You want sort of
stabilization in the sensor. You want a flip screen. But the Black Magic has none of that, except for this record button right here, which apparently they put
there so you can hold it out and film yourself like this
and hit that record button and start vlogging. This is not a vlog camera. Well I guess if you flip the screen around you can kind of make it work. – It is a vlog camera see that
– Oh, Whoa. – It looks great. – The image is really nice. – Yeah, no that’s a clean image. If I can manage to take this around everywhere with me, I don’t know if the audio is going to come out at all. – Yeah.
– But, here there you go. So that audio was from the built-in microphones from this camera, which isn’t great, but it is awesome to
have for reference audio. Does have a standard headphone jack so you can plug in something
convenient like this. But I love that it has a
mini XLR port down here, with phantom power. So with a little adapter you can plug it into a
professional condenser mic. So being compatible with those high-end professional microphones
was super important to me. Sound is important, and I
wanted to have that capability out of this Red camera, but I didn’t have another
$4,700 bucks laying around. There is only one XLR port and I always like to run
at least two channels when I’m doing something
like an interview, one blue mic and one lavalier. So what you can do is set up a boom mic and then have that plug into the XLR, give it phantom power, and then you can put
it in like a lavalier, and you can select two
channels of recording. So that’s a very simple and easy solution for audio. Now, let’s take this outside. So, to maximize the
performance out of this camera, you’re going to want to shoot in 6K raw, which is a pretty good format. It’s powerful, it’s flexible, and its raw, so you can adjust a lot of that meta data afterwards. If you are editing on DaVinci Resolve, which does come free with this camera, then you won’t have any issues. But I’m a Premiere editor myself, and these raw files don’t
work natively with Premiere. There is a plug-in that you can purchase, and it does work pretty well in Premiere. So I’ve been using that, haven’t had any major issues yet. One things for sure, when you combine this 6K sensor with a nice
cinema lens like this Angenieux. But there is also the
option to shoot Pro Res, which maxes out at 4K, but luckily, you can
still use the full sensor. It doesn’t crop in. And same with Pro Res Full HD, it still utilizes the full sensor, so if you’re trying to pack kind of light then that’s a pretty good option. And it looks pretty good. So I think a lot of times I probably will shoot in that file format, especially if the post-work
flow isn’t comfortable with Black Magic’s raw files yet. That is one downside to keep in mind when you’re shooting in raw
is to utilize the full sensor. You have to be shooting
in full 6K resolution. If you shoot in, let’s say, 3.7k or 2.8K, it crops into that sensor by that amount. So, something to keep in mind. Alright, so this is kind of off topic, but I’m letting Steve ride
around on my motorcycle right now and we’re going to give it
to him in a second, so shh. (motorcycle engine roaring)
You’re not really dressed appropriately for motorcycle riding. It’s fun to ride though, huh?
– Yeah, no I like it a lot. – [Gene] Are you gonna get
your motorcycle license now? – Yeah, I gotta go, I
meant to do it today. You have to do a, what is that? – That’s the pink slip, that’s for you. – What, shut the (beep) up.
(Gene chuckles) Why are you doing this? – [Gene] Because I hate you. – (Steve laughs) Then you know
its going to break down soon. – Yeah. (laughs)
– Are you serious? – [Gene] Yeah. – You make way too much money apparently. – [Gene] (laughs) No,
actually I was thinking about selling this and there’s
too many issues with it. So, I just kinda wanna pass
all the problems onto you. – Oh, I see! You’ re
getting more out of it than you’re putting
into it, is what it is. – [Gene] Oh of course, I’m not actually genuinely kind, that’s stupid. – Oh, yeah, exactly. I mean, I do know the
speedometer doesn’t work. – [Gene] Yeah, the
speedometer doesn’t work, but who needs that? As long as you just pull
this all the way back, you’re good.
– As hard as it goes. – [Gene] Yeah, you’re
going the proper speed. – And you notice the
brakes don’t work either. Are you trying to tell me something? – [Gene] You know, it’s actually more fun when the brakes don’t work.
(Steve laughs) Please don’t die on this. I’d
feel kind of bad if you did. – I don’t believe you. – [Gene] You have to let me ride it whenever I miss it too much. After it’s tuned up, that’s
part of the agreement. – I’ll sign it back over to you
after the speedometer works. – [Gene] (laughs) Yeah! (motorcycle engine revving) That’s what Steve looks
like when he’s really happy. I wanted the robe! – Hey man, I went in there first and I saw it and honestly
it’ll look way better on me then it’ll look on you. (Gene laughing) – Can we get two more of the
robes? That come with, yeah? – [Gene] Did you really? – I did. – Did you really?
– I did – So with this 6K you can go
up to 120 frames per second, but there is a massive crop, so it becomes a little bit tricky to use. But you can go up to 50 frames per second in full 6K resolution. So, let’s go test out some of
the slow-mo options on this. Let’s go! (hip hop music) ♪ Came through dripping ♪ ♪ Aquafina I’m sipping ♪ ♪ 15, kept a weapon on me ♪ ♪ Flow make digits ♪ ♪ I mind my business ♪ ♪ Stack chicken like, what it’s gon be ♪ ♪ Watch for the blues ’cause
I know that they dumpin’ ♪ ♪ Nothing in my view ♪ ♪ So it’s hush on discussion ♪ ♪ Hush on discussion ♪ ♪ You know what you need to ♪ ♪ I keep it in the fam to let
you know I don’t need you ♪ ♪ Y’all cats be see through
head nods to peace you ♪ ♪ Been king I’m regal got in in my Evisu ♪ ♪ Came through dripping ♪ ♪ Aquafina I’m sipping ♪ ♪ 15, kept a weapon on me ♪ ♪ Flow make digits ♪ ♪ I mind my business ♪ – I’m empty I’m all out. – Yeah, me too. – You guys just want
to go back to the room? It’s hot. – [Crowd In Unison] Yeah, let’s go. – So the 50 frames per second
at 6K obviously, great. And to get to 60 frames per second, it was a very, very slight crop. But to go anywhere past
60 frames per second is where you really have to take that big resolution loss
and go down to 2.8K. And the resolution of 2.8K
doesn’t really bother me, but that crop definitely does. If you shot on Red cameras you’re probably familiar
with the same thing on there. Once you try to hit 200 frames per second, you really have to start cropping in. Now during slow-mo you can generally get away with hand-holding it because that slow-motion kind
of smoothens everything out, but if you’re shooting real-time, you’re definitely gonna wanna come up with some sort of solution to stabilize even a handheld rig like this, or obviously a gimble works great. If you are planning on using EF lenses, with image stabilization, such as this 100 mil, which has great image stabilization, it doesn’t work until you
hit record on the camera. So, I slapped this on in
Ireland and I was like, “Ah, man the stabilization doesn’t work.” So I took it off and put
another lens on there and just shot with that
for the rest of the day. But later, turns out if you hit record, the image stabilization suddenly turns on, just for the recording time. So, just something to keep in mind. But I can’t stress this enough, if you are planning on doing a big shoot with a gimble and this Black Magic Camera, pre-balance it the day before to make sure that there’s not gonna be
and weird fitting issues because it is a pretty
awkward-shaped camera. It’s such a lightweight
camera so I love that. You can hold this thing up all day. Okay, not all day, but relative to a Red Camera
this is a piece of cake. Let’s try to get some shots with it. (upbeat pop music) (skateboard crashing)
(Gene laughing) I got you, I got you, in 6K! Ah man, carrying around
that Black Magic Pocket is such a better experience
than carrying around that Red, just because it’s so much lighter. And that music was pretty dope too, right? So shout out to Epidemic Sounds
for sponsoring this video. And also they’re a big part of what made that Ireland trip possible for Sam and I. So, that was awesome. They are my go to source of
music for my YouTube videos. All the music in this entire
video, all Epidemic Sounds. And you can use all
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video when you drop in a little bit of background sounds. And their songs have stems
too, which is awesome. What are stems? Well, imagine the song split up into a couple of different layers. So if you want to pull out
a certain element or layer, you have the ability to do so. For example, in the
last song we used while Sam was skating, there’s
a whole bit in there about kissing under a mistletoe
as part of the lyrics. And I was like, “I don’t really
want those lyrics in there”, so I was able to get the
stems, cut it out, boom. So thanks again, Epidemic
for sponsoring this video, and being a good partner to me since the beginning of this channel. So, link down there in the
description for a free trial. And as usual with a sponsor
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a comment down below, letting us know what you
want to do with that music. And we’re going to choose
three winners within the first 12 hours of this video going live. Good Luck! Now, I’m sure a lot of
people recently got their Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, that came out last year and
if you have that version, don’t stress about upgrading to this 6K. For many people, the 4K
option might still be the way to go considering
that it’s half the price. With the 6K, there’s going
to be three main differences you’re going to notice, One is the resolution,
the 6K instead of the 4K, also the EF mount instead of
the Micro Four-Thirds mount, and also the super 35-millimeter sensor, which is larger than the Micro
Four-Thirds sensor on the 4K. But a few things to keep in mind, not all Super-35 millimeter
sensors are created the same. Some are larger than others. For example, the Super
35-millimeter sensor on the Red is a tad bit bigger than
the one on this Black Magic. And this one actually tends
to be on the smaller size. We’re dealing with about
a 1.63 times crop factor. If you’re all about getting
that larger sensor look, then you can always put
a speed booster on the Black Magic 4K. And I actually saw this
one video basically saying, with the Black Magic 4K with
the Metabones XL Speed Booster, you’re essentially emulating a even bigger sensor size
than what’s on the 6K. So I’ll link that video right there, if you want to check that out. And if you are all about
that full frame sensor life, then I have been reading about
speed boosters made for this, where you install into the camera, which should give you
about a 1.1x crop factor, so very close to full frame. I’ve never tested it myself, so I can’t say anything about it. But if that peaks your interest, maybe worth looking into. It’s actually a good
thing that I have this 1.6x crop on this camera right now. Cause if this was a wider angle, you might see that I am not wearing pants. So, Sam when you’re editing this, please don’t cut to the wide shot. No, I said don’t cut to it! One downside I did notice
about this 6K sensor, is that it has more rolling
shutter than the 4K does. And it’s very apparent if you look at the pillars in the foreground. No, those pillars aren’t crooked. In case you’re not familiar
with rolling shutter, basically an image gets recorded from top to bottom, kinda like a book. The issue is if you have
some fast moving objects, by the time it gets to the bottom, it’s noticeably in a different spot than when it started the image. So, you get this kind of crooked image. So things like quick pans and fast foreground
elements crashing the screen are things that you’re
going to need to avoid if you have a camera like this. This is another benefit of
bigger, higher-end cinema cameras is that they scan the image much faster to kinda mitigate that skew. And by the way, I am uploading
this video in 8K resolution. So I just kind of upscale this 6K, so you can kinda see what it looks like. There’s no 6K option to
watch on YouTube just yet. Now, when you buy this camera
there are a few accessories I consider to be must haves. Like don’t even buy this
camera without getting these accessories with it. The biggest thing is an
external battery pack because the battery life on this thing with those little tiny
Canon batteries, total crap! They die so fast and sometimes
they just kind of shut off without any sort of warning. And it’s freaky whenever that happens while you’re recording, you know. You’re like, “Oh I hope
that clip got saved.” Luckily, I haven’t lost any footage yet, but I’m still not a big fan of the camera just cutting off on me. Oops, time to change the battery, again. There’s a couple different
powering solutions out there, but I’ve been using this
Powerbase Edge by Core, and I’ve actually been
really digging this thing. ‘Cause it’s super versatile,
it’s not just for this camera. So you can basically click in this camera into the battery,on the
bottom is a V-mount, so you can use it like that, or you could just screw in
a quarter inch right here, so you can just attach it to a tripod. The way I have it connected
to the camera is through a dummy battery like this,
just coming out of here. So that just plugs straight into here. You can also take a P-Tap and
plug into the power right here but I chose to go with
this dummy battery option, so that it’s less in the way, and less things coming out
of the side of the camera. Only downside to this dummy battery, is I had to completely remove the door. Like Canon cameras, they
usually have a little port here on the side so I can tuck this
cable in and close that door. But this Black Magic
doesn’t have that slot, so I have to leave this
a little bit exposed. You can power two things off USB here, and two P-Taps or D-Taps, whatever you wanna to call them. And I usually use the P-tap
to power the monitor up here. My monitor of choice
is the SmallHD Cine 7. But this is something I
also consider to be a must because one, its articulating. This screen right here is locked on. It doesn’t fold up or
move in any direction. And this one is also a lot brighter. So, in conditions like
this you could totally get away with using this screen. But if you’re in direct sunlight, it gets really hard to see this screen. And a lot of times you
can misfocus that way. Filming in Arizona, I noticed
there were a few shots that I was a little bit soft on because I was using this display, but with a bigger, brighter monitor, I would have been fine, In 6K resolution, if you’re slightly, slightly off, you’ll notice it. Another thing I love about the Cine 7, is you can input a digital
HDMI signal into here, and you can output an
SDI signal out of here, to work with your professional
SDI compatible stuff. That is one good thing
I wish this camera had was an SDI port. But, at least when you feed
it through this monitor, you can get an SDI out signal. And the final must-have is an ND filter because there are no ND
filter built into the camera. Obviously, many options
for ND filters out there, but I’m rocking the Polar Pro Peter
Mckinnon edition ND Filters. These are fantastic. Actually the first time I ever used these were on Peter’s camera. I was helping him film
a little B-roll sequence and just on that little EOS R display, I was like, “Wow, these
are crazy sharp and clear.” So of course, between you and me, I was like, “Peter, look
there’s coffee, he, ‘what?'” Boop, I don’t have pockets right now. For some of you it might
make sense to get a cage so you can really start
rigging this thing out heavily. But my primary reason
for using this camera is more for having this
as a minimalist set up, so this is how I’ve been running it, and it’s been a working pretty well. One thing I still do wish they had, was another thread down here,
like a three-eighth inch screw so that you don’t have to worry about the camera kinda sliding back-and-forth. One of the things I do
love about this camera is the inner face where
the buttons are laid out. The menu system is very
simple, easy to understand. But you have access to
all your primary tools right then and there. It was definitely designed
with video shooters in mind, opposed to being a photo camera that can kind of shoot video.
Now when it comes to shooting in different color profiles
you can choose between Film, which is the flat look, and then Extended Video, and Video. I would personally never touch
Extended Video, or Video, I just don’t really like the way it looks. So I would definitely
say, shoot on the flattest color profile and grade it yourself. The camera does come with a license of DaVinci Resolve, so that is awesome. It is one of the most powerful color grading softwares out there. The colors seem to line up pretty well with the 4K version of this camera, in case you’re familiar with that. But I also used to grade a lot of Sony FS7 footage and S-log 3. And this footage reminds
me a whole lot of that, which is a good thing
because the Sony FS7, quite a bit more than this $2,500 camera. Or, you could just take the lazy route, and just buy my LUTS
that I made specifically for this camera. Here’s a couple shots
of my LUTS in action, to try to convince you to buy my stuff. See, I’m living the dream right now, man. This is what I’ve always
wanted to grow up to be. Being able to make money while
not even putting on pants. Yeah, I’ve made it, I’ve made it! Check this out, we’re gonna
do some low light tests, and it’s super dark here
in this parking lot. It has a dual native
ISO, so one out of 400, and one at 3,200 and at 3,200 ISO, it looks really, really good. The lighting that we’re using on Carey, is that light all the way over there. That one light, all the way over there is doing all this over to here. At 12,800 ISO as you would expect, there is quite a bit of noise, but it’s not terrible,
like in some circumstances, I think you could use this.
Very impressive in low light, (woman gasping)
for sure. That’s not funny.
(woman laughing) That’s not funny. Anyways, hopefully this has been helpful, but this video getting way too long. So, let’s close this up
by reading a few comments from my last video, which was
all about this Sony RX100 VII. Check out what I got for this. This is called a Mag filter
and it’s just like a little magnetic ND filter that
just sticks onto the front of a point-and-shoot like
that, pretty sweet right? We want the iPhone 11 versus
Red Weapon in the next episode. I actually pre-ordered that this morning. I had to wake up at five a.m.
to order the iPhone 11 Pro. I got it, I’m excited about it. That super wide angle
lens is going to be dope. “Are we going to see more
footage from you in Ireland? “Looked dope AF in Peter’s video.” Yeah, we have so much footage from them but the bottleneck is always editing. Sam and I are always tag
teaming these videos, but it’s still just always
so much editing to be done. Every two weeks, Potatoe Jet says, “This is the best camera in the market.” That’s not true, maybe a little bit true. “I recently got into filmmaking. “Is LUTs available at Best Buy?” No, but potatojet.com. “How don’t you have over
a million subscribers?” (murmurs) I don’t know, But I’m on my way. I’ll get there one day,
hopefully before I’m 80. I’m out of things to say! (soft hip hop music)

100 Comments

  1. I’m starting to get into video and would love to have a subscription to Epidemic Sound. My new camera gets here this week!

  2. I need that subscription for my videos using my m50 (that I bought because of your review btw)!! Plus this is the only give away I can join because you don't have to ship the thing all the way to the Philippines.

  3. Next test bmpcc 4k vs 6k!

    1. Bmpcc 4k (prores dci) vs bmpcc 6k (prores dci)
    2. Bmpcc 4k (4k cdng) vs bmpcc 6k (6k braw)

    On bmpcc 4k BRAW is alot softer and have more IR polution than cdng! Because Braw have a lot of in camera processing: spatial noise reduction is one of them!

  4. Does it come with resolve 16 or 15?
    Black magic just released braw 1.5 on Friday that let’s you edit directly in Premiere
    If you put a half cage on it, you’d get multiple screw holes in the bottom so it doesn’t rotate. The small rig one has a nato rail built in so you can attach lower profile monitor mounts to it as well which is money. Plus no more self unscrewing magic arms when your monitor weight shifts as you move the camera around.
    I’d suggest switching over to resolve. I made the switch from using premier for 11 years and I can say the software is far better. Didn’t take much time at all to get used to and I actually feel faster on it now than in Premiere.
    One really cool thing about how BM has integrated this camera into resolve is you can record a default color profile like extended video into the braw file so it shows up graded in camera and in resolve. But if you think it went too far, just pull it back a little. Or switch to the cine profile, or add a lut really easily…etc. that workflow has really sped things up for me.
    Another thing that’s interesting in resolve is with the dual native iso. If you shoot the clip from 100 to I think 1000, you can change the ISO really easily in resolve but only in that range. Then if you shot the clip in 1250 and up the lowest you can take your iso in resolve is 1250. You can obviously adjust your exposure from there but I just thought it was interesting. Much better in camera implementation of dual native ISO than the EVA 1 for example which I personally think is a terrible camera.

  5. Epidemic subscription would be great for making wedding videos. I’m using Soundstripe and feel like I’ve used a majority of the best options already.

  6. NEED HELP**

    I am currently using the CANON 7D for all my content (YouTubeIG based) but I want to spice things up a bit… What camera do you recommend? I am typically a Canon guy nut looking to change, maybe haha.

  7. For a minute there in the middle of this I thought I was watching the next installment of The Hangover! Great job on this PJ. Best one you’ve done yet. Keep pushing those boundaries (if you actually have any).

  8. The moment I heard it didn't break in Arizona heat I was hooked…probably will invest in 4k and not the 6k since it's like half the price lol

  9. I’m sorry so you want me to shoot at 6K then put a filter that will soften the image? Why don’t I just use a Canon to shoot soft in fake 4k?

  10. Id love that 6 months of access, could add more music to my videos and help me progress. I make videos about forest mushroom hunting in Ireland.

  11. Just curious why a video featuring a 6K camera, can't be viewed on YouTube greater than 1080p? Almost all of your content is in 4K. I'm doing something wrong?

  12. I want that free 6 months subscription of Epidemic Music so that I won't have to rip off music from Jinsang or lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to for my vlogs lol! 😀

  13. I am getting worried with your spending habits….. the best scene that i have seen all week was you walking through that fountain!!!! Wet potato

  14. Hope I get this camera one day…
    The E-Mount is perfect since I normally use the Sony a6300 and the rest is simply spec-insanity – love it! Much better than the 4k version for me.

  15. PJ, It seems as if you gravitated to the 6k more then the 4k. Does the 6K still have a green tint as the 4k ? Is the grading time still a issue like in the 4K, and do you feel that the 6k has more of that filmic look that you felt the 4k was missing?

  16. I am exhaustet from searching for good an free music, but as a broke student that i am i cannot afford the subscripton for epedemic… I need to eat 😀

  17. I am going to use Epidemic Sound to make videos shot on my iphone 4 of my Blackmagic pocket 8k. Thanks for picking me because I never win anything. This is the first time ever!

  18. If i was going to record a documentary , would this camera be enough(if i have the right lenses of courses). It looks awesome:) But i guess i also need a new laptop to use that raw data,lol, and a lot of hd space:) Very nice video to watch, great Work Potato Jet !:)

  19. I would use it as background music to shoot my friends playing with each other in their underwear at the hotel pool in slow motion! lmao

  20. Nice video dude! Why doesn't anyone talk about the 6D mii, its such a cool video dslr camera, i did a stop and lighting animation vrheadset here, the quality is very good for the price. https://youtu.be/YLuXWAkCH4k. All other videos including the vr cinema in China also shot with it.

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