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April 13, 2014
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New firmware update for the Blackmagic MFT camera coming soon.

Blackmagic announced ont heir forum that they will release a new firmware update for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (here on BH) and Pocket Cinema Camera (here on BH).

Hi,
I know there are some concerns that we are no longer supporting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Pocket Cinema Camera. I just want to assure you that this is not the case.
Let me give you some background information about the development and why it is taking longer than expected.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was our very first foray into cameras and since then, we have shipped 3 more cameras, the Pocket Cinema Camera, Production 4K and the Studio Camera.

The original 2.5K camera had fundamental architectural differences in firmware compared to the other cameras which doubled the effort when trying to do any bug fixes or add new features to the cameras. As such, we knew we had to re-architect the firmware so as to bring it up to speed with the current cameras. This is not simple and taking longer than we thought. However, we are close now, close enough that beta versions have been seeded to some users for the past few months.

We should be able to see an update, as I’d mentioned in my post, to the 2.5K camera and Pocket Cinema Camera soon with the features below:
1. New debayering for shooting directly to ProRes or DNxHD on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and MFT
2. Improved MFT lens support on the Pocket Cinema Camera
3. Compressed RAW support on the Production Camera 4K
4. Autofocus support for EF lenses on Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and Production Camera 4K

What is also in this release are also certain hooks that are required for audio level metering and histogram display. It won’t be visible as yet but will allow us to quickly followup with an update to add these 2 tools we know you guys are asking for.
Let me also answer some other questions I’ve been asked below:
• Formatting of media
Yes, we want to do this. A large part of the work has been completed so I don’t believe this will be a big effort to implement. However, it is very unlikely that we will support deleting of clips directly in camera due to the risk of media fragmentation.
• Time Remaining indicator
Yes, this is going to happen. It’s probably in the next update or an update after.
• Black Sun effect
This is a fundamental characteristic of CMOS sensors. Some sensors have additional circuitry to try and overcome this and this was available in the Pocket Cinema Camera. Unfortunately, it is not in the 2.5K sensor. Also, black sun correct circuitry is also not an on/off switch and with some sensors, it may result in other unwanted artefacts so we have to be really careful about it. Another method of overcoming the black sun effect is via image processing after the image has been acquired and passed on from the sensor. This is basically running an algorithm to try and detect what looks like the black sun and just clipping the black areas. Again, this could result in false positives and if you have a pattern in the image that is similar to the black sun, it could mistakenly be “corrected” as well. As you can see, this is a tricky situation. We are not ignoring it, but working to see what is the best way to address this.

I hope this gives you more information about what we’re currently up to. I’m tempted to keep this thread locked as it tends to go off topic but I’ll leave it open for now. Please try and keep on topic.
Thanks

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April 13, 2014
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Most liked 43rumors pictures of the week!


Matt Krumins
Blue Ring octopus shot on the OMD EM-5 in Olympus housing! Full collection at www.facebook.com/deeperthandiving or www.deeperthandiving.com

LIke every weekend here is a list of some of the most liked 43rumors readers pictures posted on the 43rumors facebook wall (Click here to see them all). As usual feel free to share your picture ont he wall and comment the pictures form the others. Thanks!

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April 11, 2014
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Great news folks! Olympus OM to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster announced!

This will make quite some people happy here: Metabones just announced the new Olympus OM to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster adapter! It has the following Features:

  • Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
  • Increase MTF.
  • Makes lens 0.71x wider.
  • Optics designed by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending).
  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo cam ball heads.

I am an OM lens owner too so this is a great day for me too :)

As you know there are a huge amount of OM lenses we can use! This is just the list of the prime lenses…Click on the link to check the price and auctions on eBay: 21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens, 24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens, 28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens, 35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens, 40mm f/2.0 lens, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens, 55mm f/3.5 macro lens, 85mm f/2.0 lens, 90mm f/2.0 macro lens, 100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens, 135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens, 180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens, 200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens, 250mm f/2.0 lens, 300mm f/4.5 lens, 350mm f/2.8 lens,, 400mm f/6.4 lens, 500mm f/8.0 lens, 600mm f/6.6 lens, 1000mm f/11 lens.

April 11, 2014
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Updated list of companies supporting the MFT standard. A success story!

From time to time you can read on forums comments from people being concerned about the MFT future. I guess it’s a normal reaction when you read all these financial news about the electronics market (stagnating sales, losses in companies and so on). But there is one simple image I can show you to prove how future proof the Micro Four Thirds system is. With the most recent addition of JVC this is now the list of companies officially supporting the MFT standard (Image source: four-thirds.org). Quite amazing what Olympus-Panasonic achieved in these few years!

Funny note: Didn’t know that our Panasonic Fool’s days joke did upset Hitler too :)

April 11, 2014
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Unexpected: Japanese Banks sue Japanese company (Olympus).

I didn’t expect that to come: Olympus has been sued by six Japanese trust banks for damages relating to a $1.7 billion accounting scandal in 2011. Reuters reports that they are seeking 27.9 billion yen ($273 million) for damages. Olympus at its last earnings briefing said it would set aside 17 billion yen ($166.49 million) to settle three of the cases it has publicly recognized.

I am a bit surprised to see Japanese banks going against a Japanese company. In a time of financial crisis like that isn’t it insensible to damage a Japanese company? Anyway, I am too far away from these kind of financial world to know what’s really going on. Maybe it’s just me…but have more sympathy in a company based on real economy and real product creation than in banks :)

P.S.: Just read the book from Jérôme Kerviel about the giant fraud he committed in France. It probably influenced (again) my negative impression about the current bank system in general.

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