Designed to seamlessly integrate with robust SDI video switchers, the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 now introduces live streaming capabilities alongside professional connections such as 12G-SDI and 10GbE Ethernet. The inclusion of an Ethernet connection facilitates the establishment of an affordable single-cable SMPTE-style workflow, incorporating PoE (Power over Ethernet). Additionally, the 12G-SDI output and program return facilitate camera control, talkback, and tally functions. This latest iteration of the 4K Pro model preserves key features like a 7″ touchscreen monitor, HDMI output, support for Blackmagic Raw recording, HDR capabilities, XLR audio inputs, and the adaptable Micro Four Thirds lens mount, inherited from its predecessor.
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 condenses the advantages of a full-size studio camera into a compact, lightweight body with carbon fiber reinforcement. This camera, ideal for live production, offers a spacious 7″ viewfinder for easy shot tracking and framing. Control options include switcher or software control, as well as touchscreen menus for camera settings and physical knobs for adjusting brightness, contrast, and focus peaking. Additionally, it comes with a tripod mount featuring 15mm LWS rod ports and a mounting plate to expedite your setup process.
Powerful Broadcast Connection
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 is tailored for robust SDI switcher workflows, featuring 12G-SDI, 10GbE Ethernet, talkback, and balanced XLR audio inputs. It offers interfaces compatible with both broadcast and consumer components, including HDMI with tally, camera control, record trigger, and headphone/mic connections with dual XLR ports, alongside two USB Type-C expansion ports. With 10G Ethernet, it consolidates video, tally, talkback, and camera power into a single connection, ensuring a swift and cost-effective setup.
Built-in Live Streaming in Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 comes with integrated live streaming capabilities. This allows you to use it as a remote camera from anywhere globally, transmitting an H.264 live stream via the internet to your studio. Additionally, you have the option to enhance connectivity by utilizing a 4G or 5G smartphone connected to one of the USB-C ports. To complete the process, the live stream is converted back to video at the studio using an ATEM Streaming Bridge, which also provides support for tally, talkback, and camera control features.
Capture Cinematic Images during Live Production
The impressive 4K sensor, coupled with Blackmagic’s fifth-generation color science, provides the same advanced imaging technology found in digital film cameras. This results in cinematic imagery during live production. Furthermore, when used in conjunction with the integrated DaVinci Resolve primary color correction tool, the camera produces superior images compared to standard broadcast cameras. You can even control the color correction directly from the switcher. With a dynamic range of 13 stops, the Studio 4K Pro G2 camera delivers deep blacks and bright whites, making it ideal for precise color adjustments. The sensor boasts a resolution of 4096 x 2160, suitable for both HD and Ultra HD projects. Additionally, all models support frame rates ranging from 23.98 to 60 fps.
Unparalleled Low Light Performance of Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 offers a range of gain settings, from -12 dB (100 ISO) to +36 dB (25,600 ISO). This optimization minimizes image noise while preserving the sensor’s dynamic range. The primary native ISO is 400, ideal for studio lighting, while the secondary ISO at 3200 is excellent for low-light conditions. Gain adjustments can be made directly on the camera or remotely via SDI or Ethernet remote camera control, often from a switcher.
Variety and Affordability of Photographic Lenses
The Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 boasts a popular MFT lens mount, ensuring compatibility with a wide array of cost-effective photographic lenses known for their exceptional image quality in high-resolution photography. Moreover, the active lens mount facilitates remote lens adjustments. To simplify lens zoom and focus adjustments without the need to reach around, the optional focus and zoom demands allow you to control a compatible lens directly from the tripod handles, akin to handling a large studio camera. This feature eliminates the risk of camera shake during lens adjustments, enabling seamless tracking shots and camera operation without disengaging from the tripod, delivering a similar experience to that of a premium B4 broadcast lens.
Buttons and Controls of Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
Blackmagic Studio Cameras come equipped with a combination of physical controls, including buttons and knobs, along with a touchscreen interface. Positioned on the camera’s right side, the knobs facilitate adjustments for brightness, contrast, and focus peaking. The focus peaking knob, particularly noteworthy, allows for precise fine-tuning of detail highlights, ensuring impeccable focus even during zooming. On the camera’s left side, the buttons offer versatility, with the option to assign functions such as zebra, false color, focus peaking, LUTs, and more. These functions can be easily customized through the camera’s menus. Additionally, the touchscreen features a heads-up display presenting crucial shooting data and provides access to menus for adjusting camera settings, managing LUTs, and configuring custom presets.
Large 7 inches Viewfinder on Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
The spacious 7″ high-resolution display will revolutionize your camera work, simplifying shot framing. The Pro version boasts an HDR screen with exceptional brightness, ideal for outdoor use in bright sunlight. The screen displays overlays for status and recording parameters, histograms, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, and more. You can also implement 3D LUTs to monitor shots with your desired color and appearance. The touchscreen features menus, allowing you to load and tailor presets for various tasks. For screen protection during transport, the included sunshade can be folded, and it’s compatible with sunshades from the Blackmagic Studio Viewfinder.
Communicate with the Team via Talkback
In contrast to consumer cameras, the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro incorporates SDI connections with talkback functionality. This allows seamless communication between the switcher operator and camera operators during live events. Consequently, the director can provide real-time guidance on shot selection, effectively preventing situations where all cameras capture the same shot simultaneously. The talkback connection is conveniently located on the camera’s side and is compatible with standard 5-pin XLR broadcast headsets. Talkback utilizes audio channels 15 and 16 within the SDI connection, both from the camera to the switcher and from the switcher back to the camera. This design ensures compatibility with any embedded SDI audio device, facilitating effective communication during live productions.
Ports and Connections of Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
Blackmagic Studio Cameras can be connected in lots of different ways. All models feature HDMI, so they are perfect for HDMI switchers such as the ATEM Mini. The HDMI supports video, tally, control, and record trigger for a broadcast-style workflow using a single HDMI cable. The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 has 12G-SDI, so you can connect it to SDI-based switchers such as the ATEM Constellation. There’s a 12G-SDI connection for camera output video, and one for program return. The program return also includes tally, talkback, and remote camera control. Or you can use 10G Ethernet to get camera video, program return, tally, talkback, camera control, and even power using a regular Cat 6a Ethernet cable.
Air Status through Built-in Tally
Blackmagic Design Studio Cameras feature a very large tally light that illuminates red for on-air, green for preview, and orange for ISO recording. The tally light also includes clip-on transparent camera numbers, so it’s easy for talent to see camera numbers from up to 20′ away. The Blackmagic Studio cameras support the SDI tally standard used on all ATEM live production switchers and the HDMI tally used on ATEM Mini switchers. This means a director can cut between cameras and the tally information will be sent back to the cameras via the SDI program return feed, lighting up the tally light on the camera whenever it’s on air. SDI tally eliminates complex wiring, so job setup is faster.
Low-Cost SMPTE Fiber Style Workflow
The Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 simplifies camera connectivity through a single Ethernet cable. Unlike traditional studio cameras relying on pricey SMPTE fiber for communication and power, this model offers a cost-effective alternative with 10G Ethernet. This Ethernet connection handles video, program return feeds, tally, talkback, camera control, and power. At the switcher end, the Blackmagic Studio Converter manages video conversions and supplies power through the Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a separate power connection to the camera.
USB Expansion Port for Accessories
Equipped with a high-speed USB Type-C expansion port, this camera facilitates recording to external disks and connection to various accessories. When you connect an external USB flash disk, the camera can efficiently capture high-quality 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files for subsequent editing and color correction. This streamlined workflow eliminates the need for time-consuming file transfers. Additionally, you have the option to attach optional focus and zoom controls for comprehensive lens management with compatible lenses. Furthermore, the USB port has the capacity to provide power to any connected phone or disk.
Blackmagic Raw Quality
Blackmagic RAW is an innovative format crafted to capture and safeguard the sensor data’s quality. Unlike heavily compressed formats like H.264, it eliminates compression issues, delivering breathtaking images with exceptional detail and vibrant colors during postproduction. Additionally, Blackmagic RAW conveniently stores camera settings as metadata, enabling adjustments to ISO, white balance, and exposure in DaVinci Resolve at a later stage. Furthermore, the files remain compact and swiftly accessible, ensuring remarkable editing responsiveness.
XLR Inputs and Microphones details of Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2
The Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 comes equipped with integrated microphones, streamlining setup for faster operation. These microphones are designed to withstand shocks and wind, ensuring excellent sound quality even in challenging conditions. Positioned at the screen’s edges, they leverage the studio camera design for superior stereo separation compared to standard video cameras. Additionally, the camera features a 3.5mm audio input for connecting external video camera microphones, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. In the case of the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 model, it offers professional XLR audio inputs and a built-in speaker for monitoring program return audio.
Monitor Program Video
The Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 lets you view program video from the switcher at the press of a button. Simply press the camera’s PGM button, and the viewfinder will switch from the camera display to the program return feed from the switcher and monitor the switcher audio. Program return is a fantastic feature as sometimes on large live shows, camera operators can be left waiting a long time for their camera to be used, so program return lets them watch the show while they wait. This means that even if the camera operator is a large distance away from the switcher, they can still keep up with what’s happening and remain alert.
3d Luts for Film Looks
When Blackmagic Raw files employ logarithmic film gamma for preserving the camera’s dynamic range, 3D LUTs come into play. They serve to transform the initially flat and dull-looking images displayed on the viewfinder. The beauty of 3D LUTs lies in their ability to perform this conversion just before the image hits the LCD screen. Consequently, the film gamma-recorded images are transformed into more visually appealing ones on the LCD.
Moreover, these 3D LUTs are conveniently stored within the Blackmagic Raw files. This ensures their availability during post-production if needed. Crucially, it’s important to note that these LUTs are never permanently embedded into the Blackmagic RAW image data. Instead, they remain as an option that can be enabled or disabled at your discretion. This means that while the 3D LUT is present within the Blackmagic RAW file, it only comes into play when you choose to activate it.
The Blackmagic Studio Cameras are engineered for global use, offering support for 13 widely spoken languages. During camera setup, you have the option to select from English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Ukrainian. Switching to a different language is effortless; you can access the menu settings to make the change. As you switch languages, the on-screen overlays, heads-up display, and setup menus will seamlessly transition into the chosen language, providing you with the flexibility to switch languages at your convenience.
Powers from DC or 10G Ethernet
The Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 offers various power options for convenience. It features a secure 12 VDC locking power connector to prevent accidental cable disconnection. Additionally, the camera comes with a power supply that includes five different AC socket adapters for international use. Moreover, when connecting the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro model via a single Ethernet cable, the camera and its accessories can draw power directly from the Ethernet connection. This is made possible by the Blackmagic Studio Converter, which supplies PoE power through the Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a separate power source. This innovative solution proves invaluable in situations where conventional power sources are unavailable at the camera locations.
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