Hello all. I am still working with Video Pro X 8 and am about to start filming a new project. I have a Blackmagic Pocket 4k Cinema Camera and wonder if anyone here knows if any versions of Pro X support Blackmagic RAW 4k footage? Failing that, UHD? This will be my first time using the Blackmagic camera and know there's a lot to learn.
Personally I would use the copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio that comes free with the camera as the program was built especially for Black Magic cameras. Do you have a 4K, 6K, or 8K camera? VPX will certainly not be able to cope with their 12K camera.
You may have to buy the additional add on codec pack for intra frame codecs to use the footage within VPX.
To quote their website.
Black Magic recording works in industry standard 10-bit Apple ProRes files in all formats up to 4K or 12-bit Blackmagic RAW in all formats up to 6K. Blackmagic RAW is the fastest growing RAW format. Developers can download and use the free Blackmagic RAW SDK to add support into their applications.
So it may be a bit difficult for VPX in some of the formats. Best to see what their SDK pack has to offer.
Have you considered how powerful your computer will have to be to cope? That could be the deciding factor.
Thank you Ray. I have the 4k camera and I guess the main reason for asking about VPX is familiarity. But I take your point about DaVinci resolve and will take a look tomorrow. By the way, I am going to film a what amounts to a visitors' guide to our county for (hopefully) release on DVD/BluRay. I had planned to use 24fps to get that cinematic look, but would that work on a documentary?
Do you mean the use of shallow depth of field or the effect of using a slower frame rate? Using LUTS?
You are really going to have to take notice of your histograms on the screen of the camera and possibly use some of the inbuilt ND filters if filming at 24 fps. What you don't want happening is short exposures of each frame due to excessive light as that will ruin the 24fps 'look'. The fluid nature of shooting at 24 fps needs an amount of blur in each frame where there is motion. Too short an exposure time from each frame will ruin that effect. I am not one to talk though as setting up a camera can take some time without practice and for me at least, an amount of note taking.
So the wider the aperture, the more light and the quicker the individual light cells saturate, even at the 13 stops of light you have to work with. That may require the use of the inboard ND filters to prolong the exposure. If you are an experienced stills photographer it shouldn't take long to figure out the best settings for a given amount of daylight or the ND filter to use to reduce the correct amount of light for a given ISO setting.
Although the use of auto settings can help in an emergency, for consistency of grain / noise I think some planning should be involved and rely more on manual settings for best results.
My main large sensored camera is now just under 6 years old so may be more susceptible to changes in noise due to ISO fluctuations than your camera. It's hard to tell. I'm also not sure how well the auto-focus will track with a wide open aperture. If you have an external mic I would also try to get it well away from the camera body as some lens motors can be quite loud or their vibrations can travel through the camera body. These are things I feel you should get used to before any serious filming.
What is the encoding codec for video and file format?
If you do not have the info - analyse a clip with MediaInfo and and post the results, see this tutorial on how to setup MediaInfo and analyse a video clip for all the data required.
. . . . planned to use 24fps to get that cinematic look . . . .
If the recorded video is progressive then I would suggest recording at a higher frame rate eg 50/60 fps, especially if you have panning shots.
. . . . my laptop is fairly decent and has a UHD screen . . . .
4K DCI and 4K UHD put high demands on the hardware for smooth editing and performance - what is the laptop specification and program version, see this topic for what is required and please quote processor and graphics card make/model in full?
@MCK, learning Resolve Studio will take a lot of time, but it will be worth it having another video editing tool in your toolbox. What other 4K formats does the camera shoot in? I see only ProRes and BRaw. Also remember that DVD and a lot of bluray does not support 4K.
There is a lot of great information posted above on how to get the "cinematic" look. It's not just using 24P, but also DOF, lighting, panning, LUT's, color grading, etc.
I can understand using RAW to color grade, which can also give you that "cinematic" look. It will also give you the most dynamic range to work with. It all depends on the "look" you want. There is no "one button" press to get it.
Curious as to the country you will be showing?
Maybe provide a small sample of any footage shot with BRAW and ProRes to see if it can be imported?
Looking at the camera recording options it is limited in that it appears not to have any option for 4K AVC/XAVC encoding which will load into VPX 8 without issues.
The RAW formats are not supported and the ProRes will need Quicktime installing, however given that Quicktime for Windows is an old version, it may not support the current ProRes formats as has been evidenced by other users having issues from with this format.
. . . . a lot of bluray does not support 4K. . . . .
BluRay and 4K UHD discs are two different incompatible disc formats, creating a 4K UHD disc is not possible - the encoder is proprietory and not available for non movie industry users, nor is there a disc burner or 4K UHD format discs available for burning 4K UHD. those that do support 4K UHD are read only.
There is some software that claims to be able to write 4K UHD to a BD disc, however when I tried it it created a standard DVD disc not a 4K UHD disc.
I would love to try a BRAW sample in VPX, but doubt if VPX can import it because a codec would have to be installed. I'm not sure about the ProRes file from the camera.
What I did was import successfully a ProRes UHD 4K 422 24P file I rendered out in Vegas Pro into VPX12. The import was successful and timeline playback was smooth. Of course, file sizes are HUGE. Strangely though, Resolve Studio 17 doesn't export to ProRes.....
I must note that I do have the last version of QuickTime for Windows installed on my computer, but only the player. I do not know if this would affect the loading of the file and playback of it at all. I did not install the browser extension. I have QT installed because I have media that is QT based. AFAIK, there has not been one attack/breach on my computer. I do have Bitdefender and Malwarebytes (both paid) running on my computer.
As you know I have been using Boris Particle Illusion quite a bit recently and there is the option to export to Pro Res 422 which I have used and although Windows can't give me a preview Thumbnail so subsequently can't be directly viewed in MEP or VPX as thumbnails, they can be imported and used.
A ProRes file created by PI.
General Complete name : G:\Boris Effects particle renders\clear cloud.mov Format : MPEG-4 Format profile : QuickTime Codec ID : qt 2005.03 (qt ) File size : 81.6 MiB Duration : 6 s 220 ms Overall bit rate mode : Variable Overall bit rate : 110 Mb/s Encoded date : UTC 2022-03-17 02:59:17 Tagged date : UTC 2022-03-17 03:01:23
Video ID : 1 Format : ProRes Format version : Version 0 Format profile : 422 Codec ID : apcn Duration : 6 s 220 ms Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 110 Mb/s Width : 3 840 pixels Height : 2 160 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 50.000 FPS Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:2 Scan type : Progressive Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.265 Stream size : 81.6 MiB (100%) Writing library : bofx Encoded date : UTC 2022-03-17 02:59:17 Tagged date : UTC 2022-03-17 03:01:23 Color primaries : BT.709 Transfer characteristics : BT.709 Matrix coefficients : BT.709
Other ID : 2 Type : Time code Format : QuickTime TC Duration : 6 s 220 ms Bit rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 50.000 FPS Time code of first frame : 00:00:00:00 Time code, striped : Yes Title : Tape Encoded date : UTC 2022-03-17 02:59:17 Tagged date : UTC 2022-03-17 02:59:17
In use in VPX 12. (VPX 11 could also do this)
And MEP 2022.
Whether this is true for all ProRes 422 files or not I cannot say.
Thanks to all for these informative and helpful posts. If I've learned one thing above others is that my knowledge is too scant for me to make the best use of the BMPCC... certainly for now. So if anyone wants to buy a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4k (barely used)... ?!?
Looking at the camera manual it seems to mainly focus on editing with Resolve but equally from page 137 onward it explains how to edit the footage in other editors which although not mentioning VPX MS (MEP) I think the information would hold true. The main information I glean from the manual is if you are not using Resolve but wish to use other editors it is best to shoot the camera in ProRes 422 HQ for the best user experience.
I'm fairly certain VPX will cope with that codec.
While it won't have the flexibility of shooting Black magix RAW, that may be a blessing as raw in general needs much more work on the files to get them to look right than using a codec with a less flexible output and would be a great way to gradually get to grips with the cameras basic functions.
When I started out with still photography in 2009 I started with a camera with very limited capabilities and subsequently got frustrated pretty quickly as I got better and ended up getting a more capable camera within a year. While a better and more complicated camera can make things seem difficult it will in the longer term give you more flexibility when you eventually need it. There are also a lot of helpful YouTube videos out there to help the starter get to grips with things. Don't be put off by having more functions than you can use. I doubt I ever use more than a 6th of my cameras capabilities. Possibly even less than that.
The main question though should be, if you get rid of the camera, what would you replace it with?
@MCK, @CubeAce brought up some very good points. As for ProRes 422 HQ, the files are going to be huge. Very HUGE. I just imported a UHD 4K 24P one that is a little over 1 minute long, and it's 7GB. But VPX12 played it back just fine on my computer.
I'd hang on to the camera. I don't know what storage media you are using, but you will need a lot with that camera. And it doesn't matter if it's RAW or ProRes. The learning curve and overall cost of other cameras along with portability might be less. There are a host of mirrorless cameras to choose from. Some might even accept the same lenses you already have with your BMD camera.