Blackmagic Design Update Allows Vertical Aspect Ratio for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras

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Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Camera 8.1 update which adds support for vertical aspect ratio video to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, allowing users to create cinematic vertical video for platforms such as TikTok. This update adds automatic rotation of the camera’s on-screen HUD and automatically tags files as vertical so they display correctly when imported for editing. Blackmagic Camera 8.1 update is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

Simply rotate the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to shoot vertical aspect ratios such as 9:16 and 4:5. The on-screen HUD rotates so critical information, such as frame rate, shutter angle and frame guides, are easy to view, even when the camera’s turned upside down. Customers can even switch on frame guides so important details stay in shot for different aspect ratios. When customers import their files into DaVinci Resolve, clips are automatically tagged as vertical so they appear correctly in their timeline. Once customers have finished their project, they can upload to their channel with direct exporting to TikTok and YouTube.

With three models, customers can choose between EF or MFT lenses, making Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera compatible with a range of lenses. The 6K models feature an EF lens mount so customers can use lenses customers already own from other cameras such as DSLR, URSA Mini Pro or even the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The active lens mount lets customers adjust focus and iris from the buttons on the camera or the touch screen. For even greater flexibility, the MFT lens mount on the 4K model can be adapted to PL, C, EF or other lens types.

Depending on the model, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can shoot in all standard resolutions and frame rates from HD up to DCI 4K and even 6K. Customers can shoot stills at 21.2 megapixels on the 6K models and 8.8 megapixels on the 4K model. The 6K models will shoot up to 50 fps at 6144 x 3456 16:9 or 60 fps at 6144 x 2560 2.4:1 and 60 fps at 5744 x 3024 17:9. For higher frame rates customers can window the sensor and shoot up to 120 fps at 2.8K 2868 x 1512 17:9. Customers can even work in true anamorphic 6:5 using anamorphic lenses in 3.7K 60 fps at 3728 x 3104. On the 4K model customers can shoot up to 60 fps 4K DCI at 4096 x 2160 and 60 fps in Ultra HD at 3840 x 2160. Customers can even shoot 120 fps in 1080HD.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Features

  • Shoots 9:16 vertical aspect ratio for cinematic YouTube and TikTok content creation.
  • Choose from 4K 4096 x 2160 sensor or 6K 6144 x 3456 sensor.
  • Compatible with a wide range of popular MFT or EF lenses.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for cinematic film looks.
  • Up to 25,600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Records full resolution up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed.
  • Adjustable, HDR 1500 nit LCD screen.
  • Includes Blackmagic generation 5 color science.

Blackmagic Camera update 8.1 is available now for download here: