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The world’s most versatile camera for live production!

The Blackmagic Studio Camera is the perfect camera for everything from studio news and talk shows, to live theater productions and even multi camera sporting events! It packs powerful broadcast features into a compact all-in-one body designed for professional live production. The lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate body makes it quick and easy to setup in the studio or on location, and you get professional broadcast connections so you can easily connect to live production switchers such as ATEM Mini. Blackmagic Studio Cameras include all the features you’d expect in a professional broadcast camera such as talkback, tally, program return and even a built-in timecode generator!

Broadcast Studios

Blackmagic Studio Camera has the same features as large broadcast cameras but miniaturized into a compact, all in one design. This makes it a much better solution for live production than a video camera and much more affordable than a traditional broadcast camera. Its 7″ viewfinder and physical and touchscreen controls make it much easier for operators to track and frame shots compared to video cameras. Plus you can even add focus and zoom demands so you can adjust the shot without taking your hands off the tripod. Where traditional broadcast cameras use large and very expensive B4 broadcast lenses, Blackmagic Studio Cameras work with affordable high quality MFT or EF photographic lenses.

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Spanish football talkshow Mister Underdog streams to millions of viewers every year with the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro capturing the sometimes fiery debates between panelists in a quality audiences expect from broadcasters.

“The size and brightness of the screen make a big difference to our operators … as well as the intuitive controls, which are ideal for meeting the challenges of small live productions.”

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Youtube Podcast

Youtube Podcasts

Whether you’re a solo content creator or working in a studio space with others, Blackmagic Studio Cameras let you stream to a global audience easily. Unlike a DSLR, Blackmagic Studio Cameras are designed for the broadcast environment and include advanced broadcast features such as camera control and built in color correction, allowing you to control multiple cameras from a single ATEM switcher. Or you can stream directly from Studio Camera Pro models to YouTube, Facebook or Twitch using their built in live streaming functionality. All this means you can setup a streaming space that can be managed by very small crew or even solo, keeping costs down while still delivering cinematic images.

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For content producers, time is money which is why international entertainment portal WhatCulture built a web broadcast workflow with Blackmagic Studio Cameras and switchers, producing content for 12 YouTube channels.

“This setup allows someone to walk in, sit down, and press record. It’s a huge step up in production values and output, which our audience has already picked up on and responded to.”

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Live Music Events and Festivals

Live Music Events and Festivals

Live music productions often have constantly changing lighting conditions, from very bright to very dim, but the amazing dynamic range and low light ability of Blackmagic Studio Camera allows you to capture clear, clean images in all conditions. Blackmagic Studio Cameras feature a dual gain sensor that is much larger than normal broadcast cameras. This means it can preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image which is vital for changing conditions at live events. Its maximum gain value of +36dB (25,600 ISO) delivers stunning low noise images in even the dimmest conditions. You can even control gain settings and exposure from the switcher far away from the camera.

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When iconic Austin blues club, Antone’s Nightclub, wanted to capture and stream intimate and lively musical experiences to the world, they turned to Blackmagic Studio Cameras and ATEM switchers to build the ideal streaming setup.

“We can always achieve vibrant, clear shots with Blackmagic Studio Cameras even though the majority of our performances happen in dark settings. We’re proud of the final product.”

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Live Sport

Live Sport

Blackmagic Studio Camera’s powerful broadcast features let you capture the excitement of live sports! Cover all the action with a low cost multicam setup with wide shots, close ups of the players, audience reactions, and even a camera high above the action! In addition to permitting a low cost multicam setup, Blackmagic Studio Camera offers powerful broadcast connections to provide camera feeds, talkback, tally and camera control back to the switcher and control room. The flexibility of 12G-SDI and 10GBASE-T Ethernet on the Studio Camera Pro models allows production companies to mix and match their connections based on the switcher at the studio end.


Blackmagic Studio Cameras allowed production company Art’istic Production to build a low cost multi camera outside broadcast setup to capture and broadcast the National Volleyball League (LNV) in France.

“The Studio Camera was an ideal fit, given the all in one design and its SMPTE fiber like workflow. We have been able to implement a lower cost, high performing broadcast quality workflow.”

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Conference Presentations

Conference Presentations

If you’re an AV professional, Blackmagic Studio Camera will transform conferences and meetings into broadcast quality events! Blackmagic Studio Camera Pro models have 10GBASE-T Ethernet for connecting and powering cameras via a single Ethernet cable, making setup easy for multi camera events and allowing for much safer cable management. In addition to carrying talkback, tally, camera video and program return, the Ethernet cable also includes camera control. This means the switcher operator at the studio end can perform technical tasks such as color correction, setting gain and even adjusting camera exposure, leaving the camera operator free to focus on getting the perfect shot.


Live streaming company, Event Stream Team, has built an impressive roster of 120 active clients, capturing conferences, launches and even court proceedings using Blackmagic Studio Cameras connected to Blackmagic Studio Converters for a simplified workflow.

“Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pros, when paired with the Studio Converters, are just incredible, especially when it comes to simplifying my workflow and cable management.”

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Online Education

Online Education

Blackmagic Studio Camera is perfect for delivering online learning, transforming every classroom into a small, self contained studio! Host engaging lectures and presentations with only a single camera that’s easy to use! Plus, you can use readily available photographic lenses as an affordable way to capture high quality images with equipment your school or college may already own. Blackmagic Studio Camera has an HDMI connection which makes it perfect for ATEM Mini switchers. Simply connect the camera and other HDMI sources, such as a laptop for PowerPoint presentations and you’re ready to stream live to your students via Zoom or Skype. This means broadcast quality lectures for your students!

Worship

Worship

Blackmagic Studio Camera allows church groups to capture services, weddings and events in full broadcast quality. Importantly, for organisations that often rely on volunteers to operate equipment, they are easy to use so you can even train members of your congregation to operate them! And by connecting Blackmagic Studio Cameras to an ATEM Mini switcher, a central operator can manage technical tasks such as switching, exposure, color correction and even camera focus! Plus, Blackmagic Studio Cameras use Blackmagic OS, the same operating system as other Blackmagic Design cameras so you can learn how to use one camera and easily transfer your knowledge across to other Blackmagic Design cameras.


Pan Africa Christian University built a multipurpose studio solution to capture and stream course content and events such as chapel services to its 3,500 strong student community using Blackmagic Studio Cameras.

“The simplicity and clean design of the camera’s interface in particular has allowed the students to get involved immediately; there are no barriers to gaining practical experience.”

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Theater Productions

Theater Productions

Blackmagic Studio Camera is ideal for capturing live performances. The lightweight design and included tripod mounting plate make it incredibly quick and easy to setup and move anywhere. This makes it easy to move camera positions and find the ideal location for the camera, even if it’s in a difficult to reach location. The super bright LCD viewfinder lets you see the action clearly indoors and outdoors and even lets you pick out performers on stage before the lights come up. Blackmagic Studio Camera has an integrated sunshade which flips open in seconds, improving LCD visibility outdoors. It even folds down to protect the LCD when you are packing down and traveling to the next venue.


HKP is an award-winning production house, specializing in capturing and streaming live theater. Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus allows them to capture and broadcast dynamic live performances at the Adelaide Fringe, the world’s second largest annual arts festival.

“The Studio Camera is perfect for touring. They don’t need many components to set up, which gives our operators more time to learn the space and find the best angles and sequences.”

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Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus G2

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus G2

The perfect mini studio camera features a cinematic 4K sensor up to 25,600 ISO, MFT lens mount, 12G-SDI and HDMI, 3.5mm talkback, 7" LCD with sunshade, color corrector and recording to USB disks.

US$1,485

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Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2

Designed for professional SDI switchers, you get the features of the Studio Camera Plus, as well as 12G‑SDI, XLR audio, bright HDR LCD, 5-pin XLR talkback, 10G Ethernet IP link and HD live streaming.

US$2,055

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Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro

Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro

Designed as the most advanced ultra portable studio camera, this model has the features of the Studio Camera 4K G2 Pro model plus a larger 6K sensor, EF lens mount and remote controllable ND filters.

US$2,745

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Blackmagic Studio Converter

Blackmagic Studio Converter

Get the same workflow as SMPTE fiber, but using low cost 10G copper Ethernet cables. This converter will power the camera via the Ethernet cable and convert the camera and program return feeds to SDI.

US$1,035

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Blackmagic Focus Demand

Blackmagic Focus Demand

Get accurate focus control with Blackmagic Studio Cameras. Eliminates the need to reach for the lens because you can control the lens direct from the tripod handles, just like a true broadcast lens.

US$265

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Blackmagic Zoom Demand

Blackmagic Zoom Demand

Get zoom control of MFT lenses with power zoom when using Blackmagic Studio Cameras. Now you can control lens zoom from the tripod handles! Even includes buttons for triggering camera functions.

US$265

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Blackmagic 58mm Lens Cap

Blackmagic 58mm Lens Cap

Order Code: BMUMCA/LENSCAP58
The 58mm lens cap easily snaps on to protect your camera’s lens from scratches, dust, moisture, and fingerprints when the camera is not in use.

US$15

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ATEM Streaming Bridge

ATEM Streaming Bridge

New video converter that lets you receive a H.264 stream from Blackmagic Studio Camera Pro and convert it back to SDI and HDMI video so you can send it to remote locations around your local Ethernet network, or via the internet globally!

US$285

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