Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k Pro Q&A

March 20, 2021
2 mins read

Quite like the height of popularity for my Pocket 4k video, every day, I’m receiving a dozen questions about my 6k Pro video, and in most cases, I’ve already answered them. However, I also understand that nobody wants to shift through 100s of comments when it’s easier to ask the same question again. Conversely, that’s not fun for me.

So, listed below should be the answers to near enough every question asked on the 6k Pro test video.

Camera Questions

Q. What lenses did you use?
A. The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II. However, it should be noted that the 24-70mm was only used for the shots of the waves. Near enough, everything was shot on the 14mm.

Q. What ISO did you use?
A. 400.

Q. How did you pull focus?
A. Manually, fingers around the focus ring.

Q. What FPS did you shoot at?
A. Slow-motion was at 50fps, and normal shots at 24fps.

Q. What gimbal did you use?
A. The DJI Ronin-S

Q. How did you mount the Pocket 6k Pro onto the Ronin-S with the battery grip?
A. I didn’t.

Q. How did you mount the Pocket 6k Pro onto the Ronin-S?
A. First, place the mounting plate onto the Ronin-S cradle instead of attaching it to the camera. Remove the lens, and then screw the 1/4 inch plate threads into the camera (opposed to sliding the camera and plate on). Then attach the lens when the camera is on the Ronin-S. The 14mm is a hefty lens, so I imagine it made the process a lot easier for me.

Q. What was the smallest aperture you used?
A. F/11

Edit Questions

Q. Why is the woman’s face so noisy on the final shot?
A. It’s just a layer of added grain. However, I likely didn’t dial the opacity back and yes, in hindsight, it’s a little too much.

Q. How did you grade the footage? Did you use a LUT?
A. Truthfully, the less I have to grade, the better. In most circumstances, it was about getting the look I wanted in-camera with either natural light or colors found within the composition and then giving the footage the slightest of tweaks in post. The only LUT I used was the built-in GEN 5 to Extended Video LUT found in Resolve. For example, here’s a before and after applying the BMD LUT to the footage and the final tweaks.

Stills of a woman in a red coat with different colour grades.

Video Questions

Q. Where was this filmed?
A. In and around The Vale of Glamorgan heritage coast. A county in Wales.

Q. What’s the music?
A. It’s actually three different tracks mixed together. Twilight, Sea Wanderer Atlantis, and Meeting The Goddess. All by Kyle Preston, and licensed from Artlist.

Q. What mic did you use?

These are the primary questions I keep receiving. So hopefully this should quash any queries you may have. If not, leave them in the comment box below.

Lewis McGregor

Lewis McGregor is a filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.