Blackmagic Design Releases Camera Update 3.4 for the Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design just released Camera Update 3.4, which adds SDI start/stop record trigger support to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, as well as support for RP-188 timecode over SDI. The firmware update is free of charge for BMPC owners and also provides a SMPTE update for the 6G-SDI output making the Production Camera 4K compatible with a larger range of external devices such as video switchers and external recorders.

BMPC on set

Camera Update 3.4 Details

  • Adds support for SDI record trigger
  • Adds support for RP-188 timecode output
  • Improved 6G-SDI output compatibility

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or better
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or better
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Download the firmware update from Blackmagic Design here.

It's always nice to see a company updating older camera models, and Blackmagic Design have been doing a stellar job updating the full range of cameras with free firmware update, and not focusing solely on the newer and latest models like the URSA Mini 4.6K camera.

The Production Camera 4K was their first 4K camera and shared a form factor with the original Cinema Camera 2.5K, which was a huge hit with independent filmmakers and low budget producers a few years back. Despite it's age, the Production Camera 4K still offers the advantage of size, EF or PL mount and Raw plus ProRes recording on board.