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I've done a heap of searching and can't find an answer anywhere to my question. That question is, can the Blackmagic Video Assist 5”/7" 12G HDR record BRAW from a Blackmagic camera that's BRAW capable, such as the BMPCC4K/6K/G2? The Blackmagic site only lists two cameras, the Panasonic AU-EVA1 and Canon EOS C300 Mark II. It seems strange that no Blackmagic camera is listed. I was merely pondering that the VA could be used as a backup option and recording BRAW would seem the obvious choice.

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I don't know. I've read articles in the past that intimate that you can and with other flavours being able to be transmitted over HDMI, I thought it might be possible. It's not like Blackmagic to not provide something if it's possible, but perhaps at the moment the return is not worthwhile. If it is possible, then that would potentially open up many camera brands to BRAW.

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Unrelated to your original query, but I became somewhat put off the Video Assist 12G (which I almost bought) when I discovered a few things that irked me about it. I actually asked someone connected to Blackmagic about these... and they seemed to just think "why would you want to do that?", and essentially admitted it was a "prosumer product" and so "didn't need these things" (i'm paraphrasing).

@CaptainHook it would be great to chat, if you're on here?

The issues that put me off are:

  • No ability to input external timecode on the 5" model.
  • No ability to switch monitoring tools (Zebras/WFM) between pre- or post- LUT.
  • No apparent ability to switch recordings, LUTs, or monitoring tools between legal/data levels.
  • Unclear if recordings are legal or data levels, and what happens if the incoming signal isn't flagged as one or the other.
  • No apparent ability to record without a LUT, but monitor with one at the same time.
  • Very limited and basic calibration tools (though admittedly, they're apparently quite accurate out-the-box).
  • No ability to burn a LUT into the recording.
  • No ability to chard clip a recording to 100% IRE to make it "broadcast legal".

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Could that have something to do with the camera itself? With my BMPCC4K, I can record without a LUT, yet view the image on any monitor with a LUT applied. I can also burn a LUT into the recording (in-camera at least). The feature set is still tempting, but I'd be sold if I could record BRAW through HDMI, even if it was one of the higher compressed options.

 

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Perhaps. A lot of this does come down to the fact that it hasn’t really been designed with the possibility in mind that it might be used on non BM cameras.

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