This guide is for anyone looking to get the most out of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras.


Supported Cameras

  • Pocket 4K
  • Pocket 6K
  • Pocket 6K Pro

By the end of this course, you will know everything you need to capture the best image quality possible on these amazing little cameras.

This includes learning how to capture pristine footage with the correct exposure, setting up the camera for easy use, color correction and grading in DaVinci Resolve and more.

Check the outline below for a full breakdown of the content shared in the guide.

  1. 1
    • Introduction - START HERE!

    • Join the Discord Group!

    • Guide Updates

    • Download the Guide (1080p)

    • Download the Guide (720p)

  2. 2
    • 1. Camera and Menu Overview

    • 2. Blackmagic RAW

    • 3. ProRes Recording

    • 4. Resolutions and Sensor Area

    • 5. Framerate

    • 6. Dynamic Range Settings

    • 7. Timelapse Settings

    • 8. Media Options

    • 9. Audio

    • 10. Changing Exposure and White Balance

    • 10.5 Internal ND Filters

    • 11. Getting Correct Exposure

    • 12. Low Light Performance

    • 13. Taking Photos

    • 14. Customizing Functions

    • 15. Camera Presets

    • 16. Camera LUTs

    • 17. HDMI and EVF Monitoring

    • 18. Metadata

    • 19. Playback Mode

    • 20. Bluetooth and Timecode

    • 21. Camera Control with Monitors

    • 22. Native Lenses - MTF Only

    • 23. Adapting Lenses - Pocket 4K Only

    • 24. Using Speedboosters - Pocket 4K Only

    • 25. Pocket 6K Lens Options

    • 26. Focusing and Stabilization

    • 27. Rigging and Power Part 1

    • 28. Rigging and Power Part 2

    • 29. Importing Media Into Resolve

    • 30. Working with RAW

    • 31. Basic Color Correction in Resolve

    • 32. Creating Custom LUTs in Resolve

    • Conclusion

    • Join the Discord!

  3. 3
    • Version Notice

    • Introduction - Start Here!

    • Join the Discord Group!

    • Video Downloads (1080p)

    • Video Downloads (720p)

    • 1.2 Camera Overview

    • Camera Update 6.1 and 6.2: Blackmagic Raw

    • NEW! 2.0 Blackmagic RAW

    • 2.1 Codecs and Quality

    • 2.2 Resolutions and Window Sensor Cropping

    • 2.3 Dynamic Range

    • 2.4 Frame Rates

    • 2.5 Timelapse Mode

    • 2.6 Media Options

    • 2.7 Audio Recording

    • 2.8 Changing Exposure and White Balance

    • 2.9 Getting Correct Exposure

    • 2.10 ISO Performance

    • 2.11 Shooting Stills

    • 3.1 Customizing Functions

    • 3.2 Presets

    • 3.3 LUTs

    • 3.4 HDMI Monitoring

    • 3.5 Metadata

    • 3.6 Playback Mode

    • 3.7 Bluetooth and Timecode

    • 4.1 Importing and Transcoding Media in DaVinci Resolve

    • 4.2 Working With RAW in DaVinci Resolve

    • 4.3 Basic Color Correction and Grading in DaVinci Resolve

    • 4.4 Creating LUTs in DaVinci Resolve

    • 5.1 Native Lenses

    • 5.2 Adapting Lenses

    • 5.3 Speedboosters and Focal Reducers

    • 5.4 Focusing and Stablization

    • 5.5 Rigging and Power

    • Conclusion

    • Join the Discord Group!

Guide FAQ

What about the Pocket 6K Pro?

Guide has been updated to include the 6K Pro and all new firmware updates.


Can I download the guide?

Yes! All guide videos can be downloaded in 1080p.

Just keep in mind the downloaded videos are lower quality than watching the guide online.


How many times can I watch the guide?

All guides can be watched as many times as you’d like. No watch limits and no expiration!


What if I have a question?

Once you purchase a guide at the academy, you are given access to a private Discord group. This group is a great place to ask questions and hear from other guide owners.

If you still have a question, you can always send us an email.


Reviews

5 star rating

Great complete guide and overview

dakota von mclearn

Very well organized and layed out, answered most of my questions around the BMPCC 4K

Very well organized and layed out, answered most of my questions around the BMPCC 4K

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5 star rating

Great Blackmagic Pocket 4k overview!

Jeremy Moser

I will be purchasing a Blackmagic Pocket 4k camera soon and this guide was perfect for me! It was very well presented and explained! Great job!

I will be purchasing a Blackmagic Pocket 4k camera soon and this guide was perfect for me! It was very well presented and explained! Great job!

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5 star rating

What an awesome learning opportunity!

Shireen Lakhani

This is my first "real" camera for shooting video, so a lot of the lingo was new to me, but still I didn't feel overwhelmed because Caleb has a fantastic way...

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This is my first "real" camera for shooting video, so a lot of the lingo was new to me, but still I didn't feel overwhelmed because Caleb has a fantastic way of explaining the features and concepts. This is a fantastic guide for this camera - especially the lesson on getting the correct exposure (that one I'll have to watch repeatedly - so much good information is packed in it)! Makes me very excited to get started with the Pocket 4K! Thank you for this guide!

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5 star rating

Excellent Introduction to the BMPCC 4K

Samuel Kpakiwa

Caleb this is a phenomenal introduction to this camera. You covered pretty much everything that I was curious about and more. I also love the access to the D...

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Caleb this is a phenomenal introduction to this camera. You covered pretty much everything that I was curious about and more. I also love the access to the Discord group and your plans to follow up with a Blackmagic RAW update to this content. I am really looking forward to that. Though I am a long time subscriber to your site this is the first guide/course that I have purchased from you. I am more than satisfied with my purchase and look forward to future guides. This is excellent work and worth every penny. Thank you for this guide and keep up the wonderful work on your YouTube channel.

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5 star rating

Great course!

Rob Caprilozzi

I'm happy I purchased this course. I will be using many things that were taught in the field!

I'm happy I purchased this course. I will be using many things that were taught in the field!

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5 star rating

As always, wonderful instruction

Michael Harris

I purchased the GH5 class months ago and when I got my Blackmagic I didn't hesitate to sign up for this class. I continue to go back and review things I mis...

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I purchased the GH5 class months ago and when I got my Blackmagic I didn't hesitate to sign up for this class. I continue to go back and review things I missed or need further help on. Having the information handy is great!

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5 star rating

Thanks

Obi Green

Thanks loved the lesson.... Am i only allowed to view once?

Thanks loved the lesson.... Am i only allowed to view once?

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5 star rating

Binge-worthy Camera Guide!

Chris Ratchford

Excellent, in-depth guide and a great time-saver for learning the Pocket 4K! Even if you are still waiting for your camera to arrive, this guide will enable ...

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Excellent, in-depth guide and a great time-saver for learning the Pocket 4K! Even if you are still waiting for your camera to arrive, this guide will enable you to hit the ground running when you actually do receive your camera. I’m sure I will refer to this guide many times as I learn more about this awesome camera!

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5 star rating

What a value!

Randy Oxentenko

I spent $79 on this fantastic course. This was a negative expenditure. By that, I mean that I got much more value than the money spent. 1. Looking at it o...

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I spent $79 on this fantastic course. This was a negative expenditure. By that, I mean that I got much more value than the money spent. 1. Looking at it one way, this course netted me $1,216. If I had thrown the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K against the wall and broken it into little pieces, It would have cost me $1,295 in wasted money. This course kept me from doing that, so I still have the camera. 2. Looking at it another way, if I had spent a frustrating 100 hours trying to figure out how to use this camera effectively by reading the manual, I would have lost 100 hours x $100/hour = $10,000 worth of time. Subtracting the $79 for the course nets out to $9,921. Any way you look at it, the course was money well spent. Caleb Pike is an excellent teacher, explaining things in such a way that complex and confusing concepts become crystal clear. The learning experience is pleasant instead of painful. Thank you for taking the time to create this course and make it available.

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5 star rating

Black Magic Pocket 6K

Kevin Blackson

Very detailed, easy learning step by step and very well worth every penny, Thank you!!!!!!!!

Very detailed, easy learning step by step and very well worth every penny, Thank you!!!!!!!!

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5 star rating

First BMPC4K accessory you need to buy.

Jeff Carter

Once you've made the investment in a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K this is the first "accessory" you need to buy. Not only does Caleb walk you through the proc...

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Once you've made the investment in a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K this is the first "accessory" you need to buy. Not only does Caleb walk you through the process of setting up this camera, he also guides you through what you need to buy to make this camera function to it's full potential. Much like his YouTube videos, this course is packed with useful information that is delivered in a straight-forward, easy to follow way. In each section Caleb gets immediately to the subject at hand. He doesn't waste a minute of your time in the whole five hour course. This is the best $80 you'll ever spend.

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5 star rating

An awesome course EVERY BMPCC4K camera owner should purch...

Martin Turner

This course is incredibly detailed and useful. I went from "Gee, what do I do now?" to now being comfortable enough to start using my new BMPCC4K camera! Gre...

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This course is incredibly detailed and useful. I went from "Gee, what do I do now?" to now being comfortable enough to start using my new BMPCC4K camera! Great job, Caleb!!!

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5 star rating

Great Course

Marco Bazzi

I think this is the best guide you can find online about this camera. All the explanations are very clear with so much attention to the details. Incredible...

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I think this is the best guide you can find online about this camera. All the explanations are very clear with so much attention to the details. Incredible job!

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David Wright

5 star rating

Mark El-Ayat

5 star rating

Wolfgang Muffat

5 star rating

Abdelkader Beddiaf

5 star rating

A really great guide

Kevin Andreas Smilden

I knew a lot prior to the course, but this really highlighted some things I didn't know. A great in-depth crash course!

I knew a lot prior to the course, but this really highlighted some things I didn't know. A great in-depth crash course!

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5 star rating

This instructor has THE GIFT of teaching wonderfully! Tot...

Anthony Rommer

5 star rating

Course review

PRITHPAL SIRJEET

Brilliant course Caleb! Will keep going back to it for reference. So much dense packed info. A great investment. Thankyou Prithpal

Brilliant course Caleb! Will keep going back to it for reference. So much dense packed info. A great investment. Thankyou Prithpal

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Meet the Instructor

Founder

Caleb Pike

Caleb Pike is a camera operator, editor, and youtuber. His experience branches from documentary and commercial, to film and educational material.