Blackmagic Design is a company that has consistently delivered innovative products for video professionals at game changing prices for many years now. And as they’ve expanded their offerings, they’ve continued to wow us with innovation and quality, while sometimes falling short on promptness. They’ve taken quite a bit of criticism from the public over the late delivery of the original Cinema Camera last year, and more recently with slipping ship dates on the Pocket Camera and the Production Cinema Camera.
But part of the magic of this company, and perhaps the reason BMD products are so incredibly good, is their laser focus on customers’ needs. Recently, I went to Blackmagic’s event in Los Angeles and did an impromptu interview with Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design. They were kind enough to allow us to do a follow up interview via Skype a few days later and we posted excerpts on this site. Now we would like to bring you the audio from that second interview.
There have been several developments since we did this interview, and so some of the information is dated. For example, since the interview Blackmagic announced a breathtaking $1,000 price reduction on the original Cinema Camera.
But we feel the interview is still valuable as an insight into this very special company, and if you can read between the lines, you’ll find hints as to what we can expect from them in the future.
The voices you’ll hear are Blackmagic president, Dan May, and their liaison, Kerry Lamond.
Also, because we never stop, we asked one more follow up question via email and go this response:
TNFO: With the new Mac Pro on the horizon using ATI cards and your announcement that you will be compatible with the new Mac Pro, as well as how divided the industry is between ATI and NVIDIA,
are you changing your focus from CUDA acceleration to Open CL so that you can support a wider range of professional GPUs?
BMD: “I wouldn’t say it is really a changing of focus, we had already updated Resolve in a previous release to use Open CL so that’s already there. We’ve been working to broaden the ‘what can I use’ category for Resolve for some time so this is really just going to continue with Resolve 10. The new MacPro looks amazing with these 2 incredibly powerful GPUs which will be great for Resolve 10. Plus we have lots of Thunderbolt options for video in and out so we are really excited about the new MacPro units!”