blackmagic cinema camera

Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Cinema Camera setup instructions for stop motion animation or time-lapse photography with Dragonframe

Supported Versions

Dragonframe 5.0.3: YES
Dragonframe 4.2.7: YES
Dragonframe 3.7.4: YES
Dragon Stop Motion 2.3.8: NO
(Dragonframe was previously called Dragon Stop Motion)

Live View

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera provides a live video stream over its Thunderbolt connection.

Camera Settings

Dragonframe does not control this camera's settings.

Blackmagic Cameras

This setup is for a specific Blackmagic Design camera. There are only two BMD cameras with direct Dragonframe support.

Newer cameras can be used by taking the HDMI output from the camera and bringing it into Dragonframe via another BMD capture device. We recommend using a supported still camera.


Dragonframe cannot currently capture DNG files from the Cinema Camera, because that functionality is not available through the camera's Thunderbolt connection.

Captures 10-bit DPX or 16-bit TIFF (with 10-bit data) from devices that output 10-bit YUV output.

Product Info

You can find the Blackmagic Cinema Camera manual and specifications at the Blackmagic website.

Setup Instructions

  1. Make sure you have the latest Blackmagic Desktop Video software installed. Dragonframe won't detect your device without it.
  2. Connect the device to your computer via a Thunderbolt cable.
  3. Use the camera's SDI Mode to configure the resolution over Thunderbolt.
  4. macOS Note: If you have installed the Blackmagic Desktop Video software, and the device is connected, but the computer doesn't detect it, check System Preferences | Security and Privacy | General to see if the application has been blocked.
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