Introducing Nauticam NA-BMCC
Nauticam is the international leader in innovative housing technology, and the new housing for the Blackmagic Cinema and Production 4K Cameras capitalizes on that experience. Features include ergonomically placed touch screen controls, internal accessory power pack, a quick release camera mount that can be used with Wooden Camera (TM) and ARRI (TM) style dovetails for easy topside shot setup, and a new integrated electronic vacuum check system.
Supporting the 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera and upcoming Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, NA-BMCC provides the underwater videographer with two excellent image capture options that pop into the same housing. Blackmagic Cinema Camera is the tool of choice for high dynamic range and low light work, and Production Camera for high resolution.
The NA-BMCC provides the most affordable “better than HD” 2.5K raw video capture, and the most affordable 4K Ultra HD video available at this time. The system is 1/4 the size of competing professional video rigs, and can provide extended run and record times required for documenting the ocean’s unexplored frontiers. NA-BMCC is the most innovative, best engineered, and most ergonomic camera housing available for the Blackmagic underwater cinematographer.
The NA-BMCC housing
Nauticam pioneered numerous engineering breakthroughs in previous housings that now come standard on the NA-BMCC. The ergonomic, soft touch, over molded rubber grips that Nauticam has become famous for, provide a firm base for steady shooting, and they are angled forward 15 degrees providing a more natural grip for video shooting. Controls for record, iris open (skip forward), iris close (skip back), playback, and stop are brought out to the grips with easy to access levers. Oversized control dials for mechanical zoom and focus are placed underneath the left handle for fingertip control. The “focus” and “iris” commands are conveniently placed for thumb access at each handle.
Touch screen controls provide menu access to key camera and exposure settings, and retract out of the way to avoid obscuring the camera’s large 5″ LCD. All exposure related settings are available with this touch screen system, and the mechanical controls don’t interfere with viewing the large 5″ LCD monitor.
Nauticam’s Digital Cinema Gear System provides access to manual zoom and focus with several popular Canon EF Mount zoom lenses. The complete line of Nauticam DSLR gears is also supported by this housing. A lever to disengage the gear drive is included to ease camera installation in the housing.
An optional accessory power pack mounts on top of the camera and accepts four protected 18650 lithium ion batteries. The power pack provides up to 3 1/2 hours total run time. Mounting to the camera, not the housing, allows this accessory to be used for extended topside shooting as well as underwater! HDMI monitoring is supported via a bracket for the Atomos Connect HD-SDI to HDMI converter feeding either SmallHD DP4 or Atomos Ninja monitors in external Nauticam housings. An accessory LCD Shade allows the camera’s 5″ LCD monitor to be used in bright light.
Integrated Electronic Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System
Peace of mind before, during, and after the dive. Nauticam’s new integrated electronic vacuum and leak detection monitoring system is included with NA-BMCC as standard equipment. When used with an accessory or third party vacuum valve, the operator can instantly see the vacuum/watertight status of the housing. A simple green led confirms that a vacuum is present, and the housing is water tight. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur.
Two 16mm threaded accessory holes are available for customizing the system’s capability for professional needs. Applications include HD-SDI out for director monitoring, HDMI out to external operator monitors, audio in from communications gear or hydrophone, and external LANC controls.
The patented Locking Latch System is used to close and securely lock the housing. These recessed latches are equipped with safety locks, reduce bulk and require minimal physical effort to engage and release. Port changes have never been simpler than utilizing the Patented Nauticam Locking Port Release. No wrestling, no twisting, no misalignment – just seat and lock. Lens changes are also easily accomplished without removing the camera from the housing using the lens release button logically accessed on the housing front.
Multiple accessory mounting positions. Two handle mounts, two threaded mounts on the top corners of the housings, an accessory cold shoe, and an integrated top cheese plate provide multiple mounting locations for accessories.
Key NA-BMCC Features:
|Rugged housing body milled from
|100m depth rating and built to last|
|Patented port locking lever||Easy and safe port mounting, solidly
locks port in place
|Knobby command dials||Can be operated even with thick
|Patented housing locking latches||Secure but easy to use|
|Rubberized handle grips||Comfortable and placed for optimum
access to controls
|Lens release button||Easy changeout of lenses without removing
camera from housing
|Drop in camera tray||No need to preset controls, just drop in
and it is ready to go
|2 accessory ports||For optional HDMI, HD SDI, and remote control|
|Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets||For extra stability when using heavy lighting.
Now even lighter weight!
|Light mounting balls||2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls
for housing optional
|Tripod mounting points||Important for macro video shooters|
|Control labeling||Easy to find and understand control functions|
|Integrated Electronic Vacuum/Leak
|Status of the watertight security of
the housing at a glance
The quality of an image is only as good as the glass it was captured with, and Nauticam firmly believes that every lens that makes sense to be used underwater should be supported. Lenses like the Tokina 10-17mm and the Canon EF-S 60mm are true workhorses in the Canon mount underwater domain. Nauticam’s lineup of ports, together with Zen Underwater dome ports is the most complete and extensive in the industry. Nauticam provides the industry’s only locking extension rings in every size potentially required, thus preventing port slippage when using extension rings. Nauticam additionally offers a full range of port adapters allowing existing housing owners to use their current ports, reducing the cost of switching to a Nauticam housing.
High end video production requires precise focus control, even with zoom lenses. The Digital Cinema Gear Series provides control of both focus and zoom with a select series of lenses that are useful to the underwater cinematographer, and accessed conveniently at the left handle.
Examples of Lenses with Focus/Zoom Support:
- Canon EF 8-15mm /4L
- Canon EF-S 10-22mm /3.5-4.5
- Canon EF 16-35mm /2.8LII
- Canon EF 24-105mm /4L
- Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
- Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX I
Examples of Lenses with Focus Support:
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
- Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
- Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
- Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
Nauticam’s NA-DP4 housing for the Small HD DP4 Monitor can take video performance to another level by rendering the video image in a position more amenable to the shooter. The monitor housing easily mounts to the top of the NA-BMCC and utilizes the optional HDMI Bulkhead for true HDMI connectivity. Utilizing DP4 features like Focus Peaking, Focus Assist, False Color, 1:1 Mapping and more, this larger monitor vastly improves composition, focus capability and exposure.
Optional accessories available for the NA-BMCC:
- #16211 4 x 18650 Battery holder for NA-BMCC (batteries not included)
- #16212 Bracket for AtomOS Connect S2H with HDMI A to C adaptor (to use with 16211)
- #16213 Monitor hood for NA-BMCC housing
- Complete line of ports for all major lenses
- Locking port extension rings from 10mm to 70mm
- Monitor Housings
- Multiple styles of lanyards
- Macro Lens holders, including flip-up
- Focus and Zoom gears for many Canon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses
- Handle accessories including smaller handles, handle extensions for cold water diving
- Vacuum Check Valves
The Bottom Line
NA-BMCC, combined with a Blackmagic Cinema or Production Camera, delivers high resolution, high dynamic range, raw video capture at a price point that every film maker can afford.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF
Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT (camera support for MFT lenses is limited)
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
#90134 Housing o-ring (I.D.=230mm, C.S.=4.0mm)
#28383 Silicone o-ring set for NA-BMCC housing rebuild
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