FAQs for A-Cam dII
This is some of the most common questions we´ve been getting.
Q: What is the A-Cam dll?
A: A-Cam dll is a digital film camera that shots uncompressed RAW 12bit HD 1080p in the format CinemaDNG.
Q: What lens mounts are available?
A: The camera has an IMS mount from P+S Technik. You can then choose from different adapters like PL, C-mount or Leica-M/R mount. The adapters are interchangeable so you can use more then one mount on the camera.
Q: What lenses can I use with the camera?
A: You can use any regular 16mm lens or larger that has the mount supported by the IMS mount system or is possible to use with an adapter to any of these.
Q: How are the files stored?
A: The camera records to 80 or 160GB memory cartridges. Once a card is full, you can either swap it for another one, or off-load the files to a computer.
Q: What kind of viewfinder does the camera have?
A: The A-Cam dll viewfinder has a color LCD with 640x480 pixels resolution. There is a 1:1 pixel zoom in camera for making it easier to set the focus.
Q: Is there any tool on the camera to control the exposure?
A: There is a histogram that can be displayed in the viewfinder.
Q: What kind of output to an external monitor will you support?
A: The HD-SDI output can be used with any HD-SDI monitor that supports a 1080p signal. AJA and Black Magic Design have small, portable converters from HD-SDI to HDMI or DVI.
Q: Can I use a external recorder to record from the camera?
A: You can record the HD-SDI signal from the camera with an external recorder as long as the recorder accepts the 1080p signal at the frame rate you are shooting. The HD-SDI signal of the camera is a 10bit 4:2:2 signal, so it will not be like recording uncompressed RAW!
Q: What about Audio?
A: The camera can record 48kHz stereo sound through a balanced line level input. The sound is contained within the CinemaDNG file and needs to be extracted to WAV, AIFF or BWF with special software.
Q: What is the estimated running time from a standard Sony NP-F770 type battery?
A: From a new and fully charged battery you can expect about one hour of recording/stand-by.
Q: How do I transfer the files to a computer?
A: Through the camera USB 2.0 port or with the MK-3 Express Card Reader (Mac only) for faster transfer.
Q: How long does it take to download footage to a computer?
A: With the camera USB 2.0 port an 80GB card will take approximately 60-70 minutes to transfer to the computer. With the Express Card Reader the transfer time will depend on what kind of disk you are writing to. Transferring a 80GB card to a external Thunderbolt drive will take about 10 minutes.
Q: How can I play back recorded files?
A: You can playback the files in the camera and view them via the HD-SDI output in 1080p 10 bit 4:2:2. You can also playback the files on a computer with DaVinci Resolve/Resolve Lite or Adobe SpeedGrade software.
Q: Can I edit in FCP and Avid?
A: You can export the CinemaDNG files to editing formats like ProRes, DPX etc. with DaVinci Resolve/Resolve Lite, Adobe After Effects or Adobe SpeedGrade.
Q: Is the camera up gradable in the future?
A:The camera has an on-board USB so the user can update the camera firmware to take advantage of future updates and ongoing software developments.