REVIEW – Angelbird’s BMPCC 6k MATCH PACK

Never miss a shot again with the Match Pack from Angelbird.

Check out my video review here

What is a Match Pack?

If you’ve recently picked up one of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras (4k or 6k), the plethora of video codecs and formats can be a tad confusing at first glance. Before running out to capture some amazing footage, you’ll first need to ask yourself a few questions.

  • Which format is best for your situation?
  • Do you want to shoot in high frame rates?
  • If you’re going to shoot in RAW, which of the compression ratios is best?

Once you’ve answered all of the questions above, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of recording media you’ll need to pick up. This step, however, still requires a good grasp of media card terminology. The last thing you want to do is go out and drop hundreds of dollars on a card that can’t keep up. Knowing the difference between Max Write Speed and Sustained Write Speed is very important.

For a deep dive into this subject, check out this piece I wrote for Premium Beat.

If you’d rather not get a Master’s Degree in Media Card Studies, you can go out and get an Angelbird MATCH PACK. The pack comes with a 512gb CFast card and a 1TB External SSD, and is specifically geared to work with this camera, no matter the format or the frame rate.

The Fastest CFast Card?

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The Match Pack comes with one of the fastest CFast cards on the market. The 512GB AV Pro CF CFast 2.0 Memory Card has a sustained write speed of 490 MB/S, which can keep up with any format you throw at it, including Blackmagic RAW 6k at 50fps.

The key word here is the sustained write speed.

When shooting video, it’s important to have a high minimum or sustained write speed. Most read/write speed ratings that you’ll see advertised for media cards are referring to the maximum or up to speeds. These are usually fine in photography scenarios, but not for filmmaking when using heavy codecs.

Here’s a look at the recording times you’ll have when shooting in Blackmagic Raw 6k on the CFast card.

If you’re not shooting in full Blackmagic RAW at 6k for a long period of time, then you can get away with just using the 512GB card by itself. I like running and gunning with just the single CFast card, as I don’t have to worry about an extra cable and drive hanging off of my camera.

In addition to having a sleek and minimal design, the card is incredibly durable. It’s both X-ray & magnetic proof, and has ESD and overload protection.

Once you’re back from shooting, transfer the footage over to your home drives using Angelbird’s CFast 2.0 card reader. This little unit will give you considerably fast transfer speeds, and the footage will be ready in no time.

A Slim and Sleek External Drive

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If you do plan on capturing RAW or you’re just shooting for a long period of time, an external drive is the way to go. The Match Pack comes with Angelbird’s SSD2GO PKT MK2 drive, a tiny, stylish little rig that packs a 1TB punch. Use the included cold-shoe mount to put this little unit wherever you want on a full cage on the BMPCC.

Here are the recording times you’ll have when shooting in Blackmagic Raw 6k on the SSD2GO PKT MK2 –

As I mentioned before, I don’t like having cables hanging out all over my camera when I don’t have to operate that way. This is mainly due to the fact that bumping an external drive can cause a plug to get yanked out, or even worse, break. Angelbird’s drive comes with a recessed plug, a much more durable option to other setups. Both the external drive AND the CFast card reader have this design.

The drive is also shock, dust, splash water and temperature proof.

To take a closer look at all of the tech specs of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6k MATCH PACK, head over to Angelbird’s website.

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