New BMPCC4K firmware

Project history

  1. Previous project: LPG/CNG Price Reporter
  2. last step: Mysterious crash
  3. current posting
  4. next step: New BMPCC4K firmware - this time with BRaw
  5. Next project: none

Looks like there is a new camera firmware for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

Since the Bluetooth protocol I used to write my "BMPCC4K Camera Control" Android app did not support some features of this camera yet. I'll give it a try and see what has improved....

Stay tuned!

Stable Releases:

Open Beta Test: (early access to improvements)


New phone - Blackview BV9600 Pro

Actually I wanted the Blackview 9600 Plus (fingerprint reader in the screen) and backed the Kickstarter compaign.
But that was stopped and I was given the choice of getting a BV 9600 Pro or a BV9700 Pro (Much smaller battery, smaller display, IPS instead of Amoled, higher clocked CPU).

I have chosen the BV 9600 Pro.
It shipped with an Android 8.1 image  ("BV9600Pro_S70_V1.1_20181105V31").
For all software issues. That's the firmware I'm talking about.


  • Battery runtime is as advertised. Without SIM card after 24h intense use (reinstalling 140 apps) and sleep tracking, it was still at 50% 
  • At some point it is supposed to get an Android 9.0 or 9.1 update.
  • It has working Qi wireless charging (lacking on my previous phone).
  • It has the same 12V 1.5A and 9V 2A quick charge as my previous phone.
  • It has NFC (also lacking on my previous phone).
  • It's a roughed IP68 outdoor phone and even compes with a hook to attach a strap for not loosing it. So it needs no Otterbox or other case.
  • SIM card can be removed without any special needle or other tools and without disassembling any case.
  • Bluetooth Audio with my Renault/Dacia MediaNav works agian (failed on the last 2 generations of phones I had)
  • The supplied contacts app is not limited to only create contacts in the address book of the first of 2 Google accounts.


  • The socket IS NOT USB-C. It's requires special 8mm plugs and standard 5mm USB-C cables don't fit!!! Obviously this is a MAJOR, MAJOR issue!!!
  • The menu/overview -button (square)  DOESN'T WORK. You can't switch between apps with the stock or any 3rd party launcher.
  • The Android Multi-User feature has been disabled (present since Android 4.4) .
  • It comes with a screen protector that is very hard to attach because of the raised display bezel. 
  • After 2 days I still can't post in the Blackview User Forum to find a solution about any of my software issues. The first post of any new user must be vetted by an admin and that still hasn't happened.
  • Some system menus have translation errors. Others are hard to understand after translation into German or UK English or US English
  • The supplied phone app is in no way integrated with the supplied contact app. A phone number can not be added to an existing contact and a contact has no long-press menu to open them for editing.


  • Back and Menu are reversed compared to my last phone
  • The default icons (including all settings items) and the wireless charger are a terribly over-the-top super-bling rose-golden colour.


Parametric wire dispenser

At the moment Youmagine is pretty much broken in Firefox and in Chrome due to the choice of company they got their SSL certificate from.

However I still published a new accessory for my soldering workspace.
A simple wire dispenser that with parameters for the number and size of spools.