Blackmagic Design has announced the immediate availability of Camera 1.9.7 software, which includes dashboard on screen menus and high performance disk formatting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

The new disk formatting feature allows customers to format SSDs and SD cards in camera eliminating the need to use a computer to prepare disks for recording. Users can between two disk formats, ExFAT and HFS+. The ExFAT is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X and is ideal for users who swap between Windows and Mac OS X platforms as both platforms natively will read the disk. The HFS+ format is native to Mac OS and allows higher performance plus better error protection because HFS+ supports journaling.

The Blackmagic Camera 1.9.7 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website at