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Blackmagic Design URSA 4K PL

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Blackmagic URSA PL Mount 4K Camera with a Super 35 Sensor, Global Shutter, Built in 10-inch Monitor and 12G-SDI (BMD-CINECAMURSA4K/PL)

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Overview
Introducing Blackmagic URSA, the world’s first high-end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has everything built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradeable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor, 12G-SDI and internal dual RAW and ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, you can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount. This means you can upgrade to the latest sensor technology in the future and keep your investment in the camera body!
Blackmagic URSA PL and URSA EF Key Features Large high resolution 4K Super 35 mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail.
Professional global shutter for smooth pans and image motion.
Wide 12 stops of dynamic...
Summary
Camera Type: Large Sensor
CODEC: Apple ProRes 422 / 444
Form Factor: Shoulder Mount
HDMI Output: No
Lens/Mount: PL Mount
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 3840 x 2160
Recording Media: CFast 2.0
SDI Output: Yes
Sensor Size: S 35mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Type: Cine
Variable Frame Rate: Yes
Video Resolution: 4K
Weight: 5+kg
XLR Audio Input: Yes
Included in box
  • 1x Blackmagic URSA
  • 1x PL Mount Turret
  • 1x 12V AC Adapter
  • 1x Tripod mounting plate adapter

About the Blackmagic Design URSA 4K PL

Introducing Blackmagic URSA, the world’s first high-end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has everything built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradeable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor, 12G-SDI and internal dual RAW and ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, you can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount. This means you can upgrade to the latest sensor technology in the future and keep your investment in the camera body!

Blackmagic URSA PL and URSA EF Key Features

  • Large high resolution 4K Super 35 mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail.
  • Professional global shutter for smooth pans and image motion.
  • Wide 12 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality PL or EF mount lenses.
  • User upgradable design allows customers to upgrade and change the sensor and lens mount.
  • Built in dual CFast 2.0 card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software, such as Apple ProRes and compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Support for ProRes HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy recording at resolutions up to Ultra HD.
  • Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 6G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, 6G-SDI monitoring input, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.
  • Built in stereo microphones for recording sound.
  • 3 separate built in LCD monitors for camera settings and metadata entry. Large 10 inch screen folds out for full resolution HD monitoring with wide viewing angle and high brightness.
  • Supports Ultra HD and 1080 HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 up to 80 fps.
  • Features liquid cooling system allowing higher frame rates when future sensors support this feature.
  • Supports quick release tripod mounts and adding V-Mount and Anton/Bauer mount battery plates.
  • Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software colour grading and editing software.

 

The Blackmagic URSA now features updated firmware, Blackmagic Camera Utility 1.9.9, Main Features are:

The Blackmagic URSA now features updated firmware, Blackmagic Camera Utility 1.9.9, Main Features are:

  • Adds new compressed RAW 3:1 support
  • Enable 80 fps support in 4K for ProRes and RAW 3:1 (30fps for 4K RAW)
  • Enable variable frame rate feature so off-speed clips now playback in project frame rate
  • Enabled phantom power support
  • Added more frame guide options
  • Enabled in-camera formatting for CFast 2.0 media
Camera Features
Effective Sensor Size21.12mm x 11.88mm (Super 35)
Effective Resolution3840 x 2160
Shooting Resolutions3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates
3840 x 2160p23.98
3840 x 2160p24
3840 x 2160p25
3840 x 2160p29.9
3840 x 2160p3
1920 x 1080p23.98
1920 x 1080p24
1920 x 1080p25
1920 x 1080p30
1920 x 1080p50
1920 x 1080p59.94
1920 x 1080p60
1920 x 1080i50
1920 x 1080i59.9
1920 x 1080i60
Sensor frame rate supportUp to 80 fps
Dynamic Range12 stops
FocusManual
Iris ControlManual
Lens MountPL Mount
Screen Dimensions1 x 10.1” - 1920 x 1200
2 x 5” - 800 x 480
Screen Type10.1” - TFT-LCD
5” - Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata SupportAutomatic camera data and user data such as shot number,filenames and keywords.
ControlsTouch screen menus on 5” screen. Push button controls for
navigating menus.
MicrophoneIntegrated mono microphone
SpeakerIntegrated mono speaker
Mounting OptionsMultiple 1/4”-20 UNC thread mounting on top of camera and on handle bar.
Rosette on bottom. Integrated rods mounts compatible with 15mm Light Weight Support standard.
Storage Features
Storage TypeCFast 2.0
Storage Rates
Approx 880 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 3840 x 2160.
Approx 220 Mbps using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 1920 x 1080.
Compressed Recording Formats
Lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW with film dynamic range at 3840 x 2160.
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either film or video dynamic range.
Connections
SDI Video Output
1 x 12G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2.
1 x 3G-SDI down converted for external monitoring
SDI Video Input1 x 12G-SDI
Ref Input1 x Reference Input
Timecode Input1 x Timecode Input
Timecode Output1 x Timecode Output
Analog Audio Input2 x XLR analog switchable between mic and line levels.Phantom power support.
Analog Audio Output1/4” jack output for headphone monitoring
SDI Audio Output2 channel
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and
Focus.
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0 Mini-B port for software updates.
Standards
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 292M
SDI Audio Sampling48 kHz and 24-bit
Software
Software IncludedDaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve,USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Blackmagic Media Express software.
DiskSpeed Test.
Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
Windows 7 or later.
Power Requirements
External Power Input1 x 4-pin XLR port for external power or battery
use.
External Power Ouput1 x 12V output using 4-pin XLR for powering
external accessories such as EVF.
PowerRear camera mount compatible with industry standard V-mount or
Gold Mount battery plates.
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Storage Temperature-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
Relative Humidity0% to 90% non-condensing

Professional Digital Film Camera

Designed for feature films, television commercials and more!

Blackmagic URSA is designed to be used on high end feature films, commercials, episodic television production, documentaries, electronic news gathering, music videos and more. When used on jobs with a large crew you can easily dress the camera with high quality cinema lenses, rails, follow focus, matte boxes and more. With built in scopes for exposure, focus and audio levels, it’s easy for DOP’s to get perfect results every time. The dedicated screen for camera assistants lets them check and update camera parameters independently of the DOP. If you’re shooting solo then the large fold out on set monitor, built in scopes and internal recorder means you don’t need any extra on set equipment because it’s all built into the camera. That’s a whole film set of equipment built into the one extremely portable design!.

Rethinking Camera Design

All your on set equipment built into one portable design!

The Blackmagic URSA features a larger professional size that has the space for powerful cooling that allows higher frame rates while keeping the chassis cool and the fan super quiet. The machined aluminum design is incredibly strong and has been designed for large film crew use and to be field upgradable to new sensors by the user. Each area of the camera has been divided into separate DOP, camera assistant and audio engineer work stations. The DOP station features a large 10 inch fold out on set monitor and separate 5 inch screen for settings, camera status and scopes. The camera assist station features a separate screen for camera settings, status and scopes and an audio station features audio meters, controls and audio connections. The big screen means you don’t need extra on set equipment so it’s easy to move around quickly between shots. Simply fold in the monitor and go!.

Shoot in incredible quality Ultra HD

Super 35 size sensor with feature film dynamic range

URSA is a true professional digital film camera with a 4K sensor, global shutter and an incredible 12 stops of dynamic range. The wide dynamic range blows away regular video cameras or even high end broadcast cameras, so you get dramatically better images that look like true digital film. The wide dynamic range preserves detail in dark shadows as well as bright highlights so you have a wider range of brightness levels to work with when color grading in post production. The extra large Super 35 size allows for creative shallow depth of field shooting and the high resolution Ultra HD 12 bit lossless Cinema DNG RAW means you get incredible quality! You can also shoot Ultra HD or HD in Apple ProRes™ for easy post production workflow with minimum storage requirements!.

Dual Recorders for Non Stop Recording

Keep recording forever so you never miss a critical event!

Blackmagic URSA features dual recorders so you never need to stop recording to change media. That’s critical if you are shooting an historical event, important interview or where you just cannot stop shooting! Simply load an empty CFast card into the second recorder and when the current card is full, the recording will continue onto the second card, allowing you to change out the full card and keep shooting! The built in recorders use new CFast card technology that allow recording up to 350 MB/s for incredible speeds, perfect for high frame rate RAW recording! Imagine shooting RAW and then playing back for the crew on the massive 10 inch screen!.

Built in On Set Monitoring!

Massive Viewfinder as a fold out 10 inch screen!

Say goodbye to bulky on set monitors because you get a massive fold out 10 inch screen built into Blackmagic URSA, making it the world’s biggest viewfinder! The screen is super bright so it’s easy to see when shooting outdoors, even in direct sunlight, plus it features an ultra wide viewing angle so you can pan and tilt to extremes and still see crystal clear images. When shooting in Ultra HD, focus becomes extremely difficult on small viewfinders, however with a massive 10 inch screen in full HD, you can see your images in amazing detail for perfect focus, framing and exposure! Because the screen tilts you can shoot down low, or high up over crowds and easily tilt the screen up or down to see your shot!

Two Extra 5” Touch Screens

Get full control on both sides of the camera!

URSA features the world’s most intuitive and advanced touch screen camera user interface! There are two 5” touch screens on both sides of the camera that put your settings, controls and monitoring tools at your fingertips!
The left side gives you quick access to all major settings via a touch screen and a row of control buttons. That means you don’t have to hunt through complicated menus to make changes!
The right side displays settings like format, frame rate, shutter angle and more! There is a large prominent timecode display, an animated histogram for checking levels, a scrolling audio waveform monitor with clipping indicators and a spectrum scope for helping you check and adjust focus!

Broadcast Connections

Standard connections eliminates custom cables

The Blackmagic URSA features standard broadcast connections so you don’t need to worry about buying expensive custom cables! You get 12G-SDI output that can be down converted to HD or used directly at amazing Ultra HD quality. There’s also a 12G-SDI input that can display return video on the 10 inch monitor when working on live events or an external video source! A separate SDI output is available for attaching external viewfinders and eye pieces. For audio, there are 2 professional XLR connections with 48v phantom power so you can use the audio industry’s best quality microphones. You also get timecode in/out and a LANC connector for controlling the camera, lenses, and accessories remotely.

Broadcast Standard Power

Compatible with industry standard power supplies

URSA uses a standard 4-pin 12V to 30V XLR broadcast power connector for plugging into external power supplies. There are also mounting points and a power transfer connector for mounting third party V-Mount and Anton/Bauer gold mount back plates and batteries onto the rear of the camera itself. This means you can integrate the battery as part of the camera itself. You also get a standard 4 pin XLR 12V output power connector so you can use a wide range of third party viewfinders without needing expensive custom cables. That means it’s easy to integrate the camera with all of your existing gear and accessories!

Designed to be Rigged!

Customize your rig to suit your production!

To make it super easy to bolt on your favorite accessories, Blackmagic URSA has multiple mount points all over the camera. You get standard tripod quick release attach points on the bottom of the camera, so you can use industry standard tripod mounts. The viewfinder connection uses standard power and BNC SDI connections for any type of viewfinder, plus there is standard 3/8” threaded points on the top and handle of the camera for mounting anything you like! Standard battery mounts can be bolted to the rear of the camera and you can use standard rails in the rail mounts built into the camera base. No camera is so easy to rig up for any type of production!

Designed for Production!

URSA has been designed to solve the problem of moving large amounts of equipment between locations when shooting. You get a full size professional production camera with all the accessories such as a large 10 inch on set monitor, two built in recorders, professional audio recording, built in microphones, scopes, dual status screens and more! Because so many accessories are built into URSA, it’s been designed to be fully upgradable so you can remove and upgrade the sensor and lens mount in the future! This upgradable design means we have invested more into URSA’s design because you don’t need to throw it away when you buy your next camera!

Revolutionary Design 

Rugged, lightweight and future proof!

URSA features a super strong aluminum alloy design so you get a durable camera that’s ready for shooting in all conditions. The built in liquid cooling system keeps internal components cool, even when running sustained high frame rates, and thermal energy is piped into a large internal heat exchanger in the rear of the camera that allows conversion cooling with little fan use required. URSA is also loaded with lots of extra processing power plus advanced SATA 3 based CFast recorders that are faster than currently available cards, so you get a future proof camera with power to handle new emerging formats and sensor upgrades when they become available!

External Mounting Points

Attach all kinds of third party accessories!

When you’re operating as part of a large crew, or flying solo, connecting extra items such as external microphones, fiber converters for live production or large lenses is critical. URSA includes the standard 3/8” threaded points positioned over the top of the camera to make it easy to add extra items as you need to. Underneath the camera are lock plates for using quick lock tripod mounts, so you can snap URSA into a tripod mount and remove in less than a second. That’s perfect when shooting on the go. On the rear of the camera are multiple screw mount points for adding V-Lock or Anton Bauer battery mount plates. For large lens and matte box use, production rail mounts are included in the tripod mount point under the camera, and all compatible third party rails are supported!

URSA PL includes the amazing 4K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and an EF lens mount with active lens control. Now you can use low cost DSLR photo lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss and more!

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