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Blackmagic NAB 2014, Ny kamera mm.


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Officiella mailutskicket från Grant Petty för Blackmagic Design





It’s NAB 2014 time and we have some very exciting new products this year and I wanted to update you on all the details! I apologize for the long email but we have so many new items to introduce!


We have some new cameras this year, and we are rolling out a whole new range of Ultra HD products such as converters, routers, DeckLink cards and more. We are introducing the first 12G-SDI Teranex Express and 12G-SDI is also in our new cameras. We even have a new Cintel film scanner!


The new products we are announcing are:


Blackmagic URSA Camera

DaVinci Resolve 11

Blackmagic Studio Camera

ATEM Camera Control

ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

Smart Videohub 12 x 12 and Smart Videohub 20 x 20

Mini Converters with 6G-SDI and Ultra HD

Mini Converter - SDI to HDMI 4K

Mini Converter - HDMI to SDI 4K

Mini Converter - SDI to Analog 4K

Mini Converter - SDI Distribution 4K

Teranex Express with 12G-SDI

DeckLink SDI 4K and DeckLink Studio 4K

Cintel Film Scanner



Blackmagic URSA Camera


Over the last few years it’s been really amazing to watch some of the work being done on our cinema camera and some of the rigs that have been built around it. But when we designed it we never really thought it would be used on such large jobs. It was really designed to be a small intimate camera used for creative work where you need to get in close and personal.


So we have been watching these larger rigs and thinking about how people are working when they do large shoots. Our thinking is that we needed to design a professional full sized camera that had all the extra on set equipment built into it, so there was no need to rig it up as much. We also wanted a camera with enough size to fit a very powerful cooling system so we could run high frame rates without fan noise.


The result is URSA, our new camera for professional shoots. It features a stealthy machined aluminum design that’s incredibly strong and has been designed for large film crews. We designed the camera to be divided into separate DOP, camera assistant and audio engineer workstation areas so multiple crew can work around it at the same time.


The DOP station features a massive 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 LCD screen for camera settings, status and scopes and the audio station features audio meters, controls and audio connections.


URSA also includes an upgradable Super 35 4K image sensor with global shutter, 12G-SDI connections, XLR audio inputs with phantom power and dual CFast based RAW and ProRes recorders. There is a total of 3 LCD’s built into this camera!


One of the reasons we have been able to put in such high quality displays and features is because the camera is user upgradable. What this means is the whole sensor and lens mount simply unbolts from the front using 4 bolts and then it can be removed and replaced. So in the future when new sensors are available you can upgrade simply by swapping the sensor and lens mount assembly. This makes the camera virtually future proof!


URSA is available initially in 3 models. One includes EF lens mount and one has a PL lens mount. An example of how you can upgrade the camera would be if you ordered the EF one, you could later purchase the PL lens mount and install it yourself.


One of the weirdest ideas we had was to make URSA available without a lens and sensor and the URSA HDMI features a ‘cheese plate” with threaded holes and a HDMI input where the sensor and lens mount would normally be. This means you can use any camera on the URSA body and get all the benefits of big screen, scopes, professional audio inputs, CFast recorders and more!


The camera runs at 60 fps, however the body has the high speed processing and high capacity cooling to run beyond 100 fps, so when faster sensors are available you could upgrade and then get higher frame rates.


There are a lot more features in the camera than I have space to describe here. The Blackmagic URSA EF will be available in July for $5,995 and the Blackmagic URSA PL will be available for $6,495 from July.


Blackmagic Design: URSA

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Synd att Cintel Scannern var så dyr, hade hoppats på typ en tredjedel av priset, det hade varit lämpligt men men.


I övrigt tycker jag det ser ut som om BlackMagic gjort nästan allt rätt vad gäller kameror denna gång.


Extremt stort minus för mig - mer eller mindre en dealbreaker:

Inga inbyggda ND-filter på PL och EF varianterna.


Mindre minus som hade varit trevligt:

Att de skippar SATA-SSDer som media.

Att den stora monitorn inte är löstagbar dvs uppgraderingsbar/ersättningsbar och därmed ansluten via sladd (likt den på REDs kameror t.ex).

För låg maximal sample rate på ljudet.

Lite låg maximal upplösning och tråkigt aspect ratio, hade gärna sett lite marginal och det framförallt vertikalt likt den man har vid scanning av film och via REDs filer etc. Tänker på anamorfiska gluggar m.m.



Lite synd:

Att PL och EF varianterna inte har någon digital styrning av zoom m.m.



A ja den klart mest intressanta kameran som finns ute just nu iaf med tanke på priset, typ 45 000sek plus moms, galet, det är som min Ag-Af100 när den var ny.

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