April 7, 2014

Blackmagic URSA 4K Camera: Interchangeable Sensors, Flip Out 10-Inch Screen for $6K

blackmagic-ursa smallBlackmagic has done it again, introducing a product the industry has yet to see. The new Blackmagic 4K URSA camera is something else entirely, featuring a 4K Super 35mm global shutter sensor, real camera form factor, a built-in 10.1" 1920 x 1200 fold out display, and two 5” 800 x 480 displays. Not only that, but it has both interchangeable lenses and sensors, meaning you'll be able to upgrade to a better sensor at home removing a few screws when a better one is available.

Here are the specs:

  • 21.12mm x 11.88mm -- Super 35mm Global Shutter 4K CMOS Sensor (Probably the same as current Blackmagic Production Camera 4K)
  • Interchangeable Lens Block
  • 3840 x 2160 -- 24/25/60fps
  • 1920 x 1080 -- 24/25/30/50/60fps
  • ProRes HQ and Lossless Compressed RAW
  • 12 Stops Dynamic Range
  • EF/PL/B4/ or No Mount
  • Two CFast 2.0 Slots for Media Recording
  • 1 x 10.1” 1920 x 1200 Fold Out Non-Touch Screen
  • 2 x 5” 800 x 480 Touch Screens
  • SDI Video Output: 1 x 12G-SDI 10-bit 4:2:2. 1 x 3G-SDI down converted for external monitoring
  • SDI Video Input: 1 x 12G-SDI
  • Ref Input: 1 x Reference Input
  • Timecode In/Out
  • 2 XLR Inputs
  • 2 SDI Audio Out
  • Headphone Jack
  • 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus.
  • Power: 12V 4-pin XLR In/Out (Can take battery plates for Gold Mount and V Mount)
  • Availability: July?
  • Price: $6,000 for EF, $6,500 for PL

Here are the four options they are offering, with the Broadcast having a totally different sensor, and the HDMI-only model which has no sensor and is basically used as a recorder:

Blackmagic URSA 4K Cameras

 

 

 

Here is the HDMI-only camera being used as a recorder:

 

Mounting options:

The price is simply out of this world for what is being offered, just as it has been for their other products. Interchangeable sensors and lenses is really what we needed in this industry, as things are moving way too fast to keep up. The form factor is also much better for a production environment, and it's going to fit in better without tons of support gear.

The only question now would be whether it can be delivered on-time for July. We'll have more from Blackmagic at their NAB booth.

Link: Blackmagic URSA 4K Camera

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246 Comments

Holy f***ing shit! This is epic!

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Dominik Belancic

OH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JAYE

Audio meters!!!

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Michael Hawk

Finally!

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Dominik Belancic

No... not finally! You can say that when they actually release it, which probably won't be until 2015.

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jorge

+1

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Gene

I'm shipping back my unopened BMPC. Does anyone know when pre-orders will open up?

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Claw

Canon apologists what are your defense now for the c100?

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Edry

C200 and C400 are rumoured. Will be interesting to see what happens anyway.

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Saied

when will they though, after everyone else moves to a different system?

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Edry

While I'm hardly an apologist, and the URSA is an amazeballs camera with a looong wish list of features, if you’re a documentarian/run-n-gunner/one-man-band (DRO) there are several reasons why the C100 (or maybe, hopefully?, C200) would still be a better choice:

NO BUILT-IN ND FILTERS (except on the broadcast version). Unless BM is coming out with a Holy Manta-style filter system (and please Odin, from my fingers to Grant Petty’s ears), when time is short – and when isn’t it – being able to add some ND at the flick of a switch is huge.

BATTERY LIFE AND COST. Three touch screens means big power draws. I’m sure the external battery options will outlast the BMCC's built-in battery, but there’s no way they’ll equal the all-day shooting the C100 features. And cost-wise, the C100 is, again, the clear winner.

RECORDING MEDIA. At least initially, Cfast 2.0 is unlikely to be as cheap as SD cards (or even SSDs if you opt for a Ninja Blade).

STEALTH MODE. Three touch screens means you’re going to light up like Times Square at night. And if you need to “borrow” a location, or keep a camera shy subject calm, I doubt this bad boy is going to help keep you on the down low.

WEIGHT. 16.53 pounds, bitches! (Are we still doing Aaron Paul memes?) Holy crap! And that’s without lens, battery, and shoulder mount. … Holy crap!

SLIDERS. See above. (Re: Holy crap!)

POINTS OF FAILURE. The C100 is hardly a masterpiece of hermetically sealed-ness, but there’s an awful lot of bells and whistles on the URSA (lovely, lovely bells and whistles). As the literature itself states, “Blackmagic URSA is designed to be used on high end feature films … with a large crew.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m feelin’ the envy and the wanting, but as much as a jaw dropper as this is, I am more the DRO type, and could still see myself going the C100 route.

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Robert

Forgot one!

LOW-LIGHT SENSITIVITY. If the URSA is in line with the rest of BMs camera, you're going to need much more light, comparatively.

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Robert

while agree on those things you pointed out..whether you believe it or not you are kind of being a canon apologist specially when you talk about features this camera doesn’t have because oh boy when it comes to missing features lets not even get me started with the c100.. so.. yeah. One thing I saw you fail to mention though is the prices. Look at the price at this camera and compare it to the c100.. are serious man?. I rest my case.

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Edry

I am not a Canon fan boy. In fact, I kind of despise Canon. With that said, at least with Canon you are getting a reliable product. While BMD cameras are cheap, price is hardly a consideration when the camera does NOT work right. The current 4K BMC is not useable in a real production since it has very serious and well documented sensor problems and it's a gamble whether it's going to work right.

Unless you are doing free gigs / art projects with your camera, when you get your footage back and it has vertical banding, black hole suns and fields of white pixels in the image which we have run into on my friend's 4K BMC; tell the producer that "Hey, at least the camera only costed $5K," and see what kind of reaction you get.

Price is not everything, especially when you are doing paid gigs where reliability is the #1 consideration and FAR out-weighs the low sticker price appeal.

If BMD can get their act together and make a reliable camera released on time, then they have something. If not, it's just the same old BMD.

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Gene Sung (non-...

I see what you're saying and I agree with you, at the same time you really can't deny canons is BS us with their features and prices. A 5d can shoot raw now why can't the c100 not even shoot 60fps? They just care 99% on the money protecting their other cameras and not the user. That's why I'm so disappointed with canon. Their cameras can do much more and they are just messing with us.

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Edry

I'm in agreement!

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Lloyd

I predict that current sensor lineup for this camera is the first gen sensors in their other cameras. Since they already have the sensor calibrations and color science down, it's really just the body that needs to be built. I wouldn't be surprised if they can hit their target release date (or within a couple of months).

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I would hardly say they have their sensors "down"... That's what has kept my BMPC4k sitting in my cart since the beginning of this year. TERRIBLE banding issues and random speckles.

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Jordan Oliver

Availability: July?

LOL

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Brian

+1

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Ben

+ 10000000

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Ska

Which year?

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Jason Baker

July 2015!

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jorge

Once again, Blackmagic steals the show. No one expected it in '12, no one expected it AGAIN last year. But this, this changes the game. This is literally everything anyone could want in a camera.

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Daniel Christensen

Hell yea! AJA vs Blackmagic.

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Except dynamic range...

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Kenneth

Everything except ND filters. And HFR...

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Myles

It does 60P

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Daniel

Does Canon come with 60fps from factory? Earth to Canon.

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Gene

Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. It's going to take some footage to really know for sure.

April 7, 2014

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Masaan

People need to stop saying "Game Changer", "Changing the Game", etc. etc.
It's overused and annoying.

Great looking camera though!

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Phraseking

Yes, I hate the phrase! Every time I hear it, I think of that Kim Pine gif where she blows her brains out.

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Daniel Mimura

I'm impressed how BM kept this thing a secret for as long they did.

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Anthony Marino

+1

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Gene

It's over

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BOOM! Mind blown...WOW

...But what's it like in low light?

It look like its got the same sensor that's in their highly flawed BMPC 4K...hmmm

Fixed Pattern Noise?....yes?...No?

Lets see some footage please.

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Alex

Completely agreed - that's the only catch right there - the sensor is an issue.

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They never did say which July....

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Chris Lambert

ahah touche

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Francisco

Massive audio meters, actually built into the housing. You don't need those on a blackmagic camera surely. ;)

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Neill

finally! blackmagic kicking asses! excited to see what canon, sony and all the others will hold against this :)

April 7, 2014

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cody

Wait a minute... Are those audio meters? HOLY MONKEY! finally. No yeah, yeah, I like them right.

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edgar

BlackMagic knew what everyone wanted all along---jus playing possum till now.

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Gene

Just a same note I posted to AJA thread , this is current AJA camera sensor:

"4K APS-C sized, 22.5mm x 11.9mm"

So, current AJA (protype) uses same sensor as BM cameras...

BUT as we can see from above news BM is giving true Super35 sensor size...

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Juhan-i

What about the Cfast cards. How much do they cost?

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Felix

$1200

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Joe

Yeah, Jesus....it'll end up being $10k before you have enough memory to shoot for a day.

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Pat

$10,000.00 for all this just a few years ago was a laughable fantasy.

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Gene

I need to know about the battery on this thing. Can the batteries be switched out? That's been my main issue with the BMCC so far.

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Charlie P.

I don't think it comes with a battery. Has a mount on the back so you can put an AB or V mount plate there.

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Saied

No, the studio cam is different.

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Coty

Favorite thing about 2014 is that video cameras are starting to look like video cameras again.

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Pat

+1

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Kenneth

Fine and dandy, but what most want from BM is firmwire updates to make the existing cameras actually more useable!

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July 2016?

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Álvaro

Yeah this is everything I wanted to see from NAB and didn't expect it to be Blackmagic AGAIN.

Hitting the shipping dates is always a gamble with them but the sensor upgradabilty means if they delay 8 months you may get a better sensor.

Look forward to acquiring one when they become available as our productions have called for more and more setup and don't have the cash to jump to a RED setup.

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Shipping in July... 2015

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Leviticus Maximus

My god. Can BM please make work the cameras they already sell! I've already bought and sold one of them. I'm not about to invest in another only sell it after finding out it's not yet completed and ready for for use. Commit to your product, please!

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Garrett Cox

+10000
I've been cheering BlackMagic on since the BMCC, but this game they are playing is really starting to get old... Is everyone really THAT excited about a camera that wont function properly, may catch on fire, and won't be released for 2 years?!?

Make what you already have work before you decide to make something new...

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Jordan Oliver

something tells me it won't ship in July

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Brian

I'm so glad they made this. But can they take a year off from building new cameras and just focus on firmware?!

Formatting cards in-camera. Deleting clips. Audio meters in every camera. Time remaining on a card. Simple, basic things that need to be in every camera.

I'm rooting for Black Magic, I really am. I like their hardware and culture. I hate how they neglect the small things and focus on big things instead. The small things matter, and are what hold me back from trusting them as a camera manufacturer.

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+1

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Jordan Oliver

ahahah GOODBYE ARRI AMIRA ;)

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nandos

Except that the Amira will arrive on time, and work straight out of the box.

April 8, 2014

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PiDicus Rex

Spec says 3840 x 2160p60.

Unfortunately, it's still based on the same crappy UHD sensor as the BM4K. Which is probably why they've moved to a replaceable sensor system!

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grumpy

yes thats true....I agree same fixed pattern noise sensor thats in the BMPC4K

Boooooo!!!....

April 7, 2014

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Alex

WHERE'S CANON????? IM SORRY IM OUTTTT... CANON CAN KEEP THE LENSES COMING!!

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WILL

WHAT'S IT LIKE IN LOW LIGHT......?

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Alex

Has anyone looked at how close that 10" screen will be to your face? How will you SEE around the thing to watch where you're going?

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Dude use common sense. That monitor is not intended for on the move work, aside from maybe steadicam. Thats why you use an EVF.

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Jorge Cayon

I guess humor doesn't translate well on here...

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put a wink eye on humor. so many trolls on this site have scarred what people expect from comments. so don't leave a humorous comment to chance, add a wink eye.

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Gene

You forgot the fact that it has a lens on the front. Pretty sure the dude was joking haha!

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(not you Brendan)

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That was the first (of many) questions I had looking at this camera. Reading a bit more it appears you can throw on an external electronic VF via the HD-SDI and 12v outputs which seems easy enough with the mounting option available on top of the rig. Over all, this looks like a great start for BM. For the starting price point it is well worth keeping an eye on it.

April 7, 2014

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Of course. But with the screen closed against the body how do you access controls on the smaller touch screen? If you have it on your shoulder you'll have to take it off and flip out the screen to get access.

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Graham Kay

This is true. However most most cameras are set up this way. If it is on your shoulder and you need to make adjustments in the menus then you really aren't prepared for the shot to begin with and you're no longer paying attention to whats being captured. If it were anywhere else you would not only have to pull away to peek at your setting on the fly, but also take it off the shoulder and flip the entire camera around.

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I'm thinking about ENG cameras with buttons that you can reach whilst it's on your shoulder. The thing is that although they've designed it for crewed operation they should anticipate that for the price it will appeal also to lots of people who would like a shoulder mount ENG shape camera currently out of their price range (for no good reason). But it looks at first glance like it won't lend itself well to that kind of niche, which is a bit daft because that's a lot of custom they're turning away. A few user assignable buttons would go a long way.

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Graham Kay

You don't have to use the screen. You can use an EVF.

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Razor

Jeez! Are they going to be smacking the world with the unexpected every year?

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VillageBoi

If they can make this a reality in a timely fashion, they have completely changed the game again.

Oh one thing though, please put a MTF mount to this thing so other lenses can be adapted to it!

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Would a micro four thirds mount work with the super 35 sensor size? Are there any restrictions?

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Curtis

The Micro 4/3 sensor mount should work just fine with S35 sensors.

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Daniel

Micro 4/3: One mount to rule them all.

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Yeah just read that JVC are using one with their super 35 sensor. So you are correct.

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Curtis

Even if it wouldn't work, Blackmagic have the B4 mount version that uses a smaller sensor anyway. If they use that smaller sensor, it'll definitely fit within the MFT image circle.

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Mr Blah

and that is why we wait...

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Every year I find myself waiting... thanks Black magic!

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val

and waiting... and waiting...

If history is any lesson, you won't be seeing this thing til 2015.

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jorge

sadly this is hardly an exaggeration :/

Can't wait to see the images from it though still!

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Intriguing, but it's going to be more expensive (as always) to actually start shooting with it. V-mount batteries and cfast cards aren't cheap. According to B&H, it's well over $1000 for a 120GB card.

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Tom

v-mount isn't that bad actually but the CFast 2.0 cards are going to rape your wallet!

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Joseph

Would love to get the HDMI recorder for my FS-700. Wonder what the cost will be?

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So your camera can be 2.5 feet long? Why not use a smaller recorder that is half the price?

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Jorge Cayon

I guess it will depend on the price

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Dude, go grab the odyssey 7q. They just announced a firmware upgrade for 4k out to the fs700 :)

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Brandon

Brandon, thanks for the tip. The Odyssey looks great!

April 8, 2014

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I want Firmware updates to my Pocket Camera!

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Josephf

+1

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Martin

+2

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atd3d

The Pocket? I want to get rid of the black sun on my 2.K!

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Hampus

Wow.. I can't believe how bm aren't swimming in bad press considering they're announcing this without fixing any of the problems related to their first cameras.
The forums at bmd are going crazy.
2 years and no fixes for my 2.5k cameras problems!

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Rich

Check out the official forums. The waters have blood in them...

April 7, 2014

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How about Intensity Shuttle USB3 drivers that work too ?

April 8, 2014

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PiDicus Rex

holy shit.

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Harry

All these cameras coming out but none offer the dynamic range of an Alexa...although cheap they still wont be used or bought. The sensitivity on Black Magics suck as well. Cameras like the C500 may not offer more then 12 stops of range either but there colors are top notch and you can shoot up to 3200 ISO clean....these companies need to step it up...It's cool they are making bigger better built cameras with nice ergonomics but what about everything else?

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Brad Watts

we'll see when Arri climb to 4k resolution, how much have dynamic!

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nandos

although cheap they still wont be used or bought

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themok

Dynamic range doesn't matter if you do your job as a DP and light your scenes. Jonathan Glazer's film "Under the Skin" Was shot on a camera with 9 stops, it it looks absolutely breathtaking!

These cameras will be bought and used.

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Daniel

It looks like Glazer used the Alexa. That's what it says on imdb.com. Although, I agree that lighting the right way will benefit anybody? The original Red One wasn't a DR beast at all, yet, some really good looking films came out on that thing. Using a camera in shooting conditions without lights is a very amateur thing to do, if that is all you are doing, when on every set I'm on, they light everything. So, I would definitely say that DR is sought after, but workflow comes first to a lot of people, one of the reasons the Alexa is highly sought after. Look at the URSA, the CION, the Sony F5/55, and the new Panasonics, cameras designed for workflow. I know quite a few people who are trying to sell off their REDs because the workflow is bogging down their ability to get commercials out quick. All I can say, is that this is a very exciting time, when everybody from the poor indie shooters, to the professionals can all have what they need, at the price they want. Many people are happy for what has been released so far.

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Mason

It is true, dogme was very amateur.

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Mr.Floppy

http://cinescopophilia.com/the-amazingly-tiny-one-cam-camera-that-shot-s...

IMDB is not very reliable, their budget sizes are never right and anyone can go on and change anything.

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Daniel

What was it shot on ? The tech specs on IMDB say Arri Alexa ...

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Brandon

Nobody is going to buy or use it? What planet have you been living on the last two years dude? So no camera that has the DR of an Alexa will be "used or bought"? Eh? As for sensitivity comparisons...

http://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/dv/news/arri-alexa-vs-bmcc-vs-red-e...

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Personally, I'm very skeptical of anything BM puts out. My friend got the BM 4K and it's pretty bad IMO. Yes, it's cheap but the vertical banding, black hole sun and white pixel issues which he got all of on his tests makes it borderline not useable in a real shoot, at least until the issues are fixed.

Plus, the URSA is 16 lbs (can someone verify that)! That's insane. I like my cameras a lot lighter than that. And what about low-light? The current BMC 4K has TERRIBLE low light.

Yes, with BMC you get a cheap price, but it always comes with major caveats.

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Gene Sung (non-...

Agree 100%, I've been testing multiple 4K BMPC models, and all of them have sensor issues - some are better than others, but some are not usable in any lighting scenario. 16lbs sounds crazy to me, that's Alexa territory. It CAN'T be that heavy, right? Like.. there's no way.

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alex

The Alexa weighs 15.2 lbs, and it's really not a big deal, this camera is going to be just fine.

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Daniel

I sent my 4K back as well because the image had a lot of noise and banding. They don't even mention if this camera fixes that problem. All BMD does is wow with specs it seems.

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Clayton Arnall

I love your username!
Having just felt it up (!) its aimed squarely at the Alexa/F5/F55 market, and that 10in screen is something else.
Its a serious ENG/Indie drama/doco camera (as is AJA's slightly pricer model). I LOVE the user upgradeability. That's almost a gamechanger for me.
I also have good word that it will ship on time. I know, I know. But this source has been right before with these guys.

This is not a film student/super indie pic camera. If you don't have lights, don't go here.
This is a working camera operator camera, perhaps someone currently rocking a C100/C300 who will buy this AS WELL. I was at the booth with a friend who is a 20 year BBC doco cameraman who has a C300 now: for him its this or the AJA as his first 4K cam.
It will sell to the corporate/ event market like ice-cream in July. Its also the first BM cam I see having a decent rental market.

Re the constant complaints on here re 'I've done tests on 10 BM4Ks and they all have vertical banding' etc. I'm confused. We just had our first big-budget commercial come in partially shot on the BM4K by an ASC DP and he RAVED about the camera. His AC hated it (fair call) but the pictures were stunning, and cut perfectly with the ALEXA A-cam. We had zero noise/banding issues. Two of the EPIC owners I know have bought them as B-cams and claim to love them. I shot with one for a half-day and while I still hate that form factor, the pics looked terrific, especially skin-tone. So, who should BM be listening to?

And unless you need a 4K camera in the next week, save your cash for Q3. Still at least two more HUGE shoes to drop.....

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marklondon

Unless you do your own coloring you likely won't notice the issues. Footage looked fine until I started doing a more advanced grade in resolve. That revealed a weird slight orange line right through my talent's face. Couldn't see it in the ungraded footage unless you squinted. Also bad noise patterns on her neck that I then had to hide by dropping the shadows more than I'd like. Believe who you like! There's also QC issues with the camera with good copies floating around, but also very bad copies, so that may have something to do with it as well.

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Clayton Arnall

Gad fucking famn, boners and multiple erections. I have to see footage from this and the aja camera

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t. cal

Why no stay with the SSDs?

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Martin

I'd say it's where the HyperDeck Shuttle fits in?

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Rob

12 Stops Dynamic Range - suck....

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I was thinking the same thing.

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NDB

Why does everyone think that 12 stops is bad? Is it because your too lazy to light? It must be, because if you did you would realize dynamic range really doesn't mean that much. In fact there having lots of range makes it harder to light because it sees all of the spill and you can't control it.

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Daniel

+1

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fredo

Dynamic range and lighting are different issues. With more dynamic range, you see more graduations between the dark and the whites, which helps greatly with perceiving detail is high contrast situations and helps greatly with highlights. For example, if you film into the sun with clouds, with 12 stops you will see less detail in the clouds and horizon and more things will appear white or blown out as opposed to a camera with 13 stops.

I got the 7Q for my FS700 and with S-Log 2 it's gone from a 12 stop camera to a 13.5 or so stop camera, and the difference with just 1 1/2 stops is huge. You get so much more detail out of extreme light scenarios. Plus, the highlights are so improved. After getting that extra stop or so, I can't go back to just 12 stops.

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Gene Sung (non-...

Dynamic range is handy when shooting exteriors, but 12 stops is not the reversal film you make it out to be. I understand that it sees into the shadows more, but that means you have to light them now. Traditionally if you wanted to see into shadows, you light it. It was like painting on a canvas, if you want something else, then fill it in.

I've shot with the Alexa and it's a pain in the rear to light with, because you can't even look at you phone without the light affecting your setup in some way. Basically it easy to make garbage on an Alexa. Plus I don't hear anybody hating on the 5D MKiii, C300 or C500 they also have 12 stops of range.

The point is we are supposed to be Cinematographers here, and a Cinematographer is great because he can light, and can make anything look good because he can light. So when I hear people complaining that a camera doesn't have 14+ Stops of Latitude, because that means they have to light. I immediately loose respect for them, because they are not thinking like Cinematographers, they are thinking like band-wagoning fanboys.

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Daniel

We're now in a world where 12 stops suck?

April 7, 2014

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Mr.Floppy

Yup, we are. At least for me since I don't have a truck full of HMI's with me on most things I shoot to make it look good. More DR saves a lot of time and money.

April 7, 2014

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Daniel Mimura

well, no, we're not that spoiled I hope.

April 8, 2014

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Gene(also not t...

You can have 12 stop in 4K, a good highlight rolloff with accurate colors all over the range. With that and a solid codec like pro res or even raw... Well, if you can't do something that looks cool with all that, frankly speaking, the problem is not the camera.

My concern is low light capabilites since the 4K BMCC is not even close to a king on that department.

April 7, 2014

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alex mand

12-Stops sucks? Well, it is a hell of a lot better than you get with 99% of cameras around, including most in the $100,000+ range. Most good DSLRs shoot about 9 stops in their compressed video format and even less usable stops. Around 7 when you factor in usable stops. Oh and their maximum dynamic range is at their lowest ISOs and drops as you head towards 800 or 1600... losing at least a stop or two in DR. The cameras used to shoot Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time with nearly $3 billion dollars, was shot on 1080p Sony Cine-Alta cameras with 2/3" sensors and about 10-stops of dynamic range. So, yeah. 12 stops totally sucks! :P lol. You may want to check out Barry Green's Lighting for Film & Television DVD. Not to mention the sensor is upgradable to when sensors with higher DR start coming out. BMD thought of everything this time! lol.

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Corey

haha "cameras used to shoot Avatar"...

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Jerome

lol, surely you jest

April 8, 2014

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Gene(also not t...

@Sergey - Just add a little light to any shadowy areas. It's not that hard to flip on a light.

April 8, 2014

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Razor

"Shipping in July"

Hahahaha! Yeah, right. Well, I will definitely be interested in this camera WHEN it ships. I have no doubt Blackmagic can and will deliver on the product eventually, but their target dates are an industry joke now. I am currently a new owner of their BMPC-4K, so that's gonna keep me happy for quite a while yet. And when this comes out and they've ironed out the inevitable firmware kinks, the BMPC-4K will make a nice B cam.

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Christopher Kou

Yes. Shipping in July. They didn't say 2014. lol

April 7, 2014

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Ruben

Good one!!!

April 7, 2014

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Terry Mickie

Well played Ruben.

April 8, 2014

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PiDicus Rex

The BM guys should wear a t shirt with that phrase.

April 7, 2014

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Great stuff, especially the interchangeable sensor! But at the moment it seems to be exactly the same camera as the current 4k cam but with a new form factor and a few useful buttons and dials, am I right?

April 7, 2014

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johnnyd

Somebody needs to fix the info on this page - it does 4K UHD at 60FPS, not just 30FPS.

April 7, 2014

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Johnny

where did you see that?

April 7, 2014

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themok

Go here: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursa/techspecs

3840 x 2160p23.98, 3840 x 2160p24, 3840 x 2160p25, 3840 x 2160p29.9, 3840 x 2160p30, 3840 x 2160p60, 1920 x 1080p23.98, 1920 x 1080p24, 1920 x 1080p25, 1920 x 1080p29.97, 1920 x 1080p30, 1920 x 1080p50, 1920 x 1080p59.94, 1920 x 1080p60, 1920 x 1080i50, 1920 x 1080i59.9 and 1920 x 1080i60

It specifically says "3840 x 2160p60".

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Johnny

Saw it on Blackmagic's website under the specs for the camera.

April 7, 2014

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Dan

April 7, 2014

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Juhan-i

My hunch is these recent announcements are going to be crueller to the smaller entrepreneur cameras like Apertus Axiom and Digital Bolex rather than Canon.

April 7, 2014

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Saied

Unfortunately

April 7, 2014

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NDB

It would be their own fault. Progress will walk on you if you are not aggressive. Time waits for no man. But those will still find a buyer.

April 7, 2014

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Gene

"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. "

April 7, 2014

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Juhan-i

I think this is a very sensible idea. I'm just not too hot on that sensor there, I rather have the one from the Cinema Camera as it has way better low light sensitivity and an extra stop of DR. Of course this would require MFT mount which isn't bad either, especially when you combine it with a Speed Booster. Otherwise you get everything you need in one whole package and all you have left to worry about is mics, power supply and media storage.

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Dave

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