August 18, 2015

Blackmagic URSA 1080p Viewfinder Starts Shipping, DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta 3 is Out

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder
While it may not be getting out in huge numbers, the 1920 x 1080 OLED Blackmagic URSA viewfinder has apparently started shipping. 

The $1,500 viewfinder (which also works on the URSA Mini), is a first of its kind from Blackmagic, and it's likely going to be one of the more essential add-ons for the Mini. That camera has not started shipping in any significant numbers yet -- though when we talked with CEO Grant Petty this year at NAB it was clear that this roll-out was going to be very similar to their other cameras, where a handful are released at first and then a few months later you start to see them in greater numbers. I would expect there to be many more shipping by this fall.

The newest firmware from Blackmagic adds support for this viewfinder. In addition, there are a few other URSA updates in the 2.6 camera firmware:

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

  • Support for the new URSA Viewfinder

Blackmagic URSA

  • Adds support for the URSA Viewfinder
  • Add option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display
  • Performance enhancements and improvements
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta Now Available

And here is some of what's new in DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta 3 (for both Studio and regular versions):

  • Empty track deletion
  • Timeline proxy mode
  • Improved H.264 performance
  • General performance enhancements

You can find links to both of these updates on their Support page.      

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wow, been using resolve and its amazing, proxy mode solves all my playback woes for a top end mackbook pro, and it seems to run way smoother, hope for less crashes as it wont be as taxing on the computer, i think they will do really well with this now to get better at using the resolve coloring tools also want learn how to change shortcuts
bravo

August 19, 2015 at 1:36AM

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I know the Ursa sends proprietary info over SDI for the EVF to use for certain functions, but I still wonder how well the EVF will function on another camera!1

August 19, 2015 at 1:42AM

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Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel
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does anyone know if you can output 4K prores with the free Resolve 12 Lite version?

August 19, 2015 at 3:47AM

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The best thing to do is to try it and see. That's another reason to love free software. Then let us know how you got on.

August 19, 2015 at 5:02AM

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Julian Richards
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that sounds so simple but in fact it isn't
because once you install the new version, the older one gets deleted and if it should not be possible to export 4K content with the 12 lite version then I'd have to stay with the older version.
so that's why I'm asking

August 19, 2015 at 5:35AM

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I believe it will only let you export up to 1080p.

August 19, 2015 at 8:58AM

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You can export up to UHD (3840x2160).
By the way, just rename the old Version of Resolve before installing the new one and will not be deleted.

August 19, 2015 at 11:15AM

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thanks

August 20, 2015 at 5:50AM

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sep
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The viewfinder must surely be a must have piece of kit.

August 19, 2015 at 5:03AM

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Julian Richards
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For those of you wondering: out of the box this viewfinder accepts SDI and 4 pin XLR for power so it will work with other cameras besides the URSA's.

August 21, 2015 at 5:23PM

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Serhan Meewisse
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