August 16, 2016

Download Blackmagic's Camera Setup 4.0 for URSA Mini Today

URSA Mini Heads Up Display
The new version of Blackmagic's OS updates URSA Mini menus and brings multiple LUT preview options.

Blackmagic Design today released the public beta of Camera Setup 4.0, the OS for URSA Mini, their popular, small Super 35mm 4.6k camera. The big focus with this round of upgrades is usability, particularly making the menus more intuitive, faster to operate, and easier to hard-code the exterior buttons to personal preference. This is in conjunction with a re-design of the heads-up display, with more options and more control from the display itself.  The new options include the ability to constantly display codec and resolution, which prevents accidentally capturing in the wrong setting. 

USA Mini Display LUT Control Menu
Intuitive menu for controlling the LUT applied to the on-board LCD and the external SDIsCredit: Blackmagic Design.

The most exciting addition for me is better control over SDI monitoring LUTs. This has long been something offered by the bigger cameras, or through 3rd party LUT box solutions. Having it now available internally on the URSA Mini is a great feature, especially with such an intuitive menu system for controlling how each display feed is processed.

We've all been in a situation where we needed to monitor the same image with different looks applied. The DP needs it raw for proper exposure decisions on the on-board. The director wants to see a LUT, and framelines. The client wants the LUT, but no framelines. It's always been possible, but complicated, and this upgrade makes it exceptionally easy.

Blackmagic keeps innovating at a furious pace, and it's clear from these upgrades they are serious about being a player in the camera space.

Specific upgrades include:

  • New heads up display with frame rate, iris, timecode, off-speed, shutter angle, ISO, white balance info and input
  • New menu system to allow faster operation
  • New monitoring options separately configurable for different SDI outputs
  • 3D LUT monitoring, configurable per-output, can be married to shot for post
  • Added ability to save and load camera settings presets
  • Added flicker free shutter angle suggestions.
  • Improve slate metadata, lens data incorporation including auto-fill for electronic lenses.
  • Additional ProRes and Raw relations
  • Preferred slot recording
  • Improve color accuracy for the on-board LCD
  • False Color, Zebras, Focus Assist, Frame Guides selectable per output
  • Clean feed toggle for each output
  • Can view codec and format instead of audio meters in HUD
  • Additional programs for function buttons, including frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO, shutter angle, clean feed, display LUT, frame guides
  • Drop frame timecode support
  • Import and export camera presets through CFast

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I'd love to download the new 4.0 software, but where is my 4.6 Ursa Mini to load it on? Still showing preorders everywhere.

August 16, 2016 at 10:03PM

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I feel your pain, I ordered mine about 5 weeks ago...

August 17, 2016 at 9:16AM

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Ben McAllister
Compositor
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What I can't wait for is the ability to burn a custom LUT into my Prores recordings. That would be awesome. Can this release do it? No?

August 17, 2016 at 7:26AM, Edited August 17, 7:26AM

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Stu Mannion
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It can't burn it in but I believe you can export the out to the card so when the editor loads in the footage he has a lut to apply to it.

August 17, 2016 at 7:53AM

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I don't understand why they didn't make this available for the regular Ursa.

August 18, 2016 at 10:17AM

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Indeed seems easy enough coding wise. Ursa mini at update 4, Ursa at 2.3... Doesnt make to much sense.

August 20, 2016 at 3:47AM

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Josh Holden
DOP
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TOO much sense

August 21, 2016 at 6:48PM

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David Gurney
DP
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I'm sorry, but I'm not a native english speaker. You want to say something 100% correctly in any of the 5 languages I speak?

August 22, 2016 at 8:20PM

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Josh Holden
DOP
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What's your problem? You hate information?

If I said something incorrect in one of your vast array of languages, I'd appreciate knowing it and why.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

August 29, 2016 at 8:47PM, Edited August 29, 8:50PM

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David Gurney
DP
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So pleased with this update! The camera is finally starting to feel complete. It is still very annoying you cannot re-assign the buttons on the grip to custom functions e.g. I would much prefer mag focus over a 99% useless auto-focus button. This is a cinema camera - AF seems pointless to me.

August 22, 2016 at 11:16AM

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Can anyone tell us if this improves the performance of the camera?

The reviews have been pretty bad, so it would be nice to see some improvement.

August 29, 2016 at 8:50PM

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David Gurney
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