April 18, 2016
NAB 2016

Blackmagic's New 7" Video Assist 4K, 4.0 Firmware for URSA Mini and Davinci Resolve 12.5

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.0
Blackmagic adds functionality and versatility to existing products.

Blackmagic's news this year is not a new line of cameras, but doubling down on the current one. In addition to adding 250+ features to Resolve, revamping the interface on the URSA entirely (what they are calling a whole new "OS" for the camera) and adding a 7" monitor to their catalogue, they're releasing a few other goodies that are shipping right now.

Watch their NAB 2016 product announcement video here (or by clicking through below):

Blackmagic Design NAB 2016
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K — $895

  • 7" Touch Screen
  • 4k Resolution
  • Dual SD Recorder (hot swappable)
  • UHS-2 Support for UltraHD Recording
  • Built in SDI / HDMI
  • Audio inputs
  • Dual SD Recorders
  • Playback
  • Speaker

MultiCam Editing in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 at NAB 2016

DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Adding over 1,000 "enhancements" and 250 new features including multicam editing, lens flare effects, single point tracking and many, many more. Public Beta available now. Watch their overview video here.

  • HDR Support
  • New editing features (Speed ramping, multicam)
  • Significantly improved noise reduction
  • Added audio waveform overlay into the source viewer
  • Lens Correction (for distorting wide lenses)
  • Resolve FX (Bokeh highlights, lens flares, glow, vortex and more)
  • Single Point Tracker
  • Integration with Fusion
  • Free for DaVinci users
Blackmagic Micro Converters

Blackmagic Micro Converter — $85

Intended as a reliable version of the cheap (and faulty!) SDI --> HDMI converters you can find on the market, Blackmagic sees this as a simple tool that will get added to everyone's bag of tricks on set. Shipping now.

  • Two models: SDI --> HDMI and HDMI --> SDI
  • Power from USB
Blackmagic Duplicator 4K at NAB 2016

Blackmagic Duplicator 4K — $1,995

This unit allows you to record your media to up to 25 SD cards, live. Blackmagic suggests this could be an incredibly effective way for event filmmakers to immediately be able to commodify (by directly and immediately selling the SDs cards) the footage they've just captured. Shipping now.

Blackmagic MultiView

Blackmagic MultiView 4 — $495

Use this to view multiple signals on an a single UltraHD monitor or TV. Less intense than the MultiView 16. Shipping now.

  • Takes any combination of SD, HD, UltraHD, view out in UltraHD
  • With four signals, each quadrant up-reses to HD
  • Power over ethernet or internal power supply
URSA Studio Monitor at NAB 2016

URSA Studio Viewfinder — $1,795

Turn your URSA Mini into a studio set up with this highly versatile broadcast-style monitor, complete with manual image control knobs and tally lights. With this and ability to mount B4 lenses with servo power, Blackmagic is aiming to have URSA Mini able to compete in a broadcast environment, or be able to be two cameras in one essentially, with the ability to quickly take it out of the studio and into the field.


No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2016 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Shutterstock, and Blackmagic Design.

No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2016 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Shutterstock, and Blackmagic Design.

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24 Comments

It's weird (but good) that they didn't announce a new camera. Maybe they're finally learning to not announce a product until it's done.

April 18, 2016 at 12:45PM

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Glad to see they didn't announce another definitely delayed camera, instead they are working on the previous cameras. This is good sign!

April 18, 2016 at 12:45PM

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Rayhanur kabir
Director, DP
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What could they possibly announce at this point=) The 4.6K Mini just released and has everything one needs in this market except integrated ND. Assuming you like the camera, the specs are all there at a very competitive price to Sony and Canon, even RED.

April 18, 2016 at 1:49PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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Exactly.

April 18, 2016 at 2:13PM

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Rayhanur kabir
Director, DP
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That Blackmagic Video Assist 4K will be the perfect companion for the Sony users.

April 18, 2016 at 1:50PM

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Danny T
Photographer
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I just hope you can move around the screen when you zoom for focusing, and also added controls for peaking.

April 19, 2016 at 8:18PM

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Will the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K make the BM Micro Studio Camera usable as a mobile camera?

April 18, 2016 at 1:58PM, Edited April 18, 1:58PM

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Sathya Vijayendran
Writer/Director/Editor
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Smart like others have said. Work on making what you have better instead of just announcing something new just to do it. Really interested to see how the new Camera UI works it looks pretty user friendly and almost like REDS UI (with refinements) to be honest.

April 18, 2016 at 2:16PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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Small correction: The Video Assist 4K doesn't have a 4K resolution, it's HD. It only RECORDS 4K...

April 18, 2016 at 2:47PM

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Can't seem to find the nit/brightness rating. Any idea what it is?

April 18, 2016 at 3:36PM

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Craig Meadows
President/Owner - Florida Production Group, Inc.
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This looks like an excellent line of products from an excellent company. Can anyone verify if the Blackmagic's New 7" Video Assist 4K has the ability to record in Log? I'm not sure if I overlooked it. It still a beast of a recorder for that price point.

April 18, 2016 at 3:42PM, Edited April 18, 3:43PM

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Cesar Adrian Cisneros
Director/Editor
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https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/blackmagicvideoassist#

ProRes Proxy, ProRes LT, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ & DNxHD

April 18, 2016 at 4:08PM

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Jamie Cooper
DP / Cinephile
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Great set of announcements from BlackMagic Design. I know that the Menu updates are for the URSA Mini, but am wondering if they might pursue updating the rest of their cameras with this new menu later (pending feedback from users).

April 18, 2016 at 3:47PM

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Sean Quillen
Filmmaker
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50 minute video describing in detail everything new at the BMD booth NAB 2016 - https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/

April 18, 2016 at 3:58PM

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Jamie Cooper
DP / Cinephile
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Any ideas on if Blackmagic's going to add 3D LUT support to their video assist models at any point?

I've got the 4k Production Camera and it's the big thing I'm missing with it at the moment.

April 18, 2016 at 4:58PM

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Jordan Paley
Producer / Director / Writer / AD
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Wondering if the video assist records the fs700 raw to prores like the shogun.

April 18, 2016 at 5:30PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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Almost positive it doesn't. The only recorders that do are the Shogun and the Odyssey 7q+.

April 19, 2016 at 1:01AM, Edited April 19, 1:01AM

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Stu Mannion
writer/dir/dp
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Black magic contradict their reason for using the expensive fast2 cards in the mini 4.6.,
Because now they are using fast sd cards in their recorders. Who are they fooling?

April 18, 2016 at 6:28PM

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Not really. The video assist can't do RAW recording or Prores XQ.

April 18, 2016 at 6:39PM

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Joseph Lindsay
Director of Photography/Motion Designer
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Look forward to using my assist in 2018 when it finally ships. *snap*

But seriously, nice.

April 19, 2016 at 1:14PM

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Wayne Yip
Director
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The assist is already shipping!

April 19, 2016 at 8:19PM

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I think this version of Resolve (12.5) is the biggest jump in terms of differentiating the free and paid versions of the software yet (ever since they removed the node limitation).

Several of these new features are partially or totally left out of the free version, like HDR and some of the bigger ResolveFX, like lens flare and film grain.

April 19, 2016 at 2:13PM

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David S.
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I bought a IKAN 7" field monitor only 2 weeks ago. Now I see the Blackmagic's 7" Video Assist 4K. I could not imagine, that this is possible, that the Industrie wakes up! And even more strange: It seems to be available! In Germany!? I just found a reseller here in Germany, will try to order today!

April 20, 2016 at 1:10AM, Edited April 20, 1:55AM

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Markus Stark
Nature 4K Film, YT: Markus Stark
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PSA: the video assist 4K DOES NOT do DNxHR / HD recording as advertised. My employer bought it and that function is nonexistent. Blackmagic said it's coming eventually, but as it stands right now that's false advertising.

May 6, 2016 at 12:31PM, Edited May 6, 12:43PM

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Alex Vietinghoff
Cinematographer, Editor
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