NAB 2015: Blackmagic Design Confirms the URSA Mini

**Updated on 04/13** Yesterday we were only speculating. Today, it's official. In what could be one of the most exciting announcements coming out of NAB this year, Blackmagic just announced the URSA Mini along with a range of other product updates. Check out our interview with Tina Eckman from Blackmagic Design on their updates:

Blackmagic URSA Mini

42918_Inline-01 Yesterday we saw the banner above and anticipated an announcement from Blackmagic Design. Today, we have more details from Blackmagic's press conference at NAB. According to Blackmagic: "[The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a] compact lightweight and portable digital film camera available with EF and PL lens mount, up to Super 35 sensor and 15 stops of dynamic range. Features 12G-SDI, bright 5" fold out touchscreen monitor, dual CFast records and more!"

Blackmagic URSA Mini Key Features

  • Four models with the choice of two sensors, 4.6K or 4K sensor in EF or PL mount.
  • Built in dual CFast 2.0 card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular software, such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Support for CinemaDNG 4.6K RAW files and ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at Ultra HD and HD resolutions.
  • Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.
  • Built in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.
  • 5 inch foldout 1080 HD touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.
  • Optional URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, allowing both tripod and shoulder use interchangeably.
  • Built in gyroscope allowing recording of camera pitch, roll and yaw movements when working in RAW.
  • Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.

Additional Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Model Features

  • Selectable global and rolling shutter sensor.
  • Wide 15 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Supports up to 60 fps 4.6K resolution capture in RAW.
  • Built in GPS for location tagging of recorded files for easy media management when editing.
The URSA Mini will be available in July. Pricing for the URSA Mini is as follows: Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K EF: $2,995 Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K PL: $3,495 Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF: $4,995 Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K PL: $5,495

Blackmagic URSA 4.6K

A new Blackmagic URSA 4.6K was also announced. "User upgradable, advanced high frame rate digital film camera with EF or PL lens mount, 4.6K Super 35 senor and 15 stops of dynamic range. Features 12G-SDI, 10" fold out monitor, dual CFast recorders, scopes, audio meters and more! The pricing for the Blackmagic URSA line is: Blackmagic URSA EF: $4,995 Blackmagic URSA PL: $5,495 Blackmagic URSA 4.6K EF: $6,995 Blackmagic URSA 4.6K PL: $7,495

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

42918_Inline-02 The new Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, which we saw yesterday in a banner being hung at NAB (see image to the left), is specifically built for remote control. 42918_Inline-03 According to Blackmagic, the Micro Cinema Camera: "Includes revolutionary expansion port featuring PWM and S.Bus inputs for airplane remote control, Super 16 sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, MFT mount, and built-in RAW and ProRes recording." Pricing for the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is $995.

DaVinci Resolve 12

Blackmagic Design's powerful non-linear editor, DaVinci Resolve, is receiving an update as well. According to Blackmagic: "DaVinci Resolve combines professional non-linear editing with the world's most advanced color corrector so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system." While version 12 isn't available on their website yet, the pricing for DaVinci Resolve is: DaVinci Resolve Lite: Free DaVinci Resolve Software: $995 DaVinci Resolve: $29,995

Blackmagic Video Assist

The final of Blackmagic Design's big updates from NAB this year is Video Assist: "Add professional monitoring and broadcast quality recording for any camera or DSLR. Includes 5" full HD touchscreen monitor with build-in ProRes and DNxHD recorder." Blackmagic Video Assist is $495. View the full press release on Blackmagic's site.