Blackmagic Design Technology
Blackmagic Design have produced outstanding products over the past year, with major updates to their wide range of equipment. One of the latest additions to the Blackmagic range is the highly anticipated URSA Mini Pro G2.
This is the second generation of the well regarded URSA Mini Pro and is very similar in design. The differences come from the inside, with a new Super 35mm 4.6K sensor and 15 stops of dynamic range. The headline feature of this camera is that you can shoot up to 300 frames per second in full HD Blackmagic RAW and up to 120 in 4.6K.
A perfect companion to the G2 is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, announced in April 2018, the camera is still in very high demand. The popularity of this camera is down to the fact that it is a very reasonably price at £945 ex. VAT and has some impressive specs. The Pocket features a 4/3 sensor, a reported 13 sports of dynamic range, up to 25,600 dual ISO at 400 and 3200, mini XLR port, full size HDMI, build-in LUTS, allows recording to external SSD and the ability to shoot 4k 60p in BRAW.
If you aren’t too familiar with Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) then this video from Blackmagic explains it well:
Blackmagic have been working on BRAW for years and created the Pocket and URSA Mini Pro with this in mind. By using this RAW format, you are able to get the flexibility and power of RAW video without having huge files. For example, if you are shooting 4.6k 30p with 12:1 compression (which still looks great) then you can record around 90 minutes with a 256gb CFast 2.0 card. This recording format unlocks high-quality images to be captured with much smaller and more manageable files.
With the addition of BRAW, Blackmagic have also updated their popular editing software, DaVinci Resolve. This software is well interlinked in the Blackmagic ecosystem and combines up to 8k editing, colour grading, visual effect and audio post-production all in one software tool. We are now seeing more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials using this workflow.
An example of one of the latest films using this technology is the upcoming musical ‘STAND!’ shot by Roy Wagner with Blackmagic Design cameras. Wagner used several URSA Mini Pros along with the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for selected shots. This is an extract from British Cinematographer magazine quoting Wagner:
““I’ve done extensive tests with the Ursa Mini Pro and knew I was able to let the highlights overexpose and then bring them back in post production,” explained Wagner. “I could expose for the shadows and print for the highlights, which is what we used to do with the photochemical process. I was astonished at how it reproduces skin tone. I’m not having to use cosmetic rouge on the keylight, like I’ve had to do with virtually every other digital camera.”
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Overall, Blackmagic really are taking the cinema industry by storm and creating high quality, affordable and unique products. With the URSA Mini G2 and Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, plenty of camera operators are now able to now shoot in a RAW format without having to compromise with storage. For more information on Blackmagic products please call in on 0208 941 1199.