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Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:38

Blackmagic’s URSA Shines in Test Footage

Written by  Thea Green
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Blackmagic’s 4K URSA camera peaked the interest of filmmakers at 2014’s NAB, and some of the first test footage is nothing short of gorgeous.

Director of Photography John Brawley, who has tested other Blackmagics pre-release, offers a glimpse into what this $6000 camera can do in a recent video with coverage from Pro Video Coalition.

DP Brawley was eager to take on the challenge of testing the URSA and shot a sunrise on the URSA’s 4K 60p frame rate with a high dynamic range. "I received an Blackmagic design URSA PL mount camera late last week,” he said. “Although I’ve been involved in other behind the scenes testing at BM, this was the first chance I’ve had to take a camera out and do my own thing. I start shooting Hiding, a new ABC TV series tomorrow morning so I’ve been flat out getting ready for Hiding, but I managed to sneak out early this morning before sunrise to the wonderful Bronte beach."

The creation of the URSA camera was built with the intention of eliminating the need for buying a ton of accessories that will become quickly outdated. “Our goal when developing the URSA was to build a camera that had all the cooling capacity for higher frame rates and a large on set monitor as well as built in scopes so you had everything you need built into the camera itself,” Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design stated. “The problem with spending so much money building in such incredible accessories is that they become outdated as sensor technology moves on. So we designed the ability to upgrade the sensor so customers can simply bolt on a new sensor and turret assembly in the future! We think this is a revolution and this upgradable design means we have been able to put a lot more effort into the design of the camera body itself and the quality of the screens, recorders, cooling system and processing power than would normally be offered. The result is one of the most amazing television products I have ever seen!”

The camera, which is intended for larger productions and can be dressed with high quality lenses, rails, and more, has a 4K Super 35mm sensor, global shutter, and twelve stops of dynamic range. For the full effect of the URSA at work, check out the test video below!
(Pro Video Coalition


URSA does Bronte from John Brawley Tests on Vimeo.

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