URSA Cinema Camera – EF
- 3840 x 2160p Global Shutter CMOS Sensor
- 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
- 10.1″, 1080p Flip-Out LCD Screen
- Dual 5″ Touchscreens for Menu Access
- Records CinemaDNG RAW and Pro Res 422 HQ
- 12G-SDI Output for 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K
- 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
- Aluminum Frame with 3/8″-16 Mounting
- LANC Port for START/STOP, Iris, Focus
- Dual CFast 2.0 Card Slots
So we have been watching these larger rigs and thinking about how people are working when they do large shoots. Our thinking is that we needed to design a professional full sized camera that had all the extra on set equipment built into it, so there was no need to rig it up as much. We also wanted a camera with enough size to fit a very powerful cooling system so we could run high frame rates without fan noise.
The result is URSA, our new camera for professional shoots. It features a stealthy machined aluminum design that’s incredibly strong and has been designed for large film crews. We designed the camera to be divided into separate DOP, camera assistant and audio engineer workstation areas so multiple crew can work around it at the same time.
The DOP station features a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor and separate 5 inch screen for settings, camera status and scopes. The camera assist station features a separate LCD screen for camera settings, status and scopes and the audio station features audio meters, controls and audio connections.
URSA also includes an upgradable Super 35 4K image sensor with global shutter, 12G-SDI connections, XLR audio inputs with phantom power and dual CFast based RAW and ProRes recorders. There is a total of 3 LCD’s built into this camera!
One of the reasons we have been able to put in such high quality displays and features is because the camera is user upgradable. What this means is the whole sensor and lens mount simply unbolts from the front using 4 bolts and then it can be removed and replaced. So in the future when new sensors are available you can upgrade simply by swapping the sensor and lens mount assembly. This makes the camera virtually future proof!
URSA is available initially in 3 models. One includes EF lens mount and one has a PL lens mount. An example of how you can upgrade the camera would be if you ordered the EF one, you could later purchase the PL lens mount and install it yourself.
One of the weirdest ideas we had was to make URSA available without a lens and sensor and the URSA HDMI features a ‘cheese plate” with threaded holes and a HDMI input where the sensor and lens mount would normally be. This means you can use any camera on the URSA body and get all the benefits of big screen, scopes, professional audio inputs, CFast recorders and more!
The camera runs at 60 fps, however the body has the high speed processing and high capacity cooling to run beyond 100 fps, so when faster sensors are available you could upgrade and then get higher frame rates.
There are a lot more features in the camera than I have space to describe here. The Blackmagic URSA EF will be available in July for $5,995 and the Blackmagic URSA PL will be available for $6,495 from July.
|Size||21.12 x 11.88 mm (Super35)|
|Lens Mount||Active Canon EF Mount|
|Effective Resolution||3840 x 2160 (UltraHD 4K)|
|Dynamic Range||12 stops|
|Sensor Frame Rate Support||Up to 60 fps|
|Shooting Resolutions||3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080|
|Supported Frame Rates||2160p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.9, 30, 60
1080p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
1080i: 50, 59.9, 60i
|Dimensions||1 x 10.1″ diagonal
2 x 5″ diagonal
|Screen Type||10.1″: TFT-LCD
5″: Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
|Resolution||10.1″: 1920 x 1080
5″: 800 x 480
|Output||1 x 12G-SDI — 10-bit 4:2:2
1 x 3G-SDI — down-converted signal for monitoring
|Input||1 x 12G-SDI|
|Reference||1 x Reference input|
|Timecode||1 x Timecode input
1 x Timecode output
|Analog Audio Inputs||2 x XLR — selected mic/line level and +48 V phantom power|
|Analog Audio Output||1 x 1/4″ TRS — for headphone monitoring|
|SDI Audio Output||2-channel via SDI output|
|Remote Control||1 x LANC on 2.5 mm sub-mini — controls record START/STOP, iris, and focus|
|USB||1 x USB 2.0 mini type B for software updates|
|Supported Standards||SDI Compliance: SMPTE 292M
SDI Audio Sampling: 48 kHz and 24-bit
|Dimensions||17 x 12 x 10 in|