Blackmagic Design unveils the first camera and editing system for the Apple Vision Pro

On the heels of the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Blackmagic Design announced a new camera and editing system for the Apple Vision Pro VR headset. The camera is the URSA Cine Immersive, and the editing system is DaVinci Resolve. Together, they offer an end-to-end workflow for producing cinematic Apple Immersive Video.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera

“We’re thrilled to announce the first-ever commercial camera system and post-production software that supports Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers the tools to create remarkable stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom stereoscopic 3D lens system with dual 8K image sensors that can capture 16 stops of dynamic range. With this innovative system, filmmakers can record remarkable moments like action-packed scenes, unique perspectives, stunning landscapes, intimate performances, and more, all with incredible fidelity, offering viewers an unparalleled sense of realism and immersion.”

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera features a fixed, custom lens system pre-installed on the body, designed specifically for Apple Immersive Video. The sensor delivers 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel-level synchronization and an impressive 16 stops of dynamic range, allowing cinematographers to shoot 90 fps stereoscopic 3D immersive cinema content to a single file. The custom lens system, designed for URSA Cine’s large-format image sensor, provides extremely accurate positional data that’s read and stored during manufacturing. This immersive lens data — mapped, calibrated and stored per eye — travels through post-production in the Blackmagic RAW file itself.

DaVinci Resolve update

The new updated version of DaVinci Resolve will allow customers to edit Apple Immersive Video shot on the URSA Cine Immersive camera. A new immersive video viewer will let editors pan, tilt, and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors or on Apple Vision Pro, providing an even more immersive editing experience. Transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro can also be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, giving editors clean master files. Export presets will enable quick output into a package viewable directly on Apple Vision Pro.

Pricing and availability

No price point was given for the Cine Immersive, but Blackmagic Design indicated that the camera should be available before the end of the year. DaVinci Resolve will see an upgrade with the new features later this year as well. For more information, keep watching in the weeks ahead.

Jeff Chaves
Jeff Chaves
Jeff Chaves is the chief creative officer of Grace Pictures Inc. and is a full-time minister with over 12 years of experience in television broadcasting.

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