Blackmagic Design 4K URSA Interchangeable sensor camera

Blackmagic Design today rolled out Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0, an update to camera firmware for their entire camera lineup, save for the Blackmagic Design 4K Production Camera. In the announcement they also rolled out Blackmagic Desktop Video 10.3.5, an update to their desktop video software for the DeckLink 4K Extreme and the UltraStudio 4K.

Here are the highlights of the Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0 update:

  • Blackmagic URSA: Adds support for Apple ProRes 444 recording in 4K and HD
  • Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K: Performance improvements for optical fiber output
  • Blackmagic Studio Camera: Improves options for overlays settings
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: Improves recording in ProRes LT and Proxy
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Performance enhancements and improvements

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Here are the highlights for the Blackmagic Desktop Video 10.3.5 update:

  • Adds support for output clock adjustment on DeckLink Duo and DeckLink Quad
  • Adds support for RP188 timecode output on DeckLink Duo and DeckLink Quad
  • A/V sync improvements for DeckLink Duo and DeckLink Quad
  • Improved compatibility for DeckLink Quad and DeckLink Duo with Magma Thunderbolt chassis
  • Fixes a rare subdevice lockup on DeckLink Duo and DeckLink Quad
  • General performance and stability improvements for all models

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The Blackmagic lineup of cameras has blossomed over the last few years since the introduction of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a 2.5K digital video camera. Since that camera’s launch the lineup has grown to include a pocket camera with the an HD version of the Cinema Camera’s sensor in a package no larger than a point and shoot camera. Other models range from broadcast cameras, to 4K production cameras and the revolutionary, user-upgradeable 4K URSA.

Blackmagic cameras have found great traction in productions at all levels, including entries in the now-running Sundance Film Festival. In fact, this year’s much anticipated documentary “Being Evel,” was filmed using Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and was completed using Teranex 2D Processors and DaVinci Resolve.

The production was co-created by “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville and Oscar winning filmmaker Daniel Junge, “Being Evel” takes a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert “Evel” Knievel, while also reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.

For more information on Blackmagic production tools including cameras, visit BlackmagicDesign.com.

 

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Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer who enjoys writing for Videomaker. He has also written for About.com (Lifewire.com), RedShark News, Modern Drummer Magazine, and others. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Community Leader, and co-founder of After Effects Toronto, Canada's largest motion graphic user group. Fairley is the creator and editor of ProductionWorld.net, a popular production news website.