Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6 Adds URSA Viewfinder Support

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Blackmagic Design has released Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6. The new camera software adds support in the Blackmagic URSA for the new URSA Viewfinder that was announced back at NAB 2015.

Additionally, the URSA gets an option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display, along with various other performance enhancements and improvements that are not itemized.

More details available here on Blackmagic’s website.

 

Blackmagic Design Studio Cameras Get Price Drops

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Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices on its Studio Camera HD and Studio Camera 4K models. The HD model will reduce in price by $300 and the Ultra HD model will reduce in price by $500.

The HD Blackmagic Studio Camera model is now $1,695 and the Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K model is now $2,495.

Blackmagic notes that the reason for the price drop is based on customer feedback regarding the lack of use of the fiber connection. Blackmagic has removed the connection from the cameras and made it an aftermarket accessory that can simply be plugged into the camera.

Personally, I think the biggest detraction from the studio cameras is the lack of lens options. Sure there are plenty of Micro Four Thirds cameras in the world and you can buy an adapter for virtually any other lens mount. However, many users would like to put studio B4 lenses on these cameras and that is just a clunky option.

If Blackmagic had built these cameras with a 2/3″ sensor and a native B4 lens mount, I don’t think they could make them fast enough. Sometimes, a bigger sensor is not always the best option.

How to Add Effects to Audio “Tracks” in DaVinci Resolve 12

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I’ve been using the new DaVinci Resolve 12 beta for the past week since its release. Not really for mission critical stuff, but duplicating projects when I have extra time and learning the work flow. I’ve said before that the new Resolve is what Final Cut Pro X should have been and I’m thinking more and more like that today.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much in terms of training or forum conversations regarding the little features that matter to my workflow. I was ready to kick Resolve 12 to the curb because there didn’t appear to be a way to add audio effects to an entire track via the Track Mixer.

It’s a little different than other NLEs but it’s not too hard to do. [Read more…]

Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera was Used for Scenes in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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Avengers: Age of Ultron cinematographer Ben Davis, who also shot Guardians of the Galaxy, used the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to get shots within the action sequences of the film.

We previously saw the Canon 5D Mark II show up as a crash-cam and POV camera on Captain America. The Pocket Cinema Camera doesn’t really come off as a surprise to work in tight spaces for action shots. It is smaller and cheaper than HDSLRs like the 5D Mark II. Additionally, it has an incredible 12-bit RAW image in a form-factor the size of a compact camera.

Check out the details of how Davis used the Pocket Cinema Camera in the press release below. [Read more…]

Blackmagic URSA Mini is the (almost) Most Affordable 1080p 120fps Camera

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Ok. Sure, there’s the GoPro HERO4 Black. But let’s be real about what we mean when we say “camera.” I am a huge fan of GoPro cameras but they are not the first choice for top-notch video production unless you need some POV shots of some extreme sports.

There are plenty of cameras out there that will capture 120fps but few do it at 1920 x 1080 resolution and none of those do it at the $3K entry-price of the URSA Mini 4K camera. Sony almost gets us there with the A7s; however, it is limited to 720p resolution at 120 fps. The Panasonic GH4 also gets close with a variable frame rate mode delivering 96fps in 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Still, no one is delivering a camera close to the prowess of the URSA Mini in the same DSLR-price ballpark. [Read more…]