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Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K

Posted on Aug 10, 2020 by Pro Moviemaker

The digital film has a new Super 35 12K image sensor, new Generation 5 Colour Science and new Blackmagic Raw performance

Blackmagic Design have announced Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K, a new digital film camera with an advanced 12,288 x 6,480 12K Super 35 image sensor, 14 stops of dynamic range and high frame rate shooting at up to 60 frames per second in 12K at 80 megapixels per frame. This new 3rd generation model supports new Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science and higher Blackmagic RAW performance, all in the Ursa Mini Pro camera body.

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K has a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor and 14 stops of dynamic range and the combination of 80 megapixels per frame, new colour science and the flexibility of Blackmagic Raw makes working with 12K a reality. Oversampling from 12K gives customers the best 8K and 4K images with the subtle skin tones and extraordinary detail of high end still cameras. Customers can shoot at 60 fps in 12K, 110 fps in 8K and up to 220 fps in 4K Super 16. Ursa Mini Pro 12K features an interchangeable PL mount, as well as built in ND filters, dual CFast and UHS-II SD card recorders, a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port and more.

Ursa Mini Pro 12K’s extreme resolution goes well beyond traditional motion picture film. Customers get the benefits of shooting with film including incredible detail, wide dynamic range and rich, deep colour. Perfect for feature films, episodic television and immersive, large format IMAX. The definition around objects makes it ideal for working with green screen and VFX including compositing live action and CGI. Super sampling at 12K means customers not only get better color and resolution at 8K, but also a smoothness that comes from making aliasing invisible.

The Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K features a revolutionary new sensor with a native resolution of 12,288 x 6480, which is an incredible 80 megapixels per frame. The Super 35 sensor has a superb 14 stops of dynamic range and a native ISO of 800. The new 12K sensor has equal amounts of red, green and blue pixels and is optimized for images at multiple resolutions. Customers can shoot 12K at 60 fps or use in-sensor scaling to allow 8K or 4K Raw at up to 110 fps without cropping or changing their field of view. Ursa Mini Pro’s interchangeable lens mount lets customers choose from the widest range of vintage and modern cinema lenses, so customers can capture detail from their favourite optics.

Blackmagic Generation 5 Colour Science features a new film curve designed to make full use of the massive amount of colour data from the new Ursa Mini Pro 12K sensor. This delivers even better colour response for more pleasing skin tones, and better rendering of highly saturated colours such as neon signs and car tail lights in high contrast scenes. Generation 5 Colour Science informs complex Blackmagic Raw image processing, with colour and dynamic range data from the sensor preserved via metadata for use in post production. Compatible with all previously shot Blackmagic Raw files, Generation 5 Colour Science lets customers take advantage of the new film curve even with their existing work.

“With Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K we have advanced imaging technology into a new generation where new styles of shooting will be possible”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Its not just the 12K sensor, but there is so many other innovations in this camera. From the Generation 5 Colour Science, the in sensor scaling, new symmetrical colour pattern, full RGB quality and of course the 12K resolution, it’s going to be exciting to see what DOPs do creatively with this technology!”

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K Features

  • 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor.
  • Use for feature films, VFX and high end TVC’s.
  • 14 stops of dynamic range and native 800 ISO.
  • New Blackmagic Raw for real time 12K editing.
  • Blackmagic Raw optimized for Metal, CUDA and OpenCL.
  • Generation 5 Colour Science with new film curve.
  • Shoot up to 60 fps in 12K, 110 fps at 8K and 220 fps at 4K.
  • Dual card CFast recording at up to 900MB/s.
  • PL mount included, EF and F mounts available.
  • SuperSpeed USB-C for recording to external disks.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.
  • Compatible with new Blackmagic Ursa Mini Recorder.

Read the Summer 2020 issue of Pro Moviemaker magazine here.

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