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Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic URSA Mini

Blackmagic Design goes over the features of their URSA Mini and talk about the differences between it and URSA.

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PostProduction.Com: This is Noland of PostProduction.Com. We're here at the Blackmagic Design booth with Kendall. We're going to talk the new Blackmagic URSA Mini. I keep pointing at this thing. I get a little laser pointer with the prices. You're going to be out of a job soon, aren't you?


Kendall Eckman: I'm totally...

PostProduction.Com: Cool. Kendall, tell us what's up with this thing? What's going on?

Kendall: We originally had URSA Camera. Big camera. Beautiful. Had a 10-inch screen, the whole thing. The side panel so that you can do the scopes and you can have an audio guy on one side, another pulling focus. Great camera. But usually people are going to use that on a tripod. You want to take it off. You want something a little bit lighter. This is a magnesium body, much smaller. Obviously, think of URSA but think of URSA Mini and this is it right here.

So we have a 5-inch screen. On the URSA we flipped this so you can see you got the 5-inch screen. Still have all your play buttons in here. You're going to record to the CFast cards. But it's 5 pounds. This camera weighs 5 pounds. You can throw it on your shoulder. There's an optional shoulder pack here. It comes with the top handle and then the arm extension that you can see over here.

The camera will come with this controller here that you can do the record buttons on here. This handle, and you can see the rosettes here, so you can either screw it in here or like I said, get the optional pack. It's $395. You can throw this on here and you can just have the extension arm. A lot of people like to work this way.

PostProduction.Com: Is it true that you can actually play your XBox with this too? (just in case you didn't get it.... yes this is a joke!)

Kendall: That's right.

PostProduction.Com: And the PlayStation…

Kendall: No. I do not want to say that.


Kendall: That would be nice. You do have XLR connections on this, line control. All the things you are to expect on a professional camera. SDI out, it does have GenLock, timecode, those things. Battery pack you can see here a number of third party options that you can hook on here for your battery pack.

The other thing is, we talked about it earlier, is the …. IPs here. People don't want to view just with the monitor, now they have options. They can use the IPs or they can flip this out or close it when they need to.

Still Super 35 sized sensor and you can do 60 frames a second in this camera with your rolling shutter and you can do 30 frames a second with the ....

PostProduction.Com: Who's the target market for this camera?

Kendall: Really anyone. It really is. The reason why we have it is like I said, if you want to be portable, you want to be able to move around, and just grab it and go, it's a lightweight camera so documentaries, motion pictures, the list just goes on. Corporate videos, you name it. The list just goes on and on.

PostProduction.Com: Cool. Anything with regards to remote, if you're going to shoot, anything like that a non-traditional type of stuff? IP or anything we should know about that?

Kendall: No. Not on this camera. That's why we have the micro-cameras that we came out. The Micro Cinema and the Micro Studio.

PostProduction.Com: Okay, cool. I know we're going to do a quick roundup of all the camera so everybody can just see them and see the difference between the two.

Kendall: Sure.

PostProduction.Com: Thanks so much for your time.

Kendall: No problem.

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