Blackmagic Ups Resolution Race with 12K URSA Mini Pro Video Camera
Think 4K resolution images look pretty good and still haven’t figured out who is going to buy an 8K TV? Hold on. Blackmagic Design has just announced a 12K resolution version of its popular URSA Mini Pro video production camera for just under $ 10,000.
“We really focused on the extreme high end, with a sensor designed for high end movie production,” said Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic, in a live YouTube unveiling today. hui.
Petty said Blackmagic has spent millions of dollars and four years to develop a new 12288 x 6480 sensor, along with new color science to allow it to smoothly switch between 4K, 6K, 8K and 12K modes. , and store all these resolutions simultaneously, using a new version of Blackmagic RAW, its compression software for large video files.
While a 70-minute video presentation, Petty recorded a brief video on the camera with one of those SSD storage devices connected through a new USB-C port on the back of the camera. He then plugged it directly into a Mac laptop and later on a much more powerful Mac Pro desktop computer, to show how files could be easily moved, edited, and duplicated in DaVinciResolve, the editing / effects / software. sound / corporate color calibration. .
This extremely limited demo was designed to show the work the company has done with the various components of its production systems to make it much easier to manage the gigantic files generated in 12K format. Indeed, less than a minute of 12K video created a file of almost 4 gigabytes. The company said the new sensor captures 10 times more pixels than a 4K image and 40 times more than an HD image.
The company also unveiled several accessories, including a pair of relatively inexpensive on-shelf monitors, two inexpensive adapters for streaming SDI-format video to laptops, and a ‘backpack’ video recording system that can handle the last M. 2 and NVMe SSDs for 12K camera. The camera can use two drives at a time, which allows for hot swapping and provides fail-safe protection if one of the drives fails to operate.
Blackmagic also announced updates to Resolve to handle the new high-end video, although these software enhancements are only available in beta form at this time, with the Mac OS version being the most advanced in development, Petty said.
The new camera largely uses the same external body and controls as its URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera, a good mid-range professional camera for film and TV production that Petty said was getting a bit long in the tooth. . This means that most of the accessories that work on the 4.6K will also work with the new version, an important consideration given that the cost of lenses and other add-ons can quickly skyrocket in professional productions.
The camera takes photos in Super 35 format, to ensure wide compatibility with lenses, and functions effectively as a multi-camera, capturing more detail than needed at lower resolutions, but even allowing those lower resolution shots. to view more details, the company said.
Even with the backward compatible design, the new camera will be anything but long in the tooth. It appears to be the first digital camera on the market capable of capturing 12K resolution, and is certainly the first at a price tag of just under $ 10,000.
The camera will start shipping “in a few weeks,” Petty said, although the company is focusing on seeding 12K with cinematographers and other high-end users first, to see what happens. ‘they find by using it in various productions. The settings.
Either way, don’t expect to see a 12K TV anytime soon. The much higher resolution of the new camera is designed to give filmmakers more flexibility in producing and framing / capturing images with as much detail as possible, even when creating a 4K or 6K production. In 4K, the camera can handle up to 220 images per second of capture.
The camera is designed for film and television production, and not really for studio use, Petty said. Although it has the remote control functions that modern studio cameras require, it does not have in-camera color correction.
“It’s the only thing he doesn’t have,” Petty said. “We have all the camera control gear, but it’s not really a full studio camera. ”
For more technical details on the URSA Mini Pro 12K, go here.