Blackmagic Design has just introduced its new S35 flagship camera Ursa Mini Pro 12K. The heart of the new Ursa Mini Pro 12K is its new 12K sensor with 12.288 x 6480 pixels, developed by Blackmagic Design. This allows 12 bit recordings in 12K with up to 60 fps in Blackmagic RAW. As the sensor offers internal scaling, the full-sensor readout can record 8K or 4K BRAW at 110 fps in addition to 12K, and even 4K 220 fps with an S16 crop. The new sensor has the same number of red, green and blue pixels and is therefore optimized for images in different resolutions.
The URSA Mini Pro 12K works closely with the Blackmagic RAW format -- it can only be filmed in BRAW. The compression options with constant bit rate are 5:1, 8:1, 12:1 and now also in 18:1 for low data rates. Alternatively, Blackmagic RAW Constant Quality Q0 to Q5 settings can be rotated.
The new Blackmagic Design Generation 5 Color Science is intended to improve the reproduction of skin tones, among other things, and also to contribute to the complex image processing of Blackmagic RAW and the preservation of sensor data on color and dynamic range in the metadata.
The URSA Mini Pro 12K is equipped with an exchangeable PL mount (on EF and F mount), built-in optical ND filters (2-4-6 stops, adjustable via ND filter wheel), dual recorders for CFast and UHS-II SD cards and a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port.
When the "Record RAW on 2 Cards" function is activated, the URSA Mini Pro 12K can record at 900 MB/s on two CFast cards or at 500 MB/s on two UHS-II SD cards simultaneously. As a third option, there is a USB-C 3.1 Gen2 expansion port on the rear panel with up to 10 Gbps for recording to USB-C flash memory or SSD at up to 900 MB/s.
The new Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder is an alternative to direct recording to SSDs via the integrated USB-C port. It records Blackmagic RAW files with 12 bit on 2.5" SSDs as well as fast U.2 NVMe Enterprise SSDs with up to 900 MB/s. Its special design allows the Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder to be mounted directly between the camera body and battery on the back of the URSA Mini Pro camera. The recorder is controlled via USB-C.
The dynamic range is specified by Blackmagic Design with 14 f-stops and thus 1 f-stop below the previous Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K G2. With the same sensor size of Super35mm, a hefty 80MB resolution is now accommodated, as already mentioned.
We found the 12K Blackmagic RAW editing performance on a current MacBook Pro especially remarkable at Grant Patty&s Ursa Mini Pro 12K presentation. According to this, a 12K cut should be possible in real time. Blackmagic refers in this context to a further optimization on Apple&s Metal Render technology.
The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K will be available worldwide in July 2020 for 9.995 USD (plus VAT) -- including DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.
The key features of the new Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 12K at a glance
- 12288 x 6480 12K super 35 sensor
- For use in feature films, VFX and high-end commercials
- Dynamic range of 14 f-stops and native ISO sensitivity of 800
- New Blackmagic RAW codec for real-time editing in 12K
- Optimization of Blackmagic RAW for Metal, CUDA and OpenCL
- Generation 5 Color Science with new film curve
- For shooting at 60 fps in 12K, 110 fps in 8K and 220 fps in 4K
- Recording on dual CFast cards with up to 900 MB/s
- Included PL mount; EF and F mounts available as options
- SuperSpeed USB-C for recording to external drives
- Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production
- Compatible with the new Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder
High Speed Frame Rates:
12K 17:9 full sensor up to 60 fps
8K DCI full sensor up to 110 fps
4K DCI full sensor up to 110 fps
8K 2.4:1 and 4K 2.4:1 up to 140 fps
6K Super 16 up to 120 fps
4K Super 16 up to 220 fps