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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Update

Blackmagic Design today announced a major new software update for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera that adds localization for 11 languages, the ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips, new customizable frame guides as well as improved behavior for function buttons. The update also adds improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs, better jam sync timecode functionality, and much more.

New software update for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
adds localization, custom LUT embedding in Blackmagic RAW files and more!

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update adds support for 11 different languages so it can be used internationally. The camera can be set to English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. It’s easy to switch to another language so customers can share their camera with other crew when traveling to locations worldwide. When customers switch languages, all on screen overlays, setup menus and monitoring information will be displayed in the selected language instantly.

Customers also now have the ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips, which helps to streamline production workflow. 3D LUTs can be directly embedded as metadata within the .BRAW file, making it easy to display the images with the “look” you want, maintaining creative consistency through post production. When working with software such as Davinci Resolve, it’s easy to access the 3D LUTs for editing and color correction as they always travel with the .BRAW file.

This new update also adds new features that URSA Mini Pro customers have requested such as being able to disable the HFR button to prevent accidentally changing the frame rate between shots. The HFR button can now also be remapped, as can the VTR and return buttons on Cine‑servo PL and B4 lenses. In addition, customers can now lock timecode to the SDI input, jam sync timecode is maintained between power cycles, and the ND filter icon is always visible on status text when in use.

Audio improvements have also been included with customers now able to choose between -18 or -20dB audio alignment levels. Sidetone adjustment for talkback has been added so camera operators can speak loudly in noisy environments while keeping their voice mixed down in their earpiece. Line level XLR input signals can now also be adjusted and audio meters have improved ballistics.

Blackmagic OS has been updated and now adds ⅓ stop ISO increments to the ISO slider, as well as the ability to quickly switch media from the heads up display. In addition, new 2:1, 1:1 and 5:4 frame guides have been added, along with the option for custom frame guides. The media formatting interface has been improved, making it more intuitive so users are less likely to accidentally format a card.

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update also adds general performance improvements and greater stability when using external reference. In addition, auto exposure speed and performance has been improved, as well as playback of renamed clips.

“This update adds a lot of new features to the original URSA Mini Pro 4.6K model, bringing it up to the latest software as the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and URSA Broadcast,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s very exciting because now all URSA Mini Pro customers can upgrade to the latest software at no charge, giving them access to a range of powerful new capabilities to shoot with.”

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Features

  • Support for 11 popular languages.
  • Adds common off speed frame rate options above slider.
  • Ability to embed custom LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Ability to disable or remap function and HFR buttons.
  • Remapping of VTR and Ret buttons on B4 lenses.
  • Improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs.
  • Sidetone level adjustment.
  • Improved ballistics and scaling of audio meters.
  • Choice of -18 or -20dB reference levels for audio meters.
  • Quick media switching from the heads up display.
  • Support for HDR metadata in SDI output.
  • ‘LUT’ icon to status text overlays.
  • ‘PRE’ icon to status text overlays for preset timecode.
  • 2:1, 1:1 and 4:5 monitoring frame guides.
  • Customizable frame guides.
  • Ability to lock timecode to SDI Input.
  • Better jam sync timecode functionality.
  • Improved stability when using external or program reference.
  • Improved accuracy of status text on SDI outputs.
  • Improved ND filter status text.
  • Improved auto exposure speed and performance.
  • Improved media formatting user interface.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price For Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price for the popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K of US$1,995. This is a reduction of $500 which will help make this camera more affordable for users working on digital film as well as live production with the new ATEM Mini switchers. With the current demand for multi camera live streaming from home broadcast studios, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K makes a perfect studio camera when combined with the recent studio camera software update!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,995.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now works as a studio camera for live production when used with ATEM Mini. Video and control is via the HDMI connection, which is available as soon as customers plug the cameras in. The record light becomes a tally light so customers can see which camera is on air. The ATEM Software Control camera page has a camera control unit (CCU) style interface for adjusting and matching their cameras. Move the CCU control vertically for iris and left to right to adjust black level. It’s the same as a broadcast CCU. There are also controls for color tint to balance camera as well as focus, gain and shutter speed. Customers can even ISO record Blackmagic RAW in the camera for editing later.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at their fingertips.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K model lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras have an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range which means they preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows customers to set exposure for an indoor scene and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features built in CFast and SD UHS-II card recorders, and a USB-C expansion port for recording direct to an external media disk. Customers can use regular SD cards for HD or higher performance UHS-II and CFast cards for native 4K or 6K when using Blackmagic RAW. Imagine capturing over an hour of full resolution 6K images on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card. The ProRes and Blackmagic RAW files work with all video software.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from their camera. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives customers stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. The touchscreen displays critical information while users are shooting, menus for setting up the camera and intuitive touch to focus controls. On screen overlays show status, a histogram, focus and peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, playback controls and more.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, customers get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

Both Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera models feature a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power for connecting professional microphones such as lapel mics and booms. The four built in microphones have an extremely low noise floor and are shock and wind resistant, allowing customers to capture great sound in any location. There’s also a 3.5mm audio input for connecting video camera style microphones, along with a built in speaker for playback and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

“We have worked very hard to build this camera at lower cost, and we think even more people will be able to take advantage of this price reduction to move into a more advanced and much higher quality digital film workflow,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “This has become more important with COVID-19. Many broadcasters have been setting up home studios for presenters, which have used ATEM Mini switchers and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. We think with the recent software updates for switcher control of the Pocket Cinema Cameras from the ATEM Mini switchers, combined with this more affordable price it will greatly help this workflow.”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Features

  • Works as a studio camera when connected to ATEM Mini.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Built in SD, UHS-II and CFast card recorders.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built in 5″ touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • Professional mini XLR input with 48 volt phantom power.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available now for US$1,995, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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Blackmagic Design Announces HyperDeck Studio Mini v7.1

New and free software update adds new H.264 codec, new AAC audio
codec, longer single file record durations and faster file transfers using Ethernet.

Blackmagic Design today announced HyperDeck v7.1 a major new software update that adds multiple new features to HyperDeck Studio Mini broadcast recorders. The new updates include a new H.264 codec that supports true interlaced HD formats, a new AAC audio codec allowing uploading files direct to YouTube, much faster Ethernet transfers of 110 MB/s and support for longer duration in a single file of at least 3 hours.

HyperDeck Studio Mini v7.1 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

HyperDeck Studio Mini is a miniaturized broadcast deck that’s so compact and portable customers can use it anywhere. Customers get a choice of incredible quality H.264, ProRes or DNx codecs recorded to SD or UHS-II card media in either QuickTime or MXF file formats. HyperDeck Studio Mini has features such as 6G-SDI for all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI for monitoring, dual SD card slots for non-stop recording and built in sync generator that lets customers daisy chain and synchronize multiple decks together.

HyperDeck Studio Mini features multi rate 6G-SDI connections so customers can work with all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. Customers get an SDI input and two SDI outputs that can be used for fill and key. The HDMI output makes HyperDeck Studio Mini perfect for connecting to big screen televisions, projectors and digital signs. For large digital signage, there’s reference input and a reference generator with reference output that lets customers sync multiple HyperDecks for ganged playback.

HyperDeck Studio Mini features traditional deck style transport controls, including a small search dial for jog and shuttle. The compact LCD shows timecode and transport information, plus a full color thumbnail preview of the current clip in record or playback. It also displays information about each card’s recording status, along with video format, frame rate information and audio levels, all on the same display.

HyperDeck Studio Mini records to both regular SD cards and high performance UHS-II cards. Customers can use standard SD cards, or UHS-II cards when customers want to record Ultra HD. SD cards are incredibly tiny, so customers can create an archival library of your content that takes up a fraction of the space required by old tapes and disks. Plus now with the latest software update, HyperDeck Studio Mini recordings can be more than 3 hours long in a single file.

With the latest software update HyperDeck Studio Mini can record SD, 720p, 1080p and now 1080i HD true interlaced formats in H.264, allowing broadcasters to reduce costs even while recording and archiving thousands of hours of video. H.264 files are extremely small and range from 36:1 to 124:1 compression for lower file sizes, even while retaining great broadcast quality video. With the latest software, H.264 files now have AAC audio so customers can upload recordings direct to YouTube. Plus with modern computers, H.264 files work with all edit software and are fast to use. Plus HyperDeck Studio Mini also supports ProRes in 422 HQ, 422, 422 LT and Proxy, plus DNx formats too.

HyperDeck Studio Mini features dual media slots for non stop recording. When the recording card becomes full, recording automatically continues onto the next card. That means users will never have to worry about missing an important shot. That’s perfect when recording at longer live events because the cards are also hot swappable, so customers can swap a full card for an empty one while recording continues in the other slot.

The SDI and HDMI connections are multi-rate, so they can handle SD, HD and Ultra HD television standards. SD formats include NTSC and PAL. 720p HD standards include 720p50 and 59.94p. 1080i HD interlaced formats include 1080i50, 59.94 and 60, while the latest software update means customers get true interlaced support in H.264 files, making HyperDeck Studio Mini perfect for broadcasters. 1080p HD formats include 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60p. Customers can even do 1080 PsF formats. If customers are working in Ultra HD, up to 2160p30p formats are supported via 6G-SDI.

Built in 1G Ethernet means HyperDeck Studio Mini is perfect for broadcast server and digital signage use. With the latest software updates, customers can now transfer up to 110 Megabytes per second, which is so fast it allows customers to copy video files as fast as the SD card can handle it. To upload media files remotely, customers can use the FTP protocol or use common FTP client software. Customers can also remote control HyperDeck using an easy text based protocol, so it’s easy to use simple Telnet to test their control commands.

HyperDeck Studio Mini records files that are compatible with virtually all post production software. When recording in H.264, customers can upload files from HyperDeck Studio Mini direct to streaming services such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter and more. If customers are working with popular editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, customers can start editing and color correcting without having to transcode or convert the files.

“This is a massive software update for HyperDeck Studio Mini and its like a whole new model, but because it’s a software update, thousands of customers will get it for free!” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “With a new H.264 codec, a new AAC audio codec, longer single file recordings and improvements in video quality, we think our customers will love this new update!”

HyperDeck Studio Mini v7.1 Features

  • Longer single file record times of at least 3 hours.
  • New H.264 codec with interlaced video support.
  • New AAC audio codec allows H.264 file uploads direct to YouTube.
  • Dramatically faster Ethernet file transfers up to 110 MB/s.
  • Supports QuickTime and MXF file wrappers.

Availability and Price

HyperDeck Studio Mini v7.1 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Camera Update 6.9

Blackmagic Camera 6.9 update adds studio camera features such as remote
control, tally and DaVinci color corrector to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design today announced new software update for its popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models that include powerful studio camera features. Now customers can connect to an ATEM Mini switcher and get control of the camera parameters, lens and tally light. ATEM Mini can control up to 4 cameras via the HDMI video connection and ensure all cameras are perfectly matched for a professional live studio workflow. Now the same Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can work as a digital film camera and a studio camera!

Blackmagic Camera Update 6.9 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site.

Video and control is via the HDMI connection, which is available as soon as customers plug the cameras in. The record light becomes a tally light so customers can see which camera is on air. The ATEM Software Control camera page has a camera control unit (CCU) style interface for adjusting and matching their cameras. Move the CCU control vertically for iris and left to right to adjust black level. It’s the same as a broadcast CCU. There are also controls for color tint to balance the camera as well as focus, gain and shutter speed. Customers can even ISO record Blackmagic RAW in the camera for editing later.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at their fingertips. Because it’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K model features a 4/3 image sensor with 4096 x 2160 resolution and an MFT lens mount, allowing customers to capture wide dynamic range and Hollywood quality, digital film images in the palm of their hand. The MFT mount lets customers use super compact, lightweight and affordable lenses so customers can take the camera anywhere, even locations that are too hostile for larger cameras.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K model lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects. This means that customers can shoot in 6K and then in post production zoom and re-frame to allow wide shots and close ups to be created, all from a single camera and without losing image quality.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras have an incredible 13 stops of dynamic range which means they preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows customers to set exposure for an indoor scene and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features dual gain ISO up to 25,600, which means both the 4K and 6K models are optimized to minimize grain or noise in images, while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The native ISO of 400 is ideal for scenes with on-set lighting. The dual gain is changed automatically so it’s easy to capture great images when customers don’t have time to set up lights.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from their camera. Video formats such as H.264 are highly compressed, plus add noise and artifacts, causing original sensor detail to be lost forever. Blackmagic RAW eliminates this problem and gives customers stunning images with incredible detail and color throughout the production pipeline from camera to edit, color and mastering. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure in camera or override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. The touchscreen displays critical information while users are shooting, menus for setting up the camera and intuitive touch to focus controls. On screen overlays show status, a histogram, focus and peaking indicators, levels, frame guides, playback controls and more.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, customers get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect a Pocket Cinema Camera to ATEM Mini for dramatically better quality images. Plus connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. There’s even a DVE that allows picture in picture effects plus lots of video effects and transitions. All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so customers can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro model adds live streaming via Ethernet and recording to USB disks. ATEM Mini also has advanced broadcast features for high end work.

“This is a very exciting software update because it allows the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to become even more useful as they can now be used for both digital film production or live production for streaming,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’ve seen a lot of customers use the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras with ATEM Mini for live streaming because of their fantastic images, great low light capability and very creative looks when using 3D LUTS. Now customers will get new studio camera remote control plus a powerful built in DaVinci color corrector, so there are even more creative options for live production!”

Blackmagic Camera Update 6.9 Features

  • Works as a studio camera when connected to ATEM Mini.
  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • Wide 13 stops of dynamic range for film looks.
  • Up to 25600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.
  • Built in 5″ touchscreen allows accurate focus when shooting 6K.
  • Blackmagic OS as used in URSA Mini and URSA Broadcast cameras.
  • Supports remote tally, lens and color corrector with ATEM Mini.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Camera Update 6.9 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 And Blackmagic RAW 1.7

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lackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 which add support for Blackmagic RAW recording from Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II cameras on the new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models. This update lets customers take advantage of Blackmagic RAW workflows and allows dramatically improved quality and creativity in the post production process. Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 also adds support for metadata entry allowing shots to be logged and tagged on set for better management of media for large productions.

Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site.

The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats. The new improved design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5″ and 7″ models, customers get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60.

A brighter touch screen ensures a better view of their recording when shooting HDR digital film, or when shooting outdoors in sunlight. The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L-Series batteries. This means Blackmagic Video Assist 12G is incredibly versatile and is the perfect solution for the next generation of digital cinema shoots, live production mastering, broadcast testing and measurement.

Some cameras can output logarithmic colorspace to preserve the dynamic range, which is great for later post production, however when these files are viewed on a monitor they can look flat and washed out. 3D LUTs solve this problem because they allow customers to apply a “look” to the monitor so customers get an idea of how the finished images will look like when editing. LUTs can be applied temporarily for monitoring only, or they can be burned into files for use in editing when capturing Blackmagic RAW. Video Assist works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or customers can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more.

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Video Assist records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry standard 10-bit ProRes or DNx files in all formats and from all HDMI or SDI cameras, as well as 12-bit Blackmagic RAW when connected to supported cameras. Best of all media files work on all operating systems.

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from cameras. Video Assist supports Blackmagic RAW recording from popular cameras such as Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II. This eliminates the problems with popular camera formats such as H.264, which are highly compressed resulting in noise and processing artifacts. It also saves camera settings and digital slate information as metadata, giving customers greater control of color and exposure during editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with. Only Blackmagic RAW gives customers the highest quality, smallest files and fastest performance.

“The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G monitors and recorders are very popular and have become a great way to upgrade the monitoring and recording quality from a wide range of cameras” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “This new Blackmagic RAW recording feature will be welcomed by customers and will dramatically improve the quality of these cameras. We think it will also greatly assist the post production pipeline when used with editing and color correction in DaVinci Resolve.”

Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 Features

  • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Records Blackmagic RAW from supported third party cameras.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Video Assist 3.1 and Blackmagic RAW 1.7 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design web site.

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