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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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Film

SA Filmmakers Break The Global Mould

SA Filmmakers break the mould of territorial restrictions regarding independent films and get rewarded with North American distribution deal and global representation.

Director, writer Henk Pretorius and Producer Llewelynn Greeff’s new film THE UNFAMILIAR gets picked up for distribution by Lionsgate UK, Vertical Entertainment for North America and represented by – Scoundrel Media, the genre label of Myriad Pictures for worldwide sales.

Henk Pretorius: Photo Credit: Paul Harris / Copyright: Dark Matter Studios

THE UNFAMILIAR tells the story of a British Army doctor (Jemima West) who comes back from war, thinking she has PTSD, only to discover that there are malevolent spirits present at home, making the life that she knew unfamiliar.

Jamima West: Photo Credit: Fathom KeyArt Services / Copyright: Dark Matter Studios

“In the highly competitive world of filmmaking, a lot of people try to hold you down. The trick is not to listen to them, to focus on what you are authentically born to do and to keep pushing forward. Creating a film that will be seen by a global audience has been my vision since childhood.” – Henk Pretorius, Director/Writer.

Henk Pretorius wrote and directed Leading Lady, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola and Bakgat before leaving for the United Kingdom to write and direct: The Unfamiliar.

Myriad Pictures President and CEO Kirk D’Amico said: “We are excited to be handling international sales on this smart and timely horror thriller film in which director Henk Pretorius has gotten great performances from his cast, including the lead played by Jemima West. We are also delighted to start working with the talented people at Dark Matter Studios.”

Llewelynn Greeff, Producer, Dark Matter Studios said: “Being internationally represented by an industry icon, Kirk D’Amico’s of Scoundrel Media, has been an important milestone for Dark Matter Studios. The timing of the global release allows us to compete with major studios on a more even playing field.”

Llewelynn Greeff produced Leading Lady and Modder en Bloed (Blood and Glory) before producing The Unfamiliar with Producer Barend Kruger.

Dark Matter Studios is a British-based production house, co-founded by South Africans Henk Pretorius and Llewelynn Greeff, that specializes in creating bespoke feature films and television content for a global audience.

Scoundrel Media will premiere THE UNFAMILIAR at the Cannes Virtual Market.

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Poppie Nongena Film To Launch On DStv BoxOffice

Poppie Nongena, the feature film based on one of the finest African novel of the twentieth century, is set to grace DStv BoxOffice screens in June. An inspiring story of courage and tenacity, the movie explores the brutal and tender journey of a single woman caught between two families. Replete with tumultuous twists and turns, Poppie Nongena is sure to capture the hearts of DStv viewers.

“I’m thrilled that Poppie Nongena will be launching on DStv BoxOffice, as it brings the film to a whole new audience,” said lead actress Clementine Mosimane (Soul City, The Wild, Black Tax). “Poppie became part of me as I walked this journey with the film. Her grace, courage and tenacity touched me and many people deeply.”

Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Die Storie van Klara Viljee, Kanarie) plays alongside Mosimane, and the two powerhouse actresses both took home SAFTAs in recognition of their sterling work. The remainder of the cast includes veterans Chris Gxalaba (Long Walk to Freedom, The Crown, ER, Mandela and De Klerk), Rolanda Marais (Trackers, Wolwe Dans in die Skemer, Binnelanders, Out on a Limb), David Minaar (Torings, Fiela se Kind, Nag van die 19de, 7de Laan, Amalia) and Lida Botha (Invictus, Susters, Windprint, Pad na jou Hart, Die Boekklub, Hollywood in my Huis, Susters). Nomsa Nene, who played the title role in the international theatre production of Poppie, plays Poppie’s mother.

Rounding out the rest of the star-studded team are award-winning screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen, who directed the film along with cinematographer Vicci Turpin. Olwagen’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed films Johnny is Nie Dood Nie, Die Seemeeu and Kanarie.

The SAFTA and Silwerksermfees award-winning film Poppie Nongena, will air on DStv BoxOffice from 21 June 2020. Films on DStv BoxOffice cost R 25 to rent and the platform is available online (which means you don’t need to be a DStv subscriber to access the service online).

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African ‘Wall Of Fame’ Watchlist – Netflix

Africa, is a continent of 54 countries, all of whom encompass diversity, freedom, growth and creativity. On this day, Africa Day, we highlight the creative talent that is ever growing amongst our nation and wish to thank them for contributing to the entertainment landscape, for having a voice and simply for offering it to the world.

This is our Netflix, African “wall of fame” watchlist:

Blood & Water

Set in the surroundings of Parkhurst College, the prestigious inner-city school for elite scholars and academic overachievers. Blood & Water follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she engineers her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she’s never met.

Kalushi

In 1976 Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old street hawker, is beaten by the police during uprisings. After living in exile, he joins the liberation movement and becomes an international icon of South Africa’s liberation.

COTW

This global, first-of-its-kind, series will bring together 47 comedians from 13 regions in 8 languages in an unprecedented stand-up comedy event series. The groundbreaking series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity.

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah touches on tacos, runaway snakes, camping, racism immunity and lessons he learned from his mother in this comedy special.

Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema

Luck Kunene adopts a criminal lifestyle that balloons into big-time crime, attracting the attention of law enforcement and a powerful drug lord.

Baby Mamas

From surprise news to relationship blues, four coworkers in different stages of motherhood unite to support each other in their struggles with men.

White Wedding

Groom-to-be Elvis confronts a tide of obstacles when he tries to cover the 1,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa in time for his wedding.

Tsotsi

After shooting a woman and driving off in her car, a ruthless thug is surprised to discover a crying infant in the back seat

Tjovitjo

Amidst poverty and struggle, a hardened pantsula dance leader enters a dark space and searches for redemption and salvation in his community

Agent

A former footballer tries to make it as a player agent in the world of African football, but a secret from his past threatens to destroy everything.

Queen Sono

South African spy Queen Sono finds herself in a nefarious web of business and politics as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death.

Chief Daddy

When a wealthy patriarch unexpectedly drops dead, his money-crazed family, friends and staff scramble for his billionaire fortune.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Inspired by a science book, 13 year-old William Kamkwaamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story.

The Delivery Boy

A teen criminal and a young sex worker forge an unlikely alliance during a night that forces them to confront painful pasts and crisis of conscience.

Living in Bondage

Mentored by an enigmatic tycoon, an ambitious young man faces a crisis when his rise in power draws him deep into the occult.

The Wedding Party

As their big day arrives, a couple’s lavish wedding plans turn into a nightmare of exes, fighting parents and uninvited guests.

The Bridge

A Yoruba prince and a young lady from a prominent lgbo family face tribal prejudice and parental pressure when they secretly wed.

Lionheart

When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business, alongside her uncle, and prove herself in a male-dominant world.

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DStv Celebrates Africa Day With The Very Best Programmes From The Continent #DStvAfricaWeSee

In the build-up to Africa Day on 25 May, DStv is bringing its customers the shows that demonstrate the fierce independence, unmitigated talent, entrepreneurial skills and musical genius that make Africans so incredibly proud.

DStv has always believed in being a platform for authentic African stories – the ones that touch lives and resonate with the people of this continent. That’s why there are so many series and shows created by Africans for Africans. One such story is the movie Indandatho Yokukhanya, which will be screened on Saturday 23 May on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30. Directed by Thembalethu Mfebe and starring Idols SA season 8 winner Kwanele Mthethwa and Unathi Guma (Housekeepers), it’s about a timid and overly cautious girl who finds out that her parent’s spirits were taken by a dark entity, and makes it her mission to save them.

Another example is compelling movie Inxeba: The Wound, which has won numerous international awards but was also once banned from mainstream cinemas in South Africa, which makes its debut on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on Friday 22 May at 22:00. Beautifully shot and acted, it is a gem worth watching.

While most of the well-loved soapies have gone back to filming, their new episodes remain on hold at the moment, but there’s no better time to catch-up with all the very best of Mzansi Originals on DStv Now. You’ll find Isibaya, Ubizo, Lockdown, Gomora, The Queen, Widowed and so much more. Afrikaans customers will also find their African heritage celebrated in shows such as Binnelanders and Arendsvlei.

DStv is always committed to bringing the real lives of the people of Mzansi into your homes, with a number of exciting and provocative reality shows. On Saturday 23 May, tune into Ubizo on Mzansi Wethu (DStv Channel 163) at 19:30 to follow Lloyd, a medium who provides healing and balance to his clients. Ubizo’s fascinating core themes include exploring ancestry, resolving maternal and paternal identity issues, marriage and how it affects individuals, miscarriage and abortion, African spirituality versus religion as well as the passing of souls.

When it comes to music, no-one can compete with the vibrancy and rhythm of the African soul. On Africa Day itself, 25 May at 18:00, MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel will be screening a two-hour live Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home. Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will feature some of Africa’s hottest stars, including Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Nasty C, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, StoneBwoy, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more.

Later on at 21:00, MTV Base will feature more African talent with a panel of Africa’s brightest and freshest young talent, to have a fierce, fun and fiery debate as they countdown the Top 10 moments that make up Africa’s Biggest Brags.

Trace Africa (DStv channel 326) will also be celebrating everything that makes Africa unique with a day full of the best music from across the continent. Listen out for music from iconic musicians like Mali’s Salif Keita, Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz, Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and South African divas Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and PJ Powers.

African women have for centuries shown their resilience and determination. In Mama Rwanda on Sunday 24 May on CuriosityStream (DStv channel 185) at 20:00, follow the lives of Drocella, a village wife, and Christine, a widow living in the city, who team up to form a new generation of female business owners who are also mothers and rebuilding the economy of Rwanda.

They are just some of the women in post-genocide Rwanda defying social norms and becoming entrepreneurs to fight poverty.

Lupita Nyong’o is another African woman who has proven that sheer talent and perseverance can pay off in the end. Catch the award-winning Kenyan actress in the scary movie Us, on M-Net Movies Premiere (DStv channel 104) at 20:00. It’s written and directed by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele.

We’re also a continent that knows how to laugh and have fun, and the comedic talent that has emerged from Africa is astounding – just take our own Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as an example. He’s hosting his show from home during the lockdown, and you can catch him at his funniest on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) daily at 21:30. On Saturday 23 May, you can catch another set of incredible local comedians in Goliath & Goliath: Aweh Mzansi on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 21:30. It’s a brotherly affair on this stand-up comedy show that’s bound to get Mzansi laughing in these interesting times we live in.

As Africans unite in these difficult times, let’s take some time to celebrate and salute the real spirit of Africa. It’s what keeps us together.