Blackmagic Camera 7.7 update, which further improves sensor performance for the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K, has been unveiled.
The updated Blackmagic Design optimizes the 12K sensor by further improving the clarity of fine details in shadow areas. It also offers a more neutral color balance with a more precise starting point for better skin tones, while retaining the slight natural film gradient that customers enjoy with the URSA Mini Pro 12K. In addition, the incidence of moiré has been reduced when capturing ultra high resolution scenes with very high frequency fabrics or architectural textures.
“The pictures have that creamy but detailed filmy look that is so nice and also hits highlights and shadows well. There are no artifacts that are really important to my work, ”said Christian Sebaldt, ASC, while testing a beta version of the update. “And skin tones always look natural and, to me, those are the hallmarks of a $ 40,000 camera.”
Cinematographer Vance Burberry has extensively tested the beta of the new update on live productions. “After filming three projects with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the new update makes the image sharper in the shadows,” said Burberry. “Usually I never tried to increase the shadows, but when I did, there was less noise and at normal exposure the shadows stayed very clean. There is something special about the URSA Mini Pro 12K sensor. It has this incredible resolution but at the same time it has a delicacy that really reminds me of the movie.
The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K is touted as a revolution in digital film with a 12288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor and 14 dynamic range stops, integrated into the award-winning URSA Mini body. The combination of 80 megapixels per frame, new color science and the flexibility of Blackmagic RAW make 12K work a reality. Upsampling from 12K provides 8K and 4K images with the subtle skin tones and extraordinary detail of high-end cameras. Users can shoot at 60 fps in 12K, 120 fps in 8K, and up to 240 fps in 4K Super 16. The URSA Mini Pro 12K has an interchangeable PL mount, as well as built-in ND filters, two video recorders. SD CFast and UHS-II card, a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port and more. DaVinci Resolve Studio is included for creative control via publishing, from editing to color, visual effects and more.
The extreme resolution of the URSA Mini Pro 12K offers customers the benefits of shooting with film, including incredible detail, wide dynamic range, and deep, rich colors. The camera can be deployed for feature films, episodic television, and large-format immersive IMAX. The definition around objects makes it ideal for working with green screen and visual effects, including live action and CGI composition.
“Filmmakers love the incredible look of the 12K sensor and the Generation 5 color science of the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “The new Blackmagic Camera 7.7 software update takes even more advantage of the amazing sensor without losing that special look our customers love. We’re excited to make this camera even better, whether our customers use it for premium feature films, music videos, indie projects, or even visual effects work! “
Blackmagic Camera 7.7 update is now available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website. Update features include:
- Improved color balance.
- Improved demosaicing for better detail of MTF shadows.
- Improved demosaicing to reduce moiré effects on fine patterns.
- Improvements to the USB-C connection.
- Improved compatibility with ExAscend U.2 discs on URSA Mini Recorder.