Blackmagic URSA 12K Camera Update 7.7

December 20, 2021. Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K gets an update.

Blackmagic Camera 7.7 Update provides:

  • Improved color balance.
  • Improved demosaicing for better shadow detail MTF.
  • Improved demosaicing to reduce moire effects on fine patterns.
  • Improved USB-C camera connections.
  • Blackmagic RAW 2.2.1

URSA Mini Pro 12K’s sensor performance is improved with adjustments to its demosaicing algorithm. This offers a more neutral color balance and enhanced clarity in shadow areas.

Blackmagic Camera 7.7 update for URSA Mini Pro 12K provides a more neutral color balance  for better skin tones and natural highlight rolloff.

The chance of seeing moire patterns has been reduced when capturing ultra high resolution scenes with very high frequency (finely textured) fabrics (tweeds) or architectural details (bricks).

Blackmagic RAW 2.2.1 comes with general performance and stability improvements, along with  Adobe Premiere Pro plugin performance and stability improvements .

Quick Review

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K has a 12,288 x 6,480 12K Super 35 sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range. That’s 80 megapixels per frame.

New color science and Blackmagic RAW makes working with 12K a breeze. If you are finishing in 8K and 4K, oversampling from the native 12K gives you images with subtle skin tones, extraordinary detail and a film-like look. You can shoot at 60 fps in 12K, 120 fps in 8K, and up to 240 fps in 4K Super 16. These resolutions are windowed to fill the entire frame; they are not crop modes.

URSA Mini Pro 12K comes with  an interchangeable PL mount or EF mount. A four position ND (IRND) filter wheel is built in, with clear, ND.6 (2 stops), ND1.2 (4 stops) and ND 1.8 (6-stops). URSA 12K records to two internal CFast cards, or one UHS-II SD, or an external SSD via a high-speed USB-C port. DaVinci Resolve Studio is included in the camera’s crazy low price that’s about the cost of a roundtrip premium economy ticket from Melbourne, Australia to New York City.

URSA Mini Pro 12K’s extremely high resolution, as we’re seeing with other high rez cameras lately, is counter-intuitive to the argument that “Oh, higher resolution means a bad digital look.” On the contrary, these cameras can capture incredible detail, wide dynamic range and rich colors while reducing artifacts, moire and “mini stair steps” that have been the main culprits of the dreaded video look called “crispy” in France. And so, URSA 12K is finding its way on features, episodic shows, commercials, streamers and IMAX. The high rez definition around objects is helpful for working with green screen, active backgrounds, VFX, compositing and CGI.

Blackmagic Camera 7.7 update is now available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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