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Nab 2016: Blackmagic announces new OS and UI for Ursa Mini

Nab 2016: Blackmagic announces new OS and UI for Ursa Mini
Jon Creamer
18 April 2016

Blackmagic Design has announced a new camera operating system for its URSA Mini cameras. The new camera OS features a new user interface along with dozens of new features. It will be available later this year free of charge for all URSA Mini owners.


Black magic is billing the URSA Mini camera OS as “a total rewrite from the ground up.” with a new user interface and heads up display which “dramatically” reduces the number of menus and submenus needed to find specific settings and commands. Users can now quickly change settings such as ISO, white balance, shutter angle, iris, frame rate, frame guides and more without having to navigate through any menus.


The rewrite also includes custom white balance and white balance presets, along with tint control settings. Black magic says users will also get more accurate shutter angle selection, including a large on screen keyboard for entry of settings. When entering the shutter angle, the new OS will offer smart flicker free shutter angle suggestions to assist the camera operator.


The new OS includes a new metadata entry page with predictive entry suggestions and a preloaded dictionary of commonly used terms that can be applied as metadata tags with one tap. 


The OS also adds 1.33x and 2x anamorphic de-squeeze previews, along with the ability to double tap so users can pan and zoom around the preview on the built in display. Users can now import and store external 3D LUTs and apply the LUT to the LCD, front and main SDI outputs independently. They can also load and save their own presets for different shooting setups or different operators.


In addition, customers can now assign shortcuts to camera function keys, toggle between peaking and color focus assist, see new percentage based safe area guides and have the ability to toggle SDI overlays with information specifically geared toward either the cinematographer or the director viewing at video village.


“Customers love their URSA Mini cameras and are shooting some incredible footage with them,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new Blackmagic URSA Mini camera OS is so exciting because it gives us a platform to build on for the future. There is a lot of extra power in the URSA Mini design that we have only just started to unlock, and until now this power has been hidden. The new URSA Mini operating system is going to let us build more of the features customers need even faster than before. Once you use it, it’s like getting a whole new camera for free!”


The URSA Mini camera OS will be available later this year as a free update for all Blackmagic URSA Mini customers.

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