Blackmagic has released an URSA Mini Pro 12K with optical low pass filter and announced that the 12K is now on Netflix’s list of approved cameras.

It has also released DaVinci Resolve 18.5 which introduces dozens of new tools including four new AI tools, over 150 feature upgrades, and major updates to the Cut page.

The URSA Mini Pro 12K adds a high performance optical low pass filter to the 12K Super 35 image sensor. The OLPF reduces artifacts such as moire and aliasing, while preserving the color and critical image detail Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K is renowned for.

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K has a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor and 14 stops of dynamic range, built into the URSA Mini body.

Oversampling from 12K gives 8K and 4K images with subtle skin tones and the detail of high end still cameras. It can shoot at 60 fps in 12K, 120 fps in 8K and up to 240 fps in 4K Super 16. URSA Mini Pro 12K features an interchangeable PL mount, and built in ND filters, dual CFast and UHS-II SD card recorders and a SuperSpeed USB-C expansion port.

When shooting in virtual production environments, the high frequencies of the LED matrix in video walls can cause problems for ultra sharp modern lenses and high resolution sensors, creating interference patterns. Using an optical low pass filter minimizes that interference, which results in a reduction of moire and aliasing. URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF adds a high performance, optical low pass filter that is precisely matched to the 12K sensor. The OLPF also incorporates updated IR filtering that improves far red colour response which, when combined with Blackmagic RAW processing for the URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF, preserves colour and critical image detail for new levels of image fidelity.

The Super 35 sensor has  14 stops of dynamic range and a native ISO of 800. The new 12K sensor has equal amounts of red, green and blue pixels and is optimized for images at multiple resolutions.

The URSA Mini Pro 12K sensor and Blackmagic RAW were designed together. The advanced design of the sensor and Blackmagic RAW allows users to work in any resolution in post production instantly, without rendering, while retaining the full sensor’s color accuracy.

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K OLPF is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$6,385.

Blackmagic has also revealed the Blackmagic Cloud doc, a rack mounted solution based on the Cloud Pod which comes in a two and four bay model with 10G-Ethernet support. It works with both SSDs and U.2 disks.


DaVinci Resolve 18.5

Editors can now transcribe audio within clips to search for media based on narrative content, or quickly generate subtitles for timelines with the automatic speech to text feature.

DaVinci Neural Engine AI can also analyze and automatically sort audio clips based on classification, and on the Fairlight page audio tracks can now be grouped for faster mix automation and editing.

Colorists can use the new Relight FX to add virtual lighting to a scene.

VFX artists can collaborate more easily with support for USD files and work faster with the multi-merge tool.

It offers improved collaboration, with the ability to export a project timeline using the Presentation feature via Blackmagic Cloud. Multiple people can now review that timeline, make comments and share a live chat.

The Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ will support 8mm film later this year.


Pippa Considine

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