For IBC 2015, Blackmagic Design announced a new accessory for the Ursa Mini, the B4 Lens Mount. The B4 lens mount modification for the new URSA Mini PL camera designed to replace the existing PL lens mount on Blackmagic URSA Mini PL, turning it into a B4 camera for HD. To install the B4 mount, you simply take the PL lens mount off where it is normally removed for shimming PL lenses and bolt on the B4 lens mount.
This is a true lens mount replacement that features precision glass optics specifically designed to match Blackmagic URSA Mini’s sensor with high definition broadcast B4 lenses. The B4 mount also features spherical aberration correction so you can use your lenses wide open with no blooming effect. It can be used with both 4K and 4.6K PL models of the URSA Mini. The B4 Lens Mount will cost $295 and be available November 2015.
Blackmagic URSA Mini Update
According to a release from Grant Petty, owner of Blackmagic Design, “We have now started to build URSA Mini and we will be delivering throughout September. Because we had a few delays with the metalwork, we have had the chance to add some nice updates since we launched the camera at NAB.”
New Features for the Ursa Mini:
- Reference video input and the timecode on the same connector
- Additional 12G-SDI input to use the URSA Mini with an external recorder and use URSA Mini as a live production or studio camera
- There is a program button that lets you select to see the 12G-SDI input on the fold out screen or the viewfinder
- B4 lens control connector to the URSA Mini PL models allowing the camera to power the lens, control the IRIS and record button on the lens will start and stop camera recording.
- The GPS feature will not be available for the URSA Mini 4.6K models
DaVinci Resolve 12 Final Release
According to Petty, DaVinci Resolve is stable and working very well. Today Blackmagic posted the release version of DaVinci Resolve 12 for download. $995. Available Now.
Fusion 8 Beta 2
Blackmagic has just released a new beta update for Fusion 8 for both Mac and Windows.
Other Products from Blackmagic Design
Decklink Quad 2: $995. Available Q4 2015. A new high performance capture and playback solution that puts the power of eight DeckLink cards onto a single circuit board that plugs into a single PCI Express slot. Designed for developers and OEMs, DeckLink Quad 2 is the ideal solution for media play-out servers, multi screen digital signage servers, real-time processors and more.
MultiView 16 update: Free of charge to MultiView 16 customers. Available November 2015. This is a major update for its Blackmagic MultiView 16 that features new audio meters, enhanced on screen labels, RGB output over HDMI and more. With the update, customers can now view audio meters independently for each video input. The meters are superimposed over the video in all layouts including 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4 and solo view; and they feature correct VU ballistics that accurately conform to the VU meter standard. This means broadcasters can rely on the on-screen meters and use them as an accurate tool since they are designed to adhere to professional specifications and behave in the same way as a mechanical VU meter. In addition, on-screen view labels now resize proportionally based on the selected layout so they better match the view size. Both audio meters and labels can now be turned on and off independently using the on screen menus. SD anamorphic support is also added to let customers view 16 x 9 anamorphic SD video sources in widescreen. This update adds support for RGB output over HDMI for greater compatibility with even more Ultra HD displays or televisions, and improves the clarity of output when MultiView 16 is used with regular HD displays.
Teranex Mini video converters: $995. Available Q4 2015. Three new Teranex Mini video converter models are now available, allowing customers to convert from 12G-SDI to Quad SDI, from Quad SDI to 12G-SDI, and to distribute a single SDI source to eight SDI outputs.
Teranex 4.2: Available Now. Teranex 4.2 Update adds advanced noise reduction algorithms, Level A SDI support, audio metering and more to Teranex Express. With this new software update customers can dramatically improve the picture quality of noisy source footage, as well as convert between 1089 different SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats up to 2160p60, all in real time.
Grant Petty has produced a video with a full demonstration of the new Ursa Mini Mount as well as all of these other products, and you can see it here: www.blackmagicdesign.com
Of course if you’re in Amsterdam for IBC, you should make a point to visit the Blackmagic Design booth for yourself and check out all of these new products and updates there.