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Captain Hook’s Beta Blackmagic URSA Footage

Captain Hook’s Beta Blackmagic URSA Footage

Captain Hook is at it again with his Beta footage from an upcoming Blackmagic Camera, this time from the URSA. Just as before, the footage is absolutely stunning.

Shot in ProRes 422 at 60fps, and colored in DaVinci Resolve, Captain Hook shot the footage using only the on board 10″ screen with a small crew of three or four people. He makes sure to mention that the URSA “…could still be used like the much smaller BMD ones without a crew etc”. From Captain Hook:

This is a collection of footage i’ve shot with a beta unit of the Blackmagic URSA (EF mount) over the last few weeks.

Disclaimer: I now work for Blackmagic Design but this video was produced the same way as my previous beta videos, and is definitely not some kind of ‘official’ demo video. Its just a collection of personal footage i’ve shot while getting to know the camera recently.

I originally tried to upload an UHD Prores LT, but it failed at 88%. 🙁 I will continue to try and replace the current file but even if not, i still recommend downloading the 1080 Prores LT version – the motion looks a little ‘funny’ on vimeo.

ursa beta footage 1

This was all shot using ONLY the built in 10″ screen for composing/focus and most of the time it was just Danelle and I grabbing footage, i really wanted to see if this bigger camera could still be used like the much smaller BMD ones without a crew etc. The only exception to this being some music video footage, but that was also a tiny crew of 3 of us involving me as director/dop/gaffer with Johnathan Guest from Halcyon Digital being camera/lighting assist, as well as DIT and dolly grip !!

The rest is friends doing us favours and getting footage while on holiday to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in Queenstown. Carrying around the URSA, lenses, and tripod on ski slopes was tiring and hard work and not much of a holiday! I also almost dropped the camera off the side of a friends mini speed boat while trying to hold it up to get footage going down the river.

Edited and Graded in DaVinci Resolve 11

Mostly shot at 60fps Prores 422HQ in camera and conformed to 24fps.

LENSES: Sigma 18-35/1.8 Art, Sigma 50/1.4 Art, Canon 70-200/2.8L II IS
Hoya ProNDs and Tiffen VariND+Hoya IR Cut
Schneider Hollywood Blackmagic 1/4 and Tiffen Soft FX 1

MUSIC: “By Your Side” – used with permission from Alan Poettcker of “The Runaway Club”

HUGE thanks to:
Blackmagic Design
Jeremy and Julian McPike
Jim Pollard
Todd Columb and his freerunning friends
Jayden and Ange Keoghan
Sound The Ocean
Johnathan Guest
Chelsea and Michelle Barns
Tracey Bourgeois
and of course my much better half for the last 10 years – Danelle !!

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