Blackmagic URSA Installation and Operation Manual (11.28

Installation and Operation Manual
Blackmagic URSA
Mac OS X™
Windows™
August 2014
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Blackmagic URSA!
Since we released our first digital film camera a few years ago we
have been privileged to have received some of the best guidance
and feedback we have ever had for a new product! We all grew up
admiring the work of the world's leading cinematographers and
DOPs and it’s been an honor to spend hours in conversations with
these legendary experts on the features we need to add to our
cameras. Of course, everyone we speak to has good ideas also!
All those exciting conversations have been put into the new
URSA camera you have just purchased. We think it takes care of
the needs of large film crews as well as having all the features
you need if your operating in single person shooting. Its unique
design allows you to replace the sensor, so add new imaging
capability to it over time.
What this also means is we could put more value into the screens,
processing and cooling systems the camera has, because it does
not need to be thrown away every time we develop a new sensor
for it! So you get a built in large 10 inch on set monitor built in,
dual CFast recorders that alternate recording so you can keep
recording for as long as you want, as well as scopes, super strong
metal design and much more.
We hope you use your URSA to produce some of the world's
most exciting films and television programming, music videos
and commercials! We are extremely excited to see what creative
work you produce and to get your feedback on new features you
would like to see us add to URSA!
Grant Petty
CEO Blackmagic Design
Contents
Blackmagic URSA
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Getting Started
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Playback
Introducing Blackmagic URSA
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Attaching the Handle
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Attaching a Lens
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Powering Your Camera
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Camera Assist and Audio Station Connectors
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Rear Panel Connectors
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Bottom Panel Connector
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Mounting Batteries
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About CFast Cards
Playing Back Clips
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Connectors
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Camera Features
Inserting a CFast Card
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Preparing a CFast Card for Recording
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Work Station Buttons
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Preparing CFast Cards on a Mac OS X Computer
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Touch Screens
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Preparing CFast Cards on a Windows Computer
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Touch Screen Features
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Overview of Camera Controls
DOP Station
Monitor Controls
Work Station Features
Camera Assist and Audio Station
Work Station Features
Status Strip
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Power Indicator
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Duration Display
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Transport Display
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Media Timeline
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Settings
Front Panel
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Camera Settings
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Rear Panel
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Audio Settings
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Top Panel
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Recording Settings
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Bottom Panel
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File Naming Convention
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Display Settings
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Recording
Recording Clips
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Recording Duration Table
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Entering Metadata
What is the Slate?
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Contents
Blackmagic URSA
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Camera Video Output
Monitoring using SDI
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Post Production Workflow
Working with Files from CFast 2.0 Cards
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Editing your Clips
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Using Final Cut Pro X
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Using Avid Media Composer
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Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC
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Using Autodesk Smoke 2013
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Blackmagic Camera Utility
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Help
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Warranty
Getting Started
5 Getting Started
Introducing Blackmagic URSA
Blackmagic URSA is a user upgradable digital film camera designed for large crews or single camera
operators. On the URSA camera, the controls are arranged into “stations” that make it easy for multiple
people to access controls and use the camera all at the same time. The left side of the camera we call the
DOP station and is where the director of photography would use the camera. On the other side of the
camera we have the camera assist and audio stations where a camera assistant and an audio engineer
can operate the camera.
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The DOP station features a large 10 inch fold out monitor with buttons for recording and playback, plus
display control for confirming focus and viewing SDI video from a switcher. Two CFast 2.0 recorders record
HD or 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. A 5 inch touch screen is provided for camera settings,
monitoring clips, camera status and scopes.
The camera assist and audio station features a separate touch screen for camera settings, monitoring
clips, status and scopes, plus audio meters and adjustment knobs. Professional BNC, TRS and XLR
connectors are provided for external audio, headphones monitoring, LANC control, SDI in and out,
reference in, timecode in and out, and power.
Attaching the Handle
Getting started with your Blackmagic URSA is as simple as attaching the handle, mounting a lens, and
powering your camera.
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Attaching the top handle.
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To attach Blackmagic URSA's handle to the camera body, simply slide the base of the handle along
Blackmagic URSA's handle ridges and screw the handle to one of the 3/8" mounting points. Choose a
mounting point that provides the best weight balance for your camera.
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To remove the protective dust cap from the EF lens mount, hold down the locking button and rotate the
cap counterclockwise until it is released. For the PL mount, rotate the PL locking ring counterclockwise.
We recommend always turning off Blackmagic URSA prior to attaching or removing a lens.
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To attach an EF mount lens:
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Step 1. Align the dot on your lens with the dot on the camera mount. Many lenses have a visual indicator,
for example a blue, red or white dot.
Step 2. Twist the lens clockwise until it locks into place.
Attaching and removing an EF mount lens on Blackmagic
URSA EF.
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Step 3. To remove the lens, hold down the locking button, rotate the lens counterclockwise until its
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Step 2. Align one of the lens' four flange notches with the locating pin on the camera mount. Be sure
to align the lens for easy viewing of the lens marks.
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Step 3. Tighten the PL locking ring by rotating it clockwise.
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Step 4. To remove the lens, rotate the locking ring counterclockwise until it stops, then gently remove
the lens.
When no lens is attached to the camera, the sensor is exposed to dust and other debris so you'll want
to keep the dust cap on whenever possible.
Attaching and removing a PL lens on Blackmagic URSA PL.
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Powering Your Camera
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Now that you've attached a lens, you'll need to supply power. The quickest way to power Blackmagic
URSA is to connect external power using the supplied 12V AC adaptor.
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Step 1. Connect the 12V AC adaptor plug to your mains power socket.
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Step 2. Connect the 12V AC adaptor’s 4 pin XLR connector to the 12-20V Power connector on the camera.
TIMECODE IN
If you have both external and battery power connected, only external power will be used. If you remove
external power while a charged battery is connected, Blackmagic URSA will switch to battery power
without interruption.
Use the supplied 12V AC adapter to power your
Blackmagic URSA.
To turn your camera on:
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Step 1. Press the Power button on Blackmagic URSA’s DOP or Camera Assist and Audio Stations.
The touch screens and fold out monitor will now activate and the status strip will appear along
the bottom of each touch screen.
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Mounting Batteries
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You can easily mount industry standard V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries to Blackmagic URSA. To mount
a battery, you'll need to attach a third party V-Mount or Gold Mount battery plate to Blackmagic URSA's
plate mount. Battery manufacturers such as IDX and Switronix provide battery plates with the correct
molex 51353-1200 connector for plugging into URSA's molex power connector. You can purchase these
battery plates from professional digital cinema and video equipment suppliers.
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Press the power button on Blackmagic URSA's work stations
to turn the camera on. Press and hold to turn the camera off.
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Step 1. Remove Blackmagic URSA's molex power cover from the rear plate by unscrewing the 4 corner
screws. You'll now see Blackmagic URSA's 12 way molex 55959-1230 power connector.
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Step 2. Connect Blackmagic URSA's 12 way molex 55959-1230 power connector to your third party
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Connecting a third party battery plate lets you mount
V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries.
Step 3. Screw the third party battery plate onto Blackmagic URSA's plate mounting points using 4 x
M3 screws. Make sure the connector cable is tucked safely into the cable slot and not crushed
between the plates when tightening.
With the third party plate connected to your Blackmagic URSA, you can now mount a V-Mount or Gold
Mount battery.
Congratulations! You are now ready to insert CFast 2.0 cards and start recording!
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About CFast Cards
8 About CFast Cards
Inserting a CFast Card
Blackmagic URSA uses CFast 2.0 cards to record HD or Ultra HD 4K video at up to 60 frames per second.
To insert a CFast card into one or both of the CFast slots:
Step 1. Open the fold out monitor to access the CFast slots and DOP work station.
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Step 2. With the label on the CFast card facing the touch screen, insert the card until you feel it lock
into place. Push on the CFast card ejector button to eject the card.
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Step 3. Power your camera. The status strip will display a moving dot while the camera checks the
CFast card and then it will say READY. Additionally, the touch screen media timeline will display
a time remaining indicator.
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CFast cards must be formatted as either HFS+ or exFAT.
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Inserting a CFast 2.0 card into one of Blackmagic URSA's two
CFast slots.
HFS+ is also known as Mac OS Extended. It is the recommended format as it supports "journaling".
Data on a journaled CFast card is more likely to be recovered in the rare event that your media card
becomes corrupted. HFS+ is natively supported by Mac OS X.
ExFAT is supported natively by Mac OS X and Windows without needing to purchase any additional
software. However exFAT does not support journaling.
Preparing CFast Cards on a Mac OS X Computer
Use the Disk Utility application included with Mac OS X to format your card in the HFS+ or exFAT formats.
Remember to back up anything important from your CFast card as all data will be lost when it is formatted.
Step 1. Connect the CFast card to your computer using a CFast 2.0 reader/writer or CFast drive, and
dismiss any message offering to use your card for Time Machine backups.
Step 2. Go to Applications/Utilities and launch Disk Utility.
Step 3. Click on the disk icon of your CFast card and then click the Erase tab.
Step 4. Set the Format to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" or "exFAT".
Step 5. Type a Name for the new volume and then click Erase. Your CFast card will quickly be formatted
and made ready for use.
Use Disk Utility on Mac OS X to erase your CFast card in the
Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or exFAT format.
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Preparing CFast Cards on a Windows Computer
The Format dialog box can format a drive in the exFAT format on a Windows PC. Remember to back up
anything important from your CFast card as all data will be lost when it is formatted.
Step 1. Connect the CFast card to your computer using a CFast 2.0 reader/writer or CFast drive.
Step 2. Open the Start Menu or Start Screen and choose Computer. Right-click on your CFast card.
Step 3. From the contextual menu, choose Format.
Step 4. Set the file system to "exFAT" and the allocation unit size to 128 kilobytes.
Step 5. Type a volume label, select "Quick Format" and click "Start".
Step 6. Your CFast card will quickly be formatted and made ready for use.
Use the Format dialog box feature in Windows
to format your CFast card in the exFAT format.
Overview of Camera Controls
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DOP Station
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1. 10" LCD VIEWFINDER
Large fold out on screen monitor, pivots for viewing at different camera heights. Pages 29 and 30.
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Press to start recording and press again to stop recording. Page 14.
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3. PLAYBACK CONTROL BUTTONS
Button for playback start and stop and skipping for the next or previous clip. Page 17.
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Turns on and off overlays, focus peaking and other on screen displays via the SDI monitoring output
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Switches the monitor between the camera and the “program” video from the SDI input. Pages 19 and 32.
7. IRIS, FOCUS, REC AND TRANSPORT BUTTONS
These controls allow camera operation when the monitor is folded closed, such as when shoulder mounted.
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Work Station Features
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1. MEMORY CARD SLOTS
Insert CFast 2.0 type cards into the slots for record and playback. Page 8.
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The 5" touch screen display is used for monitoring, scopes and changing camera settings. Page 22.
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3. IRIS BUTTON
Activates auto iris to set exposure when using compatible EF lenses. Page 20.
4. FOCUS BUTTON
Activates auto focus when using an EF lens mount and compatible lens. Page 20.
5. PEAK BUTTON
Turns focus peaking on to assist accurate manual focus. Page 20.
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Toggles the touch screen between camera display and status display. Page 20.
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Opens the touch screen menu. Page 21.
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8. SLATE BUTTON
Opens the slate so you can enter metadata using the touch screen. Page 21.
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9. POWER BUTTON
Turns your Blackmagic URSA on and off. Page 21.
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Camera Assist and Audio Station
Work Station Features
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Monitor your audio levels using the Ch 1 and Ch 2 audio meters. Page 21.
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The 5" touch screen display is used for monitoring your camera image and scopes, and applying camera
settings. Page 22.
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3. AUDIO MONITORING MUTE AND SOLO
Press these buttons to mute and monitor selected audio channels. Page 21.
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4. AUDIO LEVEL ADJUSTMENT KNOBS
Adjustment knobs to set the recording levels for the left and right audio channels. Page 21.
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5. HEADPHONES
1/4” jack output for headphones monitoring. Page 18.
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7. WORK STATION BUTTONS
Activates various camera controls and the touch screen menu for adjusting settings. Page 20.
8. HD-SDI MONITORING OUT
3G-SDI connector for down converted 1080 HD output. Pages 18 and 30.
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6. LANC REMOTE
2.5mm stereo jack for LANC remote control. LANC supports record start and stop, iris and focus control.
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9. +12V POWER OUTPUT
4 pin XLR connector for powering accessories, such as an external viewfinder. Page 18.
10. XLR AUDIO IN
XLR inputs for plugging in external balanced analog audio with selectable 48V phantom power. Page 18.
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Front Panel
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1. LENS MOUNT
Lens mount for attaching lenses. EF mount shown in illustration.
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Rear Panel
2. BATTERY PLATE MOUNT
Mounting points and connector for attaching a third party V-Mount or Gold Mount plate. Page 7.
3. SDI IN
12G-SDI connector for SD, HD or Ultra HD video input. Page 19.
4. SDI OUT
12G-SDI connector for SD, HD or Ultra HD video output. Page 19.
5. REF IN
BNC connector for plugging in an external reference signal. Page 19.
6. TIMECODE IN
BNC connector for plugging in external timecode. Page 19.
7. TIMECODE OUT
BNC connector for sending timecode to other professional video equipment. Page 19.
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8. 12-20V POWER INPUT
4 pin XLR connector for plugging in external power. Page 19.
Top Panel
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9. 3/8" MOUNTING POINTS and TOP HANDLE
Mounting points for attaching top handle and accessories.
Bottom Panel
10. USB 2.0
USB 2.0 Mini-B port for updating internal software. Pages 19 and 38.
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11. 15" LIGHTWEIGHT ROD and VCT-14 BASE PLATE SUPPORT
15" LWS standard mounts for attaching rods, and mounting points for a VCT-14 quick release plate.
Recording
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Recording Clips
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Press the REC button on Blackmagic URSA's monitor controls to begin recording immediately.
Press REC again to stop recording.
Choosing the Recording Format
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Your Blackmagic URSA records to lossless CinemaDNG RAW formats as well as various Apple ProRes
compressed formats. You can select different recording formats and experiment to see which format
best suits your workflow.
To select your desired video format:
Step 1. Press the Menu button.
Step 2. Select the Recording menu and set the Recording Format using the selection arrows.
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Step 3. Press the Menu button to exit.
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Your Blackmagic URSA is now ready to record in the video format you have selected. The current recording
format is shown on the status strip on the touch screen.
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Blackmagic URSA Supported Recording Formats
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To record a clip, press the REC button on the fold out monitor.
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CinemaDNG 4K RAW
4000 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422,
ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy
3840 x 2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
1920 x 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
Blackmagic URSA SDI Output Formats
Rear SDI Input and Output
2160p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
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1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60.
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Zoom Button
The Zoom button on the fold out monitor helps you find sharp focus by zooming into your picture. In
Ultra HD 4K mode, the monitor will show a 1:1 pixel view. Press the Zoom button on the fold out monitor
to activate the focus zoom feature. Press again to zoom out to the standard view.
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Recording Duration Table
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Below is a table showing the recording duration in minutes and seconds compared to format, frame rate
and media size. The maximum recording time for a CFast card will vary depending on the data size of
the card and the format and frame rate you choose. For example, the storage rate for Apple ProRes 422
(HQ) at 3840 x 2160 is approximately 880 Mbps. At 24 frames per second, you can record approximately
48 minutes of video on a 256GB CFast 2.0 card.
Format
CFast
Card
Frame
Rate
CinemaDNG
RAW 4K
ProRes 422
(HQ)
ProRes
422
ProRes 422
LT
ProRes 422
Proxy
Duration
Duration
Duration
Duration
Duration
22:16
48:32
73:00
104:08
237:12
24
22:12
48:28
72:56
104:04
237:00
25
21:20
46:20
69:56
100:20
224:32
30
17:44
38:44
58:00
83:40
189:36
50
10:40
23:16
34:48
50:08
112:16
60
08:52
19:20
29:04
41:48
94:48
88:56
194:04
291:56
416:36
948:56
24
88:52
193:56
291:44
416:16
948:08
25
85:20
185:28
279:44
401:32
898:16
30
71:04
155:08
232:08
334:40
758:28
50
42:40
93:00
139:16
200:44
449:08
60
35:32
77:32
116:04
167:20
379:12
Ultra HD 256GB 23.98
4K
HD
256GB 23.98
16 Recording
Format
CFast
Card
Frame
Rate
CinemaDNG
RAW 4K
ProRes 422
(HQ)
ProRes
422
ProRes 422
LT
ProRes 422
Proxy
Duration
Duration
Duration
Duration
Duration
23.98
11:08
24:16
36:30
52:04
118:36
24
11:06
24:14
36:28
52:02
118:30
25
10:40
23:10
34:58
50:10
112:16
30
08:52
19:22
29:00
41:50
94:48
50
05:20
11:38
17:24
25:04
56:08
60
04:26
09:40
14:32
20:54
47:24
23.98
44:28
97:02
145:58
208:18
474:28
24
44:26
96:58
145:52
208:08
474:04
25
42:40
92:44
139:52
200:46
449:08
30
35:32
77:34
116:04
167:20
379:14
50
21:20
46:30
69:38
100:22
224:34
60
17:46
38:46
58:02
83:40
189:36
0
SDI OUT
-6
SDI OUT
-12
SDI IN
-18
-24
12V OUT
REF IN
-30
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
-48
TIMECODE OUT
1
CH1
SOLO
12V
L
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
AUDIO IN
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
Ultra HD 128GB
4K
SLATE
2
HD
128GB
Playback
17 Playback
REC
Playing Back Clips
REC
Once you have recorded your video, you can use the transport control buttons to play back your video.
Press the Play button once for instant playback and you'll see your recorded video on the fold out monitor.
Your clips can also be viewed on the touch screens and any display connected to the SDI outputs.
Playback will continually play through all your recorded clips.
REC
The controls of your camera work just like a CD player, so pressing the Forward Skip button will skip
to the start of the next clip. Press the Reverse Skip button once to go to the start of the current clip or
press twice to skip back to the start of the previous clip. Hold the Forward or Reverse Skip button to
play or reverse at 2x speed.
ZOOM
ZOOM
You can also use the touch screens to scroll through your clips. For example, touch the media timeline
and slide your finger let and right to select a clip to play. Play the clip by pressing Play on the fold out
IR
IS
monitor transport controls. This is useful when you need to find a clip fast.
ZOOM
DISP
DISP
FO
CU
DISP
S
PE
PGMPGM
AK
DI
SP
PGM
Use the Play button on the fold out
monitor to view your recorded clips.
IRIS
FOCUS
0
SDI OUT
-6
REC
-12
SDI IN
REC
-18
-24
PUSH
REF IN
-30
1
-36
CFAST
TIMECODE IN
-42
2
-48
PUSH
ZOOM
TIMECODE OUT
IRIS
FOCUS
CH1
SOLO
DISP
12V
PGM
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
PUSH
REC
L
CH1
MUTE
Connectors
18 Connectors
PUSH
Camera Assist and Audio Station Connectors
Blackmagic URSA's connectors, such as Headphones, LANC, +12V Power, 3G-SDI out and external
XLR audio are conveniently located on the camera assist and audio station. The rear panel provides
SDI In, SDI Out, reference BNC, and timecode BNC in and out connectors. Use the USB 2.0 connector
located on the bottom panel for updating the internal software.
0
SDI OUT
-6
-12
SDI IN
-18
-24
PUSH
REF IN
-30
Headphones
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
12V
L
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
Monitor audio while recording or playing back clips by plugging your headphones into the 1/4” TRS
stereo headphones jack.
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
PUSH
CH1
SOLO
SLATE
PUSH
LANC Remote Control
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
3G-SDI Out
PUSH
The remote port on your camera is used to remotely control record starting and stopping, iris and focus
adjustments
when using a compatible lens.
MENU
SLATE
The port is a 2.5 mm stereo jack using the standard LANC protocol.
PUSH
Use Blackmagic URSA’s down converted 3G-SDI output to send 1080 HD video to an external viewfinder
when using the camera on your shoulder. This output can also be connected to routers, monitors, SDI
capture devices, broadcast switchers and other SDI video equipment.
PUSH
+12V Power Output
Use the 4 pin 12 Volt XLR connector for powering accessories, such as an external viewfinder.
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
PUSH
XLR Audio In
Use the balanced XLR inputs to plug in external analog audio from professional equipment such as audio
mixers, PA systems or even external microphones.
The camera assist and audio station features Headphones,
LANC remote control, 3G-SDI Out, +12V Power Out and XLR
Audio In connectors.
Rear Panel Connectors
0
SDI OUT
-6
SDI In
0
SDI OUT
-12
-6
-12
SDI IN
SDI IN
-18
When connecting Blackmagic URSA to a switcher for live production, connect the switcher's program
output to Blackmagic URSA's 12G-SDI input. Now you can view the switcher's program feed by pressing
the PGM button on the fold out monitor. This input can also be used to connect to the playback output
of an external recorder if used. You can then select between the camera and the external recorder by
pressing the PGM button
-24
REF IN
PUSH
-18
-30
1
-36
CFAST
TIMECODE IN
-42
2
-48
-24
TIMECODE OUT
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
REF IN
12V
L
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
PUSH
IRIS
CH1
MUTE
PUSH
CH1
SOLO
PUSH
M
19 Connectors
-30
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
SDI Out
CH1
SOLO
12V
L
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
PUSH
Blackmagic URSA’s 12G-SDI output is used to send HD and Ultra HD 4K video to SDI equipment such
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
as
routers,
monitors,
SDI capture devices, and broadcast switchers.
REF In
Use the rear panel BNC connectors to input or output
timecode, sync to an external reference signal, input
or output 12G-SDI video. Connect external power
via the 4 pin XLR connector.
Synchronize Blackmagic URSA to a common reference signal, such as black burst or tri-level sync,
by connecting to the REF In BNC connector. This lets you sync Blackmagic URSA to other SDI video
equipment, for example, when using multiple cameras connected to a switcher.
Timecode In
Connect timecode from other professional audio and video equipment, such as audio mixers and clapper
boards to Blackmagic URSA’s Timecode In BNC connector. This ensures audio and picture can be easily
synchronized during post production.
Timecode Out
Send timecode from Blackmagic URSA to other professional video equipment by connecting to the
Timecode Out BNC connector.
Power Input +12-20V
Use the 4 pin 12-20 Volt XLR connector to plug in power from external sources, such as power outlets,
portable batteries and generators.
Bottom Panel Connector
Connect Blackmagic URSA to your Mac or Windows computer
via the Mini-B USB 2.0 port to update the internal software.
Lift the rubber cover to access the USB port.
USB 2.0
Use the Mini-B USB 2.0 port to connect your Blackmagic URSA to your computer and update the internal
software. Lift the rubber cover with your finger nail to access the USB port.
Camera Features
20 Camera Features
Work Station Buttons
All of Blackmagic URSA's settings are easily adjusted using the work station buttons and touch screens.
The buttons and touch screens on each station perform the same functions, but work independently.
For example, a camera assistant can adjust settings from the camera assist and audio station, while the
camera operator is setting a feature from the DOP station.
0
SDI OUT
-6
-12
SDI IN
-18
-24
PUSH
REF IN
-30
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
CH1
SOLO
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
L
12V
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
IRIS Button
SLATE
PUSH
The Iris button activates the automatic aperture setting on compatible EF lenses. When using video
dynamic range settings, a single press of the Iris button will set an average exposure based on the
highlights and shadows in your shot. When using film dynamic range settings, pressing the Iris button
sets your exposure to the brightest highlight in your shot.
0
SDI OUT
-6
To set your aperture manually, press the forward and reverse skip transport buttons on the fold out monitor.
-12
SDI IN
-18
FOCUS Button
-24
PUSH
REF IN
-30
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
CH1
SOLO
12V
L
CH1
MUTE
When using an EF mount with an EF lens that supports electronic focus adjustments, press the Focus
button to activate auto focus. A white focus square will appear on the fold out monitor. Anything within
the square will be correctly focussed. When the lens is focussed, the square will disappear. Its important
to know that while most lenses support electronic focus, some lenses can be set to manual or auto focus
modes, and so you need to ensure your lens is set to auto focus mode.
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
PUSH
PEAK Button
Adjust camera settings using the work station buttons
on each side of Blackmagic URSA. Each station can be
operated independently.
Press the Peak button to activate focus peaking. The focus peaking feature creates a green edge around
the sharpest parts of the image so you can easily confirm your focus. Focus peaking is not recorded to
the CFast 2.0 cards, but can be displayed via the monitoring SDI output, and on URSA's fold out monitor,
by activating overlays using touch screen menu.
DISP Button
Press the Disp button to cycle through the display modes on each touch screen. For example, pressing
the Disp button lets you view the camera's status and scopes, or view your clips during recording and
playback.
PUSH
21 Camera Features
MENU Button
-6
Press the Menu button to activate the settings menu on the touch screen. Press Menu again to close.
-12
PUSH
0
SLATE Button
-18
Press the Slate button to activate the slate feature on the touch screen. Press Slate again to close.
The slate feature lets you enter metadata for your clips and set your camera ID. See page 31.
-24
PUSH
-30
IRIS
FOCUS
-36
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
POWER Button
PUSH
-48
CH SOLO and MUTE Buttons
CH1
MUTE
PUSH
Press the Power button to turn on your Blackmagic URSA. Press and hold to turn your camera off.
-42
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
During recording and playback, these buttons let you monitor your Ch 1 and Ch 2 stereo audio channels
independently via headphones. For example, to monitor only Ch 1 audio, press the CH 1 Solo button
or the Ch 2 Mute button. Press the button again to monitor both channels.
SLATE
PUSH
The Menu button opens the touch screen menu for access to
many of the camera settings.
CH 1 SOLO Button
To monitor Ch 1 only, press the Ch 1 Solo button.
0
SDI OUT
-6
CH 1 MUTE Button
-12
To mute the audio on channel 1 and monitor only channel 2, press the Ch 1 Mute button.
SDI IN
CH 2 SOLO Button
-24
To monitor Ch 2 only, press the Ch 2 Solo button.
REF IN
-30
0
SDI OUT
PUSH
-18
-6
-36
CH 2 MUTE Button
-42
To mute the audio on channel 2 and monitor only channel 1, press the Ch 2 Mute button.
-12
SDI IN
-18
-24
PUSH
REF IN
-30
-36
TIMECODE IN
-42
TIMECODE IN
CH1
SOLO
12V
L
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
CH2
MUTE
R
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
DISP
MENU
SLATE
SLATE
PUSH
MENU
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
Audio Level Adjustment Knobs
CH1
SOLO
12V
CH1
MUTE
CH2
SOLO
Turn each knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the recording level for each
channel of audio. As you adjust each knob you'll see the corresponding audio meters respond.
CH2
MUTE
L
R
PUSH
-48
TIMECODE OUT
IRIS
FOCUS
PEAK
MENU
SLATE
PUSH
Audio Meters
DISP
The audio meters display the strength of your recorded audio. If your audio levels rise too high, your
audio peaks can be clipped and you will hear distortion in your audio.
Set and monitor levels of Left and Right audio channels
using the adjustment knobs and audio meters.
22 Camera Features
Touch Screens
Each work station features a touch screen so you can monitor your recordings, view scopes, apply settings
and activate camera features.
By pressing the Disp button you can switch between viewing your clips during recording and playback,
or viewing scopes and status information. Scopes are provided to assist with focusing, setting exposure
and audio monitoring.
Touch Screen Features
Camera settings can be accessed using the the touch screen
menus. Press the Menu button to open the touch screen
settings. Navigate the settings by touching the icons
on the left side of the screen.
Status Strip
Your chosen settings are always displayed on a status strip at the top of each touch screen, showing a
convenient summary of your camera's settings.
Power Indicator
The power indicator displays a battery icon when using battery power, or an external power icon when
plugged into external power via the 12-20 Volt XLR input.
Duration Display
The duration display provides a timecode counter for checking the duration of your clips and
monitoring timecode during recording and playback. The counter displays a time sequence showing
Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames and will progress through the sequence as you record or play back clips.
The touch screens provide scopes to help set optimum
exposure, focus and audio quality. The battery indicator is
replaced by an external power icon when external power is
plugged into the 12-20V XLR input.
The displayed duration of each clip starts from 00:00:00:00 for the first clip, or from the end of the
previous recorded clip. For example, if a clip stopped recording at 00:06:25:00, the next clip will start
recording at 00:06:25:01.
Clip duration is displayed on the touch screen, however time of day timecode is embedded into your
clips for post production, so it's worth regularly checking the time settings in the Camera settings menu
to make sure they are always accurate.
When external timecode is connected to the Timecode In rear panel connector, external timecode
is displayed.
23 Camera Features
Transport Display
The Transport display provides a bright colored icon that indicates which transport buttons are being
used. The icon also provides a dropped frames alert if frames are dropped during recording, and displays
FULL when recording has reached maximum capacity.
Exposure Scope
When the peak of the focus scope curve reaches its highest
point, you'll know your image is in focus.
The Exposure scope displays a histogram which shows the contrast between whites and blacks along
a horizontal scale. The left edge of the histogram displays shadows, or blacks, and the far right displays
highlights, or whites. When you close or open the lens aperture, you'll notice the information in the
histogram moves to the left or right accordingly. To achieve optimum exposure, set your lens aperture
so the information is distributed towards the right of the histogram and curves to a point at the bottom
right edge. This is known as ETTR, or exposing to the right.
Focus Scope
The Focus scope displays a bell curve that moves up and down as you focus and defocus your lens. The
height of the curve depends on the amount of detail in your picture. For example, in images containing
lots of detail, the curve will be higher and more pronounced. When the curve peaks relative to the amount
of detail in your image, you'll know your image is in perfect focus.
Audio Scope
The Audio scope displays a continually updating waveform of the previous 3 seconds of recorded audio.
If you hear a loud sound while recording, you can easily check if your audio is clipped because the
waveform will display red tips on the waveform spikes. You can make adjustments to avoid clipping by
turning the audio level adjustment knobs counterclockwise until the audio meter stops rising above 0dB.
Media Timeline
The dropped frames alert indicates when your CFast card is
dropping frames during recording. The red tips on the audio
scope waveform indicate when your audio has clipped.
The media timeline displays the recording and playback status of your CFast cards. The dot and clip
indicators illuminate different colors depending on use: Red when writing to the card, Green when reading
the card, and Yellow in the event of a card error. As a new clip is recorded, the active slot displays a new
clip on the timeline. The time remaining indicator at the end of each timeline displays the remaining
minutes and seconds of recording time for each CFast card and displays FULL when a card reaches
maximum capacity.
When a card is full and you have an empty CFast card in the second slot, Blackmagic URSA will automatically
record to the other CFast card. To play a selected clip, press the Play button on the fold out monitor
transport controls, or on the outside of the door.
Settings
24 Settings
Camera Settings
To configure camera settings on your Blackmagic URSA, select the Camera touch screen menu, then
touch the relevant arrows and icons for your desired setting.
Camera ID
If using more than one Blackmagic URSA, it's helpful to set each camera's ID which will be included with
any metadata recorded with your clips. Set the Camera ID with the touch screen keyboard. Select Enter
to save your Camera ID, or Cancel to discard any changes.
Setting Date and Time
To configure camera settings on your Blackmagic URSA,
select the Camera touch screen menu.
To set date and time on your Blackmagic URSA, touch the + or - icons to change the year, month and
day settings.
Time is set to 24 hour format. To set the time, touch the + and - icons to make adjustments.
If traveling with your Blackmagic URSA, remember to change the date and time to local time zones.
If you have your Blackmagic URSA stored for long periods, the time may need to be reset. It is always
a good idea to check the time and date prior to recording. When connecting your camera to your
computer via USB and launching Blackmagic Camera Utility, Blackmagic URSA’s time is synced to your
computer time.
ISO
To adjust the ISO settings, touch the ISO arrow icons.
ISO settings are helpful when you are shooting in a variety of light conditions. The optimum ISO setting
for Blackmagic URSA EF and PL is 400ASA.
Depending on your situation, however, you may choose a lower or higher ISO setting. For example, in
low light conditions 800ASA can be suitable but may introduce some visible noise. In bright conditions
200ASA can provide richer colors.
Set the camera ID using the touch screen keyboard. The
keyboard appears when you touch the Camera ID text area.
25 Settings
White Balance
To adjust the White Balance settings, touch the White Balance arrow icons.
Your Blackmagic URSA includes 6 white balance presets for a variety of color temperature conditions.
These are:
‚‚ 3200K for tungsten light
‚‚ 4500K for fluorescent light
‚‚ 5000K, 5600K, 6500K and 7500K for a variety of daylight conditions such as time of day.
The Camera settings screen.
Every light source emits a color. For example, a candle flame emits a warm color, and an overcast sky
emits a cool color. White balance settings are used to color balance your image so white stays white.
For example, when shooting under tungsten lamps which emit a warm light, selecting 3200K adds some
blue to the image. This balances the color so white is accurately recorded.
Color balance settings can also be used for creating color effects. For example, setting your white balance
to 7500K can significantly warm your picture to create an intimate mood.
Shutter Angle
To adjust the Shutter Angle settings, touch the Shutter Angle arrow icons.
Shutter Angle defines the level of motion blur in your video, and can be used to compensate for varying
light conditions. 180 degrees is the optimum shutter angle for capturing a satisfying motion blur in most
conditions. However as lighting conditions change, or the amount of movement in your scene increases,
you may decide to adjust accordingly.
For example, 360 degrees is considered 'wide open' and allows maximum light onto the sensor. This is
useful for low light conditions with subtle movement in your scene. Alternatively, if shooting motor sport
with rapid movement, a narrow shutter angle will provide minimal motion blur for sharper, crisper images.
When shooting 24p in countries with 50 hertz power supplies, 172.8 degrees will minimize potential
flickering from 50Hz light sources.
26 Settings
Audio Settings
To adjust audio input and monitoring settings on your Blackmagic URSA, select the Audio touch screen
menu, then touch or slide the relevant arrows and slider icons.
Microphone Input
Microphone Input adjusts the recording levels for Blackmagic URSA’s built in microphone. Move the
audio slider left or right to decrease or increase levels. The built in microphone records to audio channels
1 and 2 when no external audio source is connected.
Channel 1 and 2 Input Levels
Record channel 1 audio on channels 1 and 2 by selecting Yes
on the Ch2 uses Ch 1 Input setting.
Set the external audio input levels for Ch 1 and 2 by touching the relevant left and right arrow icons.
External audio connectors support line level or microphone level with 48V phantom power.
It's important to select the appropriate level to avoid your external audio sounding almost inaudible, or
too hot and distorted. Level settings include Internal Mic, External Mic and Line.
Channel 1 Input Level
Move the Ch 1 Input slider icon left or right to decrease or increase the channel 1 audio level. When
connected, the external channel 1 XLR input overrides the built in microphone and is recorded to audio
channel 1.
Channel 2 uses Channel 1 Input
Select Yes if you want to record channel 1 external audio to channels 1 and 2. Select No if you want
channel 1 audio to remain on one channel only.
Channel 2 Input Level
Move the Ch 2 Input slider icon left or right to decrease or increase the channel 2 audio level. When
connected, the external channel 2 XLR input overrides the built in microphone and is recorded to audio
channel 2.
Headphone and Speaker Volume
Touch the headphone or speaker volume icon and drag left or right to increase or decrease audio
monitoring levels. When headphones are connected, the headphone setting is displayed. When no
headphones are detected, the speaker setting is displayed. Headphones are active when recording or
playing a clip. The built in speaker is active only during playback.
27 Settings
Recording Settings
To set the video format recorded to your CFast 2.0 cards, select the circular record icon on the touch
screen menu, then touch the relevant arrow icons.
Recording Format
Select between CinemaDNG 4K RAW and ProRes recording formats by touching the recording format
arrow icons.
Dynamic Range
Adjust the Dynamic Range setting by touching the dynamic range arrow icons.
Choose between CinemaDNG 4K RAW and ProRes recording
formats using the Recording touch screen menu.
Blackmagic URSA has two dynamic range settings:
Film
The Film setting shoots video using a log curve giving you 12 stops of dynamic range and maximizes the
information in your video signal to help you get the most out of color grading software, such as DaVinci
Resolve. When recording in CinemaDNG RAW formats, only the film dynamic range setting is available.
Video
The Video setting uses the REC709 color standard for high definition video. This lets you work faster by
recording directly to the compressed video formats your camera supports, which are compatible with
popular post production software.
Frame Rate
Adjust the Frame Rate setting by touching the frame rate arrow icons.
Your Blackmagic URSA has 8 different frame rate settings for shooting common film and video frame
rates including 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps.
When recording high frame rates for slow motion playback, you'll need to ensure your editing software
does not conform your clips frame rate to your project settings frame rate. For example, if you're editing
using DaVinci Resolve 11, you'll need to set the correct mixed frame rate conform settings when you first
set up your DaVinci Resolve edit project.
Go to Master Project Settings/Conform Options and set the Mixed Frame Rate setting to None. This
will ensure DaVinci Resolve maintains the slow motion you intended.
28 Settings
Time Lapse Interval
This setting activates the time lapse feature to automatically record a still frame at the following intervals:
Frames: 2 - 10
Seconds: 1 - 10, 20, 30, 40, 50
Minutes: 1 - 10
For example, you can set the camera to record a still frame every 10 frames, 5 seconds, 30 seconds,
5 minutes etc.
Use the Recording touch screen menu to set time lapse
intervals when recording a time lapse clip.
The time lapse feature offers many creative options. For example, if the time lapse interval is set to record
a frame at 2 frame intervals, this will give your recorded video a high speed effect when played back.
The format of each still frame is based on your recording format, so if you set the camera to record in
4K ProRes HQ, the Time Lapse setting will maintain this format. The frame rate will be based on the
recording frame rate you have set, i.e., 24fps. This is so your time lapse footage can be easily incorporated
into your post production workflow.
When the REC button is pressed in time lapse mode, the timecode counter updates when a frame of
video is recorded.
To set the Time Lapse Interval setting, touch the time lapse interval arrow icons. Remember to set the
time lapse feature to Off when you want to record at standard speed.
29 Settings
File Naming Convention
Clips are recorded to your CFast cards in the CinemaDNG RAW format or to a ProRes QuickTime movie,
depending upon which recording format you have chosen. Blackmagic URSA uses the following file
naming convention when recording video.
[Camera ID]_[Reel Number]_[yyyy-mm--dd]_[hhmm]_C[Clip number].mov
The table below shows an example of how this would appear on the camera's touchscreen:
Set the dynamic range of your touch screen display using the
Display settings. This feature lets you view your recording in
Video dynamic range, even if your Recording settings are set
to Film dynamic range.
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
QuickTime Movie Filename
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
Camera ID
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
Reel Number
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
Date (2014 Aug 08)
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
Time (16:31pm - 24hrs)
BMC01_1_2014-08-08_1631_C0002.mov
Clip Number
For CinemaDNG files, the folder of the image sequence will also be named the same way.
Display Settings
To adjust the Display settings for a touch screen, select the Display touch screen menu, then touch or
slide the relevant arrows and sliders.
The DOP station touch screen also sets the dynamic range and SDI overlay options for the fold out
monitor. When overlays have been set to On using the work station touch screen, Press the Disp button
on the fold out monitor to enable overlays on the fold out monitor.
Dynamic Range
Blackmagic URSA’s fold out monitor and touch screens let you view your video as you are recording. You
can set the display dynamic range by selecting Video or Film settings.
The Display settings dynamic range is independent of the Recording settings dynamic range. This means
you can monitor your video with the display set to video even when the recording format is set to film!
To adjust the Display settings dynamic range, touch the dynamic range arrow icons.
Brightness
Move the Brightness setting slider icon left or right to adjust brightness for each touch screen.
30 Settings
Zebra
To activate and adjust the Zebra setting, touch the left and right zebra arrow icons.
The Zebra setting helps you achieve optimum exposure by displaying diagonal lines across any part of
the video that exceeds the set zebra level. For example, setting the zebra to 100% lets you see which
areas of the picture are over exposed. Setting the zebra to 75% is a helpful method for achieving optimum
exposure for skin tones.
To achieve optimum exposure, simply open the lens aperture until the zebra pattern appears, then
gradually close the aperture one f-stop at a time until the zebra pattern is no longer visible.
Display settings screen with Zebra set to 100%. This will let
you see which areas of your image are over exposed.
To achieve a balanced exposure, you may need to decide which areas of your picture to leave over exposed.
Car headlights and extreme highlights are a good example of what can often be left over exposed.
SDI Overlays
You can monitor your video with overlays on an external viewfinder or display via Blackmagic URSA’s
HD-SDI Monitoring Out connector. The SDI Overlay setting lets you display useful information. Touch the
SDI overlay arrow icons to select the overlays to display, or set to OFF for a clean feed.
All: displays both frame guides and recording information.
Status: displays only the recording information, such as f-stop number, frame rate, battery life etc.
Guides: displays only the frame guides.
Off: gives you a clean feed.
SDI Overlays set to display on an external viewfinder or
monitor via URSA's down converted 1080 HD output. Your
selected overlays can also be viewed on URSA's 10" fold out
monitor.
Your selected overlays can also be viewed on Blackmagic URSA's fold out monitor by pressing the Disp
button on the monitor control buttons.
Image Stabilizer
When using an EF lens mount, Blackmagic URSA supports the image stabilizer (IS) feature found in many
EF lenses. Simply set the Stabilizer switch to ON to use it with your camera. If your lens also features a
Stabilizer Mode switch, set it to the appropriate mode for still shots or for movement.
When using battery power, the camera will only activate the image stabilizer while recording, as the
lens draws additional power to operate the image stabilizer. When external power is connected to the
camera, the image stabilizer will be active any time you set the lens stabilizer switch to ON.
Entering Metadata
31 Entering Metadata
What is the Slate?
Blackmagic URSA's touch screens have many purposes, one of which is to allow you to easily log metadata
directly into the camera using the Slate feature. Metadata is stored in the recorded files and is easily
accessed by editing software.
Step 1. Press the Slate button below the touch screen to make the slate appear.
SDI OUT
Step 2. To enter or change details, touch the text you wish to change and a touch screen keyboard
will appear. Type in the desired information and touch Save.
Step 3. If you want the scene, shot or take number to auto-increment, touch the corresponding autoincrement icon so it is illuminated. Touch it again to turn off the auto-increment feature.
Log metadata directly into the camera using the Slate feature.
SDI IN
Entering words into the Keywords field will allow you to use them as search terms in your library database.
This may be particularly useful for large projects where you have lots of material. The use of keywords
narrows down the number of clips to search through, saving valuable time when you are editing.
REF IN
All metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.
TIMECODE
Select the auto-increment icon if you want the scene,
shot or take number to auto-increment.
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Monitoring using SDI
Blackmagic URSA's down converted 3G-SDI Out connector always outputs 1080 HD video so you can
easily connect to routers, monitors, SDI capture devices, broadcast switchers and other SDI devices.
The 12G-SDI Out connector on the rear panel supports 6G-SDI, so it can be used to connect to any SDI
monitor as well as 4K switchers such as ATEM Production Studio 4K.
Connecting to Video Switchers
The SDI outputs allow you to use your camera for live television production. You can connect the rear
panel SDI output directly to production switchers for live production work, or to ATEM Camera Converters
to convert your signal to optical so you can send it hundreds of meters to a broadcast truck on location.
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URSA's 10 inch viewfinder. To do this, first connect the switcher to Blackmagic URSA's rear panel 12G-SDI
input. Now press the PGM button on the 10 inch viewfinder. To switch back to the camera image, simply
press the PGM button again.
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SDI monitoring can be really handy when accessing the fold out monitor is impractical, such as when
secured high on a jib arm, on a crane, or mounted on a vehicle.
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Overlay settings in the Display settings menu. SDI overlays provide frame guides and information such
as recording details and camera settings. If you simply want to monitor your shots, you can always turn
overlays off for a clean SDI output.
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You can connect the 12G-SDI output to any 1080 HD or Ultra
HD live production switcher. You an also view the switcher's
program output on URSA's fold out monitor by connecting it
to the 12G-SDI input, then pressing the PGM button on the 10
inch viewfinder to monitor the "program" input.
Connect the camera's SDI output to SDI monitors or to a Blackmagic SmartScope Duo 4K for live
waveform monitoring.
Post Production Workflow
33 Post Production Workflow
Working with Files from CFast 2.0 Cards
To import your clips from a CFast 2.0 card:
Step 1. Remove the CFast card from your Blackmagic URSA.
Step 2. Mount the CFast card to your Mac OS X or Windows computer using a CFast 2.0 reader/writer
or CFast drive.
Edit directly from your CFast card by removing it from your
camera and mounting it on your computer using a CFast 2.0
reader/writer or CFast drive.
Step 3. Double click on the CFast card to open it and you should see folders that contain your
CinemaDNG RAW image files or a list of QuickTime movie files. Depending on the format
you chose to record in, you might have a mixture of files, but they will all use the same naming
convention.
Step 4. Now you can simply drag the files you want from the CFast card onto your desktop or another
hard drive, or you can access the files straight from the CFast card using your editing software.
CinemaDNG RAW files are saved to the CFast card as separate DNG images for each frame.
This is an open format and you can use many software applications to view your RAW 4K images
as a video sequence.
Step 5. Before you unplug the CFast card from your computer, it's always a good idea to eject safely
using either Mac OS X or Windows first.
34 Post Production Workflow
Editing your Clips
To edit your clips using your favorite editing software, you can copy your clips to an internal/external
drive or RAID and then import your clips into the software. Or import your clips directly from your CFast
card using a CFast 2.0 reader/writer or CFast drive.
VIDEO DATA
RAW FILM DATA
Using RAW Files with DaVinci Resolve
CinemaDNG RAW clips may appear washed out or over exposed due to the high levels of information
within them. To edit your RAW clips, they first need to be converted with a look that emulates standard
video, or you can perform a full grade, then edit your fully graded clips. You can perform a basic conversion
by importing your RAW clips into DaVinci Resolve and applying a look up table (LUT). The LUT will apply
a basic color grade to emulate a standard video appearance.
The graded clips are typically exported using ProRes settings and used as proxies until the final color
grade, which will occur after the edit.
To convert your RAW clips using DaVinci Resolve:
Step 1. Create a new project and set your video resolution and frame rate to match your RAW video
clips, or your intended delivery. In this example we’ll use the 2160p format with a frame rate
of 25.
RAW wide dynamic range - a wide dynamic range
is captured with all details preserved.
Step 2. If using clips with high frame rates for slow motion, set your Master Project Settings/Conform
Options/Mixed Frame Rate to None.
Step 3. Import your CinemaDNG RAW clips into the Media Pool.
Step 4. Go to Project Settings and set your Input Settings to Scale Entire Image to Fit.
Step 5. Go to Project Settings/Camera Raw and select CinemaDNG from the dropdown menu.
Set the Decode Using setting to Project.
Step 6. Select the White Balance setting most suitable for your material.
Step 7. Set Color Space to BMD Film and set Gamma to BMD Film, or BMD Film 4K.
To apply the LUT, go to Project Settings/Look Up Tables, and set 3D Output Look Up Table to Blackmagic
Production Camera 4K Film to Rec709.
This will apply the LUT to every shot in the timeline. Click on the Color tab and check the results.
The images should exhibit improved color and contrast.
Final color graded shot - The details are enhanced and the
highlights are managed so your shots look cinematic!
35 Post Production Workflow
At the very minimum do a quick check of the timeline for shots with excessive exposure or color issues.
When you're satisfied with the appearance of the clips in the timeline, you’re ready to export your clips
to ProRes.
To export your clips:
Step 1. Click on the Deliver tab, go to the Easy Setup menu and select Export to Final Cut Pro.
By default this preset will render using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
Step 2. Set the Render Timeline As setting to Individual Source Clips.
Step 3. Ensure Render Each Clip With a Unique Filename is deselected.
Step 4. Enable the Render Audio checkbox, select your audio channels and set to a bit depth of 24.
Step 5. Under Render Job To: click Browse. Choose a new folder for your converted clips.
Step 6. Click Add Job.
Step 7. Click Start Render.
DaVinci Resolve project settings..
Upon completion of the render you will have a folder that contains each individual clip from the Resolve
timeline. The converted clips can now be imported into your editing software. You can always make
adjustments to your grade by exporting an XML from your editing software.
Using Final Cut Pro X
To edit Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) clips using Final Cut Pro X, you need to create a new project and set a
suitable video format and frame rate. This example uses ProRes 422 (HQ) 1080p25.
Step 1. Launch Final Cut Pro X, go to the Menu bar and select File/New Project. A window will open
containing project settings.
Step 2. Name your project and select the Custom checkbox.
Step 3. Set the Video Properties settings to 1080p HD, 1920x1080 and 25p.
Step 4. Set your Audio and Render Properties settings to Stereo, 48kHz, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
Step 5. Click OK.
Final Cut Pro X project settings.
To import your clips into your project, go to the Menu bar and select File/Import/Media. Choose your
clips from your CFast card.
You can now drag your clips onto the timeline for editing.
36 Post Production Workflow
Using Avid Media Composer
To edit your DNxHD clips using Avid Media Composer 8, create a new project and set a suitable video
format and frame rate. For this example, clips are set using DNxHD 1080i59.94.
Step 1. Launch Media Composer and the Select Project window will appear. Click the New Project button.
Step 2. In the New Project window name your project.
Step 3. Go to the Format drop down menu and select 1080i/59.94.
Step 4. Go to the Color Space drop down menu and select YCbCr 709.
Step 5. Go to the Raster Dimension drop down menu and select 1920x1080. Click OK.
Step 6. Select Tools>Background Services and click the "Start" button if background services are not
already running and then click "OK."
Step 7. Select the media bin where you wish to import your files.
Step 8. Select File>AMA Link... and select the files that you wish to import and then click "OK."
Setting the project name and project options
in Avid Media Composer 7.
When the clips appear within the media bin you can drag your clips onto the timeline and begin editing.
Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC
To edit your Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) clips using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, 2014 release, you need to create
a new project and set a suitable video format and frame rate. For this example, clips are set using ProRes
422 (HQ) 1080p25.
Step 1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro CC. In the Welcome window select Create New/New Project.
A window will open containing project settings.
Step 2. Name your project. Choose the location for your project by clicking Browse and selecting your
desired folder. Once you’ve selected your location folder click OK in the Welcome window.
Step 3. Go to the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Menu bar, select File/Import and choose the clips you want
to edit. Your clips will appear in the Project window.
Step 4. Drag the first clip you wish to edit onto the New Item icon at the bottom right of the Project
Window. A new sequence will be created matching your clip settings.
You can now drag your clips onto the sequence timeline for editing.
Setting the project name and project
options in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, (2014).
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Using Autodesk Smoke 2013
To edit your clips using Autodesk Smoke 2013, create a new project and set a suitable video format, bit
depth, frame type and frame rate. This example uses ProRes 422 (HQ) 1080p25.
Step 1. Launch Smoke and the Project and User Settings window will appear. Click on the New button
under the project heading.
Step 2. The Create New Project window will open. Name your project.
Step 3. From the resolution drop down menu, select 1920x1080 HD 1080.
Step 4. Make sure bit depth is set to 10-bit and frame type is Progressive.
Step 5. From the Config Template drop down menu select 1920x1080@25000p.cfg.
Step 6. Leave the Preferred Format set to ProRes 422 (HQ) and click Create.
Step 7. Click on the New button under the User heading.
Step 8. When the Create New User Profile window opens, type your user name and click Create.
Step 9. When the Project and User Settings window reopens, click the Start button.
Step 10. From the menu bar, select File>Import>File and select your clips to import.
Step 11. Once the clips appear in the media library you can drag your clips onto the timeline and
begin editing.
Setting the project name and project options in Autodesk
Smoke 2013.
Blackmagic Camera Utility
38 Blackmagic Camera Utility
How to Update Your Camera Software on Mac OS X
After downloading the Blackmagic Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file, open
the resulting disk image to reveal its contents.
Launch the Blackmagic Camera Installer and follow the on screen instructions.
How to Update Your Camera Software on Windows
After downloading the Blackmagic Camera Utility software and unzipping the downloaded file, you
should see a Blackmagic Camera Utility folder containing this PDF manual and the Blackmagic Camera
Utility installer.
Double-click the installer and follow the on screen prompts to complete the installation.
How to Update the Camera Software
After installing the latest Blackmagic Camera Utility on your computer, connect a USB cable between
the computer and your Blackmagic URSA. The Mini-B USB 2.0 port is located on the bottom panel of
your camera.
Launch the Blackmagic Camera Utility and follow any on screen prompt to update the camera software.
The Mini-B USB 2.0 port is used to update the camera software
and can be found on Blackmagic URSA's bottom panel.
Help
39 Help
Getting Help
The fastest way to obtain help is to go to the Blackmagic Design online support pages and check the
latest support material available for your camera.
Blackmagic Design Online Support Pages
The latest manual, software and support notes can be found at the Blackmagic Design support center at
www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.
Contacting Blackmagic Design Support
If you can't find the help you need in our support material, please use the "Send us an email" button on
the support page to email a support request. Alternatively, click on the "Find your local support team"
button on the support page and call your nearest Blackmagic Design support office.
Checking the Software Version Currently Installed
To check which version of Blackmagic Camera Utility software is installed on your computer, open the
About Blackmagic Camera Utility window.
‚‚ On Mac OS X, open Blackmagic Camera Utility from the Applications folder. Select About
Blackmagic Camera Utility from the application menu to reveal the version number.
‚‚ On Windows, open Blackmagic Camera Utility from your Start menu or Start Screen. Click on
the Help menu and select About Blackmagic Camera Utility to reveal the version number.
How to Get the Latest Software Updates
After checking the version of Blackmagic Camera Utility software installed on your computer, please visit
the Blackmagic Design support center at www.blackmagicdesign.com/support to check for the latest
updates. While it is usually a good idea to run the latest updates, it is wise to avoid updating any software
if you are in the middle of an important project.
Warranty
40 Warranty
12 Month Limited Warranty
Blackmagic Design warrants that this product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for
a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. If a product proves to be defective during this warranty
period, Blackmagic Design, at its option, either will repair the defective product without charge for parts
and labor, or will provide a replacement in exchange for the defective product.
In order to obtain service under this warranty, you the Customer, must notify Blackmagic Design of the
defect before the expiration of the warranty period and make suitable arrangements for the performance
of service. The Customer shall be responsible for packaging and shipping the defective product to a
designated service center nominated by Blackmagic Design, with shipping charges pre paid. Customer
shall be responsible for paying all shipping charges, insurance, duties, taxes, and any other charges for
products returned to us for any reason.
This warranty shall not apply to any defect, failure or damage caused by improper use or improper or
inadequate maintenance and care. Blackmagic Design shall not be obligated to furnish service under
this warranty: a) to repair damage resulting from attempts by personnel other than Blackmagic Design
representatives to install, repair or service the product, b) to repair damage resulting from improper
use or connection to incompatible equipment, c) to repair any damage or malfunction caused by the
use of non Blackmagic Design parts or supplies, or d) to service a product that has been modified or
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