Blackmagic Releases 4.6K URSA Footage

Blackmagic has released some teaser footage that was shot on the new 4.6K URSA sensor. It’s a nice sample video because there is all kinds of footage in there. A lot of it was shot documentary style and really shows off the dynamic range. The night shots are impressively clean.

Check out the Blackmagic 4.6K URSA test footage below:

This video was shot with the 4.6K Blackmagic URSA, Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 & Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lenses. It was graded in Davinci Resolve, of course.

It was shot by Blackmagic Shooter, Captain Hook. Here’s what he had to say about shooting with the new URSA:

“Couple of things about the URSA 4.6k footage for some ‘background’. I shot this on a prototype so things were still in development and changing.

This was also just me shooting solo with the URSA like previously and is “home movie” type stuff intended to be a quick first look. In fact, last time with my URSA beta video I had Danelle helping me to carry some gear but this time it was just me shooting some friends and around the city – definitely no crew or anything like that.

For the kitchen shots and the drumming I set up some lights, everything else is 100% natural light, not even bounce. Grading on this video is purposely VERY simple. It’s really just a quick setting of white balance, then contrast and saturation. I didn’t tweak individual colours or even shift colours with Lift/Gamma/Gain because I wanted to show the great natural colour “out of the box”.

This part is my personal opinion and obviously now that I work for BMD people will take it with a grain of salt (to be expected), but personally I think we’ve made a BIG improvement on colour – colour that I already really liked which led me to first purchase the BMCC as a customer.

I think the improvement in colour is just as big as the improvement on dynamic range. With DR, so far in my experience I think it’s safe to say that whatever you rate the Pocket Camera to be, add roughly 2 stops. 1 stop in the highlights, and another stop in the shadows.

I can’t wait for people to get this and go shoot some incredible footage with it!”

What do you think about the new Blackmagic URSA sensor? Let us know in the comments below.

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