The new Blackmagic Camera 7.2 update brings new features and fixes for the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K such as the support for URSA Mini Recorder, better highlight roll-off in Gen 5 color science, better anamorphic support, and more.
Back in July 2020, Blackmagic Design released the new URSA Mini Pro 12K camera along with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder. While the camera has already been selling for quite some time (and already got one update 7.0 for higher framerates), the recorder has not been available yet – it is coming soon. Blackmagic Design recently released the new Blackmagic Camera 7.2 firmware update which adds support for the URSA Mini recorder on the URSA Mini Pro 12K plus other improvements for the camera. Let’s take a look at it.
Blackmagic Camera 7.2 Update
Perhaps the biggest new feature included in the 7.2 update is the support for Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder on the URSA Mini Pro 12K. With this recorder, which has been specifically designed for the URSA Mini Pro 12K, users will be able to record to fast 2.5″ SATA or U.2 NVMe SSDs. The recorder is controlled directly by the camera using the USB-C connection and is seamlessly integrated by attaching between the back of the camera and the battery. Users can also plug the URSA Mini Recorder directly into the computer to transfer footage from the U.2 or SATA drives. The update 7.2 also adds support for U.2 NVMe 7mm and 9.5mm SSDs for the recorder.
The update improves generation 5 color science for the URSA 12K so the video dynamic range setting has a better roll-off in highlights. Furthermore, the Blackmagic Camera 7.2 update provides an improved recording of constant quality in all resolutions and constant bitrate in 4K formats, as well as enhanced demosaic for improved rendering of fine detail.
It also improves anamorphic support by applying desqueeze by default in camera and DaVinci Resolve, provides better support for CN-E and Cabrio lenses and lens data, and improves battery percentage readout as well as general performance and stability improvements for the camera. Here is the full list of improvements in the 7.2 update for the URSA 12K:
- Add support for URSA Mini Recorder.
- Improves Gen 5 Video and Extended Video.
- Improves constant quality quantization.
- Improves constant bitrate 4K formats.
- Improves demosaic for fine detail.
- Improves autofocus for EF lenses.
- Improves anamorphic support.
- Improves focus assist readout.
- Improves CN-E lens support.
- Improves Cabrio lens support.
- Improves battery percentage readout.
- Improves USB-C and UHS-ii SD recording.
- Fixes CN-E primes record bug.
- Fixes 100% zebras bug.
- General performance improvements.
Gen 5 color science support for Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder and URSA Studio Viewfinder got improved as well.
Finally, this 7.2 update also installs Blackmagic RAW 2.0 Beta 4, as well as Blackmagic RAW Speed Test and third-party Blackmagic RAW plugins. The BRAW Beta 4 improves Gen 5 Video and Extended Video gamma and stability.
Price and Availability
The Blackmagic Camera 7.2 update is available from the Blackmagic Design Support Website free of charge. When updating the URSA Mini Pro 12K, please ensure that it is plugged into mains power and use only the USB port on the left side of the camera near the media card slots.
Please note, that the software installer no longer installs the Desktop Video or UltraScope applications and they will need to be downloaded separately from the Blackmagic Design Support Website.
What do you think about the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K? Where do you see the real benefits for such a resolution? Did you work with the camera already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below the article.