Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 – First Slow-Motion Footage

March 25th, 2019
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 - First Slow-Motion Footage

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is the new version of the popular URSA Mini Pro. The camera was announced earlier this month, and the first footage was recently released. Let’s take a quick look at it!

Wildlife Footage

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is a brand new camera and is still in the preorder stage. However, it looks like Blackmagic already sent some early units to a bunch of select filmmakers. Wildlife cinematographer Garth De Bruno Austin is one of them, and he just posted a video showing the camera’s slow-motion capabilities. The video is entirely shot using Blackmagic RAW 4.6K/2K, using Sigma 18-35mm and 70-200mm lenses. The footage was shot in 120 (4.6K) and 300 (2K cropped sensor) frames per second.

The first footage looks very promising. Of course, Garth is a very talented filmmaker, plus the locations and animals are gorgeous. Indeed, there is a lot of details in the footage, and the image doesn’t look “soft” in the slow-motion mode like other cinema cameras. To me, there is no moiré or other artifacts visible, even though the scenes featuring the elephant and the fine grass detail are usually really complex to render for a camera sensor. Also, Blackmagic Color Science 4 looks like a significant step-up in color rendition; the skin tones look very appealing. I can’t wait to see more footage from the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 to appear.

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Image courtesy of Blackmagic Design

URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Specs

The original URSA Mini Pro was already a powerful camera with built-in ND-filters, XLR audio, and plenty of recording formats available. The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 brings some new features like:

  • Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.
  • Project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.
  • Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.
  • Fifteen stops of dynamic range.
  • 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation.
  • Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.
  • Built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.
  • High-speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.
  • Standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control, and standard four pins 12V DC power connection.
  • 4-inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.
  • Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.

What do you think of the first footage from the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2? Do you consider buying the camera? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hanswienerwurst
Hanswienerwurst
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April 3rd, 2019

So great they choose really fast objects to jugde slowmotion well :)

David Waterman
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March 29th, 2019

Very nice footage. Definitely cinematic. The BMD Ursa G2 looks like a powerful and capable tool. We will certainly consider it strongly when we make our next camera purchase. It’s also great to see someone other than Red offering user interchangeable lens mounts. (I actually came up with that idea 30 years ago, and started to design a 35mm film camera with that feature, but ultimately decided I would be better off spending my time and energy using cameras to produce creative content, rather than using my creativity to build cameras. But I’m really glad someone else had the same idea and actually built it.)

JPhi Joaquim
JPhi Joaquim
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March 29th, 2019

Puisque nous pouvons parler français, on ne va pas se gêner ;-)
Dites moi, est-ce la compression youtube (en tout cas en 1080) ou est ce que le slomo est vraiment aussi moche que ça réellement à 120fps ?
Je remarque de très franches et vilaines compressions dès le premier plan sur les bords de la zone de mise au point (dans le fond donc)et ceci se retrouve sur quasiment chaque plan par la suite. C’est n’est pas très bon signe. A mes yeux, les plans sont difficilement utilisables en l’état.

John Cummings
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March 28th, 2019

Nice stuff!

Pedro Hofmann
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March 26th, 2019

I have seen also another footage but with the previous model and the colors look amazing. Look for Roy Wagner who shot a film named “stand”. I see this camera as a intelligent and cost effective alternative to RED and if you watch more material from Garth the Bruno Austin you see him working with the updated BM pocket on a gimbal and with low light. At this price point you can buy a fully equipped Ursa mini pro G2 with viewfinder, shoulder mount etc plus a BM pocket and you will be around € 12k without lenses. Great value – great output – truly cinematic.

Halim
Halim
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March 26th, 2019

Hello guys, i really liked theses short slow-mo shots, i’m really exited about having this on my hands, i’ve already pre-ordered one from France, but the blackmagic distributor say that they still don’t have been delivered yet son far.
Did anyone pre-ordered and got delivered?

Halim
Halim
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March 26th, 2019
Reply to  Jeff Loch

Au fait , c’est ce qu’on pense aussi, ils disent qu’elles vont venir d’Angleterre au nombre de 10 unités. J’espère que ça ne va pas durer longtemps.
Vivement le jour J.

Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
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March 26th, 2019

Seems like a nice update. Not sure about BMD’s acceptance in Hollywood though, I don’t see any BMD cameras used at any level in U.S. TV production or on features. Not saying they aren’t used in any domestic TV production or features, just that if they are, you never hear about it.

David Waterman
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March 29th, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

I used to be very preoccupied with what other pros were using, or what Hollywood was using, but after more than 20 years in this business, I think that’s putting the focus in the wrong place. If you’re working in a commercial production environment, it certainly helps to have gear that makes it look like you know what you’re doing. But if you’re producing and indie film, or publishing your work online, all that really matters is whether or not you can deliver the goods. That’s all that should matter anyway. The level of quality that many camera’s put out today at an extremely low price point is so good, that in the long run, the most important consideration is probably picking a camera and lens kit that works well with the way you like to shoot. Ultimately our focus should be on refining our skills, and producing really good content.

Nishi Sharma
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March 25th, 2019

Beautiful footage and excellent choice of music. Thanks for sharing.

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