Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 – Our NAB 2019 Interview

April 17th, 2019

Just 6 weeks ago, Blackmagic Design’s CEO Grant Petty introduced a bunch of updates to their lineup including a new generation of the popular URSA Mini Pro camera, called G2 (read: generation 2). As you can tell from its name this is not a completely new camera but an update to the existing URSA Mini Pro, which will be replaced by the URSA Mini Pro G2. Watch our interview with Blackmagic’s Craig Heffernan for all the details.

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2

This camera is labeled G2, so what’s new here? Well, sometimes when it’s about updating software features, the hardware needs to be upgraded as well to do justice to these improvements and that’s exactly the case with the URSA Mini Pro G2. In order to enable higher fps recording Blackmagic engineers have deployed an updated 4.6K sensor (a different build of the same sensor, as Craig Heffernan puts it).

It comes with advanced processing and a streamlined image pipeline throughout the camera. This enables for higher frame rates and faster sensor read-out (less rolling shutter). Furthermore the camera now supports Blackmagic Color Science 4 and it also can handle 3D LUTs now.

All the accessories of the original URSA Mini Pro will fit the G2 model, it simply replaces the original model in that respect. Same goes for pricing, the G2 comes in at exactly the same price as the original URSA Mini Pro.

Improved High-Speed Recording

The new high frame rates include the following modes, depending on which format you’re recording to:

Frame rates in Blackmagic RAW:

  • 120 fps in 4.6K in Blackmagic RAW
  • 150 fps in 4K DCI in Blackmagic RAW (windowed)
  • 150 fps in UHD 4K in Blackmagic RAW (windowed)
  • 300 fps in HD in Blackmagic RAW (windowed)

Frame rates in ProRes:

  • 80 fps in 4.6K in ProRes
  • 120 fps in UHD in ProRes (windowed)
  • 240fps in HD in ProRes (windowed)

There’s already some sample footage to see for yourself, hop over to our article here.

Audio Enhancements

Blackmagic also worked on the audio section of the camera. The URSA Mini Pro G2 now offers an enhanced audio processing and hopefully the dreaded (and audible) delay when monitoring the audio through the camera is now a thing of the past.

Blackmagic RAW vs ProRes RAW

Yes, the URSA Mini Pro can record straight to ProRes. But no, it can’t do ProRes RAW. That’s the way things stand at the moment. Blackmagic are quite happy with their own RAW format since it integrates seamlessly with their cameras and their post production tools, namely DaVinci Resolve 16. So there are no current plans to implement ProRes RAW but of course that could change any minute, who knows what the future holds.

If you’re in the market for a new camera, this might be worth a ver close look. The URSA Mini Pro G2 is a significant update to the original camera and establishes a base for further firmware updates in the future.

Link: Blackmagic Design

What do you think about the URSA Mini Pro G2? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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dave
dave
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Called Blackmagic to ask when they anticipate releasing the camera as my company is researching options. Their response was “best to purchase the alternative option.” haha

Jean-Philippe Belanger
Jean-Philippe Belanger
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Lol! Noted, BMD.

 Simon Bailey
Simon Bailey
MemberApril 19th, 2019

What camera company do you work for or are you just a Red fanboy?

Jamie LeJeune
Jamie LeJeune
MemberApril 25th, 2019

I got notice from my reseller yesterday that the G2 I ordered had already shipped and should arrive on Monday. So, they are already shipping.

Jamie LeJeune
Jamie LeJeune
MemberApril 19th, 2019

Actually, it would a step backwards if BMD offered ProResRAW recording in its current form. The color management workflow with BRAW is excellent and totally on par with what ARRI offers. In comparison, color management with ProResRAW is currently quite limited.

 Morgon Dickerson
Morgon Dickerson
MemberApril 17th, 2019

In order to record those new high frame rates, can we choose any flavor of BMRAW? Or are they limiting it to a specific compression rate? And if so, is there any indication of the quality of that compression rate compared to, say, prores 422?

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