By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Not content with wowing the industry at NAB, Blackmagic took to the stage at IBC in Amsterdam to announce a line of supporting products which provide greater capabilities to their line of cinema cameras. These included a B4 mount for the URSA Mini (making it more ENG-friendly), Teradeck Mini Converters, a MultiView 16 update, and DaVinci Resolve 12. You gotta say this about BMD, they don’t like to sit on their hands.
First up is an update about the Blackmagic URSA Mini, which is finally being built after delays with metalwork parts fulfillment. But true to Blackmagic’s attitude on such maladies, the delay has allowed Blackmagic Design to refine the URSA Mini design and bring to it a few new extras including reference video input and timecode through the same connection.
This allows the URSA Mini to have a 12G-SDI input added and will give the Mini better external recording support as well as studio camera capability. With plans to add a new B4 Lens mount, Blackmagic has also added a lens control connector, which will enable the URSA Mini to drive IRIS control and record button functions through the lens itself.
“An extremely common request we have had from customers, is for the ability to keep using their older HD broadcast lenses. People have spent a lot of money on these lenses and they need the parfocal ability to be able to zoom and keep the focus through the range of the zoom. So we have a new lens mount that we are showing at IBC and it lets you take the mount off a PL URSA Mini and add a B4 lens mount.” – Grant Petty
Speaking of the redesigned B4 mount, which will give the URSA Mini news gathering capability, the new Mini B4 mont will be replacing the PL Mount on the URSA Mini, and can be easily installed by removing a pair of screws.The B4 mount offers precision glass optics that are designed to maximize the URSA Mini’s sensor capabilities for broadcast. This means that shooters can use their existing HD Broadcast lenses, and the B4 mount will map them to the HD Window on the URSA Mini sensor.
The B4 mount optics also enjoy spherical aberration correction, allowing shooters to open their lenses all the way and not have to contend with blooming. Shooters will also be able to boost their frame rate up to 80 frames per second as well as shoot in RAW, ProRes and DNX with issues. And at $295, it’s a bargain. Available in November.
Next on the list is Blackmagic’s Decklink Quad 2 capture and playback card. The new high performance solution will power eight cards onto a single circuit board and plugs into a solitary PCIe slot. The Decklink 2 is a great solution for running media playout servers or multi screen digital media. Cost is $995 and will be available in the fourth quarter.
The Blackmagic Multiview 16 gets a free update which features new audio meters, enhanced on screen labels, RGB Output over HDMI and more. Users will now be able to view audio meters independently for each video input super imposed over all layouts. The audio meters are also VU meter standard, giving broadcast productions the same accuracy as mechanical meters.
On-screen view labels can be resized based on layout and both can be turned on and off independently. Additionally, the Multiview gets anamorphic support for SD video sources. The update will be available for free to existing Multiview clients in November.
The Teranex Mini Video Converters will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will give customers the ability to convert from 12G-SDI to Quad-SDI and back, and will allow users to distribute to eidght separate SDI inputs with no loss in quality. Cost is $995.
The Teranex 4.2 OS will provide adds advanced noise reduction algorithms, Level A SDI support, audio metering and more to Teranex Express. With this new software update customers can dramatically improve the picture quality of noisy source footage, as well as convert between 1089 different SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats up to 2160p60, all in real time.
And lastly, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 12 is out of beta and is available now. This new update is Resolve’s largest ever and includes full-fledged editing capabilities so that shooters can cut their projects and color correct in a single suite. Cost is $995.