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Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro G2

2nd generation of Blackmagics shoulder camcorder.

Introduction

In March Blackmagic introduced the 2nd generation of the Ursa Mini Pro, the Ursa Mini Pro G2 with a focus on improving the electronics and recording capabilities of its the original Mini Pro.

Design

The exterior of the camrea remains largely identical to the predecessor model. Blackmagic have improved connectivity with 12G-SDI and two improved XLR inputs. An internal stereo microphone is also integrated.

Welcome additions to the Mini Pro G2 are external camera controls that allows menus to be accessed to change exposure settings, activate slow/fast motion, engage focus assist plus other functions. Also added to the camera is an LCD panel to provide shooting data at a glance.  New also is the built-in ND (neutral density) filter wheel. The four-position wheel switches between two, four, and six stops of neutral density, plus a clear filter for no exposure reduction.

The Ursa Mini Pro G2 comes with Canons EF mount as standard. Alternatively, PL, B4 and F mounts are also available. Lens control can be achieved via a 12-pole Hirose connector. With separately available accessories like the VCT shoulder pad, side handgrip, broadcast battery plate the G2 is easily customisable for a specific use. For studio-style shooting, the shoulder pad is compatible with 15mm LWS rods for mounting lens supports for long lenses, follow focuses, lens drive motors and matte boxes.

Usability

The Ursa Mini Pro G2 is equipped with updated electronics and a S-35 4. 6K sensor with 4.608x 2.592 pixels and featuring 15 stops of dynamic range at 3200ISO, but whether the G2 has a better low-light characteristic than its predecessor remains to be seen.

At maximum resolution -  4. 6K - up to 120 frames per second can be recorded using the full sensor area, this allow for cinematic style images, detailed gradient and a wide dynamic range. When working in Crop mode (reduced sensor area), up to 150 frames per second are possible in 4K-DCI and up to 300 frames per second in FullHD (1920x1080). Due to the higher readout speed, rolling shutter effects have been further reduced.

Like the URSA Mini, the URSA Mini Pro G2 is able to record onto CFast 2.0 or SD memory cards at up to 60 fps. The raw files preserve the full dynamic range and colour tonality output from the sensor, great for post production but not necessarily what users will want while using the camera on set or location. The URSA Mini Pro therefore supports Blackmagic RAW as CBR codec (Constant Bitrate) with 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 compression. Also available are Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy at 4. 6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolution. The maximum color depth is 12 bits.

Extended video mode was last added by Blackmagic at Ursa Broadcast. This combines the classic LOG  and REC 709  modes. This means that the Extended Video mode has been specially designed for fast workflows without a lot of post-production effort, while still providing more dynamic range than the trimmed REC 709.
The Ursa Mini Pro 4. 6K G2 also uses the Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science. In addition, Blackmagic raw images can be recorded in Film and Extended Video modes.

The Ursa Mini Pro 4. 6K G2 offers Neutral Density Filter (ND) with IR compensation to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor. According to Blackmagic, the filters for 2, 4 and 6 f-stops, specially designed for the colorimetry of the Ursa Mini Pro, provide additional scope even under very high-contrast lighting conditions.

Both CFast 2. 0 and SD cards can be used as storage media, as the camera has two slots for each card type. A new USB-C port can also be used to store data on a certified external SSD drive.

The URSA Mini Pro 4. 6K G2 comes with the full DaVinci Resolve Studio software version.


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