Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast Camera

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Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast Camera

  • 4K CMOS Sensor
  • 12 Stops Dynamic Range
  • UHD 4K and 1080p up to 60 fps
  • Dual SD/UHS-II and CFast Recorders
  • 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI Outputs
  • XLR Inputs and Built-In Microphone
  • Cinema DNG Raw Recording
  • B4 Lens Mount
  • Built-in ND Filters


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The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Camera has all the traditional ENG camera controls and features broadcasters expect. Features an incredible 4K image sensor and a new extended video mode with very wide dynamic range, wide depth of field, and can integrate into HDR workflows. It’s two cameras in one - it works as a regular shooting camera but it's also a studio camera. It uses regular SD and CFast cards so you don't need to use expensive custom media, and its file formats are regular DNx145, DNx220X, ProRes and even RAW to integrate into editing and media management workflows without any file transcoding. Blackmagic URSA Broadcast also includes studio camera features so you can move between shooting and live production workflows.

URSA Broadcast Camera Features:

  • 4K CMOS Sensor
  • 12 Stops Dynamic Range
  • Compatible with 2/3" B4 Lenses
  • UHD 4K and 1080p up to 60 fps
  • 2 x UHS-II SD, 2 x CFast 2.0 Slots
  • 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI Outputs
  • XLR Inputs and Built-In Microphone
  • Records to Apple ProRes and Avid DNx
  • Cinema DNG Raw Recording
  • B4 Lens Mount
  • iPad Control via Bluetooth
  • Built-in ND Filters

The B4 lens mount and matching sensor on URSA Broadcast enables wide depth of field, so broadcast customers can shoot without constantly chasing focus. The lens mount features high performance optics with spherical aberration correction specifically designed to match the camera’s sensor. The ⅔” mount lets customers use existing HD lenses or Ultra HD lenses. Because B4 lenses are par-focal and have an extremely wide depth of field, images stay in focus when zoomed in and out. That lets customers work faster because they don’t need to change lenses or refocus between close up, medium and wide shots. URSA Broadcast also supports full electronic B4 lens control so customers can adjust focus, iris and zoom using the camera’s controls, or remotely from an ATEM switcher or ATEM Camera Control Panel. In addition, the standard B4 lens mount can be swapped with optional EF, F and PL mounts so customers can use everything from inexpensive high quality photographic lenses all the way up to massive cinema lenses.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast features a high quality 4K image sensor and a new extended video mode with better dynamic range and color fidelity. The sensor is designed for both HD and Ultra HD, producing images with fine texture and detail, accurate skin tones, vibrant color and high dynamic range. The images from URSA Broadcast have been designed to be used without additional color correction. This makes editing faster, which is crucial in the fast paced broadcast world. The high resolution sensor is a huge advantage, even when working in HD, because it enables sub pixel image processing and superior anti-aliasing, resulting in super sharp images.

URSA Broadcast also features built in neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation for quickly reducing the amount of light that enters the camera. The ¼, 1/16th and 1/64th stop filters are specifically designed to match the colorimetry of the camera and provide additional latitude, even under harsh lighting conditions. That means customers can use different combinations of aperture and shutter angle to achieve shallower depth of field, or specific levels of motion blur, in a wider range of situations. The IR filters evenly compensate for both far red and infrared wave lengths to eliminate IR contamination. The ND filters are true optical filters with a precision mechanism that quickly moves them into place when the ND filter dial is turned.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast is designed to be the toughest and most fully featured camera available. It includes everything customers need in a compact handheld magnesium alloy body that’s durable and light enough to use anywhere. There’s an external high visibility LCD status display for viewing critical shooting information, a foldout touch screen for reviewing shots without needing an extra on-set monitor, professional connections such as 12G‑SDI, XLR audio, built in high quality stereo microphones and more. Plus, every single control on the camera has a redundant backup, including the power, so if anything should go wrong in the field, the camera can still be used.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast puts control buttons, switches, knobs and dials on the outside of the camera, giving customers direct access to the most important camera features. The controls are laid out in a logical order that makes them easy to remember so operators can use the camera without having to look at the buttons, hunt through menus, or take their eye off of the action. URSA Broadcast also features a high visibility LCD status display which shows important information such as timecode, shutter and lens settings, battery, recording status, and audio levels. The status display features a backlight and is designed to be clearly visible in both dimly lit studios and outside in direct sunlight.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Compatible Accessories:

  • Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter
  • Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter
  • ATEM Camera Control Panel (available May/June 2018)
  • Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Shoulder Kit features built in rosettes, rail mounts, viewfinder mount, integrated tripod quick lock release and top handle
  • Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder is a high resolution viewfinder that includes a full HD OLED display and true glass optics for perfect focus
  • Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder featuring 7” screen, variable tension mounting points, easy grip handles, external controls and more
  • URSA VLock Battery Plate provides a VLock compatible plate for attaching third party batteries
  • Interchangeable EF, F and PL lens mounts




More Information
In the box Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Body
Turret dust cap
B4 lens mount
Power supply
SD card with software and manual
Limited 1-year warranty
Video Connectors 1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Input
Audio Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRRS Headphone/Microphone Input/Output
2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
Other I/O 1 x USB Type-C
1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control
Lens Mount B4 Mount
Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
Recording Media 2 x CFast 2.0 Card Slots
2 x SDXC UHS-II Card Slots
Effective Sensor Size 2/3" sensor size when using 4K B4 mount (size 13.056mm x 7.344mm)
Dynamic Range 12 Stops
Shooting Resolutions 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080
Lens Control Electronic control via 12-pin broadcast connector.
Control possible via EF mount pins when using optional URSA Mini Pro EF Mount.
Built-in ND Filters Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.
Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC
Recording Modes

ProRes 4444XQ:
3840 x 2160 (312.5 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080 (62.5 Mb/s)

ProRes 422:
3840 x 2160 (73.6 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080 (18.4 Mb/s)

Supported Codecs  
Codecs DNxHD 220X,
DNxHD 145,
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ QuickTime,
Apple ProRes 4444 QuickTime,
Apple ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime,
Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime,
Apple ProRes 422 LT QuickTime,
Apple ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime.
Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 3:1,
Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 5:1,
Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 8:1,
Blackmagic RAW Constant Bitrate 12:1,
Blackmagic RAW Constant Quality Q0,
Blackmagic RAW Constant Quality Q5
Storage Type 2 x CFast 2.0
2 x SD UHS-II cards
2.5 inch SSD via optional URSA Mini SSD Recorder
Storage Rates Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.

3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 250 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 165 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s
Blackmagic RAW 3:1 - 127 MB/s
Blackmagic RAW 5:1 - 76 MB/s
Blackmagic RAW 8:1 - 48 MB/s
Blackmagic RAW 12:1 - 32 MB/s
Blackmagic RAW Q0 - 76 to 191 MB/s *
Blackmagic RAW Q5 - 19 to 55 MB/s **

1920 x 1080
DNxHD 220X - 27.5 MB/s
DNxHD 145 -18.2 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 62.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 41.25 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s

Recording Formats DNxHD 1920 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080i with either film, video or extended video dynamic range.
Apple ProRes 3840 x 2160 and 1920 x 1080 with either film, video or extended video dynamic range.
Blackmagic RAW Q0, Q5, 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 at 3840 x 2160 with film, extended video or video dynamic range.
Display Type LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size 4"
Touchscreen Yes
Power Connectors 1 x 4-Pin XLR Input
1 x 12-Pin Molex Input
1 x 4-Pin XLR (12 VDC) Output
Environment Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature: -4 to 113°F / -20 to 45°C
Operating Humidity: 0 to 90%
Accessory Mount 1 x Battery Plate Mount
Dimensions 10.07 x 5.9 x 5.8" / 25.58 x 14.9 x 14.7 cm
Weight 5.7 lb / 2.6 kg
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