List of Solid State Drives (SSDs) compatible with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder

Posted in: Product Support

Updated: February 21, 2022

These certified SSDs are recommended for use with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder when shooting in 12K.

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Recorder

The following U.2 2.5" SSD's are recommended for recording 12K DCI Blackmagic RAW 8:1 at  up to 50 fps in URSA Mini Recorder.

Brand Model Capacity
ExAscend PE3 Series U.2 EXPE3U960GB 960GB
ExAscend PE3 Series U.2 EXPE3U1920GB 1.92TB
ExAscend PE3 Series U.2 EXPE3U3840GB 3.84TB
ExAscend PE3 Series U.2 EXPE3U7680GB 7.68TB
Micron 7300 Max U.2 SSD MTFDHBE3T2TDG 3.2TB
Samsung 983 DCT U.2 MZ-QLB960NE 960GB
Samsung 983 DCT U.2 MZ-QLB1T9NE 1.92TB

The following M.2 SSD's using a U.2 adapter are recommended for recording 12K DCI Blackmagic RAW 8:1 at up to 30 fps in URSA Mini Recorder.

Brand Model Capacity
SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSD 500GB
Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD MZ-V8P500BW 500GB
Western Digital WD Black NVMe SSD WDS500G2X0C 500GB
Western Digital WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD WDBRPG5000ANC 500GB
Western Digital WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD WDS100T3X0C 1TB

The following SSD's are recommended for recording 12K DCI Blackmagic RAW 18:1 at up to 60 fps, 8K DCI Blackmagic RAW 8:1 at up to 60 fps and 12K DCI Blackmagic RAW 8:1 at up to 25 fps in URSA Mini Recorder.

Brand Model Capacity
Angelbird AV Pro XT 4TB
ExAscend SC3 1TB
ExAscend SC3 4TB
Kingston DC450R 480GB
Kingston DC450R 1.92TB
Kingston DC500M 480GB
Kingston DC500M 960GB
Kingston DC500M 1.92TB
Kingston DC500M 3.84TB
Kingston DC500R 960GB
SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB
Samsung 860 EVO 250GB
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB
Samsung 860 PRO 256GB
Samsung 860 PRO 512GB
Samsung 860 PRO 1TB
Samsung 860 PRO 2TB
Samsung 870 EVO 1TB
Samsung 870 EVO 2TB
Samsung 870 EVO 4TB
Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB
Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 2TB

Important information about SSD speed
Some SSD models are unable to save video data at the speeds claimed by the manufacturer. This is because the disk uses hidden data compression to achieve faster write speeds. When storing data such as blank data or simple files, this data compression can only save data at the manufacturer's claimed speed. Because video data contains video noise and pixels that are more random, compression will not help, revealing the true speed of the disk.

Some SSDs can have write speeds that are up to 50% slower than the manufacturer's claimed speed. So, despite the fact that the disk specifications state that an SSD has speeds fast enough to handle video, the disk is not fast enough when used to store video data for real-time capture.

Use the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test to determine whether your SSD is capable of high-data-rate video capture and playback. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test uses data to simulate video storage, resulting in results that are similar to what you would see when capturing video to a disk. During our testing, we discovered that newer, larger SSD models and larger capacity SSDs are generally faster.

 

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