Blackmagic Design releases large format Ursa Cine 12K camera
April 22, 2024

Blackmagic Design releases large format Ursa Cine 12K camera

FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design ( introduced a new large format digital film camera at the recent NAB show in Las Vegas. The Ursa Cine 12K offers integration into the post production workflows and is equipped with a large format RGBW 36x24mm sensor with larger photo-sites for 16 stops of dynamic range. The camera features interchangeable PL, LPL and EF lens mounts, and industry standard Lemo and Fischer connections, along with 8TB of high performance storage built in. High speed networking capabilities allow for media upload and syncing to Blackmagic Cloud. 

The new sensor builds on the technology of the Ursa Mini Pro 12K, with larger photo-sites leading to 16 stops of dynamic range, and is designed to capture high-quality images at resolutions from 4K up to 12K. The RGBW architecture provides equal amounts of red, green and blue pixels, and is optimized to deliver rich colors at all resolutions.

Deigned for high-end production, the Ursa Cine has an evenly weighted camera body with a robust magnesium alloy chassis and lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite skin. Lemo and Fischer connectors let users control the camera remotely while providing power for lens motors and other accessories. Connectivity includes 12G‑SDI out, 10G Ethernet, USB-C and XLR audio.

A fold-out monitor has a five-inch HDR touchscreen on one side and an external color status LCD on the other. On the right side of the camera, there’s a dedicated assist station with a second five-inch HDR touchscreen, which allows the crew to work around the camera without the need for external monitors. There’s also a dedicated focus puller’s mode to help users get sharp focus.

Blackmagic RAW files store camera metadata, lens data, white balance, digital slate information and custom LUTs to ensure consistency of image on-set and through post production. Ursa Cine records to the included Blackmagic Media Module 8TB, allowing users to capture over four hours of Blackmagic RAW in 12K or 20 hours in 4K.

Ursa Cine includes a high performance, optical low-pass filter that is matched to the sensor. The OLPF also incorporates updated IR filtering that improves far red color response which, when combined with Blackmagic RAW processing, preserves color and critical image detail for new levels of image fidelity. The new model is the first digital film camera with Cloud Store technology built in. Blackmagic Media Module is fast, rugged and includes 8TB of storage. The high speed storage lets customers record at the highest resolutions and frame rates for hours, and access their files directly over high speed 10G Ethernet. Customers can also use the media they already own with the optional Blackmagic Media Module CF, which has dual CFexpress slots.

Blackmagic Media Dock accelerates post production workflows by making it faster and simpler to start editing and color correction. Users can mount up to three Blackmagic Media Modules for high speed access to media from multiple Ursa Cine cameras all at the same time. The four high-speed 10G Ethernet ports allow up to four separate edit workstations to connect directly and edit the same time.

The camera is available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from $14,995 and includes DaVinci Resolve Studio.