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New URSA Broadcast G2 Camera from Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design has announced a new broadcast camera, the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, which is available now.

It combines the best of digital film and traditional broadcast technologies into one, compelling camera.

Blackmagic Design says its 6K digital film sensor (6144 x 3456) provides exceptional low light performance with dual gain ISO of up to +36dB as plus 13 stops of dynamic range.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 also includes H.265 and Blackmagic RAW file formats, Blackmagic generation 5 colour science, as well as a USB-C expansion port for external disk recording and much more.

URSA Broadcast G2 features an interchangeable lens mount to allow easy swapping to the included B4 lens mount for an EF, PL or even F mount. It comes with a B4 mount already installed.

There’s also an EF mount included. This is great news because I’ll be able to use my photographic lenses.

Customers can also purchase optional PL and F mounts separately.

If users are shooting for digital film, the PL mount is best as it’s the most common lens mount for cinema lenses.

“Customers love the flexibility of the original URSA Broadcast and have been asking for a camera that also delivered the quality of digital film quality for broadcast use,” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“We’ve listened and the new URSA Broadcast G2 means that customers now don’t have to choose between a broadcast focused camera design or digital film images. With URSA Broadcast G2, they get both!

“URSA Broadcast G2 can be used as a production camera, a studio camera or a digital film camera, so it’s really 3 cameras in 1.

“We think both traditional and online broadcast customers are going to really enjoy the creativity of being able to shoot Hollywood quality digital film.”


Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 Features

  • Native 6K sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range.

  • Up to +36dB ISO for incredible low light performance.

  • USB-C port allows recording directly to external disks.

  • Includes Blackmagic generation 5 colour science.

  • Features incredible quality Blackmagic RAW recording.

  • Optional focus and zoom demands for lens control.

  • Compatible with new Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder.

  • Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 is available now for $3,995 USD, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Broadcast UHD v FHD

The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 gives broadcasters the option to work seamlessly between 4K and 1080 resolutions.

The camera will scale the image sensor down to 1080 video standards.

As Blackmagic says .. the this helps broadcasters get stories on air fast, in HD or UHD.

When working in HD, the high resolution sensor allows sub pixel image processing for superior anti-aliasing and sharp images.


Accessories

A shoulder mount kit, V-Lock battery plate and top handle are included. Excellent!

Plus customers get a spare EF lens mount if they don’t own a B4 lens.

Broadcasters can add the optional Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder.

For live production, the URSA Studio Viewfinder can be attached.

There’s also an optional fibre converter that can power the camera from 2 km away via the single SMPTE fibre.

For long duration recording, URSA Mini Recorder gives the option to record to external SSDs.

Zoom and Focus

The optional zoom and focus demands allow customers to use photographic lenses for live production. The focus and zoom demands have USB-C connections so they control the lens via the camera’s electronic lens control. Each zoom and focus demand has 2 USB-C ports, so broadcasters can daisy chain them then connect to the camera with a single USB connection.

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Triple Base ISO and More: Canon Throws the C400 into the Cinema Mix

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Canon has just announced the C400. It’s a full-frame 6K cinema camera with RF mount and triple native ISO. The new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and it can record up to 6K/60p Cinema RAW Light. And there’s a lot more to brag about but is it enough?

It’s certainly a camera that will keep many shooters in Canon’s wheelhouse and might even tempt Sony users to jump ship. It certainly resembles the much older FX6, and although the Sony model is much cheaper, it’s missing a lot of specs and horsepower the C400 boasts.

EOS C400: A$13,500.00 RRP (A$12,999.00 general price)

SONY FX6: A$8,199.00 (general price)

The C400 works a cinema camera or ENG/live broadcast shooter. Despite its size, it packs a lot of options for TV and/or filmmaking into that tiny body.

THE GAME CHANGER – TRIPLE NATIVE ISO

Shooting documentaries in various lighting conditions can be challenging even with dual native ISO. Sometimes 12800 is too much and that’s where the C400 has you covered with triple ISO levels of 800, 3,200 and 12,800. This is available when shooting in Canon Log. To avoid ‘chasing’ low light settings, Canon also has an automatic switching mode that detects ambient lighting and adjusts the base ISO level to match.

THE SENSOR

At the heart of the EOS C400 is a new 26.7MP 6K full frame backside-illuminated, stacked CMOS sensor (BSI), connected to a DIGIC DV7 processor. Rolling shutter isn’t a real concern with faster readout from the sensor. You’ll also get a sharp image from the 6K oversampling for 4K and plenty of post production flexibility with 16 stops of dynamic range.

Super 35mm and Super 16mm are also options – cropped.

AUTOFOCUS

Canon is bringing its Dual Pixel CMOS AF II to its cinema EOS system with virtually 100% coverage across the sensor. C400 users will be able to select face | eye | body and animal detection and tracking. This is a bonus for solo shooters.

ND FILTER

The C400 has a mechanical ND filter with (2 / 4 / 6 / 8* / 10 stops*) * with extender.

RF MOUNT

The EOS C400 is the first high-end RF mount cinema EOS camera, although the R5C and C70 were also options. The RF lens options include integration with RF prime, zoom, hybrid, cinema and VR lenses. For more flexibility you can use EF-EOS R mount adapters as well as the new PL-RF mount adaptor. A 12-pin lens terminal gives greater control over lens operations.

RECORDING FORMATS

It’s all about RAW, in particular, Cinema RAW Light. Canon’s scalable 12-bit Cinema RAW Light is available in LT/ ST/ HQ. If you don’t need to use RAW then 4:2:2 10-bit XF-AVC and all-new MP4 based XF-AVC S and XF-HEVC S formats are also options.

The best of the best for PAL regions is: 6K 12bit Cinema RAW light 1780Mbps (50.00P ST).

You can download a full list of codecs and frame rates here.

DESIGN AND CONNECTIONS

The box design makes the C400 pretty flexible. It’s easy to build out for a film set tripod rig or strip it down for use on a gimbal. The camera weighs 1550g, 12% lighter than the EOS C500 Mark II.

The side handle grip is connected via USB-C with mappable buttons. The top handle connects to the multifunction shoe and duplicates it at the top. This is where you’ll find the monitor which you can mount directly to the body if you don’t want the handle attached. The display is a 3.5-inch LCD 2.76 million dots, touch panel.

There’s plenty of I/O in the C400, including built in Wi-Fi, G-LOCK/SYNC/RET terminal, ethernet terminal, SDI output, MON output and multiple input terminals. The G-LOCK/SYNC/RET and Ethernet terminals are located on the camera body. Just like the C70 the C400 has two mini XLR audio inputs.

Pricing and availability

The EOS C400 will be available in Australia this September for a RRP of A$13,500 RRP. But as stated above, you’ll find it available for pre-order at A$12,999.00 or less.

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BURANO Firmware Plans Revealed

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Sony has announced the BURANO is receiving two new firmware updates over the next year. The updates will include additional recording modes and support for live event production.

The firmware updates – BURANO Version 1.1 and Version 2.0, – will include more recording formats, new de-squeeze options and monitoring updates. Features requested from users have also been included.

The BURANO is the latest addition to the CineAlta family of digital cinema cameras.

BURANO Version 1.1 (late June 2024)

BURANO Version 1.1 includes new features for live event production and the addition of 1.5x de-squeeze display for anamorphic lenses.

It adds S700 Protocol over Etherneti which enables remote control of a BURANO using an RCP (remote control panel). Controllable settings include exposure, white balance, paint, and others (depending on the RCP model).

There’s also support for Multi Matrix Area Indication. This feature allows users to adjust targeted colours during Multi Matrix operation.

It will also allow support for Sony’s Monitor & Control appii version 2.0.0 which enables in demand features such as Multi-Camera Monitoring function for iPadOS. This allows feeds for up to four cameras and precise exposure monitoring including waveform, histogram, false colour and zebra.

Other features: Intuitive focus control and frequently used functions’ control – a similar operation to Sony’s CineAlta cameras using a mobile device such as frame rate, ND filter, sensitivity, look, shutter speed and white balance.

Sony’s Monitor & Control app is free and available for iOS and Android devicesiii.

BURANO Version 2.0 (March 2025 or later)

BURANO Version 2.0 user requests like new recording formats, new 1.8x de-squeeze, and monitoring improvements.

It includes a new 3.8K Full Frame crop that uses nearly the entire sensor and can shoot up to 120 fps. Other new recording formats include 24.00 fps to X-OCN 16:9 imager modes and the following below.

Full Frame3.8K 16:9 ModeUp to 120 fps
Super 354.3K 4:3 Mode (for Anamorphic)Up to 60 fps
Super 351.9K 16:9 ModeUp to 240 fps

Version 2.0 will also add 1.8x de-squeeze setting as well as additional high frame rate (S & Q) modes including 66, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 110 fps.

You’ll get monitoring improvements like standardised SDI video output for monitoring across X-OCN and XAVC and an improved on-screen display which places camera status information outside of the image. There’s also View Finder Gamma Display Assist while using S-Log3 for monitoring.

Additional exposure tools are coming – (High/Low Key) derived from the flagship VENICE camera system. There’s expanded white balance memory presets from 3 to 8 and support Active/High Image Stabilisation in Full-Frame 6K and Super 35 1.9K 16:9 imager modes.

And there’ll be breathing compensation plus image stabilisation metadata in X-OCN.

For more details head to the BURANO downloads page at Sony.

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OpenAI Allows Creatives to Use Sora to Show What AI Filmmaking Looks Like

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As OpenAI approaches Hollywood to ease concerns about Artificial Intelligence taking jobs, OpenAI has also revealed what creatives have been able to do with its text-to-video generator, Sora.

Since dropping the first batch of Sora generated videos in February, OpenAI has given a small number of directors, artists and other creatives, access to its world-changing AI model.

See them here.

The results are a mix of the weird and wonderful, no doubt causing excitement and apprehension among members of the TV and film industries. OpenAI is aware of the concerns and that’s why it is cautious about the rollout of Sora.


shy kids from Toronto is a multimedia production company that used Sora for a short film about a balloon man.

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition, OpenAI wants to work with Hollywood, not against it. It will be a long time before AI can make a movie or TV show on its own, but there are clearly uses for platforms like Sora, right now.

For example, say I’m doing a sci-fi film that needs a desert background with two suns. I would write a prompt for Sora telling it, just that. It might take several requests but eventually I would arrive at version I’m happy to use. Once I have this background plate I could ask Sora to make subtle changes, like the time of day or season, when more vegetation is around. Over this background I could animate CG spacecraft or other objects.

This means a filmmaker can handoff a task to the computer, reducing the cost of personnel on the project. But this clearly means someone is losing work and this a concern. Initially though, when Sora is released publicly, I think it will be a great tool for the industry. Right now, it’s not direct enough when handling requests. It’s a bit of a lottery about what to expect when you enter your prompt. But sometimes you want that uncertainty that AI brings to the creative process. Take Don Allen III for example, as stated in OpenAI’s blog, Allen praised Sora’s  “weirdness” as its greatest strength.


Sora’s “weirdness” is its greatest strength.

Computing power is also a massive factor. How much power will Sora need to produce 4K or 8K HDR files for film and broadcast? A lot.

So the next step has been taken, with creatives getting their hands on Sora. What’s the next one?

Stay tuned.

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