Blackmagic Design: Ursa in the hands
Until you have a camera in the hands it is almost impossible to get an impression of what the camera is really like. You can read the specs. and check out the images online, you can read the marketing from the manufacturer - however, until you hold the camera and get to know it, everything is academic.
In the this video, Rick Young provides an overview of Ursa, in terms of the layout of the controls, the build of the camera, and how the camera handles.
Ursa is a full-blown production camera which is designed to work with crews or the single operator. This extends the range of cameras from Blackmagic Design who provide everything from the Pocket Cinema Camerra, to their Studio Cameras, the original Cinema Camera 2.5K and the handheld Production Camera 4K. Ursa represents the most complete and capable camera which Blackmagic have released so far.
This is Retroflex - Now Available from Redrock Micro
Retroflex is a revolutionary device designed to improve the usability of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Made up of 3 separate pieces: a cage, a handle (with trigger and LANC control), and a loupe which enables accurate focus and improves the viewing from the screen on the back of the camera.
Retroflex is now available from Redrock Micro.
Read the full review of Retroflex at:
Comparing BM Cameras: Cinema Camera, Pocket Camera, 4K Production Camera
The Blackmagic cameras offer tremendous value for money and extremely high quality recording. You can choose to shoot ProRes or RAW - and the different cameras offer different resolutions: the BM Cinema Camera offers 2.5K, the BM Production Camera shoots 4K, and the BM Pocket Cinema Cameras shoots 1920 x 1080 HD.
When using these cameras for multi camera production one needs to know how well do these cameras cut together - do they match, or they have wildly different looks? In this piece we answer this question by visually comparing the 3 cameras to see what results we get.
SONY PXW-FS7: KILLER 4K CAMCORDER
28/09/2014 - At IBC 2014 Sony announced the PXW-FS7. Sony have described this as being targeted at long-form shooting and production applications, however, it is just as likely this camera will reach into all levels of production.
**Recording codecs (on-board or to external recorder)**
* XAVC (Intra/Long GOP)
* MPEG HD, 4:2:2, 50 Mbps (HD only)
* Apple ProRes codec (with future upgrade and extension unit, sold separately)
* RAW recording (with extension unit and outboard recorder, sold separately)
* On-board UHD 4K (3840 Ă— 2160) and Full HD (1920 Ă— 1080) recording
* Sonys Super 35 Exmor CMOS Sensor
* Native E-Mount; Compatible with A-Mount lenses (LA-EA4 A-mount lens adaptor required)
* Slow & Quick Motion for over-and under-cranking
* Dual XQD card slots
* 16-bit analog-to-digital converter
* ISO 2000
* Supports S-Gamut3Cine/S-Log 3 encoding
* Die-cast magnesium frame
* Wireless operation with CBK-WA100 radio mic, sold separately