Blackmagic URSA Broadcast

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast

Product Description

The world’s most affordable & flexible professional broadcast camera for HD & Ultra HD!

Introducing URSA Broadcast, the world’s most affordable & most flexible professional broadcast camera. URSA Broadcast is two cameras in one, an incredible field camera for ENG & programming work, as well as a professional studio camera! URSA Broadcast is perfect for traditional broadcasters because it uses the lenses & batteries you already own, & it also eliminates weird media cards & fileformats found on traditional cameras. It records onto regular SD cards & uses the same common file formats found on broadcast media management systems & most NLE software. Plus URSA Broadcast is perfect for web broadcasters because it works with both older aftermarket HD lenses & inexpensive photo lenses. No other broadcast camera is more flexible & more affordable!

Key Features:

  • Effective Sensor Size: 2/3-inch sensor size when using 4K B4 mount (Actual sensor size 13.056mm x 7.344mm)*
  • Lens Mount: B4 2/3-inch
  • Lens Control: Electronic control via 12-pin broadcast connector. Control
  • also possible via EF mount pins when using optional URSA Mini Pro EF Mount
  • Dynamic Range: 12 Stops+
  • Shooting Resolutions: 3840x2160, 1920x1080
  • Frame Rates: Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 & 60 fps supported. Off-speed frame rates up to 60p
  • Built-In ND Filters: Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop & 6-stop ND filters
  • Focus: Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses with focus servo
  • Media: 2 x CFast for 4K RAW & ProRes recording. 2 x SD UHS-II card slots for HD & Ultra HD recording
    * Ursa Mini Pro Sensor is 25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35)

Two Cameras in One
Switch instantly between live work or field shooting!

URSA Broadcast is two cameras in one! The compact design, familiar controls & broadcast camera features are ideal for ENG style shooting & vital for working quickly when you’re trying to capture breaking news. Whether you’re in the studio or out in the field, URSA Broadcast will give you incredible image quality, accurate skin tones & vibrant colours that are far superior to cameras costing ten times more. The key is URSA Broadcast's new extended video mode that produces pictures you don’t need to colour grade so you can shoot, edit & get stories on air faster than ever before. URSA Broadcast is also the first camera that finally lets AV & web broadcasters afford a true professional broadcast solution that’s dramatically better than DSLRs!

Standard Media & File Formats
Work faster by eliminating expensive media & video transcodes!

URSA Broadcast is the first professional broadcast camera designed to work with standard media cards & file formats that are compatible with virtually all broadcast systems & editing software. URSA Broadcast records onto inexpensive standard SD cards, UHS-II cards & CFast cards, & records 1080i or 2160p video into standard .mov files, with .mxf to be added in future updates. URSA Broadcast records using DNx145, DNx220X or ProRes so the files will work with your existing broadcast systems & workflows. You also get a B4 lens mount that works with your existing lenses, or you can swap it for optional EF, F & PL lens mounts so you can use standard photographic lenses. If you’re building a complete broadcast camera chain, the optional URSA Viewfinder, URSA Studio Viewfinder & SMPTE fiber converters feature familiar controls & design, so they operate exactly as experienced camera operators expect. URSA Broadcast helps you get the most value out of your investment in cameras, lenses & accessories, which means you’ll save time & money, so the camera virtually pays for itself!

Broadcast B4 Lens Mount
Use your existing high qualityHD lenses or new Ultra HD lenses!

The broadcast B4 lens mount on URSA Broadcast features high performance cinema quality optics with spherical aberration correction specifically designed to match the camera’s sensor. The ⅔” mount lets you use existing HD lenses or Ultra HD lenses. Many high quality HD lenses can be used at resolutions well beyond HD, all the way up to 2.5K or 3K. Because B4 lenses are par-focal & have a very wide depth of field, the image stays in focus as you zoom in & out, so you don't need to chase focus as you shoot. That lets you work much faster because you don’t need to change lenses or refocus between close up, medium & wide shots, which is perfect when you’re following the action in fast paced sport! You also get full electronic B4 lens control so you can adjust the focus, iris & zoom using the camera’s controls, or remotely from an ATEM switcher using the SDI camera control protocol.



Work in HD or Ultra HD
Incredible 4K image sensor for wide dynamic range & wide depth of field.

URSA Broadcast features an incredible 4K image sensor & a new extended video mode with better dynamic range & colour fidelity. The image sensor is designed for both HD & Ultra HD so you get amazing texture & detail, accurate skin tones, vibrant colour & high dynamic range video, all without the need for post-production. That means you can shoot, edit & get stories on air fast! The high resolution sensor is a huge advantage, even when working in HD, because you get sub pixel image processing & superior anti- aliasing for super sharp images. URSA Broadcast is a future proof camera that’s versatile enough to use on any HD or Ultra HD production!


URSA Broadcast features high quality neutral density (ND) filters that let you quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The 1/4, 1/16th & 1/64th stop filters have been specifically designed to match the image sensor & colour science of URSA Broadcast, providing you with additional latitude & better colorimetry, even under harsh lighting conditions. This lets you use different combinations of aperture & shutter angle, in a wider range of situations. The IR filters have been designed to evenly filter both optical & IR wavelengths. This eliminates the IR contamination usually associated with most ND filters. The ND filters are true optical filters with a precision mechanism that quickly moves them into place when the ND filter dial is turned. The filter settings can be displayed as either a fraction, number, or stop reduction on the LCD.



URSA Broadcast features both dual CFast 2.0 recorders & dual SD/UHS-II card recorders so you can choose the media that works best for you. Both types of media are standard, non-proprietary, inexpensive & readily available at most computer & camera stores. You can record 10-bit broadcast quality DNxHD 145, DNxHD 220X or ProRes files with metadata, making URSA Broadcast compatible with virtually all editing software. That means URSA Broadcast is easy to integrate & fit in to your existing broadcast systems. You can even record lossless 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW files for high quality programming & post production workflows. With dual slots for each media type, URSA Broadcast gives you redundant recorders & non-stop recording! When the first card is full, recording automatically continues onto the next card so you can swap one card while recording continues on the other.

Super Tough and Redundant Design
Extremely tough and lightweight magnesium metal design

URSA Broadcast features a super strong, lightweight magnesium alloy body that's perfectly balanced & designed to be comfortable enough for all day use. Like traditional broadcast cameras, it features familiar externally mounted mechanical switches & controls that give you direct access to the most important camera settings. The controls are laid out logically, making them easy to remember & locate by feel, so you can adjust settings without having to look at the buttons or take the camera off your shoulder. You also get a 4" foldout touchscreen for monitoring, or controlling the camera via a revolutionary software interface that provides full redundancy for all of the external controls & camera functions. There are even redundant controls for the power switch! URSA Broadcast also includes full size standard connections for audio via XLR connectors, SDI via BNC connectors & broadcast power input via a standard 4 pin XLR 12V DC connector!


Broadcast Quality Audio
Built in broadcast quality sound recording

URSA Broadcast has a high quality microphone & professional audio recorder built in so you don't have to carry any extra sound equipment! The built in stereo microphone can be used for recording or you can connect professional microphones using the two XLR mic inputs. The XLR connections have 48V of switchable phantom power so you can plug in everything from shotgun to wireless clip on mics. With two microphone inputs, you can record a reporter in the field wearing a lapel or handheld mic, while also capturing ambient sounds from the second input. You can also record the same microphone to both channels using different levels to avoid clipping from unexpected loud noises in the field. URSA Broadcast also features external knobs for adjusting levels & onscreen meters so you can trim audio levels even when shoulder mounted.


Professional Studio Camera
Transform URSA Broadcast into the ultimate studio camera!

URSA Broadcast has built in remote control, colour correction, talkback, tally & other features designed to make it the ultimate studio camera for live switched production. It can be remote controlled via SDI using the Blackmagic SDI Camera Control protocol. You can add the optional URSA Studio Viewfinder, Blackmagic Camera fiber Converter & Studio fiber Converter to get the exact same workflow & features of studio cameras costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. But best of all, when the live production is complete, you can quickly transform URSA Broadcast back into a normal shooting camera! URSA Broadcast lets you get the most out of your investment in cameras & lenses because you can use it every day out in the field or in the studio! That's the ultimate in flexibility because every URSA Broadcast camera you own can be used on live programs, allowing you to easily handle very large live jobs with lots of cameras, all without any extra equipment rental costs!


Works with Low Cost Lenses
Compatible with B4, PL, EF & F mount lenses!

URSA Broadcast features an interchangeable lens mount so you can easily swap the included B4 lens mount for an EF, PL or even F mount. That means if you're just starting out you can use low cost, high quality EF photographic lenses & then change to more expensive lenses when you're ready. Using an EF, PL or F mount lens is a fantastic option when permanently rigging & mounting cameras in locked off positions on set, so you don't tie up broadcast lenses for camera positions without operators. Because the lens mounts are easy to change, you can also quickly reconfigure cameras from job to job. URSA Broadcast comes with a B4 mount already installed, & you can also purchase optional PL, EF & F mounts separately as needed. With URSA Broadcast, you get a single camera that works with virtually all professional lenses so you can choose precisely the lens you need!

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