Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Camera G2 designed for Studio and Live Production
The new Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 is an incredibly powerful camera designed for both traditional and online broadcasters. The 3 cameras in 1 design allows it to work as a 4K production camera, a 4K studio camera or a 6K digital film camera! It’s a perfect solution for broadcasters because it uses the lenses and batteries you already own! You can record to common SD cards, UHS-II cards, CFast 2.0 cards or external USB disks, using common file formats such as H.265, ProRes and Blackmagic RAW. This means it’s compatible with all video software and broadcast media management systems. You can even change the lens mount! No other broadcast camera is so flexible!
Get Digital Film Quality for Broadcast
The large 6K sensor combined with Blackmagic generation 5 color science gives you the same imaging technology used in digital film cameras. This means broadcasters can now use digital cinema quality in broadcast! The 6K sensor features a resolution of 6144 x 3456 so it’s flexible enough for broadcast and digital film work. When using B4 lenses, you get a 4K window of the sensor for Ultra HD broadcast use. Then if you change to a PL or EF lens mount, you can use the full 6K resolution of the sensor for digital film! With 13 stops of dynamic range, you get darker blacks and brighter whites, so it’s perfect for color correction. Using digital film in broadcast is a revolution in image quality!
Exceptional Low Light Performance
The new URSA Broadcast features incredible low light performance so you can shoot using ambient light or even under moonlight! In advanced cameras, ISO is a measurement of the image sensor’s sensitivity to light. The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 features gain from -12dB (100 ISO) up to +36dB (25,600 ISO) so it’s optimized to reduce grain and noise in images, while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The primary native ISO is 400, which is ideal for use under studio lighting. Then the secondary high base ISO of 3200 is perfect when shooting in dimly lit environments. The gain can be set via a camera switch, the LCD menu or remotely using the SDI remote camera control protocol.
Compatible with B4 Broadcast Lenses
The URSA Broadcast G2 features a B4 broadcast lens mount that includes optics specifically designed to match the camera’s sensor. The B4 lens mount lets you use modern Ultra HD lenses or lower cost HD lenses. Older HD lenses often feature resolutions well beyond HD, so you get great quality at low cost! B4 lenses are fantastic because they are par-focal, so the image stays in focus as you zoom in and out, so you don’t need to constantly chase focus as you shoot. That lets you work much faster! You also get full electronic lens control to adjust focus, iris and zoom using the camera’s controls, or remotely! Plus if you want to use alternative lenses, you can change the mount to PL, EF and more!
Built In Optical ND Filters
URSA Broadcast G2 features high quality neutral density (ND) filters that let you quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The ¼, 1/16th and 1/64th stop filters have been specifically designed to match the image sensor and color science of URSA Broadcast G2, providing you with additional latitude and better colorimetry. This lets you use different combinations of aperture and shutter angle, in a wider range of situations. The IR filters have been designed to evenly filter both optical and IR wavelengths, eliminating IR contamination. Plus the filter status on the LCD can be displayed as a fraction, number, or stop reduction!
Use Common Media and File Formats!
URSA Broadcast is designed to work with standard file formats that are used by all broadcast systems and editing software. You can record in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 into QuickTime files. The new Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 model can even record into H.265 for incredibly small files at 60:1 to 285:1 compression ratios, in 10-bit broadcast quality. Plus you can record to Blackmagic RAW files, a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from the camera. That means you get the perfect range of file formats designed for all types of workflows.
Dual Media Slots for Non‑Stop Recording
With dual CFast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders, you can choose the media that’s best for you! Both types of media are standard, inexpensive and readily available at computer and camera stores. Plus with dual media slots, URSA Broadcast gives you non stop recording! When a card is full, recording automatically continues onto the next card so you can swap a full card while recording continues. You get enough speed to record high quality ProRes and H.265 video file formats, even when working in Ultra HD at high frame rates. That means URSA Broadcast G2 is easy to integrate into your existing broadcast systems. You can even record 12-bit Blackmagic RAW cinema files!
USB-C for Recording Direct to External Media Disks
The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 features a high speed USB-C expansion port on the rear of the camera that allows you to record to external disks or connect to a wide range of accessories. If you plug in a large and low cost external USB flash disk, you can record ProRes, H.265 or even high quality 12-bit Blackmagic RAW files for later editing and color correction. That means you can just move the disk to a computer to work, and you don’t need to waste time with file copying. Plus the USB port will power the disk that’s plugged in! You can even plug in optional focus and zoom demands to allow full lens control.
Strong and Lightweight Magnesium Design
URSA Broadcast G2 features a super strong, lightweight magnesium alloy body that’s perfectly balanced and designed to be comfortable to use all day! It features familiar externally mounted switches and controls that give you direct access to the most important camera settings. The controls are laid out logically, making them easy to locate by feel, so you can adjust settings without having to look at the buttons. You also get a foldout touchscreen for monitoring, viewing camera status and changing settings using on screen menus. URSA Broadcast G2 also includes standard 12G-SDI connections, XLR audio inputs, USB-C and an industry standard 4 pin XLR broadcast 12V DC connection!
Built in LCD with Touch Controls
With a built in LCD that folds out, you can both monitor and control the camera. While URSA Broadcast G2 features lots of physical buttons and knobs, using the LCD, you also get on screen status and touch screen controls. The built in touchscreen also includes a heads up display with the most important shooting information, as well as menus for all camera settings, LUTs and custom presets. Plus behind the LCD there are extra buttons, as well as knobs for audio levels. There’s even programmable function buttons that can have functions assigned to them, such as zebra, false color, focus peaking, LUTs and more! Plus you can change the function assigned to each button in the on screen menus.
External Status Display
The status display is a high visibility LCD screen that’s designed to be easily seen, even in bright light! The status display shows record timecode, locked timecode and reference timecode, along with the current shooting frame rate, shutter angle, aperture, white balance, gain and iris. It also features a battery indicator, card recording status and audio meters for monitoring levels. The screen’s backlight can be turned on when you are shooting in dimly lit locations, and off when you are shooting outdoors and in bright light to increase contrast, making it easy to read under any condition!
Standard Television Industry Connections
Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 features the latest technology and connections such as 12G-SDI. This includes 12G-SDI connections for both video output and return program feed input. The 12G-SDI connections are multi rate and switch between all HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. Other connections include a headphone connection, USB-C, balanced XLR audio with phantom power, and timecode/reference input. There’s also a front mounted 12 pin Hirose connector for broadcast lens control which can also power the lens. Plus for connecting a viewfinder or on set monitor there’s even an HD-SDI monitoring output and a broadcast style 4 pin XLR 12V DC power output!
Supports All Broadcast Frame Rates
Whether you’re shooting a sporting event or a breaking news story, Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 can shoot super smooth, crystal clear slow motion video. To shoot slow motion video, URSA Broadcast supports the higher broadcast frame rates of 60 frames per second, but it can also record this high frame rate into a lower frame rate file, for smooth slow motion shooting. You can set up your preferred high speed frame rate using the camera’s on screen menus, then switch between standard sync speed and off speed frame rates using the HFR button on the side of the camera. That means you can have a higher frame rate setup and ready to go, so its instantly available when the action gets exciting!
Professional Audio Connections and Built In Microphones
URSA Broadcast G2 has a high quality microphone and professional audio recorder built in so you don’t have to carry any extra sound equipment! That means you can use the built in stereo microphone or you can connect external microphones. The XLR connections have 48V phantom power so you can plug in everything from shotgun to wireless clip on mics. You can also select to link audio inputs on the camera so you can plug in lapel microphones that often only have a single mono connection, if you want to record the mic onto both channels of the recorded file. URSA Broadcast G2 also features knobs for adjusting levels and onscreen meters so you can trim audio levels even when shoulder mounted.
Work in Both HD or Ultra HD
The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 is not just a great Ultra HD camera, but it’s also an amazing HD camera too! The high resolution sensor and generation 5 color science creates amazing images with high dynamic range and wide color fidelity. But when you need to do HD work, the camera will scale the image sensor down to 1080HD video standards. This helps you get stories on air fast, in HD or Ultra HD video standards, anywhere in the world! Plus when working in HD, the high resolution sensor allows sub pixel image processing for superior anti-aliasing and sharp images. Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 is a future proof camera that’s perfect for both HD and Ultra HD production!
Change to PL, EF and F Lens Mounts!
URSA Broadcast G2 features an interchangeable lens mount so you can easily swap the included B4 lens mount for an EF, PL or even F mount. URSA Broadcast G2 comes with a B4 mount already installed, plus a spare EF mount is included. That means if you’re starting out you can change the mount and use low cost photographic lenses. Photographic lenses are incredible quality because they’re designed for high resolution photography. You can also purchase optional PL and F mounts separately. If you’re shooting for digital film, the PL mount is best as it’s the most common lens mount for cinema lenses. With URSA Broadcast G2, you get a single camera that works with virtually all modern lenses!
Compatible with Industry Standard Batteries
All URSA cameras support a wide range of battery plates from manufacturers such as IDX, Blueshape, Anton Bauer and more. A V-Lock battery plate is installed on the camera, or you can change to an optional Blackmagic URSA Gold Battery Plate. All Blackmagic battery plates are designed to mount directly onto the camera. URSA Broadcast G2 includes a 4-pin XLR power connector that supports 12V to 18V for connecting external power supplies and battery packs. The standard power connector also means you can use the camera with your existing power supplies and batteries. For live production, the optional fiber converter can power the camera from up to 2 km away via a single SMPTE fiber cable!
Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio
Get Professional Editing, Color Correction, Audio Post and VFX!
URSA Broadcast G2 includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the same software used in Hollywood for creating high end feature films, episodic television shows, commercials and more. DaVinci Resolve features the new cut page with intelligent editing tools and innovative new features designed to help you quickly find the footage you want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, you also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application! Now you can use the the same high end software that professional editors and colorists use!