Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 Announced

Blackmagic Design has introduced the latest addition to their professional broadcast camera lineup. The all-new Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 boasts a 6K digital film sensor that brings digital film quality to both traditional and online broadcasters. The advanced 6144 x 3456 digital film sensor provides exceptional low light performance with dual gain ISO of up to +36dB as well as 13 stops of dynamic range.

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 also includes H.265 and Blackmagic RAW file formats, Blackmagic generation 5 color science, as well as a USB-C expansion port for external disk recording, and more. The lens mount of the URSA Broadcast G2 is compatible with 2/3″ B4 lenses, but it also includes an active EF mount adapter, allowing you to access a long line of professional cinema lenses, as well as having the ability to change out the lens for an optional PL or F mount.

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With its 3 cameras in 1 design, the URSA Broadcast G2 can work as a 4K production camera, a 4K studio camera, or a 6K digital film camera. You can record to common SD cards, UHS-II cards, CFast 2.0 cards or external USB disks.

The G2 also features numerous broadcast and field production features such as built-in optical ND filters, focus servo support, fine iris control, a 4″ capacitive touchscreen LCD with live tally, PGM output, a small status display, a timecode generator, push-button controls, and assignable shortcut keys. Plus, the camera utilizes industry-standard 17- and 33-point 3D LUT files or you can work with the built-in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020, and more.

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 touchscreen controls. Additionally, the status display on the side shows record, locked, and reference timecodes, along with the current shooting frame rate, shutter angle, aperture, white balance, gain, and iris. The display also features a battery indicator, card recording status, and audio meters for monitoring levels.

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The updated G2 now allows you to record in common media formats, including ProRes 422 and 422 HQ, 10-bit H.265, H.264, and Blackmagic RAW.  Furthermore, the camera’s industry-standard video interfaces include a 12G-SDI input and one 12G-SDI output for studio control, as well as an SDI monitor output. The latest URSA Broadcast G2 also has a built-in time-of-day timecode generator, so you can sync all the cameras and then do multicamera editing later.

When it comes to audio, the G2 offers dual XLR audio inputs for line/mic audio with 48V phantom power, a 3.5mm analog headphone jack that is compatible with iPhone-style headsets for talkback, a reference input for sync/black burst/timecode, a 12-pin Hirose for broadcast lens controllers, and a 2.5mm LANC port for start/stop control.

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An additional USB Type-C is included for firmware updates. You can also perform camera control from your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet using the Blackmagic Camera Control app via Bluetooth+ or via tRigger on iOS.

Just like its predecessor, the camera body of the URSA Broadcast G2 is constructed with durable and lightweight magnesium. To power the device, you can use the included 12 VDC power adapter or the preinstalled V-mount plate to utilize professional, high-capacity V-mount batteries.

Also included with the camera are the URSA Mini shoulder pad, the URSA Mini top handle, a viewfinder mounting plate, and all the installation hardware and lens caps. A downloadable copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio is included, along with access to future camera software updates.

URSA Broadcast G2 Highlights

  • 6K Super35 CMOS Sensor, Dual Native ISO
  • 2/3″ B4 Lens Mount & Active EF Mount
  • 6K Blackmagic RAW Recording
  • Records to ProRes, H.265/264
  • 12G-SDI Input & Output, Genlock/Timecode
  • 13 x Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 2 x UHS-II SD, 2 x CFast 2.0 Slots
  • Built-In 2/4/6-Stop ND Filters
  • XLR Inputs, 3.5mm Audio Output
  • ProRes Recording up to 1080p120

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 is available to order retailing for $3,995.

[source: Blackmagic Design]

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