If you’re the proud owner of a Blackmagic Design camera or a DeckLink 4K, this is the blog post for you. Blackmagic have released a pair of updates that improve support for both, and add tasty new features to your URSA, including shooting at 80fps.
Blackmagic Camera 1.9.9
Blackmagic Camera 1.9.9 is available to download now. It adds new features to URSA cameras, including 80fps 4K recording, new 3:1 compressed RAW, frame guides, slow-mo playback and more. The software package you download also allows you to update your Blackmagic Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements.
There are a couple of things we want to point out before you run off and get your update. First, shooting RAW footage at 80fps will fill your 64GB CFast card in under ten minutes, so you’ll need a lot of media if you plan to shoot in this mode. Second, take a good look at the image below:
The frame rate you’re shooting at is the Sensor Frame Rate, shown here at 80fps and helpfully highlighted by an orange light. This is the setting which is affected by the upgrade. The Project Frame Rate is the frame rate your footage will play back at during the edit, and you will not be able to get this up to 80fps, even with the update, so don’t assume your camera is broken if the Project Frame Rate maxes out at 50fps.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the exciting list of new features coming to your URSA:
– Adds new compressed RAW 3:1 support.
– Enables 80fps support in 4K for ProRes and RAW 3:1.
– Enables variable frame rate feature so off-speed clips now playback in project frame rate.
– Enables phantom power support.
– Adds more frame guide options.
– Enables in-camera formatting for CFast 2.0 media.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K all enjoy improved in-camera format reliability too. Blackmagic recommend that you connect your kit to the mains and run “Uninstall Camera Utility” before installing the new software. It also warns that “after loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behaviour. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.”
The stated minimum system requirements for Mac OS X are as follows:
– Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
– Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.
– A suitable USB 2.0 port.
– Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
– Minimum system requirements for Windows.
– Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit.
– Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit.
– A suitable USB 2.0 port.
– A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Desktop Video 10.3
Not content with updating their camera firmware, Blackmagic have also released a new version of their Desktop Video software. This update adds support for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 12 bit 4:4:4 and up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rates. It includes everything you need to set up your DeckLink, UltraStudio, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder for video capture and playback. You can download it here.
The official list of new features includes:
– Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 2160p60 Ultra HD 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 via 12G-SDI and Dual Link 6G-SDI.
– Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 2K DCI 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI.
– Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 1080 HD 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI.
– General performance and stability improvements.
Desktop Video 10.3.1 SDK has also been released for developers, and is available to download now from the same support area of Blackmagic’s website. Full system requirements and details of what has been tested with the new driver are available in the associated readme file, which we of course recommend you read before installing.