Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design ship Ursa Mini 4.6K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design have announced that they’re due to start shipping their Ursa Mini 4.6K camera and Micro Cinema Camera. This means that if you’ve pre-ordered your Ursa Mini 4.6K or Micro Cinema Camera from us, it should be on its way to you soon. However, there is one catch: they’re shipping without global shutter.


As Grant Petty himself explains in this (sadly unembeddable) video, “We’ve been having problems with the global shutter feature of these cameras and it’s been holding up our ability to ship them… As performance is not to the level we’ve been striving for, we’ve decided to ship the cameras without the global shutter feature.

“This is upsetting for us because we really wanted to produce a high dynamic range camera that had a global shutter in an all in one design,” he admits, but points out that users can now choose between the Ursa Mini 4K if they’re working on fast-moving projects like sports coverage and want 60fps 4K, or opt for the 4.6K if their priority is to get that high dynamic range.

Apparently, a 4.6K model being used with global shutter would have been capped at 30fps and have had its dynamic range reduced slightly, effectively rendering it the same as the Mini 4K, so at least this way you’re getting your full 15 stops.

If you head over to the Ursa Mini section of Blackmagic’s site, you can download a short film that Grant and co shot with the Ursa Mini 4.6K, and even download RAW files of the shoot so that you can try grading it in DaVinci Resolve. (The free version of Resolve is available here; Grant recommends working in this so that your RAW files don’t get clipped.)

You can see the full Blackmagic Design camera range here. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Atomos unveil ‘Flame’ Series

Atomos unveil ‘Flame’ Series

Atomos have announced their new ‘Flame’ series of monitors. The latest range of products will bring 4K HDR monitoring to the Atomos Shogun and Ninja.

Modern cameras are capable of shooting a much wider dynamic range than ever before, however, most monitors, LCDs & viewfinders are simply incapable of reliably showing what you’re actually recording. Now, Atomos have created the Flame series – the latest advancements in HDR monitor technology, in a camera top recorder.

The Atomos Flame monitors measure in at 7″ (calibrated at 1920×1200 325i), boasts 10-bit HDR post-production colour accuracy (a first for in-field monitors), and runs off the AtomHDR engine, which resolves HDR brightness detail and processes 64 times more colour information than 8-bit panels. AtomHDR allows you to view footage on the monitor as you would with your own eyes, clear and colour correct.

When filming in a traditional style (i.e. not HDR), the new Shogun and Ninja Flame can be switched into Rec709, which activates a brightness slider. This enables shooters to make the most of the impressive, daylight viewable screen. Also, the new units inherit Atomos’ patented continuous power system, enabling you to shoot nonstop (or for as long as you have charged batteries to circulate!).

As with previous Shogun and Ninja models, the Flame series comes with the same high quality, professional 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR recording, playback and editing that Atomos is known for. All 4K/HD footage is recorded straight from the sensor into 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/DNxHD, and is stored on reliable, leading brand SSDs. Both monitors feature timelapse and pre-roll options, while 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown removal is also possible. The built-in focus, framing and exposure tools help make post production decision making a breeze, complete with various playback options.

Atomos Ninja Flame

– HDMI only model.

Available for £995.00 exVAT.

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Atomos Shogun Flame

– HDMI and SDI model.

– Bi-directional SDI/HDMI conversion.

– Raw to ProRes/DNxHR recording for select Sony and Canon cameras.

– Balanced XLR audio input/output.

– LTC/Genlock connectivity.

Available for £1,295.00 exVAT.

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Accessories include (both models):

– HPRC case.

– Snap-fast HDR sunhood.

– Fast battery charger.

– Control cable.

– 2x NP-F750 4 cell batteries.

– USB 3.0 docking station.

– D-Tap cable.

– 5x Master Caddy cases.

– 12V 3A AC-DC power adaptor.

– XLR breakout cable (Shogun Flame only).

For more information on the new Atomos Flame range, email or call 03332 409 306. For everything else, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Media Composer 8.5 is available for download now!

Media Composer 8.5 is available for download now!

Avid have just announced that Media Composer 8.5 is now available via the Avid Download Centre for users with a valid Upgrade & Support plan (look for a notification in your copy’s Application Manager) or via your Master Avid Account if you’re a new customer. 

The update promises a range of exciting new features designed to speed up your editing workflow but, as ever, we beg you to back up your work before hitting download. Do it now, in fact. We’ll wait.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be happy to hear that new features include:

Simpler menus The menus have been reorganised to remove legacy items and simplify your user experience.

An updated Timeline UI A number of updates have been made to the timeline, including enabling Sync Rollers for Sync Locked Tracks, the ability to see full segments as you drag them within the timeline, as well as the effect their repositioning will have on the rest of the timeline before you commit the change, and creating a new track by dragging a segment above or below the timeline.

Support for 64 tracks of audio Fairly self explanatory, this one.

Group by audio waveforms Group clips can be made based on audio waveform analysis.

HDR support Media Composer now includes colour spaces for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This provides support for a higher range of video signal, and enables automatic colour transformations for source files based on the HDR colour space set in the project.

Audio mixer updates You can now resize the audio mixer and create custom track groupings.

FrameFlex rotation Users can rotate the framing box in the FrameFlex source settings using the Z rotation slides, enabling the straightening or reframing of an image at the source level rather than in the timeline.

Interactive video frame cache A new Video Memory tab has been added to the Media Cache settings to allow users to save generated frames of the current playing sequence into a memory storage cache, resulting in faster response times while editing and playing back media.

UI personalisation tools Additional UI settings have been added to allow users to change the background colour of the Project Window and Timeline, and override Bin and Project fonts and font sizes.

Bin Columns updates The process for adding Custom Columns as well as Multiple Columns in bins has been simplified, and you can now copy and paste the same text to multiple fields within a column.

Identifying rendered effects Users can now choose to differentiate between rendered effect media and Title and Matte key effect media in the Media Tool. This is helpful when identifying media to delete.

SCC import Media Composer now supports importing of Scenarist Closed Caption (.scc) files.

For a complete list of fixed bugs and new features, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the Media Composer 8.5 ReadMe, which can be found here. You’ll also want to check your Interplay documentation – this version of Media Composer is supported with Interplay 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5, so check your release notes for any known limitations on feature functionality.

Want to know more about Media Composer 8.5? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.