Blackmagic Camera Update 4.2 adds Black Shading, Also Video Assist Firmware 2.3.1 Available

Blackmagic Camera Update 4.2 is the latest firmware for the popular Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K camera, which now includes black shading calibration. In addition, the Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K get firmware 2.3.1, which functionality with the 3D LUT interface.

Here's whats new in Camera Update 4.2 and Video Assist Firmware 2.3.1

  • Improved functionality with the 3D LUT interface on the Video Assist and the Video Assist 4K
  • General performance and stability updates
  • Adds black shading calibration for URSA Mini 4.6K in Setup menu
  • Improves audio performance when using 6G-SDI output for Studio Camera 4K
  • Improves 3G-SDI compatibility on Studio Camera

The Video Assist Firmware 2.3.1 allows the false colour exposure tools to operate exclusive of 3D LUTs, so users can accurately check exposure, even if a LUT has been applied.

Stability improvements to lower bit rate DNxHD 45 and ProRes Proxy files has been added in this firmware, as well as some bug fixes such as an issue where black would be displayed if an empty LUT was selected

The URSA Mini 4.6K has been quite popular with budget oriented productions, who would like to benefit from shooting in compressed Raw in high resolutions. The Video Assist 5-inch offers a very affordable monitoring (and recording solution) for those who normally use smaller DSLR like form-factor cameras like the Sony A7s II for example.

The Video Assist allows recording in popular compressed broadcast codecs like Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. The 5-inch Video Assist is limited to Full HD recording, however the 4K version adds a bigger 7-inch monitor and UHD recording capability for cameras, which can output such resolution.

To download both firmware updates if you own the respective models, head over to Blackmagic Design here.