Blackmagic Updates the URSA with 12bit ProRes 444 at 60 fps in UltraHD and 80fps in 1080p HD

Blackmagic Design have been on a roll since June last summer, releasing a steady flow of updates for their camera line. After unleashing addition flavours of ProRes (422, LT, Proxy) for the original Cinema camera, the Pocket Cinema camera, and their 4K Production camera, last year and more recently the 3:1 compressed 4K raw for the URSA, now the Australian based post-produciton equipmented turned camera manufacturer is raising the bar once again and beefing up their URSA 4K camera with even more amazing features.

Camera Utility 2.0 adds 12bit ProRes 444 up to 60 frames per second in UHD (3840 x 2160p) to the URSA, in addition to 80fps in 1080p. With this latest update, the URSA becomes even more flexible and we can definitely see this camera getting more and more production and post-production friendly as 12bit ProRes 444 is a very popular VFX workflow codec for various productions, for which a RAW workflow is cost prohibitive due to budgetary and/or time restraints.

See all the details of the update below, and head over to Blackmagic Design via the link at the bottom of the post to download and install the free firmware update.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0

Blackmagic URSA

    • Adds support for Apple ProRes 444 recording in 4K and HD


Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K

  • Performance improvements for optical fiber output

Blackmagic Studio Camera

  • Fixes an issue where the overlays settings are not remembered after turning off camera

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

  • Fixes an issue where dropped frames are occurring during ProRes LT and Proxy recording

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

  • Performance enhancements and improvements

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

  • No changes

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

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

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility (Download from Blackmagic Design)

Before installing the software, we recommend that you run "Uninstall Camera Utility" first.

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 Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

Blackmagic Camera Utility

Blackmagic Media Express

Blackmagic UltraScope

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test