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16 Jun 2016

Blackmagic's possible fix for URSA Mini 4.6K magenta issue

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Along with WB and saturation improvements, the latest camera software for the Ursa Mini camera line may fix the magenta corners reported by some users of the 4.6K variant.

Blackmagic has experienced some growing pains with regards to its Ursa Mini 4.6K camera. First exhibited at NAB 2015, the camera took another year to see the light of day, sans the global shutter of its original spec sheet. However, even with a rolling shutter, our reviewer Ned Soltz positively reviewed the Ursa Mini 4.6K, citing "rich and organic" skin tones and its apparent wide dynamic range, concluding that it "can deliver excellent results for a relatively low investment."

Ned did mention the Ursa Mini 4.6K's "magenta tinge issue" that has been making the rounds online. He was not able to reproduce the unwanted effect, but the company has just released an update to its camera software which may address the issue.

Camera Setup 3.3, which affects the Ursa Mini 4.6K, 4K and Viewfinder, brings a handful of tweaks to each product. The most noteworthy may be an enhancement for the 4.6K, regarding "improved sensor response to lens shading," which could directly address the issue of magenta corners in certain shooting situations.

In addition, the new camera software gives the Ursa Mini 4.6K improved default white balance, while both cameras and the Viewfinder should exhibit improved saturation in VIDEO dynamic range mode.

To download Camera Setup 3.3, visit the Blackmagic support page.

For Ursa Mini 4.6K users that have experienced the magenta issue in the past, please let us know if this update alleviates those performance concerns in the comments below.


Patrick Jong Taylor

Patrick Jong Taylor is former North American Editor of RedShark Media. He is currently the Director of Strategy at bigSTORY, a consultancy specializing in story-based analysis, strategy and production for corporate clients.

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