As usual we’re expecting Blackmagic to make a bit of a splash at NAB, but in advance of the main tranche of news it's announced a v2.3 update for its URSA cameras which includes ProRes 444 XQ and 4K at 120fps support. And yes, the latter will require a new sensor.
Available immediately, the headlines of the new software include adding support for HD window mode, thus allowing 150fps recording in 1920 x 1080 resolutions; the aforementioned support for ProRes 444 XQ; the ability to record onto two CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW allowing higher frame rates in RAW; and, last but not least, also adding support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120fps.
Details on the availability and cost of the new 4K v2 sensor won’t be made public till after the show, but Blackmagic has confirmed that it pushes the cameras beyond 80fps all the way up to 120fps, which will make all current owners glad that they bought such an upgradeable machine. The 150fps HD window, meanwhile, lifts the camera up into the realms of super slo-mo units, and it’s not too hard to see the advantages that technology might bring when ported across the company’s range.
As usual, you can read the full release on Page 2.