URSA Broadcast G2

The advanced operating system designed for film and television!

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 features the same advanced Blackmagic OS software used on other Blackmagic Design cameras. That means you get a user interface that's fast to use, built on top of an operating system designed specifically for the film and television industry. All camera functions can be accessed with a single tap on the heads up display, and the touchscreen menus let you access advanced functions such as monitoring, audio, camera setup, recording, presets and 3D LUTs. Each camera feature runs on top of the operating system as a separate app so you get greater stability and multiple functions can run at the same time. Best of all, new features can be added in the future!

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URSA Broadcast G2 HUD Controls

On Screen HUD Controls

The heads up display, or HUD, controls have the most important camera controls such as frame rate, iris, timecode, shutter angle, white balance, gain and audio levels. For example, you can adjust settings such as white balance by touching the WB indicator, or you can change the audio levels simply by touching the audio meters. It's that easy! Everything is interactive, so if you tap any item you can instantaneously change its settings without having to search through complex menus! You can even clear the LCD of all text placed over the image area by swiping up or down with your finger.

Realtime Feedback of Camera Settings

Viewfinder Controls

Viewfinder Controls

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast lets you enable different monitoring tools with a few simple taps! Tapping the monitor icon brings up an overlay for toggling between and adjusting settings. You can adjust zebra settings for checking exposure, focus assist tools, frame guides, grids and more!

Frames Per Second

Frames Per Second

You can set URSA Broadcast G2 from 23.98 all the way up to 60 frames per second. This means you can operate at any television standard used in broadcast. Plus you can setup an off speed rate for shooting smooth slow motion. Just press the HFR button to enable the off speed rate!

Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed

URSA Broadcast has the easiest to use shutter speed control of any camera! Shutter speed lets you set the amount of motion blur or to compensate for varying light conditions. You can set the speed manually, or the camera will suggest a range of shutter speeds to eliminate flicker from lights!

Iris

Iris

Adjusting the iris, which controls the amount of light passing through the lens, is simple! If you have an automatic lens, just tap on the indicator and it will display iris options for the best exposure. The iris can even be controlled remotely so you can focus on framing shots!

Timecode

Timecode

The timecode display is used when you are recording to files, and you can tap it to select various options. Tap it to change from record duration, external timecode, or time of day timecode! It will even turn red when recording so it's extremely easy to see the record status of the camera.

Gain

Gain

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 has wide dynamic range and extremely good low light sensitivity. Tapping the gain icon lets you quickly set the ISO of the camera for best performance. It’s a realtime interactive control so as you adjust the setting, you can see the immediate effect on your images!

White Balance and Tint

White Balance and Tint

The white balance setting on the viewfinder lets you adapt to lighting conditions at new locations. There's a list of suggested color temperature presets such as sunlight, incandescent lamp, fluorescent light and more. You can also automatically set the white balance using a white card.

White Balance and Tint

The white balance setting on the viewfinder lets you adapt to lighting conditions at new locations. There's a list of suggested color temperature presets such as sunlight, incandescent lamp, fluorescent light and more. You can also automatically set the white balance using a white card.

URSA Broadcast G2 Touchscreen Menus

Touchscreen Camera Menus

The URSA Broadcast G2 touchscreen menus have six tabs with an elegant and simple to understand interface. That means you get quick access and complete control over every setting and feature on the camera! Simply tap on the record, monitor, audio, setup, presets, or LUTs tab to access the settings for different areas of camera functionality. The unique design of the interface offers visual consistency between the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 and other Blackmagic cameras, which is important when you don't have time to learn a new camera! Now training time is eliminated as the URSA Broadcast G2 works the same as other cameras you already know!


Digital Slate for Metadata Entry

Digital Slate for Metadata Entry

URSA Broadcast G2 features a digital slate that makes it fast to add metadata information to any shot. Simply swipe left or right on the LCD to bring up the digital slate. The entry is intelligent, so you can get predictive entry suggestions with a single tap when entering metadata tags. Plus, if you start and stop recording, URSA Broadcast G2 automatically increments the take number for you! In addition, lens metadata is automatically downloaded from supported lenses and save into the metadata, or you can load in lens information manually! All of this metadata is saved with standard tags so it means you can see and use the metadata in all popular editing software, such as DaVinci Resolve!

Set Record Quality

Set Record Quality

The record tab gives you a fast interface for selecting the ProRes, H.265 and Blackmagic RAW compression settings used when recording the files. Simply tap the appropriate compression level that's best for the work you do. The record tab also lets you set the camera's dynamic range between video, extended video or film. When using Blackmagic RAW the file will always have the wide dynamic range from the sensor, however this setting lets you change the dynamic range of the video codecs and the video output. There are settings for the default disk for recording, which is great when working with USB disks. Plus you can even embed the 3D LUT into the recorded Blackmagic RAW file metadata!

Powerful Viewfinder Overlays

Powerful Viewfinder Overlays

The monitor tab gives you control over the display settings on the built in viewfinder and the SDI monitoring output. There are lots of on screen viewfinder tools to help you frame and focus shots, such as zebra for exposure, focus assist, frame guides, 3D LUTs, false color, safe area guides and more! You can fully customize the SDI monitoring output and choose 3D LUTs for different kinds of looks. There are also settings to allow you to modify the LCD display, with the default set to display audio meters, but you can change the LCD overlay to display codec and resolution instead.

Audio Inputs and Monitoring

Audio Inputs and Monitoring

URSA Broadcast G2 has amazing audio with lots of options for setting and monitoring inputs. Levels can be adjusted quickly from the HUD simply by tapping the audio meters, however for full control, you can use the audio tab in the on screen menus. You can change the audio source from the camera's internal microphones, to the 3.5mm mic input, or the high performance balanced XLR audio inputs. The audio tab also has settings for headphone and speaker level, mic gain, low cut filter and more. You can enable the 48v phantom power on the XLR audio connections so you can use microphones that are not self powered. You can also set single channel input when using mono audio sources.

Central Control for Camera Settings

Central Control for Camera Settings

Instead of complex lists of menus that make it hard to setup the camera, the URSA Broadcast G2 has a single on screen menu tab for advanced settings. This is where you can update settings such as date and time, language selection, timecode and even the local power frequency which is used for calculating suggested shutter angles. The setup tab is where the customizable function buttons on the side camera are programmed, and you can change them to anything you like! If you have the optional zoom demand attached, you can also program its buttons to do a wide range of camera functions.

Save, Load and Share User Presets

Save, Load and Share User Presets

Different operators like to set up their cameras in very different ways! Or you might need to change settings when moving between different shows. The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2 supports saving and loading presets and you can have up to 60 custom presets loaded at any one time. Presets can even be saved to the external USB disk, so you can transfer them between different cameras, so it's very fast to set up multiple cameras with the same settings. Or you can have your own custom presets and bring them on a USB "thumb drive" so they can be loaded into the camera you will be using on a job. You can even load presets from other camera types, such as Blackmagic Studio Cameras.

Customize Monitoring with 3D LUTs

Customize Monitoring with 3D LUTs

On high end cameras, 3D LUTs can be used to change the color of the viewfinder so a director or cinematographer can see a specific "look" they want as they shoot. URSA Broadcast G2 can also use 3D LUTs so you can customize the colorimetry of the LCD and the SDI monitoring output when doing high end creative work. That means you could use URSA Broadcast G2 for high end digital film, or broadcast use. Plus 3D LUTs are very useful when using "film" dynamic range which generally looks a little flat. You can store up to 30 custom 3D LUTs in the camera and they are loaded from a USB drive. There is also a setting to embed the active 3D LUT into the record file metadata.

Select Preferred Language

Select Preferred Language

Multiple languages are fully supported so you don't need to learn another language to use it! Support is included for English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. At first start, URSA Broadcast G2 will display a menu for selecting a language, plus you can still use the menus to change languages any time you need. When a language is selected, the on screen text overlays will change, as well as all menus and the overlays on the SDI monitoring output will also be displayed with the selected language. All this means URSA Broadcast G2 is perfect for doing international location work with different crews!

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