Effective Sensor Size
2/3 inch sensor size when using 4K B4 mount (Actual sensor size 13.056mm x 7.344mm)
Professional broadcast camera for HD and Ultra HD
Switch instantly between live work or field shooting!
URSA Broadcast is two cameras in one! The compact design, familiar controls and broadcast camera features are ideal for ENG style shooting and vital for working quickly when you’re trying to capture breaking news. Whether you’re in the studio or out in the field, URSA Broadcast will give you incredible image quality, accurate skin tones and vibrant colors that are far superior to cameras costing ten times more. The key is URSA Broadcast's new extended video mode that produces pictures you don’t need to color grade so you can shoot, edit and get stories on air faster than ever before. URSA Broadcast is also the first camera that finally lets AV and web broadcasters afford a true professional broadcast solution that's dramatically better than DSLR's.
Work faster by eliminating expensive media and video transcodes!
URSA Broadcast is the first professional broadcast camera designed to work with standard media cards and file formats that are compatible with virtually all broadcast systems and editing software. URSA Broadcast records onto inexpensive standard SD cards, UHS-II cards and CFast cards, and records 1080i or 2160p video into standard .mov files, with .mxf to be added in future updates. URSA Broadcast records using DNx145, DNx220X or ProRes so the files will work with your existing broadcast systems and workflows. You also get a B4 lens mount that works with your existing lenses, or you can swap it for optional EF, F and PL lens mounts so you can use standard photographic lenses. If you’re building a complete broadcast camera chain, the optional URSA Viewfinder, URSA Studio Viewfinder and SMPTE fiber converters feature familiar controls and design, so they operate exactly as experienced camera operators expect. URSA Broadcast helps you get the most value out of your investment in cameras, lenses and accessories, which means you’ll save time and money, so the camera virtually pays for itself!
High quality neutral density filters with IR compensation.
URSA Broadcast features high quality neutral density (ND) filters that let you quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. The ¼, 1/16th and 1/64th stop filters have been specifically designed to match the image sensor and color science of URSA Broadcast, providing you with additional latitude and better colorimetry, even under harsh lighting conditions. This lets you use different combinations of aperture and shutter angle, in a wider range of situations. The IR filters have been designed to evenly filter both optical and IR wavelengths. This eliminates the IR contamination usually associated with most ND filters. The ND filters are true optical filters with a precision mechanism that quickly moves them into place when the ND filter dial is turned. The filter settings can be displayed as either a fraction, number, or stop reduction on the LCD.
Works with both standard CFast and SD card media!
URSA Broadcast features both dual CFast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders so you can choose the media that works best for you. Both types of media are standard, non-proprietary, inexpensive and readily available at most computer and camera stores. You can record 10-bit broadcast quality DNxHD 145, DNxHD 220X or ProRes files with metadata, making URSA Broadcast compatible with virtually all editing software. That means URSA Broadcast is easy to integrate and fit in to your existing broadcast systems. You can even record lossless 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW files for high quality programming and post production workflows. With dual slots for each media type, URSA Broadcast gives you redundant recorders and non stop recording!When the first card is full, recording automatically continues onto the next card so you can swap one card while recording continues on the other.
Extremely tough and lightweight magnesium metal design.
URSA Broadcast features a super strong, lightweight magnesium alloy body that’s perfectly balanced and designed to be comfortable enough for all day use. Like traditional broadcast cameras, it features familiar externally mounted mechanical switches and controls that give you direct access to the most important camera settings. The controls are laid out logically, making them easy to remember and locate by feel, so you can adjust settings without having to look at the buttons or take the camera off your shoulder. You also get a 4” foldout touchscreen for monitoring, or controlling the camera via a revolutionary software interface that provides full redundancy for all of the external controls and camera functions. There are even redundant controls for the power switch! URSA Broadcast also includes full size standard connections for audio via XLR connectors, SDI via BNC connectors and broadcast power input via a standard 4 pin XLR 12V DC connector!
Quickly change settings without taking the camera off your shoulder!
URSA Broadcast features independent controls for direct access to the most important camera settings. Buttons, switches and dials are laid out in a logical order that makes them easy to find by feel while using the viewfinder. This means you’ll be able to adjust settings,add an ND filter or even change frame rate without having to fold out the touch screen or take the camera off your shoulder.
See critical shooting information in bright daylight!
The status display is a high visibility LCD screen that’s designed to be easily seen, even in bright light! The status display shows record time code, locked time code and reference time code, along with the current shooting frame rate, shutter angle, aperture, white balance,gain and iris. It also features a battery indicator, card recording status and audio meters for monitoring levels. The screen’s back light can be turned on when you’re shooting in dimly lit locations, and off when you’re shooting outdoors and in bright light to increase contrast, making it easy to read under any condition!
Capture fast action with smooth flowing slow motion!
Whether you’re shooting a sporting event or breaking news story, URSA Broadcast can shoot super smooth, crystal clear slow motion video. To shoot slow motion video, URSA Broadcast records at higher frame rates and plays back at standard video frame rates. You can set up your preferred high speed frame rate using the camera’s on screen menus and then switch between standard sync speed and off speed frame rates with the touch of a button on the side of the camera. URSA Broadcast can capture full resolution Ultra HD at up to 60 frames per second.
Built in broadcast quality sound recording.
URSA Broadcast has a high quality microphone and professional audio recorder built in so you don’t have to carry any extra sound equipment! The built in stereo microphone can be used for recording or you can connect professional microphones using the two XLRmic inputs. The XLR connections have 48V of switchable phantom power so you can plug in everything from shotgun to wireless clip on mics. With two microphone inputs, you can record a reporter in the field wearing a lapel or handheld mic, while also capturing ambient sounds from the second input. You can also record the same microphone to both channels using different levels to avoid clipping from unexpected loud noises in the field. URSA Broadcast also features external knobs for adjusting levels and onscreen meters so you can trim audio levels even when shoulder mounted.
Transform URSA Broadcast into the ultimate studio camera!
URSA Broadcast has built in remote control, color correction, talkback, tally and other features designed to make it the ultimate studio camera for live switched production. It can be remote controlled via SDI using the Blackmagic SDI Camera Control protocol. You can add the optional URSA Studio Viewfinder, Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter and Studio Fiber Converter to get the exact same workflow and features of studio cameras costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. But best of all, when the live production is complete, you can quickly transform URSA Broadcast back into a normal shooting camera! URSA Broadcast lets you get the most out of your investment in cameras and lenses because you can use it every day out in the field or in the studio! That’s the ultimate in flexibility because every URSA Broadcast camera you own can be used on live programs, allowing you to easily handle very large live jobs with lots of cameras, all without any extra equipment rental costs!
Eliminate custom cables with standard television industry connections that work with regular cables.
Blackmagic URSA Broadcast features the latest technology and connections such as 12G-SDI.All connections use standard broadcast connectors so you don't need expensive, proprietary cables that are hard to find. This means you can get cables from your favorite supplier or even make your own! You get multi rate12G-SDI connections for video output and return program feed input. Both connections automatically switch speed so they work with all HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 over a single cable! You also get HD-SDI monitoring out, 2 LANC inputs, balanced XLR audio with phantom power, and time code/reference input. On the front right side of the camera is a 12 pin Hi rose connector for broadcast lens control which can both power and control SD, HD and Ultra HD lenses with both analog and digital control. There’s also a 4 pin XLR 12V DC power output and HD-SDI monitor output that can be used with an URSA Viewfinder, URSA Studio Viewfinder, any viewfinder or external monitor you’d like.
Compatible with B4, PL, EF and F mount lenses!
URSA Broadcast features an interchangeable lens mount so you can easily swap the included B4 lens mount for an EF, PL or even F mount. That means if you’re just starting out you can use low cost, high quality EF photographic lenses and then change to more expensive lenses when you’re ready. Using an EF, PL or F mount lens is a fantastic option when permanently rigging and mounting cameras in locked off positions on set, so you don't tie up broadcast lenses for camera positions without operators. Because the lens mounts are easy to change, you can also quickly reconfigure cameras from job to job. URSA Broadcast comes with a B4 mount already installed, and you can also purchase optional PL, EF and F mounts separately as needed. With URSA Broadcast, you get a single camera that works with virtually all professional lenses so you can choose precisely the lens you need!
Advanced operating system and user interface allows access to all camera settings fast!
URSA Broadcast features the advanced Blackmagic OS with an intuitive user interface that lets you use simple tap and swipe gestures. Plus, you get many features from the URSA Mini digital film camera if you need to do more advanced programming work! You can set up the camera, enter metadata and more. Plus, the software duplicates all of the physical buttons and switches on the camera so you get full redundancy! The unique heads up display puts commonly used functions at your fingertips so you can tap on a control and quickly make adjustments without having to navigate through complex menus. The digital slate makes entering metadata fast with its built in dictionary, predictive text entry and on screen keyboard.
Compatible with industry standard batteries and power.
URSA Broadcast includes a 4-pin XLR industry standard power connector that works from 12V to 20V for external power supplies and battery packs. The standard power connector also means it’s easy to use the camera with all of your existing power supplies and batteries. All URSA cameras use the same battery power connector and mounting points on the rear of the camera so you can use a wide range of battery plates from manufacturers such as IDX, Blueshape, Anton Bauer and more. For ease of installation, you can also add the optional Blackmagic URSA VLock Battery Plate or Blackmagic URSA Gold Battery Plate for using popular V‑Mount and Gold Mount batteries, because they include a power plug that's designed to plug directly into URSA Broadcast.
The world’s most versatile professional broadcast camera.
URSA Broadcast is the perfect camera for everything from studio talk and game shows to electronic news gathering in the field, massive multi camera sporting events and more. You get a super tough, reliable broadcast camera with incredible HD and Ultra HD image quality, along with the features and controls you need. Best of all, URSA Broadcast is affordable and costs far less than a traditional broadcast camera. It even costs less than a DSLR!That means professional broadcasters can use more cameras to get better coverage, and newer web broadcasters can afford a true broadcast camera with broadcast image quality and features. Plus, there’s a complete line of accessories that let you customize URSA Broadcast for ENG and programming work,or to create a complete camera chain for live studio production!
Cover massive big league games,superstar concert performances and more.
URSA Broadcast is perfect for covering large events such as concerts and sports. You can have handheld cameras shooting from the sidelines,or set up tripods all around the stadium. Simply add a Blackmagic Shoulder Mount Kit, URSA Viewfinder, battery plate and mic mount, and you’ll be able to follow the action as it happens. Use existing HD lenses and record to SD cards, or use Ultra HD lenses and record to SD/UHS-II cards. If you’re working with a switcher, add the optional fiber converter to get full talkback, tally, remote camera control and more, all over a regular SMPTE fiber connection that uses standard IP for low latency transmission of broadcast quality video and data up to 2 km away. Or if you are starting out, simply plug the SDI camera output direct into your switcher! Thanks to its extended video dynamic range and high frame rate shooting, you get crystal clear HDor Ultra HD images with incredible color, texture and detail at any frame rate.
The perfect ENG camera for covering stories in the field.
URSA Broadcast gives you HD or Ultra HD recording in a compact, well balanced shoulder mount camera that’s comfortable enough to be used all day. You get full external controls for fast operation, a 4 inch foldout monitor, optional EVF, complete technical scopes, professional audio recording, microphone inputs and more, all built in so you don’t have to carry extra equipment. Plus, the new extended video mode provides great looking images that also incorporate wide dynamic range so you get incredible color,accurate skin tones and professional looking images that can go straight to air. URSA Broadcast records standard DNx and ProRes files onto common SD/UHS-II and CFast cards so you can shoot a story, drop the shots into any professional editing system, and get it on air faster than ever without any trans coding.
Turn local events and school productions into professional web broadcasts.
Imagine bringing professional broadcast production quality to your local events! Blackmagic Design makes a complete line of affordable professional cameras, switchers, software and streaming products that make it possible. Start with URSA Broadcast cameras connected to a switcher such as the ATEM Television Studio HD all via simple BNC cables and using the fold out LCD on the camera. As you advance, you can then add shoulder mount kits or even viewfinders and SMPTE fiber extensions connected to more powerful Ultra HD switchers such as the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio!
All ATEM switchers include free ATEM Software Control so you can connect a BNC cable back to the camera for return program feed and all control, tally and talk back from the switcher is also sent down the BNC SDI program return connection. That means you get control, talk back and tally from the switcher, even on the basic camera itself without purchasing anything extra and without any added accessories. With live production, everything is cut live so you get a high end broadcast look without having to spend time editing in post production later! Because URSA Broadcast has a built in primary color corrector, you can even add a DaVinci Resolve Mini panel to balance camera color. Add a HyperDeck Studio Mini to record the program and, if you have an internet connection, stream it live to services such as YouTube and Facebook Live using Blackmagic Web Presenter.
The affordable solution for creating dramatic studio shows live.
Blackmagic URSA Broadcast makes it possible to produce unscripted studio shows, such as live cooking competitions or a bake off, at full broadcast quality. You can mix handheld URSA Broadcast cameras with shoulder kits and viewfinders, alongside tripod based cameras with URSA Studio Viewfinders.All of the cameras can be connected to an ATEM Television Studio HD Pro with integrated hardware control panel so you can cut the show live. Another operator can use the ATEM Software Control on a laptop with a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel to balance color,all at the same time. Everything can be monitored on a SmartView 4K, and the program output can be recorded to a HyperDeck Studio Mini or broadcast live.
Perfect for live hosted talk shows, debates and news.
When you’re working on high end hosted talk shows,the evening news or magazine style shows, you need the highest quality video, reliable equipment you can trust and professional features. URSA Broadcast works with professional pedestals and gas tripods for glassy smooth motion, broadcast box lenses, high end talk back headsets, optical fiber and more. The URSA Studio Viewfinder and Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter turns your URSA Broadcast into a true studio camera so you can comfortably operate the camera and move it around the set with ease. The cameras can be connected to a high end Ultra HD switcher, such as the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, with a hardware control panel,and broadcast with full graphics and effects right from the switcher, while being simultaneously recorded to a HyperDeck.
Record shows in front of a studio audience and finish in post
Shows that are recorded in front of a live studio audience, such as game shows and sitcoms, are often finished in post instead of being switched and broadcast live. URSA Broadcast is perfect for these types of shows because you get incredible looking broadcast video in standard files that are ready for post production. Imagine having multiple URSA Broadcast cameras on set with URSA Studio Viewfinders, all synced together via the reference input so they are completely locked. You can make ISO recordings from each camera to the internal SD or CFast card slots, or you can add a Blackmagic URSA Mini SSD recorder to each camera. The SSD recorder attaches to the back of the camera and provides higher capacity storage. Plus, when you’re ready to edit the show, the mediacan be mounted directly on your computer for immediate editing. You don’t even have to copy the video off the drives! You get perfectly synchronized files for multicam editing and color correction with DaVinci Resolve.
URSA Broadcast features a super strong magnesium alloy body that makes it durable enough to use in the most extreme environments. The magnesium alloy also makes it lightweight and helps to keep the camera cool by piping heat into an exchanger that allows convection cooling and heat dissipation from the camera’s body. You get professional connections, an external display,foldout touch screen and 9 mounting points for adding accessories and building custom rigs.
URSA Broadcast has been designed from the ground up to be comfortable enough touse all day and small enough to be taken anywhere. The weight is evenly distributed sothe camera is balanced, making it comfortable to use for both handheld and over theshoulder shooting. The optional shoulder mount kit is designed to help support the camera, making it a natural extension of your body. There’s even a quick release mount that letsyou go from handheld to shoulder to tripod in seconds.
Like most traditional broadcast cameras,URSA Broadcast puts the most important control son the outside of the camera body so you can quickly change settings without having to take your eyes off the action. All of the control buttons, switches and dials are grouped logically, making them easy to remember.That means you’ll be able to operate controls on the camera by feel and without having to look at the buttons or hunt through menus. URSA Broadcast combines the familiar ergonomics of a broadcast camera with incredible image quality in an extremely tough, durable design.
When you’re in the middle of a shoot, you need to be able to quickly check important shooting and status information. The status screen on URSA Broadcast features a bright, status display that’s designed to be easily seen, with or without the backlight on. You can see time code, shutter and lens settings, battery, record status and audio levels at a glance. When shooting in adimly lit environment, simply turn the back light on to seethe screen. When you’re outside, the backlight can be turned off for even more contrast, making it highly visible and crystal clear in broad daylight!
URSA Broadcast features a revolutionary interchangeable lens mount that lets you quickly switch between B4, EF, PL and F mount lenses, making it compatible with the widest possible range of lenses. It comes standard with a B4 lens mount and you can purchase optional EF, PL and F mounts separately. That means you can work with everything from HD or Ultra HD B4 lenses, high quality photographic EF and F mount lenses, and even cinematic PL lenses, all with the same camera!
When it comes to recording, URSA Broadcast has dual CFast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders,so you can choose the type of media that works best for you. CFast and SD/UHS-II cards are ideal for recording full resolution Ultra HD in DNx and ProRes formats, or even as lossless 12-bit RAW files. Regular SD cards, which are inexpensive and commonly available, are perfect for recording high definition video. When a card is full, recording automatically continues onto the next one so you never have to stop shooting.
The bright high resolution fold out screen gives you a built in on set monitor so you don’t have to carry around extra equipment. The monitor simply folds out and pivots up and down, making it super easy to shoot down low or high above crowds. The screen features a wide viewing angle and displays crystal clear images so that you can accurately check exposure, focus and framing. Instantly play back clips, even high frame rate slo-mo shots, to make sure you get the perfect take. When you’re ready to move to a new location, just fold it up and go.
URSA Broadcast features Blackmagic OS software designed to make using your camera faster and more intuitive than ever. All important camera functions can be accessed witha single tap on the heads up display, there’s an elegant digital “slate” that makes direct entry of metadata fast and simple. The heads up display uses simple tap and swipe gestures for recording options, monitoring, audio, camera setup, presets and more. The layout is logical and intuitive, and there are no confusing menus. That makes URSA Broadcast fast to use, so you’ll never waste time or miss a shot while changing settings again!
While URSA Broadcast is designed to include everything you need to start shooting, you can also customize it with genuine Blackmagic accessories that let you build the perfect camera for your production. The optional shoulder mount kit with integrated tripod quick release plate and electronic viewfinder are perfect for ENG style shooting. Plus, there’s a top mount handle that lets you carry the camera from the top, which is great when you need to get shots down low near the ground. You can turn URSA Broadcast into a full blown studio camera with the URSA Studio Viewfinder and URSA Fiber Converter.There’s an entire family of accessories available, such as interchangeable lens mounts, a mic mount, battery plates, SSD recorder and more, so you’ll be prepared for any type of shoot! However more importantly all accessory connections are standard, so you can also choose from a wide range of third party accessories as well!
Unlike other professional cameras that require custom cables, URSA Broadcast features industry standard broadcast quality connections so you can use cables you already have!You get the latest 12G-SDI and separate HD-SDI video outputs along with 12V power for connecting electronic viewfinders. For audio, there are 2 XLR inputs for balanced or digital audio with 48V of switchable phantom power for external microphones. URSA Broadcast also includes a Hirose 12-pin lens control connector, LANC, a standard 4 pin XLR power connector and URSA battery plate internal power connector that lets you use V-Mount and Gold mount battery plates.
When you’re doing professional work you want to make sure you can securely connect the things you need, like external microphones, large lenses, and more. URSA Broadcast can be customized with standard 3rd party camera accessories including rails and matte boxes so you can build a custom rig that fits your production! There are standard ¼” threaded points positioned over the top and bottom of the camera to make it easy to add the things you need. The optional shoulder mount kit also includes a quick lock tripod mount so you can take your fully rigged URSA Broadcast from the tripod to your shoulder in seconds! Plus, the wide range of mounting points let you mount cameras in locations on set so you can set up for extra sources when live shooting!
2/3 inch sensor size when using 4K B4 mount (Actual sensor size 13.056mm x 7.344mm)
B4 2/3 inch
Electronic control via 12-pin broadcast connector. Control also possible via EF mount pins when using optional URSA Mini Pro EF Mount.
Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported. Off-speed frame rates up to 60p.
Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.
Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses with focus servo.
Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video and extended video mode.
LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Automatically populated lens data from electronic B4 lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.
Touchscreen menus on 4 inch screen. Push buttons for other controls. 2 assignable shortcut keys.
Highly accurate timecode clock. Less than 1 frame drift every 8 hours.
1 x SDI
1 x SDI, 1 x SDI Monitoring.
1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.
2 x XLR switchable between mic, line and AES digital audio. Phantom power support.
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, supports iPhone microphone for talkback.
2 x 2.5mm LANC input for Rec Start/Stop, plus Iris and Focus control using compatible lenses.
USB Type-C for software updates.
Integrated stereo microphone.
1 x mono speaker.
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
Interlaced output via SDI 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424 Level B, SMPTE 2081-1, SMPTE 2082-1
48 kHz and 24 bit
2 x CFast for 4K RAW and ProRes recording. 2 x SD UHS-II card slots for HD and Ultra HD recording.
Can format cards to ExFAT for Windows and Mac or HFS+ for Mac (file systems).
DNxHD 220X, DNxHD 145, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ QuickTime, ProRes 4444 QuickTime, ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime and ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime, CinemaDNG RAW, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1.
Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol, iPad control via Bluetooth, 2 x 2.5mm LANC for lens and record control.
SDI Channels 15/16 and iPhone headset.
Tally on LCD, URSA Viewfinder and URSA Studio Viewfinder.
2 x CFast 2.0
2 x SD UHS-II cards
2.5 inch SSD via optional URSA Mini SSD Recorder
3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 250 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 165 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s
1920 x 1080
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 62.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 41.25 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s
DNxHD 220X - 27.5 MB/s
DNxHD 145 -18.2 MB/s
Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.
DNxHD 1920x1080 and 1920x1080i with either film, video or extended video dynamic range. Apple ProRes 3840x2160 and 1920x1080 with either film, video or extended video dynamic range. Lossless CinemaDNG RAW, RAW 3:1 and RAW 4:1 with film dynamic range at 3840x2160.
URSA Mini Operating System.
Blackmagic Camera Setup.
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,
macOS 10.12 Sierra,
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
1 x External 12V power supply.
1 x 4-pin XLR port for external power or battery use.
1 x 12-pin Molex connector on rear battery plate.
Rear camera mount compatible with industry standard V-mount or gold mount battery plates.
0°to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
-20°to 45°C (-4° to 113°F)
0% to 90% non-condensing