I shoot independent full feature documentaries for release in theaters and TV shows. When I see Hollywood utilizing all the features that these cameras have to offer, I get very excited. Sometimes you will see the cameras fully rigged out, which looks like something from the future. Almost all the time if these cameras are rigged out you will see a mounted baseplate or shoulder mount. Rods in the front and sometimes in the back to support the large cinema lenses with a follow focus. A matte box or a swing away matte box. These cameras usually have a large brick battery on the back. I all most all the time film this way. You can see a picture of my rigged blackmagic Ursa Mini at top of this page.
The URSA Mini Pro, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! You get a massive number of ergonomically designed controls on the side of the camera so you can adjust most settings by feel, and without ever having to take your eyes off the action. URSA Mini Pro also features built in ND filters, a status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets you change between EF photographic lenses or PL, B4 and F mount lenses. URSA Mini Pro records up to 60 fps and features dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders as well as dual SD/UHS-II Card recorders. URSA Mini Pro is lightweight and comfortable enough to use all day, has controls that are extremely fast to use, and image quality that’s far superior to broadcast cameras costing ten times more!
CFast cards can perform data transfers at a speed of about 600 MB/s, the same as a high-end SSD. This makes them ideal for 4K video and other bandwidth heavy applications. Especially when compared to SD cards, which max out at less than half of that speed. Even the interface of the CFast cards is becoming useful even if you don’t want the cards, because of its use of SATA bus, making it compatible with SSDs.
I very much enjoyed my time shooting Electronic Crack Film mostly with the BLACKMAGIC URSA MINI AND BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA. Shooting 4K footage gives you a lot of framing choices, the images look superb, and the camera is a work of art.The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera still holds plenty of value and is one of the best cameras in its price range) with tons of recording formats, RAW, and many more) and a sensor with a micro 4/3 makes a great camera to use many different lenses with an adapter. With the professional quality and price range of the Blackmagic cameras, I will definitely be shooting my next full feature documentary on one of these cameras.