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This New Blackmagic URSA Footage Will Blow Your Mind

By Anthony Thurston on August 13th 2014

The Blackmagic Ursa was a big headline getter when it was announced a short time ago. Today, I have some absolutely beautiful footage for you from DP John Brawley in which he used the new URSA to capture the stunning sunrise at Bronte Beach.


In the video, which you can watch below, Brawley does a masterful job of both showing off the beauty of the scenery at Bronte Beach, as well as the amazing qualities of the URSA and its footage. To keep things interesting, Brawley used an old Cooke 25-250mm Lens, and the resulting video had my jaw on the floor.

The URSA is a 4K camera that is currently available for pre-order from B&H for the low (ha!) price of $6,495. If this footage is any representation of this camera, I have a good impression of it already. It would be fun to play with one of these for a couple days just to see what it can do…


What are your thoughts on the video? Did anything stand out to you? Leave a comment below!

[via John Brawley on Vimeo]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    If Nikon can get around to doing 4K, the dynamic range it offers (such as the “flat” mode of the D810) will REALLY blow minds. Nikon’s Active D-Lighting is absolutely incredible…

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  2. Kyle Farris

    Sorry, nope… mind was not blown. The footage was nice, but, I just don’t see anything about it that just about any other modern camera like the GH4, A7S, D810, or C300 can’t do. It does have pretty good dynamic range from what I could see, but, it doesn’t look any better than, say, the A7S in S-Log2.

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  3. Raoni Franco

    This footage had my jaw on the floor and then up again, after a big and resonant yawn. That´s the effect that most videos, including the ones I used to produce, have on me. That´s one of the main reasons that made me let go of videos and focus only on photos. While photography has, like, XWZ possible distractions and jibba-jebbers topics for stupid discussions/results, videography has XWZYQKPZWEYKLPW. I know, it is only a test video……I kindda take advantage of the virtual democracy, I know, whatever.

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  4. Phil Bautista

    Couldn’t watch it on anything higher than FHD but I’m not impressed. I’ve seen 4k time lapses and videos shot with a GH4 and those impressed me. If Black Magic are gonna ask for $6,500 for this, they should’ve made a stronger impression.

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  5. Pete McWade

    It won’t win me over but the quality is good if you watch HD. I like the light through the waves. Looks like liquid crystal. Not sure I’d go with the GH4 as yet. Sticking to my A7R for now for both video and photography.

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  6. Austin Swenson

    I don’t know, I thought it looked pretty good, but I had to watch at lower res because my internet is too slow…

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  7. Greg Faulkner

    I enjoyed the scenery and music but can’t see what the fuss is about the IQ :/

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  8. Darin Reyes

    Man, for all that money and all that weight and the size of those files I sure expected a lot more. For one the IQ is just not awesome, not as good as GH4, for two so much moire/aliasing and I’m sure they used awesome lenses. All that sharpness just looks too digital, much prefer the softer C100 +Ninja cinema look. Colors are just okay although I’m sure it’s graded. Too much $ for too little. C100 + Ninja wins.

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  9. Aleksander Michaud

    I’m not a huge video person, but is it just me or is the water just soaked with moire/aliasing?

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