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Blackmagic URSA Camera UHD vs 1080p plus some Tips For You

Daniel Peters the UK based Director, Cinematographer, and Editor has been a busy little boy with getting Blackmagic URSA camera features, tips and setting out…

Blackmagic Ursa Tips

Ursa – UHD vs 1080p from Daniel Peters on Vimeo.

Ive been getting a lot of emails recently, regarding card space with the Blackmagic Ursa

As we know CFast 2.0 cards are hard to come by and expensive…let alone they eat up space fast, very fast if you shoot 80fps

So, Ive done some quick tests here.

Shooting UHD 25fps and 80fps, then the same shot at 1080p etc

1080p out of this camera is amazing, get the DSLR 1080p out of your mind.

Remember most Alexa footage is shot at 1080p and that camera rocks.

To show how good 1080p is, when I edited this….I upscaled the 1080p shots to UHD.
As you can see, it looks almost identical

So now, unless the client demands it. Is there any need to shoot UHD!!!.

Save a bit of card space and shoot 1080p

Here is some more info regarding space:

1920×1080 Prores 422 with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 35min
25fps = 1hr 13min

1920×1080 Prores HQ with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 23min
25fps = 76min

1920×1080 Prores 444 with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 15min
25fps = 50min

UHD 3840×2160 422 Prores with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 8min
25fps = 28min

UHD 3840×2160 422 Prores HQ with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 5min
25fps = 18min

UHD 3840×2160 Prores 444 with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
60fps = 5min
25fps = 12min

UHD 4000×2160 RAW 3:1 with Sandisk 120GB Cfast 2.0
80fps = 4min
25fps = 16min

More options, if only shooting 1080p. This means you can use CFast 1.0 cards rather then 2.0
Cost difference is:

CFast 1.0 Atomos 128GB = £230
CFast 2.0 Sandisk 120GB = £650/£700

Just not 100% if the 1.0 cards support 80fps at 1080p

Hope this helps some people

Bonus video: URSA Tips.

Blackmagic Ursa : Tips from Daniel Peters on Vimeo.

Testing out a few things on the Blackmagic Ursa, before shooting with some clients.

So I thought I'd post a video explaining a few things about the camera, that might help Ursa users or future users/owners.

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