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Blackmagic Design Updates URSA Broadcast Firmware

Improving 3G-SDI and Avid DNxHD interlacing.

As the Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast makes its way into the hands of shooters and studios BMD has taken the time to improve the firmware to the newly released broadcast camera. The new firmware includes improvements for DNxHD 220X and DNxHD 145 interlace recording as well as adding Level A support to 3G SDI to the front and main SDI outputs. Since many studios are PC based editing systems and not Mac based the fact Blackmagic Design fixed the issue preventing a driver from loading on Windows 10 could be called critical and necessary to fix fast which it appears Blackmagic Design did with this firmware update.

Blackmagic Design Firmware

What’s new in Blackmagic Camera Firmware 5.0.1

New features for URSA Broadcast

  • Added Level A support for 3G SDI from Front and Main SDI.
  • Improved interlaced recording for DNxHD 220X and 145.
  • Fixed bug where only 3 custom LUT’s could be loaded.
  • Fixed issue preventing driver from loading on Windows 10.

No new features in 5.0.1 for other Blackmagic cameras or Blackmagic Camera & Studio Fiber converters.

Minimum system requirements for macOS

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 or better
  • macOS Sierra 10.12 or better
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • Thunderbolt port for UltraScope and Media Express when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • A suitable USB 2.0 port
  • A suitable Thunderbolt port when using Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design Firmware

Installing Blackmagic Camera Utility

Before installing the software on Windows, we recommend that you run “Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup” first.

The Blackmagic Camera Installer package installs:

  • Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • Uninstall Blackmagic Camera Setup
  • User Manuals

While installing Camera Update on URSA Mini and URSA Mini Pro you may notice a pause around the 10% mark in the install process, this is normal and will continue installing after around 20 seconds.

After loading the software on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL, EF or MFT, you may notice a slight flickering on the built-in LCD screen. This is normal and expected behavior. The flickering will go away after a few minutes of operation.

Additional Information

Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included “Third Party Licenses.rtf” document.


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