Apple and Blackmagic Unveil URSA Cine Immersive Camera for Vision Pro

This Camera Is Going To Change Hollywood

by Sededin Dedovic
Apple and Blackmagic Unveil URSA Cine Immersive Camera for Vision Pro
© michael tobin / Youtube channel

Apple and Blackmagic Design have announced a new URSA Cine Immersive camera designed for shooting Apple Immersive Video for the Vision Pro headset.

Blackmagic Design introduces cinematographic camera for Apple Vision Pro

During WWDC 2024, Apple unveiled numerous software updates, with opening remarks delivered by Apple's CEO, Tim Cook.

Among other announcements, Apple developers (and fans) were briefly introduced to a new immersive cinematographic camera developed by Blackmagic Design—the Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera. Apple hinted at the idea of 3D content available through Vision OS for the Vision Pro augmented reality headset.

Renowned cinematographic camera manufacturer Blackmagic Design has officially announced not only the world's first commercial camera system designed for capturing Apple Immersive Video but also a complete end-to-end workflow, including upgrades to DaVinci Resolve that will introduce a new way of consuming cinematography.

Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, stated: "We are excited to announce the world's first commercial camera system and post-production software supporting Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers tools to create exceptional stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple." He continued: "Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom stereoscopic 3D lens system with two 8K sensors capable of capturing 16 stops of dynamic range.

With this innovative system, filmmakers can capture incredible moments such as action-packed scenes, unique perspectives, stunning landscapes, intimate performances, and more, all with incredible fidelity, offering viewers an unparalleled sense of realism and immersion in the content."

Blackmagic camera offers 8K stereoscopic 3D recording

Though still in development, Blackmagic has unveiled some stunning camera specifications that place viewers at the center of the action.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera features a fixed dual custom lens system for capturing Apple Immersive Video for the Apple Vision Pro, pre-installed on the camera body. The lens-camera combination allows users to capture 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive footage, with a resolution of 8160 x 7200 per eye.

URSA Cine Immersive Camera attached to drone© michael tobin / Youtube channel

The custom lens is specially designed for the large-format image sensor of Blackmagic's URSA Cine camera, capturing highly accurate positional data.

Immersive lens data is recorded, mapped, calibrated, and stored per eye before being saved as a Blackmagic RAW file. The new immersive camera looks aesthetically stunning, with a lens resembling something from a science fiction film.

The housing is made of "robust magnesium alloy and lightweight carbon fiber composite," providing users with a balanced and lightweight filming experience. The camera also features a large fold-out 5-inch HDR monitor on one side and an external color LCD status screen on the other.

On the camera's opposite side is an "assistant station" with an additional 5-inch touch-sensitive HDR monitor, allowing the team to work around the camera without the need for external monitors.

Integration with DaVinci Resolve post-production software

The camera offers state-of-the-art cinematographic technology with other significant features including a massive 16-stop dynamic range, fifth-generation color science with a new film curve, 90 fps recording, Blackmagic Media Module 8TB for recording, as well as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and mobile network connections.

History has shown that the challenge with immersive video is post-production and editing software, but as Blackmagic Design owns one of the leading video editing software on the market, DaVinci Resolve will undergo transformation to adapt.

The update will introduce powerful new processing features allowing users to edit Apple Immersive Video captured with the URSA Cine Immersive camera. Blackmagic states: "The new immersive video viewer will enable editors to pan, tilt, and rotate clips for review on 2D monitors or on the Apple Vision Pro for an even more immersive editing experience.

Transitions created by Apple Vision Pro can also be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, providing editors with clean master files. Export presets will enable quick creation of files that can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro." Currently, there is no release date or price for the camera or DaVinci Resolve update, but they are expected to be announced "later this year," according to DigitalCameraWorld.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera promises to redefine storytelling with its cutting-edge technology tailored for Apple Immersive Video. Offering filmmakers unprecedented creative tools and unmatched visual fidelity, this system sets a new standard in capturing dynamic range and depth.

With robust integration into DaVinci Resolve, post-production workflows are streamlined, ensuring seamless editing and delivery of high-quality immersive content. As anticipation builds for its release later this year, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike eagerly await the transformative impact of this groundbreaking cinematic innovation.

The revelation of the Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera at WWDC 2024 heralds a new era in cinematic possibilities, with many announced novelties, this news went somewhat unnoticed.