Please visit the full blog post at www.philipbloom.net/blog/ursa for native clips downloads and more!
This video review was done with the firmware supplied with the rental camera. There is newer firmware which improves on many of my operational issues with the camera that is coming out soon. So please take this into account when watching my complaints as many of them look like they have been hopefully been addressed.
Yes I said I would never do them again and that is more or less the case still. Well sort of...I am trying something slightly different. My first review was in 2008, the Sony EX3 and to my last one in 2015 was the Sony FS7. I stopped because they were financially crippling with the amount of weeks put into each one and with no sponsors and donations never working.
I tried tip jar on vimeo (which is gone) and other ways of donations but despite huge numbers of views comparatively the amount donated was sadly barely enough to cover half a day's work.
I haven't completely given up on "reviews" as such though...my new vlogs will occasional have a focus on a new piece of kit or camera...and here we are. I have made one all about the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and it is in reality quite similar to my old video reviews. It is 44 minutes long after all!
As I am not really able to work due to my bad back injury I need to keep creatively busy or I will go mad, even though these are not sponosed either so they are done for free to hopefully entertain and give information that might be useful. I have included a donate button below in my blog post at www.philipbloom.net/blog/ursa if you feel generous and especially feel you have gotten some value from this. Not working means not earning money so it is gratefully received.
Don't expect the same level of polish, variety of shots or in-depth long-term thoughts as these are quickly made with short periods of time with the camera. Although this one was still a good 4/5 days of work . They won't be as finessed in editing either, hence the vlog style umbrella.
Don't forget to visit the blog post linked at the top for all those native clip downloads and more!
Music credits at end of video.
Hello.. Please I bought a BlackMagic URSA mini 4.6K for a friend on my last trip to the US, she called me today that the camera isn't showing options to shoot in 4.6K just options for 4K, I went to check the camera myself and 4.6K option isn't on the recording menu at all just the option for 4k, she actually has 2 URSA mini 4.6K and the other one is showing options for it in comparison. I actually believe it is the settings on the camera or maybe the camera has to be updated but she is really worried and probably thought I bought her a fake camera even when 4.6k is written on the camera, Blackmagic is closed for the weekend so I can't reach them... Please what do you think could be hiding the options to shoot 4.6k...
little late probably... but i just found this video. I felt your pain when you had to stop filming because of your back and then said "this is what i do, if i can't do what i do..."
7 year professional light technician got my back too... 4 hernia operations, disc fusions and eventually a neurostimulator later i had to let go of the job i was sooo passionate about. Take care of your back. you only got one and theres not much they can do about it when its f*cked up. Btw i really liked the review :)
Ok, so if you want to re-shoot _Barry Lyndon_ and boost the shadows in post, fixed-pattern noise becomes a problem. Thank you so much for clearing this up; many reviewers have made a big issue of FPN and have turned their noses up at the Ursa/Mini because of it. Discouraging stuff. Since I don't shoot many candle-lit dinners, I'm guessing I'll be okay!
Love your choice of classical music. Satie being my absolute favourite. Also nice to see a camera review in a relaxed, more sophisticated manor, as opposed to the fast-paced-choppy reviews you find here online. Well enjoyed.
thanks for the review... cant really afford any of the gears you feature as i am a student, but i really do like your videos, as yours is informative and entertaining compared to other reviewers I've watched.
avoid BLACK MAGIC CAMERAS! I got the production camera, when it first came out, black magic was less than helpfull, and they gave me a replacemnt with a bad battery! internal batt does not hold a charge at all! goes from 100% to 0 in 15 muintes or faster! JUNK from a crapy company! maybe someday we will have a company that offers a fair price for a quality product! but BM is NOT iT!
Thanks for the review. Could you suggest an ND filter to use for general purpose daylight shooting with the URSA? Specifically, would you advise on getting a 3-stop or a 6-stop filter to allow me to open up aperture and not blow out the image at ISO 800. WOuld 3-stop be enough?
If your back is stuffed, go to eBay and buy an Inversion Table. Work WONDERS! I have bad sciatica on occasion and just a couple of minutes of being tipped upside-down provides instant relief that last for days - sometimes weeks.
really painful to see that clip u walking like that :( n image of ur ruptured discs
n i dont know about ur other viewers or fans but it struck me hard 26:52 ... u will be back doing what u do ...
so r we ever gonna see u on wonderlist again?
man i miss that show ...
it literally makes me cry that you're not doing those old style reviews... I really miss that style... its sad to think that so much time has passed since those awesome reviews. I really like your vlog style reviews, but man nothing was more entertaining that waiting for that next 'Philip Bloom' review that you knew was balls to the wall badass and in depth moreso than ANY of the other youtuber/reviewers/etc. This is a great review, and I just watched your DJI Mavic review you did andI just feel nostalgic and miss the old style reviews. I love your music that'd you've been using lately tho and wish you the absolute best in your next reviews/ventures in vlogging. Keep up the great work Philip!
Philip - brilliant as always. Your hands on confirms everything I thought when looking for gear for a client. No ND and low light performance being a deal breaker, plus was reading horrible reviews on B&H's site from actual purchasers, so in the end we recommended an FS5, with a movcam extended arm - better for corporate.
Because you hired it you probably didn't realise that it comes with an excellent viewfinder and shoulder mount option (pretty reasonably priced) so if you wanted to set it up for shoulder mount you don't have to buy a lot of 3rd party accessories.
The lack of a menu navigation system outside of touch screen is a big let down. How much would it have cost to incorporate a toggle like on the PXW-X70 or a 4 way wheel like the A7 series.
I really liked you're Reviews, but this one is useless. Would have been enough to put everything into 5 Minutes and not waste everybodies time. Better take care of your back and let other people do the Reviews
the bit where u said 'it's too much, my back', does that actually HAVE to be in this video? It seems like a cheap way of trying to gain sympathy feel guilty into paying you the money you have requested on your blog.
Hey philip i suffer from a herniated disc and ive tried alot of things from a chiropractor to an epidural and sadly i had no positive results until i started one on one pilates classes and im feeling much better .. Worth checking out .. Get well soon philip i know how horrible it can feel
Great review. I like the new style. Hope u are better soon. I injured my knee a few years back and still can not do proper production days. I have had to settle for slit more post production work. It can be very difficult recovering. I really wish you the best and pray that you are back in the field feeling better than ever. All the best. :)
It's painful to see you having to cut short what you love to do because of your back problems.
I have some back issues too. Managed to get better with some exercises and avoid sitting at desks etc, but I know what it's like when you can't even walk or stand up because of this pain.
Hope you find a solution Philip! Because you do lovely and wonderful work and I'd love to see you being able to to do more documentaries and videos to help people.
Getting mine next week, can't wait !
Btw just to clear something about resolutions: firmware 4.0 is coming in the next days, and it will allow us to record 4.6k in ProRes ^^
The display and menus will also be really improved, you'll know in what resolution you are shooting and you can change every setting from there, you won't have to go through the menus.
Also 4/3 mode for Anamorphic will be there :D
It's often things like getting in and out of a car that can upset your back. Try sitting bum first legs out, then slowly turn on the seat to bring your legs in. Always roll onto your side first when getting up from lying down. Little habits that we ignore often upset a bad back- even cleaning your teeth or drying yourself can be practiced into quite a violent habit if your prone to back probs. best wishes to you.
Try some gentle relaxation yoga, breathing / gentle core strength and Alexander technique. There's a cheap app I think called Yoga Studio. There's really basic 15 minute beginners relax yoga that mostly is lying on the ground. I have only had minor back issues compared to yourself however practicing using your core strength all the time is important to help. In your vid I can see you holding the camera away from your body to show it off, and spinning the car steering wheel, lots of fast movements and leverage with little activation of core strength. Hope you don't mind me passing on my bit. Practice using that core and even yoga breathing will help to activate it. And Alexander technique is awesome. Perhaps find a class. Again hope you don't mind my opinion.
It's all relative. This might not be like your previous reviews but it's still far superior to what everybody else is doing. It's so nice that there is somebody with a vast wealth of experience and knowledge producing informative videos about this stuff. Your reviews are so helpful - don't ever stop, even if you can't attain the same kind of format as before. The important stuff is all in your head... that's the stuff we watch for.
+Phillip Bloom hope you get better man! You are a fantastic cinematographer and my heart breaks for you that you are unable to shoot at the moment. It is like me being unable to make music. Get better, get stronger, you can get through this!
Hi Philip. I've seen that you occasionally respond to people's comments, so perhaps you would see mine as well. I'm an admirer of your work and have become such a fan of your video reviews and how insightful they are from watching and re-watching them. I can honestly say that they have made an impact on me as a film student and aspiring filmmaker, seeing gear more as tools and not as a replacement for skills. You have become an inspiration to me, and would just like to take the time to say thank you for all the time that you put into your videos.
Philip, you're too hard on yourself - never let "Perfect" get in the way of "Good" or in your case, "Great". This simple Vlog is better than most other reviews on youtube because of the considerable knowledge and experience you bring to the subject - there are some very useful insights regarding functionality here as well as image...and when I consider that the alternative is nothing at all, it's even more so....thank you for all your efforts through the years...very, very, much appreciated!
Philip, heard about the injury. Really sorry to hear about that. Get better soon mate.
Have you ever looked at creating a Patreon account? There are many that are successful receiving pledges from contributors either on a monthly or per-video basis.
For example, those that might still want to see you continue doing your super helpful, in depth reviews, (such as myself--I'd certainly pledge) might be willing to pledge a few dollars per video, and with the specific audience that views your reviews, that might add up.
I'd suggest trying it, if you haven't already. Hope it's a helpful suggestion. Patreon.com.
Just since you mentioned it, not that I think that it is a comparable camera. The Samsung NX1 has two ways of recording slow motion. It can shoot in 100/120 FPS with sound recording, but then if you play it back in camera, it plays back at the recorded FPS, so you don't see the slow motion. Or you can choose 25/30 FPS and then 0.5x or 0.25x to get either half or quarter speed (0.5x = 50/60 FPS, 0.25x = 100/120 FPS), but then no sound, but then when you play it back, it plays it at 25/30 FPS, so in slow motion. The 100/120 FPS recording with sound was added after release with a firmware upgrade.
@Philip Bloom I do believe you. I was just thinking about the actual frames per second, not the bitrate here. But yeah, if the bitrate per second is the same, the 25/30p will be better looking of course. I haven't thought about that part actually :P Luckily I've been using the 30p as I like seeing what I got already on the camera.
@Philip Bloom I see. But the result is the same though I would think, the no sound option records in 100 or 120 FPS and results in files that have 25 or 30 FPS so you see the slow motion in the camera already.
Super impressed by the footage and black magic price point. Ordering mine this week! Thanks for the video. Get better - Iv'e had back problems for 15 years so I know how you feel. Stretch, rest .... watch the pain meds, the WILL become addictive. Blessings ......
The slanted lens did a comparison of this against the Arri Alexa and the DR was shown to be very impressive to the point where it looked almost a no-brainer to buy one. According to their review it was decent even when underexposed by a couple of stops or so . However, most reviews agree with you Philip that it's not a low light camera by a long chalk and without attention to lighting (which is always in the mind of a good DP) it you won't get the best from it. Thanks for the review.
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As a child, there was a portrait in our family home in Paris that I always loved. Today, it’s known as Maya with Doll – but to me it was just a portrait of my mother, albeit a remarkable one. “Your grandfather was a painter,” she would say, whenever the subject of the canvas, one of many that hung around the house, came up in discussion. It was only when I began school, and whispers about my heritage started to follow me, that I realised what an understatement that was. My grandfather was far more than a painter. He was the defining figure of 20th-century art – and, as I would learn later from years of academic study, a true genius. It was a revelation that would shape the course of my life in many ways. When Picasso died – in 1973, the year before I was born – he left behind 45,000 works, not to mention personal objects and correspondence.