Chatting About The New 4.6K URSA Sensor & More With Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design at BMD Day here in Los Angeles. Throughout the course of the interview we touched on the new 4.6K URSA sensor, the future of the Pocket Camera, some company philosophy and much more. Check it out below!

As some of you know, I’ll be shooting my feature film (Ivy) later this year on the Blackmagic URSA, so naturally after talking with Dan I was even more excited to upgrade to the new sensor. The current 4K sensor produces some absolutely stunning images, but the added DR of the 4.6K version and the ability to switch between global and rolling shutter will certainly benefit our run and gun style of production.

The URSA has quickly become my go-to cinema camera for obvious reasons. The image quality rivals even the most costly digital cinema cameras out there, the feature set (including it’s over cranking ability) is extensive to say the least, and the camera has been a dream to use across the board. Over the coming weeks you can expect to see a full URSA video review up on the site, as well as some completed projects shot on the camera once they are publicly released.

For now though, here are a couple of frame grabs from a recent music video shoot I directed with the URSA:





All of the frames above were graded with DaVinci Resolve & Film Convert.

For those of you looking to purchase Film Convert, you can now use my discount code (Kroll) to receive 10% off at checkout.

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!


  • jim

    hey Noam
    quick question – are you waiting on a 4.6K sensor ( for big ursa) like many of us and if so do you know anything as far as news goes about it’s potential availability?

    • Hi Jim – I would love to see a 4.6K sensor for the URSA at some point, but am not waiting on one myself at the moment. I’m finding that for my needs the URSA Mini 4.6K is preferable (mainly because of the size), but I certainly hope we see a new 4.6K turret released at some point soon, although I’m not sure when (or if) it will be released.

  • I thought it was you when I saw you, i enjoyed the BMD day in Los Angeles. Cant wait to get my hands on my preordered URSA mini, but I doubt it will be here at the end of September. Which is truly fine with me. BMD is doing some big things!

    • Cool to know you were there! It’s hard to know how many pre-orders there may have been, but I would anticipate they may be backordered for a while since there has been so much interest in the camera. Good luck with getting yours soon and be sure to comment in the future with some links to your footage if you can!

  • Jeremy

    Hey Noam, great interview! Been looking forward to the Ursa mini since it’s announcement and have scrounged the internet for as much information as possible. Looks like it’s time for an upgrade from my 2.5k.

    • Thanks a lot Jeremy! The 2.5K is still one of my favorites, but I agree that if there’s ever been a time for an upgrade it’s probably now. The URSA mini seems like it’s going to pack a huge punch, so I hope you enjoy it!

  • Fantastic Noam! You mention how Blackmagic brings tools that were previously unattainable and now available “off the shelf” and today Blackmagic offers up Fusion 8 for PC and Mac for free! It’s crazy what this company is able to pull off.

    Also… mad props on all of your GH4 info/pointers/advice! I’ve been closely following your blog for the past year and you really have been helpful in helping us pull the most out of that camera. Kudos to you and keep up the good work my friend.

    • Thanks so much Joe! Really glad you’re enjoying the content.. And I have to say I am very excited about Fusion 8 as well. I haven’t used it yet, but will be getting into it this coming week on a project.


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