This past weekend I had a chance to shoot some brand new footage with the URSA Mini 4.6K in beautiful Malibu, California. My wife and I decided to drive around to some of our favorite spots and knock off a bunch of run and gun shots, which have been edited into the video below.
As many of you know I’ve already shot some footage with the URSA Mini 4.6K, but this time around I wanted to shoot primarily in slow motion as I didn’t have a chance to do so on the last shoot. Almost everything you’ll see in the video was shot at 48fps in ProRes HQ, although there are a couple of shots in the edit that were captured in RAW 3:1 at 60p.
Both the ProRes and RAW shots looked awesome straight out of the camera, but I decided to shoot at 48fps in ProRes HQ mainly as a way to save card space. While shooting I only had two C-Fast cards with me and no ability to dump footage onto my laptop on the fly. Shooting in ProRes HQ allowed me to get significantly more record time without really sacrificing any quality. It’s actually quite amazing how much latitude and detail this camera captures, not only in the RAW files but in compressed ProRes formats as well.
Since I was shooting handheld all day, I wanted to keep the camera package as light as possible.
I used Blackmagic’s URSA Mini shoulder mount kit, fully setup with the top handle, shoulder pad and extension arm for the side grip. Although the shoulder kit allows you to use rails (for a matte box or follow focus), I actually didn’t rig things up any further than this in the interest of keeping the camera light. Instead I kept my Canon 24-105 lens on for the entire shoot, and simply used a screw on Tiffen variable ND filter.
To power the camera I used the excellent new Switronix Hypercore SLIM batteries, which really helped to keep the weight to a minimum while powering the camera for hours.
In the editing room, I used DaVinci Resolve 12 to both edit and color the footage and used the Film Convert plugin inside of Resolve to add a bit of film emulation.
Music for this video was provided by Art-List, an excellent new music licensing platform which will be launching in the very near future. Be sure to check them out at www.Art-List.io for more info.
I will continue to post more URSA Mini 4.6K footage in the future, so be sure to check back soon for more updates!
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!