Camera 4.4 Update & Blackmagic Camera Control 1.0

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Tim Schumann

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Camera 4.4 Update & Blackmagic Camera Control 1.0

PostFri Jun 23, 2017 12:07 am

We are very happy to announce that Camera 4.4 Update is now available from our website as a free download.

It is a big software update that adds Bluetooth control for URSA Mini Pro as well as a host of new features for URSA Mini including expanded control support for the Canon 18-80mm T4.4 and lots of other improvements.

We have also done an overhaul on the manual and added more cards to our recommended SD card list including cards from Wise, Angelbird and Sony. These are on page 18 and 19 of the new manual.

What’s new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.4

New features for URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

• Enabled Bluetooth LE module in URSA Mini Pro.
• Added pairing security passcode in URSA Mini Pro.
• Added ability to control camera settings via Bluetooth.
• Added ability to update metadata features via Bluetooth.
• Added ability to control URSA Mini Pro’s DaVinci color corrector via Bluetooth.
• Added ability to control camera’s lens via Bluetooth.
• Added Bluetooth page in camera setup menu.
• Added Preset record run timecode functionality.
• Added automatic f-stop and T-stop detection for PL and B4 lenses.
• Added iris, focus and zoom control for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens via EF mount.
• Added record start/stop for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 with ZSG-C10 hand grip.
• Added support for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens image stabilizer.
• Improved lens functionality for EF, PL and B4 lenses.
• Improved status LED functionality.
• Improved slate functionality.
• Fixed bug where focus peaking button did not function in playback.
• Fixed bug where ProRes 422 color was misinterpreted in some applications.
• Fixed bug where taking ‘Stills’ did not update used space in media status page.
• Fixed bug where heads up display disappeared after turning off Color Bars.
• Fixed bug where scaling on 4” display caused monitoring image artifacts.
• Fixed user interface bug in media status page.
• Fixed bug where XLR Phantom Power pad was displayed incorrectly.
• Fixed bug where UI reported wrong power source when powering up unit.
• Fixed bug where SD card icon did not appear on external status display.
• Updated screen grabs and servo zoom lens information in URSA Mini Manual.

New features for URSA Mini 4.6K and 4K

• Added safe area guides and false color options to heads up monitoring options.
• Added automatic f-stop and T-stop detection for PL and B4 lenses.
• Added iris, focus and zoom control for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens via EF mount.
• Added record start/stop for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 with ZSG-C10 hand grip.
• Added support for Canon 18-80mm T4.4 lens image stabilizer.
• Improved Zebras for URSA Mini 4K in low ISO’s when using Video dyanmic range.
• Improved lens support for EF, PL and B4 lenses.
• Improved slate functionality.
• Improved Door LED functionality.
• Fixed bug where ProRes 422 color was misinterpreted in some applications.
• Updated screen grabs and servo zoom lens information in URSA Mini Manual.

New features for URSA Studio Viewfinder

• Fixed bug in where URSA Studio Viewfinder attempted update to invalid software version in Blackmagic Camera Setup utility. Current software for URSA Studio Viewfinder is Camera 4.1.

We have also improved metadata support in Resolve 14 Beta 4 for RAW, ProRes files on URSA Mini and RAW, ProRes and Stills that can be generated on URSA Mini Pro.

Blackmagic Camera Control

Once your URSA Mini Pro’s has been updated, you can download the Blackmagic Camera Control app for iPad from the iOS App Store. The combination of camera update and the new iPad app lets you send and receive commands to your URSA Mini Pro camera from up to 30 feet away. You can change all major settings, add metadata, trigger recording and even power the camera on and off! It’s a very handy tool if you need to control your camera on a crane, drone, in an underwater housing or any other hard to reach place.

After installing the App your iPad will ask if you would like to enable location services, if you say 'allow' to this your GPS location data from your iPad will be written to the ProRes or RAW files on the URSA Mini Pro when the app is open and conneccted to your camera.

We will also be following up with an SDK, as mentioned at NAB, so people can create their own apps to control the camera.
Last edited by Tim Schumann on Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

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