Blackmagic Design's Blackmagic Camera 4.0 Public Beta is now available. The Public Beta lets customers install and test Blackmagic's major new camera operating system and user interface for URSA Mini. Blackmagic Camera 4.0 Public Beta is available for download free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for all Blackmagic URSA Mini customers.

4.0 Public BetaThe new URSA Mini camera OS brings massive innovation to digital film, and makes Blackmagic Design cameras easier and more intuitive to use. The Public Beta of the new camera operating system replaces multi-level menus, massive numbers of buttons, and hard-to-find settings with an elegant, beautifully designed interface that puts the most important and often used functions at the operator's fingertips.

In addition, there are now custom white balance and white balance presets, along with tint control settings. Customers also get more accurate shutter angle selection, including a large easy-to-use on-screen keyboard for quick entry of settings. When entering the shutter angle, the new URSA Mini camera OS will even offer smart flicker-free shutter angle suggestions to assist the camera operator. These suggestions are automatically calculated based on the frame rate and the electrical system (50 or 60 Hz).

The Public Beta of the new URSA Mini camera OS also improves focus assist. Customers can now adjust the color for focus assist overlays, or they can choose to use more traditional focus-peaking tools that simply highlight the sharpest areas of an image.

Entering metadata on cameras has always been tedious. The new URSA Mini camera OS solves this by giving customers a new "slate" page that can be accessed by simply swiping left or right on the screen. This brings up a slate for both the shot and the entire project. Entering metadata is simplified through the use of predictive entry suggestions. A preloaded dictionary of commonly used terms can be applied as metadata tags with a simple tap.

In addition, lens metadata is automatically read from electronic lenses or can be entered manually, along with production-specific information, technical information and much more. All of this metadata is saved with the files and can be used by software such as DaVinci Resolve for editing and color correction.

To further simplify camera setup and use, all other settings are located under five easy-to-access tabs called Record, Monitor, Audio, Setup, Presets, and LUTS. The Record tab lets customers quickly select codec, quality, and resolution, while also setting up dynamic range, frame rates, sensor windowing, and more. The new URSA Mini camera OS provides much more flexible media formatting, card usage, and recording information as well, making it easier for customers to know exactly how much more shooting time they have left and when they should switch cards.

The new Monitor tab lets customers decide what is shown on the main LCD, and what is output on the front and main SDI. This can include anything from clean feeds to LUTs, frame guides, and more. Customers can even send different status text for the cinematographer or the director to different outputs as needed. The new URSA Mini camera OS also adds 1.33x — and 2x— anamorphic de-squeeze for monitoring when shooting with anamorphic lenses.

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