It’s been a few weeks since Blackmagic Design announced their radical new sensor design packaged in the form of the Ursa Mini Pro 12K camera.
I’m in pre-production on a film shooting on northern Ontario Canada. In the story weather plays a big part and I’ve started gathering shots of weather and sunsets to use in the film.
There are some pretty spectacular sunsets in the town I’m based in, North Bay and I thought this might be a good example to show you the great look this sensor can do with colour in the natural environment and into low light. I want to share with you all the spectacular images and colour the 12K sensor is capable of doing.
But then I also realised it’s also a pretty cool case study or example of just how fast the BMD 12k RAW workflow can be.
A lot of the comments I’ve seen online have been scoffing at the need for 12K and making comments about needing a massive super computer to work with the files and insane amounts of storage.
Let me blow those misconceptions entirely out of the water.
I spent about 2 hours shooting this one sunset. My 150Wh AB battery still was at 30% when I wrapped.
Shooting 12K @ Q3 I shot about 57 mins of footage and that footage took up about 227Gb across two old 128 Gb CFAST cards that I have.
I copied those files onto a 2TB T5 SSD in about 12 mins, and I started cutting on my 2017 MacBook Pro. After about 3 hours I had this cut that’s about 5 mins. The shots are shown in the same order they are shot. I was able to cut this before my battery from the shoot finished recharging.
If you want to see some spectacular colour, then skip to about 2 mins in.
Here’s another thing. These aren’t graded. This is what came out of camera with “extended video” applied to them in the RAW tab. No other grade.
It took about 1 hour to render the 4K H264 file from Resolve. And then my slow internet to upload it.
2 hours shooting, for 57 mins footage totally 220Gb in 12K Q3 using a single battery.
Edited on a 3 year old MacBook and with the default grade applied.
So yeah. No huge hard drives, no massive computer required. If you can edit 4K now, you can also edit 12K BRAW.
Shot with Zeiss Compact Primes.
So remember, this is cut in the same order that it was shot. If 5 mins of sunset isn’t too interesting to you, then the sun sets at about 2 mins and the colour starts to get really interesting at about the 4 min mark.
On with the show.
OH. Also, related to the same film, but unrelated footage for anyone looking for some more RAW files, here you go.