Blackmagic URSA Broadcast


The world’s most affordable and flexible professional broadcast camera for HD and Ultra HD!

Introducing URSA Broadcast, the world’s most affordable and most flexible professional broadcast camera. URSA Broadcast is two cameras in one, an incredible field camera for ENG and programming work, as well as a professional studio camera! URSA Broadcast is perfect for traditional broadcasters because it uses the lenses and batteries you already own, and it also eliminates weird media cards and file formats found on traditional cameras. It records onto regular SD cards and uses the same common file formats found on broadcast media management systems and most NLE software. Plus URSA Broadcast is perfect for web broadcasters because it works with both older after market HD lenses and inexpensive photo lenses. No other broadcast camera is more flexible and more affordable!

URSA Mini Pro

URSA Broadcast is two cameras in one! The compact design, familiar controls and broadcast camera features are ideal for ENG style shooting and vital for working quickly when you’re trying to capture breaking news. Whether you’re in the studio or out in the field, URSA Broadcast will give you incredible image quality, accurate skin tones and vibrant colors that are far superior to cameras costing ten times more. The key is URSA Broadcast's new extended video mode that produces pictures you don’t need to color grade so you can shoot, edit and get stories on air faster than ever before. URSA Broadcast is also the first camera that finally lets AV and web broadcasters afford a true professional broadcast solution that’s dramatically better than DSLRs!

Standard Media and File Formats

Work faster by eliminating expensive media and video transcodes!

URSA Broadcast is the first professional broadcast camera designed to work with standard media cards and file formats that are compatible with virtually all broadcast systems and editing software. URSA Broadcast records onto inexpensive standard SD cards, UHS-II cards and CFast cards, and records 1080i or 2160p video into standard .mov files, with .mxf to be added in future updates. URSA Broadcast records using DNx145, DNx220X or ProRes so the files will work with your existing broadcast systems and workflows. You also get a B4 lens mount that works with your existing lenses, or you can swap it for optional EF, F and PL lens mounts so you can use standard photographic lenses. If you’re building a complete broadcast camera chain, the optional URSA Viewfinder, URSA Studio Viewfinder and SMPTE fiber converters feature familiar controls and design, so they operate exactly as experienced camera operators expect. URSA Broadcast helps you get the most value out of your investment in cameras, lenses and accessories, which means you’ll save time and money, so the camera virtually pays for itself!


Camera Features

Effective Sensor Size

2/3 inch sensor size when using 4K B4 mount (Actual sensor size 13.056mm x 7.344mm)

Lens Mount

B4 2/3 inch

Lens Control

Electronic control via 12-pin broadcast connector. Control also possible via EF mount pins when using optional URSA Mini Pro EF Mount.

Dynamic Range

12 Stops+

Shooting Resolutions

3840x2160, 1920x1080

Frame Rates

Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported. Off-speed frame rates up to 60p.

Built in ND Filters

Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.


Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses with focus servo.

Iris Control

Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video and extended video mode.

Screen Dimensions

4 inch.

Screen Type

LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support

Automatically populated lens data from electronic B4 lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.


Touchscreen menus on 4 inch screen. Push buttons for other controls. 2 assignable shortcut keys.

Timecode Clock

Highly accurate timecode clock. Less than 1 frame drift every 8 hours.


Total Video Inputs

1 x SDI

Total Video Outputs

1 x SDI, 1 x SDI Monitoring.

SDI Rates

1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G.

Analog Audio Inputs

2 x XLR switchable between mic, line and AES digital audio. Phantom power support.

Analog Audio Outputs

1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, supports iPhone microphone for talkback.

Reference Inputs

Tri-Sync/Black Burst/Timecode.

Remote Control

2 x 2.5mm LANC input for Rec Start/Stop, plus Iris and Focus control using compatible lenses.

Computer Interface

USB Type-C for software updates.

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Integrated stereo microphone.

Built in Speaker

1 x mono speaker.


SD Video Standards


HD Video Standards

1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
Interlaced output via SDI 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

Ultra HD Video Standards

2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60

SDI Compliance

SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424 Level B, SMPTE 2081-1, SMPTE 2082-1

SDI Audio Sampling

48 kHz and 24 bit



2 x CFast for 4K RAW and ProRes recording. 2 x SD UHS-II card slots for HD and Ultra HD recording.

Media Format

Can format cards to ExFAT for Windows and Mac or HFS+ for Mac (file systems).

Supported Codecs


DNxHD 220X, DNxHD 145, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ QuickTime, ProRes 4444 QuickTime, ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime and ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime, CinemaDNG RAW, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1.


External Control

Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol, iPad control via Bluetooth, 2 x 2.5mm LANC for lens and record control.

Color Corrector

Color Corrector

DaVinci YRGB.

Talkback and Tally


SDI Channels 15/16 and iPhone headset.

Live Tally Indicator

Tally on LCD, URSA Viewfinder and URSA Studio Viewfinder.

Storage Features

Storage Type

2 x CFast 2.0

2 x SD UHS-II cards

2.5 inch SSD via optional URSA Mini SSD Recorder

Storage Rates

3840 x 2160
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 250 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 165 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 110 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 73.6 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 51 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 22.4 MB/s
1920 x 1080
Apple ProRes 444 XQ - 62.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 444 - 41.25 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 27.5 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 - 18.4 MB/s
Apple ProRes 422 LT - 12.75 MB/s
Apple ProRes Proxy - 5.6 MB/s
DNxHD 220X - 27.5 MB/s
DNxHD 145 -18.2 MB/s
Storage rates based on 30 frames per second.

Recording Formats

DNxHD 1920x1080 and 1920x1080i with either film, video or extended video dynamic range. Apple ProRes 3840x2160 and 1920x1080 with either film, video or extended video dynamic range. Lossless CinemaDNG RAW, RAW 3:1 and RAW 4:1 with film dynamic range at 3840x2160.


Software Included

URSA Mini Operating System.

Blackmagic Camera Setup.

Operating Systems

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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,
macOS 10.12 Sierra,
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later.

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Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Power Requirements

Power Supply

1 x External 12V power supply.

External Power Input

1 x 4-pin XLR port for external power or battery use.

1 x 12-pin Molex connector on rear battery plate.


Rear camera mount compatible with industry standard V-mount or gold mount battery plates.


Optional Accessories

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder

Blackmagic Shoulder Mount Kit

Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter

Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter

Interchangeable Lens Mount for EF, PL or F mount lenses

Blackmagic URSA Mini Mic Mount

Blackmagic URSA Mini SSD Recorder

Blackmagic URSA VLock Battery Plate

Blackmagic URSA Gold Battery Plate

Physical Specifications

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast

Environmental Specifications

Operating Temperature

0°to 40°C (32° to 104°F)

Storage Temperature

-20°to 45°C (-4° to 113°F)

Relative Humidity

0% to 90% non-condensing

What's Included

URSA Broadcast body

Turret dust cap

B4 lens mount

Power supply

SD card with software and manual


12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.

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  • Manufactured by: BlackMagic Design

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 20 February, 2018.

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