Blackmagic Unveils Cine Camera for Apple Immersive Video

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Following Canon’s APS-C product with a lens, Blackmagic Design is now venturing into spatial video. The URSA Cine Immersive for professionals is coming soon.

Blackmagic Design is entering the spatial video market, specifically Apple Immersive Video. The professional video specialist is launching its own camera system with the URSA Cine Immersive. According to the manufacturer, it is specifically designed to capture content for Apple’s Mixed-Reality Headset Vision Pro. As stated on X, the system can record video at 8K per eye (8160 by 7200 pixels) with a frame rate of up to 90fps. Additionally, it promises “16 stops of dynamic range.”

“Lightweight and Robust”
In addition to the announcement on X, there was a more detailed press release about the system. It mentions that the dual-90fps capturing occurs in a single Blackmagic RAW file. The URSA Cine Immersive comes with an 8TB Black Magic Media Module and supports WiFi, 10G Ethernet, and even mobile data for network connectivity. Blackmagic Design also promises color grading with Generation 5 Color Science, including a new film curve.

The camera is said to be “lightweight and robust,” though the manufacturer has not provided specific details yet. In the images (see above), the URSA Cine Immersive is already mounted on a professional drone. Blackmagic Design has not yet disclosed the price. However, since the URSA Cine 12K (without spatial video) costs nearly 16,500 euros without a lens in the German market, five-figure costs are expected. The URSA Cine Immersive will be available “later this year.”

DaVinci Resolve Goes Immersive
To complement the new camera, Blackmagic Design will also equip its editing software DaVinci Resolve with immersive functions. A future update will even allow direct monitoring on a Vision Pro. The software permits the editing of Blackmagic RAW immersive material, has a suitable viewer with pan, tilt, and roll, automatically recognizes Apple Immersive Video, and allows direct native file output for the Vision Pro. The price of the update has not been disclosed yet.

Prior to Blackmagic Design, Canon had already presented a spatial video strategy: their solution, however, is significantly simpler and presumably cheaper, designed for the APS-C camera EOS R7 with a specific lens. The RF-S7.8mm F4 STM DUAL is also expected to be released later this year.