You can now download more awesome Blackmagic URSA 12K footage courtesy of DP John Brawley, who has been testing the camera prepping a new film. In addition, I highly recommend you read his thoughts and impressions on the URSA 12K on his blog here.
Download link is in his blog post, which I will link to here.
NOTE: The downloadable footage includes different shots than the Sunset test below.
How Hard is it to Edit 12K BRAW Files on a Budget 4K Editing PC?
As most of you I am sure, the task of editing 12K raw material seemed rather daunting at first. And I was quite sceptical at first that my otherwise nicely spec-ed budget 4K editing PC (with 64GB RAM, 8-Core Ryzen 9 CPU, and Nvidia RTX 2070 8GB GPU) would be able to handle the “intimidating” 12K files.
Well, needless to say, I was wrong. In Resolve 16.3 beta (which you need to be able to edit the files, the “regular” version does not have support yet) on Windows 10 nevertheless, I was able to blitz through the 12K BRAW files without a hitch. This was quite a revelation for me, and a testament to the power of Blackmagic’s own compressed raw codec – which the URSA 12K sensor was developed around from the ground up.
Image Pipeline Control from End-to-End!
However, I don’t want to sound like I am doing an ad for BMD. They are an incredible company, who’ve achieved stellar success in the industry, while providing some ground-breaking features to those working on a budget. I’ve been using Blackmagic cameras since the BMCC 2.5K OG, which I shot my debut feature on, and have since gone through the URSA Mini and now the BMPCC 4K.
And, it’s not like their cameras are perfect, far from it. Like all other camera makers, their products do have their flaws and workarounds, but unlike other companies – Blackmagic Design’s “master plan” is to control the full image pipeline! From the sensor, through to the raw codec, and then post-production – a feat that (AFAIK) no other camera maker has achieved.
It’s Not About the 12K…
And sure, BMD are not your typical camera maker, as their main business is rather broadcast support equipment – and I think (I may be wrong tho) that their camera division came about so they can put Resolve into the hands of more users that otherwise would not have access to…
I am far from a colourist, and rather someone with basic knowledge and skills in Resolve. However, I was pleasantly surprised how flexible and easy to grade these 12K files are. In the downloadable footage – there are some 4K crop slow-motion, which is a bit soft, which is expected, but the 8K and 12K footage and the detail they are full of, are nothing short of incredible.
I am sure that many of you will be able to create a lot better images than me. Therefore, I suggest you head over to John Brawley’s blog here and download his 12K BRAW footage.
Huge thanks to John Brawley for uploading and letting us all download and play with these files.