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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Tresch View Post
    I use them because I like the character of the images it produces (wich is far from perfect).
    Strange that they are the only camera having 16G HDSDI output. This could have been a big + in Weapon's monitoring path. I would have imagined that RED, wich were the first 4k advocate, would have put this in their specs (or 4k HDMI)

    I alway felt, particularly early on, RED policy was to avoid any signal or codec that undermined the value of RED RAW. It was the selling proposition that hoisted the camera above others. So having a 4K signal out would have taversed RED RAW. Just my thinking.
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    I understand your point Halsell, but things have changed a lot with Weapon and the 4k 4444 codecs.
    I bet there would be more 4k video villages. We probably should go back to the SD Balck/white video tap to get rid of the curious peoples on set! ;-)

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    Also, the cynic in me says it would also affect recordable media sales.
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    I had 2.5K one, never failed me, great image, good DR. Sold it as I had no use for it after getting Dragon. I would definetly get couple of 2.5K on sale just for a short movie or something, it has a very filming ARRI like feel to it (again, if used, lit and graded properly)
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    If anybody could Frankenstein the BMD 4.6K sensor and color science into an AJA Cion form factor and priced it at $5K, then you have something worth buying.
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    Well, after a long time considering purchasing a Red Scarlet, I have brought an URSA mini 4.6k. Price was an issue, I make my money with photography, and this is only a starting point for my motion.

    I was really wanting red to make the hybrid stills/motion camera they promised for a long time, but the files or features never got to a practical solution for me. I mean, maybe the 8k dragon, but this is can't be justified as a tool at its price.
    So the URSA mini has been purchased as a stand alone motion camera without trying to do stills with it. I really like the files, better than the files out of the red so far (my experience is an scarlet mx and an original red that was rented- and watching a lot of tests). . I will keep testing, but it seems really good. I haven't got a magenta issue. The colour is great out of the box and seems to grade really well, especially with the highlights.
    The camera is a really nice form factor, it doesn't need to be rigged very much. Its lightweight- as in its about the weight of an alexa mini. You can strip down and use the side monitor and its really small and light and has everything you need in a single package.
    The evf is better than the zacuto imo- sharper and smaller (although I haven't used the "eye" one). There is a bit of delay, but I have seen delay with the gratical as well.
    It is so cheap, that if I shoot more motion over my stills I will just pick up a spare camera as a backup- second cam. This will still be cheaper that a scarlet w with the gear needed to run it.
    Coming from a stills world that I have two of almost everything, I can see having two camera for motion a quick and professional way to shoot. One camera can be getting setup while still shooting with the first. At this price range it is a no brainer.

    I am quite disappointed in Red with their earlier promises. I really wanted the Red stills camera with the large sensor, but its too late now. The URSA mini seems like the right solution for me. But I'll check back after using it for a few more months, hopefully it is still running fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Beatty View Post
    If anybody could Frankenstein the BMD 4.6K sensor and color science into an AJA Cion form factor and priced it at $5K, then you have something worth buying.
    Funny stuff or put the 4.6K into the CION and price it at $4,994. Forgot, while at it take the Varicam LT control panel and attach it to the CION. I was actually gifted a CION from a client that couldn't pay their bill. Sadly, the sensor is the only thing wrong with the camera, other than not being able to capture raw.
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    I bought one for personal projects. For any job where the budget is high enough to require a Red or an Alexa, I'll rent. For everyone who is asking why someone would buy one, I can only offer my personal rationale:

    -I have owned a BMCC and Pocket camera for years and have had zero issues with either. And I used them professionally and had happy clients and referrals from the work.
    -You can't argue with the image quality.
    -I have the body, evf, v-mount plate, 3x 128gb cards, shoulder kit and 2x 150wh v-mount batteries for less than $8k. Red's least expensive would be thousands more for a kit like that.
    -BMD's rep might have kept me away if I was using it commercially; but again for personal projects, I'm the producer and don't have to care what anyone else thinks of the nameplate on my camera.
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    Just to shed more light on what the warning means, one of the guys over on bmcuser emailed them to ask why they have the disclaimer up. It was a bit suspicious because they put it up pretty much as the camera was released, but they did respond with their reasoning. It sounds like they had a lot of issues with the bigger ursa and assumed that the new one will be more of the same.

    Link: http://bmcuser.com/showthread.php?16...l=1#post204861

    Thanks for reaching out to us! Here is a list of regular customer complaints for the URSA camera series:

    - Intermittent audio and signal interference through XLR ports
    - Fixed pattern noise interference recorded in the image
    - Dropped frames during HFR acquisition (even approved cards/frame rates)
    - Memory card corruption (loss of important data)
    - Camera settings changing on their own
    - Scan mode/field order issues on recorded footage
    - Choppy/no playback of recorded footage
    - Color changing/inaccurate LCDs
    - General overheating problems

    We have only offered the URSA 4.6K for a couple of weeks, so it was given the benefit of the doubt for the first few rentals; although, some of these issues having started popping up already, so now it is getting the same treatment as all other URSAs we rent. Refunds are no longer given for issues with these cameras. Please let us know if you have any more questions/concerns, and have a nice day!

    Kris Steward
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahnon Bennett View Post
    Just to shed more light on what the warning means, one of the guys over on bmcuser emailed them to ask why they have the disclaimer up. It was a bit suspicious because they put it up pretty much as the camera was released, but they did respond with their reasoning. It sounds like they had a lot of issues with the bigger ursa and assumed that the new one will be more of the same.

    Link: http://bmcuser.com/showthread.php?16...l=1#post204861

    Thanks for reaching out to us! Here is a list of regular customer complaints for the URSA camera series:

    - Intermittent audio and signal interference through XLR ports
    - Fixed pattern noise interference recorded in the image
    - Dropped frames during HFR acquisition (even approved cards/frame rates)
    - Memory card corruption (loss of important data)
    - Camera settings changing on their own
    - Scan mode/field order issues on recorded footage
    - Choppy/no playback of recorded footage
    - Color changing/inaccurate LCDs
    - General overheating problems

    We have only offered the URSA 4.6K for a couple of weeks, so it was given the benefit of the doubt for the first few rentals; although, some of these issues having started popping up already, so now it is getting the same treatment as all other URSAs we rent. Refunds are no longer given for issues with these cameras. Please let us know if you have any more questions/concerns, and have a nice day!

    Kris Steward
    LensRentals.com

    I am sure the URSA mini will have a few issues. I have been one many TVC's that had original Red one's with issues too. One TVC had two cameras for exactly that reason, to save on restart time and hide problems from the client. I am sure the newer reds are bullet proof, but I haven't seen that much of them as all the TVC's I have worked beside have been with arri's. I am betting on BM to sort out these with their firmware, just like Red did eventually. But I have had corrupt cards with canon cameras, the 5dmk3 over heating while videoing.

    I know they are a bit of a gamble. No problems for me so far, and will keep a record of any issues in the next few months.

    paul
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