Blackmagic Developing a New Camera and Workflow to Create Apple Vision Pro Compatible Immersive Cinematic Content

by | Jun 11, 2024 | News | 0 comments

In an only very quick mention at the June 10th Apple WWDC, the wraps came off of the Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive system now in development. Although still far from a shipping product, it is designed to be a full end-to-end workflow with DaVinci Resolve to produce cinematic Apple Immersive Video on Vision Pro. Working together with Apple, Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and DaVinci Resolve will give filmmakers the workflow to be able to shoot, edit and deliver Apple Immersive Video.  Based on the new Blackmagic URSA Cine platform, the new Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive model features a fixed, custom lens system with a sensor that is said to produce 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronization. It will have extremely wide dynamic range and shoot at 90 fps stereoscopic into a Blackmagic RAW Immersive file. The new Blackmagic RAW Immersive file format is an enhanced version of Blackmagic RAW that’s been designed to make immersive video simple to use through the post production workflow.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine also features a custom lens system designed specifically for Blackmagic URSA Cine’s large format image sensors with extremely accurate positional data which is calibrated at the time of manufacturing. Plus, the immersive lens data is mapped, calibrated, and stored per eye into the Blackmagic RAW file, so it travels through the post production process in the Blackmagic RAW Immersive file itself. That eliminates the need for multiple files to capture an immersive scene and will all be handled in updates to DaVinci Resolve. Updates will also allow support for a new immersive video viewer which will let editors pan, tilt, and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors and even allow clips to be adjusted and monitored on Apple Vision Pro headsets for an immersive editing experience. Transitions rendered by Vision Pro will also be able to be bypassed using XML metadata, giving editors clean master files where the transitions are rendered in the Vision Pro. Export presets will enable output into a package, which can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro. A specific timeline for the product release and price point has yet to be announced.

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