BLACK MAGIC DESIGN
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ACTION STATIONS - Our techie, Jamie, sets up a Black Magic movie camera aiming at the empty test tank with Chris, our project manager, in the background sorting out a tank sealing niggle. We were not able to use the Ursa PL as we had planned because of the T5 torx screws preventing us from removing the battery mounting blanking plate. Copyright © 29 July 2016. You will need permission from Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to reproduce these photographs, except for private study or media review.
NECK JOINT - Operating on mains is fine for many situations but our project demands mobility. We need to be able to use the lithium battery packs to get into awkward situations and reduce set up time when on location.
According to Blackmagic their URSA is the world’s first high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has everything built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, a new user upgradeable 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with a massive 15 stops of dynamic range, 12G-SDI, internal dual RAW and ProRes recorders and more. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, you can upgrade to the latest sensor technology in the future and keep your investment in the camera body!
HOW TO RATE THE URSA
There are hundreds of movie cameras to choose from, so how do you rate any one of the multitude for performance, ease of use and service backup?
All was well in July of 2016 but our production came to a grinding halt when our camera operator could not attach the batteries to be able to use this machine in portable mode with the shoulder mount supplied by CVP.
CVP were contacted about this problem and asked if there was a special tool for the Ursa. They recommended an expensive multi-tool that would be bound to undo the tiny screws, but when it arrived it was of no use. They offered a refund, but no remedy.
Filming ceased. The cameraman lost interest and stopped coming to record the project. In 2017 we got a new video producer. The first thing he wanted to do was attach the batteries. Black Magic Design were contacted directly. We sent photographs and asked if there was a special tool. They told us it was a standard Torx T5, but that was the tool we had been using. We bought another couple of Torx sets and tried two more brand new drivers. They would not move the screws at all, and just tore steel from the lobes as though we were using the wrong tool.
A very helpful service chap finally revealed that these screws may have been fitted with loctite, or similar thread sealant. We are waiting for a returns number, where it has been suggested that we return the entire back plate and blanking plate complete for a replacement. We'll let you know how we get on. Hopefully, this snag will be resolved without much more saga.
BLACK MAGIC HISTORY
The company was founded in 1984 by Grant Petty. On November 2002, the company introduced DeckLink, a QuickTime-based PCI capture card that was the first to offer uncompressed 10 bit video. Version 2.4 for the device was available in February 4, 2003, and added full compatibility for 8 and 10 bit uncompressed Digital Voodoo format and color correction. On February 18, the successor to the DeckLink, DeckLink 2, was released. Microsoft Windows support was added on March. In April, two variants of the DeckLink, the SP and Pro, were announced. Full support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Microsoft DirectShow was released in March 2, 2004 and the Extreme model was announced on March 19. The DeckLink HD Plus,Workgroup Videohub and DeckLink Multibridge were jointly announced on September.
BLANKING PLATE - At the moment we cannot say why it was impossible to remove these T5 screws using brand new top quality tools. It has been suggested that they were glued in place with a thread sealant to prevent them undoing.
1. SETUP IN BATTERY MODE
The first thing you'll need to do is to remover the battery attachment blanking plate ........
UK SUPPLIERS CVP
BLACK MAGIC DESIGN CONTACTS
Hall Business Centre
#08-01 HB Centre II
Brewery International Art Garden
Beihuqu, Anwai Beiyuan Chaoyang District
Beijing China 100012
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This webpage is Copyright © 2017 Jameson Hunter Limited. The name DinoBot™ in relation to educational robotic kits is a trademark, though these articles on insects and hard and software is not-for-profit and may be freely quoted with or without a back-link but that a credit would be appreciated. All other trademarks are hereby acknowledged. The design of the Robot Ant on this series of pages is design copyright © December 23 2016, all rights reserved - Jameson Hunter Ltd. IMPORTANT NOTE: Jameson Hunter Ltd (JH) is not associated with Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd, except only that as and from May of 2017, BMS is likely to provide support engineering for any special effects robots.