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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Rig

Posted by Patrick Fee on

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K works perfectly on the Cool-Lux Shift Baseplate.  We recently had the pleasure of testing out the camera with our pro shoulder rig accessories and couldn't be more pleased with how everything worked out.  

I was a little surprised to see that the  URSA Mini only has 1/4 20 threads on the bottom (most cameras have at least one 3/8 16 thread).  Other than that, the camera was just what I was expecting after seeing it first hand at NAB last year.  It really looks to be a great ergonomic camera that's perfectly setup for shooting from the shoulder.  Its a lot like a traditional ENG camera with battery mounting capability right on the back of the camera body and a viewfinder that's actually in the right spot for shoulder shooting.  I never understood the trend of slapping a viewfinder onto the back of a camera.  DSLRs I understand, they're small and light, but when it comes to straight-up video cameras like this one, a viewfinder in the back makes zero sense.  Kudos to blackmagic for getting that right.

Putting together a support rig for the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K was pretty simple.  Our SHIFT Baseplate was designed to work with any camera but since there's only 1/4 20 threads on the bottom of the URSA Mini, we're going to provide an extra 1/4 20 screw in our URSA Mini kits. The camera comes with a nice control grip that has an Arri style rosette with M6 thread so the kit will also come with our Rod Rosette Female M6.

Essentially the URSA Mini Cool-Rig will be the the same as the FS7 Cool-Rig but without the extension rod we provide for Sony's LCD viewfinder.

The pictures we took below show the grip with the optional Blackmagic extension arm.  After we were done in the photo studio I realized that I actually liked mounting the grip directly to our Rod Rosette Female M6 and forgetting about the extension arm altogether. Personally, I like the high and tight feel of a grip mounted up near the iris rods.  It helps keep everything more compact and its better for going in and out of cases.

Here's the rest of the pictures.  Check them out and let us know what you think.

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  • Thanks again for the article.Really thank you! Fantastic. Haning

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