A Look at Blackmagic’s URSA Mini pro Mirrored SSD Recorder Add-On

By Adam Plowden

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder Add-on

Blackmagic Design showed us their new URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recorder add-on at IBC 2017, as well as the newly announced native Nikon mount and mic holder.

URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder

Blackmagic Design has listened to customer requests and developed an SSD recorder for the URSA Mini Pro, which was announced earlier this year. This allows users to to get fast recordings on to larger-capacity media. It attaches to the rear of the URSA Mini Pro and enables you to mirror recordings in the same codec and format that is recorded internally.

The URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder connects via 2 SDI cables to the camera. However Tim tells us that it records the files as original data in the chosen format and not via an SDI stream.

For productions that require multiple sets of rushes, such as for sending to archive or a post-production facility, the new URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recording capability allows for a much faster workflow than needing to create copies of sometimes very large files or long video clips.

The choice of using SSDs was due to the low cost and wide availability of the medium. The SSD recorder works in the same way as the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck, and recommends the same high-speed drives to use in the recorder. It mounts directly onto the camera, and is designed to be used exclusively with the URSA Mini Pro.

In terms of proxy recording in a lower bitrate or more compressed version of the recorded media, unfortunately this is not possible – the URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recording capability offers only a direct copy of what is being captured.

The SSD recorder for the Ursa Mini Pro seems to make more expensive and inconvenient tools like the Atoch C2S obsolete. It will be available in → continue…

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