Blackmagic Design has announced the world’s first end-to-end solution for producing cinematic Apple Immersive Video for the Apple Vision Pro.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive commercial camera system has been tailored to capture Apple Immersive Video - the tech giant’s new storytelling format that leverages 8K, 3D video with a 180-degree field of view, combined with spatial audio.


The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive commercial camera system tailored to capture Apple Immersive Video

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Blackmagic Design also announced updates to its DaVinci Resolve post-production software, providing professional filmmakers with the ability to edit Apple Immersive Video for the first time. The two new products are set to be released later this year.

Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO, said: “We are thrilled to announce the first-ever commercial camera system and post-production software that supports Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers the tools to create remarkable stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple. Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom, stereoscopic 3D lens system with dual 8K image sensors that can capture 16 stops of dynamic range. With this innovative system, filmmakers can record remarkable moments like action-packed scenes, unique perspectives, stunning landscapes, intimate performances, and more, all with incredible fidelity, offering viewers an unparalleled sense of realism and immersion.”

Camera breakdown

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom lens system pre-installed on the body, which is designed specifically for Apple Immersive Video. The sensor delivers 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronization and an incredible 16 stops of dynamic range, so cinematographers can shoot 90fps stereoscopic 3D immersive cinema content to a single file. The custom lens system is designed specifically for URSA Cine’s large format image sensor with extremely accurate positional data that is read and stored at the time of acquisition. This immersive lens data — which is mapped, calibrated and stored per eye — then travels through post-production in the Blackmagic RAW file itself.

Editing software

The updated version of DaVinci Resolve enables Blackmagic customers to edit Apple Immersive Video shot on the URSA Cine Immersive camera. A new immersive video viewer will let editors pan, tilt and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors or on the Apple Vision Pro headset. Transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro will also be able to be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, giving editors clean master files. Export presets will enable quick output into a package which can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro.

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