My Ursa Mini Pro Setup

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I ordered my Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro two days after it was announced but I didn't have a ton of money to spend on extras. If you're on the fence about the camera, here's a breakdown of what I spent to get this beast operational and what I'm considering purchasing for it in the near future.

THE REAL COST

So the Ursa Mini Pro is $6000. It comes in a box and is completely useless if you don't spend some more money to get it up and running. Let's just breakdown that cost so you know what you're getting into (I'm assuming you own at least one lens to use with this camera).

The Ursa Mini Pro = $6000*

*If you are contemplating buying the cheaper Ursa Mini 4.6K and saving $1000 I would recommend rethinking that and buying this camera. By buying the Pro you save money on buying ND filters and IR cut filters. The audio preamps are also much better in the Pro version and the ability to record to SD cards you already own are also a big plus.

V-Mount or Gold Mount

You need to decide whether you will be using a V-Mount or Gold Mount battery with your camera. The Aputure lights I bought are V-mount so I decided to stick with that system so I could use my batteries with both my lights and camera. The Ursa Mini Pro does not come with a battery plate so I bought the Blackmagic V-Mount plate for $95. Other brands make battery plates but this is the cheapest one and it works just fine.


https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1093200-REG/blackmagic_design_cinecamurvlbattad_ursa_vlock_battery_plate.html

The next decision you need to make is what V-Mount battery brand do you want to buy. There is a lot to consider like how many watt hours will you get from the battery, will the battery perform at extremely hot and cold temperatures, and how long will the batteries take to recharge. If you plan on putting your Ursa Mini Pro on a Ronin or a Movi you may also need to consider buying a thin V-Mount battery or your camera may not fit on your particular gimbal.

This is an area I wasn't familiar with at all, so I spent a ton of time researching battery brands and also becoming familiar with how these battery systems work. In the end, I chose IDX and picked up a set of two batteries with a sequential charger, meaning you can load two batteries to be charged, but it will only charge one, then automatically charge the other when the first is done.

This set me back $657 and I recently purchased a third for a total of $885 on batteries. With three batteries I can shoot as long as I want provided I start to charge a battery as soon as it's drained.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1296825-REG/idx_system_technology_two_duo_c95_v_mount_batteries.html/_Charger

To round out my purchases I bought a Transcend 256GB CFast 2.0 card which set me back $460 plus a CFast 2.0 card reader which goes for $37. If you own a lot of SD cards you can shoot HD with them and even 4K at the smaller bit-rate ProRes codecs. I wanted to be able to shoot RAW and get the max potential of this sensor so I went with the CFast 2.0 and in the near future I will definitely have to pick up a second and probably third card for bigger shoots.

*I have owned cards by Lexar and Transcend and have never had a problem with any Transcend cards. I cannot say the same for Lexar.*

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1067863-REG/transcend_ts256gcfx650_cfast_2_0_cfx650_flash.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1108893-REG/transcend_ts_rdf2_usb_3_0_cfast_2_0.html

That brought me to a grand total of $7477 plus tax which puts me way under my budget of $10,000. 

I own a Zacuto VCT Pro so I decided not to purchase the Blackmagic Shoulder Mount Kit which also comes with a top handle and a side handle and costs $400. The top handle has some mounting points.

I am considering purchasing the Ursa Viewfinder for $1500 down the road should I decide to use this camera for a documentary rather than my C100 Mark II, but in order to mount the viewfinder I would need to buy the Shoulder Mount Kit. This is a problem since there are other third party items I was considering purchasing instead of Blackmagic's Shoulder Kit.

This top handle/cheese plate from Lanparte has multiple mounting options and looks sturdy. One of the current issues I have with the UMP is the lack of mounting points for my lav receivers. The XLR inputs are located on top of the camera towards the rear. This could help alleviate that problem.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1276792-REG/lanparte_th_03_ursa_mini_top_handle.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1276792-REG/lanparte_th_03_ursa_mini_top_handle.html

This kit from SMALLRIG comes with a number of cool items including a top plate, top handle, side plate, and a baseplate. This option would give me more than enough mounting points for a monitor and my XLR receivers or a mounted shotgun mic.

Four items for only $200 seems like a great deal but with this option you would not be able to mount the Ursa Mini Viewfinder.

Four items for only $200 seems like a great deal but with this option you would not be able to mount the Ursa Mini Viewfinder.

Wooden Camera makes a nice side plate for $150 with a rosette to add a handle and tons of mounting points. In addition they make a top mounted cheese plate but the design just looks kind of bulky and is also expensive.

My final option would be the Came-TV Pro Rig Kit which comes with a top handle and a base plate. Since I already own a Zacuto baseplate, this would seem like a waste of money to me, and I'm not sure I want to buy into the kind of quality Came-TV is known for.

I'm also considering purchasing a Jason case which has a mold designed to fit the Ursa Mini Pro and it's accessories.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1273570-REG/jason_cases_bmurmire_blackmagic.html

I lent out my old Canon 5D Mark III to a friend making a very low budget feature and bartered with him in exchange for this Feelworld 13" monitor and a really long SDI cable. It takes SDI and HDMI inputs and although it lacks many of the features of the a pro monitor like false color and the ability to load LUTs, it will come in handy as I've started to work on bigger commercials in which a director/producer/client monitor is a must have.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1251100-REG/feelworld_fwp133_9hsd_13_3_pro_broadcast_lcd.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1251100-REG/feelworld_fwp133_9hsd_13_3_pro_broadcast_lcd.html

As far as lenses, I'm loving how my Rokinon Primes are looking with this camera. I'll be releasing a new post shortly that features footage and stills from two commercials I recently shot with the Ursa Mini Pro.

Comment and feedback are always welcome.