So as ever there is a load of new stuff from Blackmagic at NAB. They seem to be in a refinement period where various devices have been upgraded or refreshed in different form factors which seems to of been in response to user feedback.
There are some predicable things - a new ATEM 4k 2me Broadcast Studio switcher which is basically the same as the old 2ME but is upgraded to handle 12g SDI (ie 60fps 4k) - a matching hyperdeck and texranex processors all running at UHD / 60.
The cameras have all been tweaked - URSA is joined by URSA Mini in a more sensible form factor for handheld. There is a new Micro Cinema Camera which is designed to go on drones, and there is a new Micro Studio Camera which looks really rather good, Blackmagic have clearly listened to feedback about the original studio camera and have provided some of the most crucial missing functions including B4 lens control port. Additionally they claim it will have serial output to control PTZ heads which sounds great.
As ever we shall wait and see how long it takes these products to get into stores, and we can expect a degree of delay for the 3rd party widgets needed to build fully working systems to appear.
But all in all it seems like quite a positive progression this year, with the new products instantly looking more refined and better thought out than their previous first generation efforts. I look forward to getting some hands on experience with the new stuff.