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CBC Original Series Arctic Vets Captured with URSA Mini Pro 12K

02/04/2021

CBC Original Series Arctic Vets Captured with URSA Mini Pro 12K

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Brie Clayton April 1, 2021

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Blackmagic Design today announced that the new CBC original series Arctic Vets was shot using its URSA Mini Pro 12K digital film camera in Blackmagic RAW. The series, which was graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio, also relied on Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks and 6Ks, as well as URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 cameras, to capture incredible wildlife such as polar bears, arctic foxes, wolves and more.

The 10 episode series, currently airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (9NT) on CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster, offers viewers a closer look at the wildlife that inhabits Canada's north and the veterinarians at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy who work tirelessly to keep them safe. The series is produced by independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne), with Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson of Echo Bay Media serving as director of photography and camera and sound operator, respectively.

data-src=https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-1024x683.jpg alt= class=lazyload wp-image-2407266 data-srcset=https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-300x200.jpg 300w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-768x512.jpg 768w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-624x416.jpg 624w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-50x33.jpg 50w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200-100x67.jpg 100w, https://gcs.creativecow.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/01182332/Arctic2_1200.jpg 1200w data-sizes=(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px /> We wanted to capture as many different settings as possible, so we divided our production crew into two teams, said Dupuis. The first team traveled with an URSA Mini Pro 12K and Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to remote locations with a group of veterinarians, capturing the polar bears as they migrated. The second crew stayed with veterinarians at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, relying on two URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2s, a Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and two Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks.

When traveling to Churchill, Manitoba, also known as the polar bear capital of the world, Dupuis and Wilson knew they needed gear that would allow them to capture exceptional footage of the polar bears while maintaining a safe distance.

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The URSA Mini Pro 12K allowed us to film wildlife with long lenses to stabilize images and easily punch in on shots while retaining highly detailed images in post. Since we were ultimately mastering in 4K, being able to center crop an image without losing resolution was essential to us. This was crucial when dealing with wildlife, since it not only allowed us to maintain a safe distance but also provided some flexibility when framing shots, as the animals can be unpredictable. The camera's resolution, 12-bit Blackmagic RAW and 14 stops of dynamic range also gave us the latitude we needed to properly capture the white polar bears against snow covered ground and relatively white and grey skies.

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