Blackmagic Spatial Camera for Apple Vision Pro looks like a mini spacecraft

A lot of the focus at Apple’s WWDC event has so far revolved around the cleverly named Apple Intelligence and its features for iPhones and iPads. Of course, that’s hardly the only thing the company talked about this week, and one of its more highly debated products did get its fair share of attention as well. Although the initial hype seems to have died down and complaints about the device’s comfort have popped up here and there, Apple is showing that the Vision Pro is still going strong and growing strong, expanding not only its features but also its reach to other markets. In fact, Apple has just revealed how the platform will become an even bigger space thanks to devices that will let creators design content specifically for visionOS, like this two-eyed camera that looks more like a miniature version of a space-faring cargo ship.

Designer: Blackmagic Design

One of the strengths of Apple’s spatial computing platform is the seamless fusion of the physical and digital worlds, which means plain two-dimensional objects like apps and photos look almost natural while floating in the air in front of you. Of course, that doesn’t take full advantage of the strengths of the Vision Pro headset, which requires crafting content designed specifically for it. For that, you’ll also need the right tools for the job, and the upcoming Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera is one such new device made especially for Apple’s visionOS.

Like any camera system designed to capture stereoscopic 3D content, be it photos or videos, this Blackmagic Design spatial camera has two “eyes,” each of which boasts 8160×7200 sensor. The camera also has 16 dynamic range stops for better color quality and accuracy, and it supports recording 3D video at 90fps rates. This imaging is made possible with Blackmagic’s own RAW format as well as the built-in Blackmagic Media Module that provides 8TB of high-performance network storage. In theory, this would allow creators to record over two hours of 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive video in that high-quality format.

The camera’s design itself is as distinctive as its features. Made with a robust magnesium alloy chassis and lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite skin, the camera is designed to keep up with filmmakers, regardless of where inspiration takes them. The URSA Cine Immersive’s blocky yet sleek aesthetic gives it a retro-futuristic flavor reminiscent of the design for spaceships in films and TV shows from the 80s and 90s. Add to the fact that it can be mounted beneath a drone for aerial shots, you shouldn’t be surprised if it gets mistaken for a UFO from afar.

The Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive camera and an upcoming update to the famed Da Vinci Resolve Studio software are some of the first tools designed for Apple’s new Immersive Video format for visionOS. This is just one of the new features that are coming to the Vision Pro, including the ability to turn any plain 2D image into a spatial photo, with no additional hardware or software required. The Vision Pro headset is also being made available to more countries this month, which will hopefully increase the testing of the headset’s design and its features to help future iterations of Apple’s spatial computing platform.