Of those new features, the most anticipated is certainly in-camera playback of Pro Res files recorded to SxS cards as well as in-camera audio recording — though no playback on audio. But that’s not all Arri has coming down the pipeline…
This update was all about major changes, as evidenced by the camera now being able to record audio and playback clips. That’s likely why the SUP number jumped from 2.1 an entire digit to 3.0. Besides the aforementioned additions, here is what else 3.0 should bring:
– EI 3200
Now everyone can gather around the monitor and ogle at improved color processing and sensitivity ratings from EI 160 – EI 3200 during playback while the AC checks the gauge.
– Tropical Sensor Mode
Adds the ability to actively cool the sensor in hot, humid and tropical conditions. ARRI admits these are rare cases and that this mode will draw more power.
– HD-SDI 3G Single Link
Enables REC OUT outputs to be switched to 3G Single Link with a 4:2:2 signal at up to 60 fps over one BNC cable. This remains off for 4:4:4 recording outputs.
– Independent Gamma Output Options
A feature that I wish I had when I was shooting with Alexa, this will allow separate Gamma settings for each individual output. Meaning the operator could see Log C in the EVF while the MON OUT views Rec 709 and the REC OUT records in Log C. Great addition and one I wish the RED One was capable of.
– False Color Exposure Mode
Speaking of the RED One, a feature that has been a staple on that camera is now coming to the Alexa: false color mode. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, a handy RED One Quick Reference Pocket Guide might give you some more information. This works just like it does on the RED One by adding color overlays that signal different levels of exposure:
There are more minor, minor features enabled which you can read all about at the ARRI website where a PDF of the release notes are available. It’s also where you’d want to go to download the update itself for the cameras, but a registration and serial number is needed. It is imperative to keep in mind, however, that this is only a Beta release meaning that there are probably a wide variety of bugs that could trip up the camera, so tread with caution.
I really am happy to see ARRI push the Alexa software in some great directions. I loved that camera when I used it, especially as a camera assistant, and these new options only make life easier for those running around shooting with the camera. I wonder now how the Alexa would fare against its good ol’ digital cinema rivals.
Don’t be sad if you can’t enjoy this update as much as Roger Deakins will because you don’t have an ARRI Alexa — you can always practice from home. That option is certainly better than being a RED Epic fan. They can really only sit and watch from the sidelines.
Thanks to CineTechnica for the heads up