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ARRI Announces the ALEXA Mini

ARRI ALEXA Mini

ARRI announced the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialized shot-making, the ALEXA Mini perfectly complements a full ALEXA shooting kit and allows crews to eliminate the complications of working with third-party cameras by keeping everything within a single system that is trusted all over the world.

To maintain ARRI’s famously rugged build quality in a small and lightweight camera, a number of unique design solutions have been incorporated. These include highly integrated and environmentally sealed electronics, a lightweight carbon housing and a solid titanium PL mount that connects directly with the new internal sensor mount to ensure a super-stable flange focal distance, even when using large lenses. Nimble in use and hardy on set, the ALEXA Mini is a go-anywhere tool, easy to transport in backpacks or as carry-on luggage.


"The Balloonist" - Captured with ALEXA Mini

The ALEXA Mini can be operated in a number of ways: by wireless remote control, as a normal camera with the ARRI MVF-1 multi viewfinder attached, or with an on-board monitor and controlled via the user button interface on the camera body. Light enough to be comfortably held at arm’s length in a hand rig, its compact size and extremely quiet operation also make it ideal for tight shooting conditions. The symmetrical design permits filming in any orientation, including upside-down and in portrait mode, while multiple accessory points enable highly creative mounting solutions. In addition, the ALEXA Mini’s interchangeable lens mount can be replaced with any of those designed for the ARRI AMIRA, allowing the use of B4 video and EF mount stills lenses.

Equipped with a 4:3 sensor, automatic de-squeeze mode for anamorphic productions and frame rates of 0.75-200 fps, the ALEXA Mini records ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW either in-camera to CFast 2.0 cards or to a specially-designed external Codex recorder that can record image streams from up to four ALEXA Minis simultaneously — a compelling option for multi-camera setups such as 360° plate shots. Images from the ALEXA Mini will perfectly match those from all other ALEXA cameras, making the final grade easier and quicker.


Behind The Scenes of "The Balloonist" shot on ALEXA Mini

Integrated functionality is at the heart of the ALEXA Mini’s efficient and self-contained design. A built-in lens motor controller allows new active lens motors to be connected directly to the titanium PL mount, while ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) technology provides frame-accurate metadata that can save time and money both on-set and in post. Wi-Fi connectivity means that iOS or Android devices can be used to remotely control camera functions such as the motorized internal ND filters, which permit rapid responses to changing light conditions without adding bulk to the camera configuration.

The body design is optimized for use with new-generation brushless gimbals, multicopters and other specialized rigs. It is compact enough in the lens direction to allow the use of standard PL mount lenses even on lightweight and space-constrained rigs, such as gyro-stabilized aerial systems. The camera’s superb low-light performance makes it perfect for underwater work; dedicated underwater housings are currently being developed by leading manufacturers.

Like the ARRI AMIRA, the ALEXA Mini can record 4K UHD ProRes images, facilitating real-time 4K UHD output and simple pipelines for high-resolution deliverables. More importantly, the Mini and all other ARRI cameras with the ALEV III sensor offer unrivalled overall image quality by focusing not just on spatial resolution, but also on other parameters such as colorimetry, skin tones and High Dynamic Range (HDR). This is equally true whether the chosen output is HD, 2K, 4K UHD or one of the native resolution outputs like uncompressed ARRIRAW 2.8K or ProRes 3.2K, ensuring that images captured with the ALEXA Mini are future-proof, whatever new industry standards emerge.

The ARRI ALEXA Mini is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015, with orders being taken from March. A prototype of the ALEXA Mini will be on show at the British Video Expo (BVE) from February 24-26, 2015, in Booth J30.

Visit: ALEXA Mini microsite

Oscars 2015: The Complete Winners List


See below a full list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced Sunday at the Dolby Theater. The show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on ABC. “Birdman,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash” came out of the event as big winners.

Best Picture
"Birdman," Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"The Imitation Game," Graham Moore

Best Original Screenplay
"Birdman," Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Best Original Score
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Alexandre Desplat

Best Song
"Glory" from "Selma"; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Documentary Feature
"CITIZENFOUR," Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Film Editing
"Whiplash," Tom Cross

Best Cinematography
"Birdman," Emmanuel Lubezki

Production Design
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Best Animated Feature
"Big Hero 6," Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Short Film, Animated
"Feast," Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Visual Effects
"Interstellar," Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Sound Editing
"American Sniper," Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound Mixing
"Whiplash," Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Documentary Short Subject
"Crisis Hotline," Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Short Film, Live Action
"The Phone Call," Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Foreign Film
"Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)

Makeup and Hairstyling
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Costume Design
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," Milena Canonero

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

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Visit: Oscars.org | Oscar.go.com

ARRI ALEXA Software Update 11.0 with ProRes 3.2K Now Available

ARRI ALEXA SUP 11.0 with ProRes 3.2K

Software Update Packet (SUP) 11.0 for ALEXA cameras is now available for download from the company's website, free of charge. ALEXA's eleventh major update includes many new features, including an ALEXA ProRes 3.2K recording format for productions requiring 4K UHD deliverables, and ADA-5 -- an enhanced debayering algorithm that further improves ALEXA's image quality.

Available to ALEXA XT cameras and ALEXA Classic cameras with the XR Module upgrade, ALEXA ProRes 3.2K is a new recording resolution that uses 3.2K photo sites from the sensor to record a 16:9 3.2K ProRes file. The 3.2K sensor area was chosen because it is the largest area that can still be covered by almost all Super 35 PL mount lenses.

At data rates far below uncompressed ARRIRAW, ALEXA ProRes 3.2K provides the benefits of the well-established and efficient ProRes workflow. A straightforward up-sample from ALEXA ProRes 3.2K using standard post tools results in a 4K UHD deliverable of unsurpassed overall image quality.

The ARRI Debayer Algorithm ADA-5 represents an improvement in image quality for all ALEXA models, delivering clearer and sharper images. This is especially visible in small, high-contrast details (such as thin branches against a blue sky), which will exhibit smoother, cleaner edges.

ADA-5 also further reduces noise in the red and blue channels, making bluescreen compositing in VFX even easier. ADA-5 has been available through the ARRIRAW Converter since ARC 3.1 and as part of the ARRIRAW Software Developer's Kit (SDK); it has also been used in the AMIRA camera since AMIRA SUP 1.1.

Expanded media support is another feature of SUP 11.0, with all ALEXA cameras now able to support all generations of SxS PRO+ cards, and ALEXA XT/XR cameras able to support SanDisk CFast 2.0 128 GB cards.

ALEXA compatibility with the ARRI Electronic Control System (ECS) has also been expanded, with SUP 11.0 providing support for the new Lens Data Encoder LDE-1, as well as unlocking a number of new features when using the WCU-4 wireless hand unit.

Other features of SUP 11.0 for all ALEXA models include improved web remote functionality, refined user buttons and the ability to save frame line and time zone information within the camera metadata.

Additionally, ALEXA XT/XR cameras will now record a checksum with each ARRIRAW frame that can be used to verify data integrity throughout the subsequent workflow. This makes working with ARRIRAW even safer and copying even faster, though it means that the latest version of Codex software must be used to read SUP 11.0 ARRIRAW files.

Via: ARRI