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Just this week, Arri released a new Software Update Packet (SUP) for the AMIRA. SUP 1.0.11 contains fixes for the main issues of AMIRA 1.0, and Arri strongly recommends that it be installed immediately on all AMIRA models (AMIRA, AMIRA Advanced, and AMIRA Premium).

To download SUP 1.0.11, visit Arri’s downloads section and complete a one-time registration. (ALEXA users who have previously registered do not need to do so again). The SUP can then be installed on the camera via a USB stick. You can read the full release notes for detailed instructions, but here is a quick rundown of how to install the update: 

…continue reading Arri’s New AMIRA SUP 1.0.11 & Updated Menu Simulator

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Having already proven itself as a powerful and reliable recorder, the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q will now be getting several improvements and functions via a new firmware update, including advanced playback options, camera specific LUT support, new format support for the Sony FS700 and F3, and new frame rate support in ProRes 422. There’s some big news for anyone who ordered an Odyssey 7 as well – units are now officially shipping

…continue reading Convergent Design: Odyssey7Q Updates & Odyssey7 Now Shipping

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Yesterday, Freefly Systems released the latest firmware (v3.08) for the MōVI family, which adds a few significant features and important bug fixes. The feature I’m looking forward to the most is the added support for the optional MōVI Controller, which can be used in lieu of the standard wireless controller, and lets users make tuning adjustments directly from the unit, no computer or tablet required. Additionally, the MōVI Controller includes support for Redrock Micro and Hocus Products follow focus systems, allowing one operator to control both focus and camera orientation (pan & tilt). For anyone that utilizes the dual-operator mode frequently, the upgraded joystick and built-in tuning adjustments will definitely simplify setup and operation.

…continue reading Freefly Systems’ Firmware v3.08 Adds Support for New MōVI Controller

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Back in January, Juliet wrote a fairly extensive post explaining the process of getting HFR recording working on your Sony F55 or F5. It’s a great feature that many people are excited about, but a common question that pops up is, “Why can’t I use LUTs when shooting in the HFR mode?” LUTs can definitely make your life easier when shooting in S-Log, so Alister Chapman has found an interesting workaround over on XDCam-User.

…continue reading Sony F5/F55 Tip: Using VF High Contrast Mode When Shooting HFR

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Apple just released Final Cut Pro 10.1.2, which has a host of new features including improved media management tools, Rec709 LUT support for Log footage (Arri, Sony, Canon, and Blackmagic cameras), 3DLUT support for the Arri AMIRA, and support for their new ProRes 4444 XQ codec. The new codec is 12 bit RGB, just like ProRes 4444, but at a lower compression ratio of 1:4.5 versus 1:6.8 found in ProRes 4444. That means bigger data, but better data too. ProRes 4444 HD at 29.97 fps is about 330 Mbit/s, while ProRes 4444 XQ HD at 29.97 fps is 495 Mbit/s. This can add up, as you may imagine, but it’s a great option when you want the highest quality image. 

The great news is that Arri has decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. It will come as a free update included in Software Update Packet (SUP) 10, which should be out in August. The original ALEXA will not support this codec, but ALEXA XT and cameras upgraded to XR have a powerful compression board installed that allows it. I’m sure all of you ALEXA owners out there have a lot of questions, so Arri has put together an FAQ to help clarify things. Read through to learn about the frame rates supported, media, and data rates.

…continue reading Arri Announces ALEXA XT Support for New ProRes 4444 XQ Codec

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Arri’s new AMIRA is designed specifically with documentary, run’n'gun type shooters in mind and this past May, the camera was put to the test by award-winning DP Buddy Squires, ASC. Buddy is best known for his work on theatrical documentaries and television specials including Salinger, The Central Park Five, Masterclass, The Civil War, The National Parks, The War, Jazz, Ethel, and New York. With this kind of experience, it seemed appropriate that Buddy should be one of the first DPs to put the camera through its paces. At this year’s Cine Gear Expo, and at our special AMIRA event back in May, Buddy elaborated on his experiences shooting with the new camera.  

…continue reading Buddy Squires’ First Impressions of the Arri AMIRA

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Tiffen’s Effects Filters give photographers and cinematographers more creative control over the shot and reduce touch-up time in post. The London Filter Company has created a series of videos to demo the Tiffen Effect Filters. See for yourself how these filters can be used to enhance your image.

…continue reading Tiffen Effects Filters Demo

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