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Today Arri announced that they will offer a new software upgrade for the AMIRA, which will allow it to record ProRes Ultra HD files (at a resolution of 3840×2160). The upgrade is expected to be available for purchase at the online Arri License Shop by the end of 2014. Many people have been waiting for a 4K solution from Arri, and now the AMIRA will offer support for those who need to deliver in higher-resolution formats. The AMIRA can already record in HD and 2K formats, but with this new upgrade it will up-sample the sensor into an Ultra HD format.

…continue reading Arri Adds ProRes Ultra HD Recording to the AMIRA

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Recently, Gates Underwater made an exciting announcement and revealed their new ALEXA underwater housing. As with their other housings, this unit features simple fingertip controls, an adjustable trim weight system, Gates Precision Ports, and adjustable handle grips. Additionally, the housing includes support for over 70 PL-mount lenses (with Gates’ unique Lens Gear Drive system), as well as the new TVL55 monitor housing

The Gates ALEXA housing comes in two versions: the ALEXA XT housing is compatible with both the ALEXA XT and ALEXA EV (classic) cameras, and the ALEXA XT Plus housing for ALEXA XT Plus cameras. Each version is designed specifically for the different camera models with easy-to-use control layouts. 

…continue reading Gates Underwater Announces New ALEXA Housing

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Arri has recently started the second Open Beta phase for Software Update Packet 10.0, and they’ve announced some exciting features for this release. The big news for rental houses and owners of Sony’s F5 or F55 is compatibility with Sony’s SxS Pro+ cards, which are available in 64GB and 128GB capacities. This gives you up to 86 minutes of ProRes 422 HQ footage at 24fps on the 128GB cards. Speaking of ProRes, the previously announced support for ProRes 4444 XQ is also included with this release.

Other great features are the addition of a clean Log-C signal on REC OUT while shooting in modes other than 16:9/HD/regular-speed, and faster switching to high-speed mode. Previously, it took 40 seconds to switch to high-speed, but SUP 10 knocks that down to 20 seconds. The following new functions and improvements are also included in SUP 10.0:

…continue reading Arri ALEXA SUP 10.0 Brings Support for SxS Pro+ Cards

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With today’s modern camera sensors being so sensitive to light, we often have to use ND filters. Traditional ND filters are designed to neutrally reduce all light, but will not adequately cut the infrared or far red light that causes problems in many cameras. Infrared pollution can make dark fabrics look red or magenta, which is not exactly a good look on a bright day. This is where (IR)ND, designed to cut light and also eliminate the infrared problem, comes in. There are many of these filters out today which do the job well; back in 2012, we even held an event where we demonstrated all of these filters.

Now, Formatt-Hitech has a new IRND filter line called Firecrest. These IRNDs are special because the eliminate IR but keep the image neutral otherwise. Most IRNDs will alter the color of your image, but the Firecrest filters reduce light linearly in the visible light spectrum, before completely eliminating the infrared energy. In other words, they reduce IR but keep everything else basically the same.

…continue reading At the Bench: Formatt-Hitech Firecrest IRND Filters

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Gates Underwater has recently introduced the TVL55 LCD External Monitor Housing, specifically designed for the TVLogic VFM-058W LCD Field Monitor. This feature-rich unit includes full menu control, three assignable buttons, and a marine-grade water blocking cable. It is compatible with the DEEP Dragon, Flex4K, F55, C500, PMW200, Z100 and EX1R housings. The TVL55 is shipping now, so make sure to watch the video above to get a closer look at this versatile new offering from Gates. 

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Phil Lott is quite the triple threat – as a cinematographer, director, and showrunner, he has been working in the industry for over two decades. Phil has extensive credits in television, and while he enjoys the medium, his most recent project is an indie feature called Kelly & Cal. Following the unlikely friendship of a punk-rocker turned suburban mom and a confused seventeen-year-old, the film stars Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, and Cybill Shepherd. It premiered at this year’s SXSW festival, where it won the Gamechanger award, and it has been picked up by IFC Films. Phil was nice enough to answer some questions about his whirlwind experience on the project. 

…continue reading DP Phil Lott Pairs ALEXA Plus 4:3 & Hawk Anamorphics for Kelly & Cal

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We all know that quality lenses can be one of the most important investments we can make. That’s why knowing how to properly maintain your glass at home and in the field is so essential. Our lens technicians are factory-trained to provide the highest level of service, but there are a number of things you can do yourself to keep your lenses working properly. For our specific recommendations, make sure to read the full article, AbelCine Tech Tips for Cleaning, Handling and Storing Cine Lenses, and for those who want to learn more about the image qualities of different types of lenses, check out our upcoming Secrets of Optics class in NY! 

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