Having completed a successful Beta release of the updated camera firmware, ARRI just released a final version of the V3.0 firmware for ALEXA. In addition to the increased convenience and functionality controls, ARRI has now officially made ARRIRAW support available on the ALEXA for the first time. Codex Digital is the first company to be certified as fully compliant for ARRIRAW recording with the Codex Onboard recorder. ARRI also introduced a new version of the free ARRIRAW Converter software (ARC) for use with the improved V3.0 ALEXA ARRIRAW files.
Details of other improvements included in the ALEXA V3.0 firmware can be found in our post on the Beta release.
To download updated firmware, ALEXA owners must complete a one-time registration on the ARRI website. The file can then be downloaded to an SD card for uploading into the camera. The ARC software is also available as a free download.
ARRI has also enabled a LUT Generator on the ARRI Digital website. In addition to preset LUTs (Look Up Tables), the ARRI LUT Generator can create custom looks for on set, dailies or post use. A LUT is a group of color and contrast settings that manipulates the base output of the camera sensor for a specific look. Creating a LUT is a straightforward process on the website. On the ALEXA, you can record in ARRIRAW using an external recorder or in LOG-C without “baking in” a LUT, but monitor on set using a LUT to create a desired look. The same LUT can then be implemented or altered in post.