ARRI has released a Software Update Packet (SUP) v8.1 for the ALEXA camera line. While last month’s SUP v8.0 was only for classic ALEXA models, SUP v8.1 is for use on cameras with the XR Module for recording. This includes the ALEXA XT, ALEXA XT M, ALEXA XT Plus, ALEXA XT Studio as well as any classic ALEXA that has been upgraded with an XR Module. With this update, the following new features are enabled:
• 4:3 ARRIRAW recording up to 90fps
These are the top frame rates available in different recording modes:
48fps – 4:3 ProRes 2K
60fps – 16:9 ProRes 2K, 16:9 ProRes 4444 HD
90fps – 4:3 ARRIRAW 2.8K
120fps – 16:9 ARRIRAW 2.8K, 16:9 ProRes 422 HQ HD
• Basic Cooke /i data now supported
Lens telemetry for direct capture to metadata through the ALEXA’s LDS contacts. When recording at standard SMPTE frame rates the /i data will be stored in each frame’s metadata.
• Additional monitoring indicators in EVF and/or monitor output.
To download SUP v8.1, ALEXA owners must log in after completing a one-time registration on the ARRI website. The file can then be downloaded to an SD card for uploading into the camera. In addition to the release notes for SUP v8.1, ARRI has recently updated the Digital Cameras section of its website with white papers, menu interface simulators, new camera FAQs, and other information.