Arri AMIRA UHD upgrade will soon enable 3840 x 2160 recording

August 26th, 2014
Arri AMIRA UHD upgrade will soon enable 3840 x 2160 recording

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PRESS RELEASE BY ARRI | 26th of August 2014

ARRI ANNOUNCES PRORES UHD OUTPUT FOR AMIRA

(August 26th 2014, Munich) – A new software upgrade for ARRI’s documentary-style AMIRA camera will allow it to record ProRes UHD files, answering the 4K requirements of some productions. The upgrade is expected to be available for purchase at the online ARRI License Shop by the end of 2014.

DELIVER ANY FORMAT

While widespread adoption of 4K or UHD for broadcast is still a long way off, an increasing number of content owners are becoming concerned that they ought to safeguard the longevity of their programs by ensuring that they will be suitable for UHD transmission, should that become a standard in the future.

For those productions that do need to generate UHD deliverables, AMIRA will now offer the ability to record all ProRes codecs in Ultra High Definition 3840 x 2160 resolution directly onto the in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, at up to 60 fps. This feature, activated through an affordable software license (and a sensor calibration for existing AMIRAs), comes in response to feedback from AMIRA customers, some of whom have been quizzed about 4K deliverables by clients. It is made possible by the camera’s exceptional image quality, its processing power, and its reprogrammable system architecture.

Whether a production is pursuing a UHD workflow all the way through to distribution, or simply wishes to archive in UHD in order to future-proof itself against industry developments, AMIRA now offers an easy solution that requires no additional processes in postproduction.

IN-CAMERA PROCESSING

The ALEXA/AMIRA sensor has repeatedly proved its ability to deliver outstanding image quality for the 4K or even IMAX theatrical releases of high-end feature films such as Gravity, Maleficent and Iron Man 3. This proves that the ALEXA and AMIRA camera systems are already future-proof and more than suitable for the next generation of distribution formats.

For major feature films, an up-sample to 4K can be carried out after visual effects and other postproduction tasks have been completed at 2K resolution. For certain fast-paced AMIRA productions, however, there may not be the time or resources for such processes in post, which is why a 4K or UHD output direct from the camera has been requested.

AMIRA’s UHD output utilizes the same efficient 1.2x up-sample filter that allows ALEXA’s Open Gate mode to optimize the camera’s image performance for 4K distribution, as well as the same best-in-class sensor pixels. The up-sample to UHD happens in camera, and in real time.

SAME GREAT IMAGE QUALITY

Outputting UHD broadens the distribution options for the superior image quality that has helped make AMIRA, and ALEXA, such a success. The wide, 14+-stop dynamic range remains unaltered, as does the accurate colorimetry, natural skin tones, and organic look and feel. By making that high-quality image data coming out of the sensor compatible with higher spatial resolution formats, the UHD upgrade answers the concerns of certain regions and productions about a 4K future, allowing AMIRA to be used on any project, no matter what deliverables are required.

Markus Duerr, ARRI’s Product Manager for the AMIRA system, says, “Feedback about AMIRA from all over the world has been overwhelmingly positive and it is clear that the camera is already a great success, being used on an amazing variety of challenging productions. Already acclaimed for its phenomenal image quality, ease of use and versatility, the new ProRes UHD output will take these benefits even further, adding value for customers in areas like China, where 4K is a major focus of industry attention.”

Wildlife cinematographer Rolf Steinmann, who was nominated for an Emmy Award this year in recognition of his work with ALEXA on the BBC’s Wild Arabia series, is currently using his AMIRA on a movie for Disney Nature. He comments, “For cameramen like me who own their gear, the UHD upgrade is a great way to stay future-proof. From now on when there’s pressure from the production side to deliver UHD, I can continue to work with AMIRA and won’t have to compromise on image quality or on the camera’s robustness and reliability.”

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John
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August 29th, 2014

But Kodak says that 35mm negative is equal to 6K.

Lee
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August 27th, 2014

What do I think? This is a terrible idea. Professional DP’s who work in movies hate ultra HD and there is an uprise to move away from it. 4k is extremely unpleasing on actors as it is too much definition on their faces. It’s also why DP’s prefer film stock, cause it’s a very forgiving format on actors, plus all the subtleties in color and great dr. It’s a mistake to go ultra HD.

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August 27th, 2014
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But this camera isn’t made for a DP working in movies, it’s made as a more broadcast-style camera for television documentary camerapeople.

You can cite what the older generation of DPs prefer as an argument against resolutions above 2K, but the simple fact is that this camera isn’t for the commercial and narrative drama market. Furthermore with the increase in 4K-ready workflows and consumer-priced UHD screens, there *will* be a increased demand for UHD content.

You can talk about the forgiving nature of actual film and you can mention the faces of “actors”, but the reality is that that the creation of visual content goes a long way beyond tradition Hollywood-style narrative forms. For example, UHD/4K is a standard for much natural history content made in the UK. I could go on.

All I’m just saying is: Cameras are made for a lot of different types of shooter.

Lee
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August 27th, 2014
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Very good points. And as long as close ups of actors aren’t in your shot, then then it should be fine. Otherwise you’ll have to spend additional $ to soften the image in post.

Eric
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August 31st, 2014
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Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box is just $199, and sure it incurs a rendering hit, but if you’re working in feature film post, neither issue is a problem.

Jose M. Sanchez Rangel
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August 26th, 2014

Salivating, I am… If only…

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