KineOS 6 for Kinefinity Terra Cameras is Here – New UI and Compressed RAW

KineOS 6 for Kinefinity Terra Cameras is Here – New UI and Compressed RAW

Kinefinity has just realeased a major update for their Terra cinema cameras. The KineOS 6 update brings a completely overhauled user interface (UI) and a lot of new features, although surprisingly many of those are only available for the Terra 4K, not the 6K.

KineOS 6
You can download KineOS 6 for Kinefinity Terra 4K and Terra 6K right now as a free update. Both cameras will benefit from an upgraded UI but only the Terra 4K will get the whole package of new and improved (technical) features. Read all about these cameras here.

Kinefinity KineOS 6 Update

The layout of key parameters has been revamped in order to achieve a cleaner look and feel without having to search for the most frequent settings all the time. Here’s a list of all the new and improved UI fetaures:

  • Interface redesigned: New layout of key parameters such as clip name, timecode and codec format.
  • Key Parameters Tuning: Define shortcut buttons in order to change key parameters such as ISO, iris, color temperature, ND stops etc.
  • A waveform exposure assistant is now available.
  • New Setup Menu which is easy to read and operate.

The Kinefinity Terra 4K is now able to record compressed RAW in cinemaDNG format. This feature is still in beta (‘test version’) but you can already try it for yourself. Choose between 3:1, 5:1 or 7:1 compression ratios and record compressed RAW cDNG directly in-camera. The Terra 4K inherits this feature from the MAVO. Note: Even though you can download KineOS for the Terra 6K, this compressed RAW feature is only available for the Terra 4K.

KineOS 6
Kinefinity offers some notes on this feature: 1) KineLog will be burned in when you record comressed RAW in cinemaDNG (which will be handled by DaVinci Resolve natively). 2) You will have to grade from scratch after importing the footage in DaVinci Resolve because cinemaDNG and ProRes footage require very different workflows. 3) Playback of cinema DNG footage will be very slow, the speed will increase in future firmware versions, though.

KineOS 6 offers some new oversampling options. The camera uses all the pixels of the CMOS sensor and outputs 2K/Full HD footages which usually improves the overall image quality and reduces the noise level. Again, only the Terra 4K will support this feature.

Another big improvement of KineOS is the ability to shoot anamorphic with the Terra 4K camera. You can choose between an anamorphic mode (3700 × 2700 pixels) and an open gate mode (full sensor -> 4096 × 2700 pixels). If used with a 2x anamorphic lens, the de-squeezed image will sport a whooping 7400 x 2700 resolution. When using either of these new anamorpfic modes the framerate is limited to 50 fps. You guessed it, only the Terra 4K will benefit from these new shooting modes.

Other Improvements

Apart from the major updates of KineOS 6, the company has squished a few bugs and polished some features. here is list of some minor improvements:

  • Optimized In-camera LUT: more balanced color for fast workflow.
  • Added project frame rate: 48, 50, 59.94, 60fps.
  • Fixed the abnormal image when start up.
  • Fixed freeze issue at some operations.
  • Optimized black shading of TERRA 4K.
  • Fixed system crash when adjusting ISO under certain color temperature.
  • Fixed the mismatch of exposure compensation in menu setting.
  • Optimized the highlight performance for TERRA 6K in some special case.
  • Change the minimum frame rate of TERRA 4K to 6fps.

The KineOS 6 update can be downloaded now for free over at The Terra 4K is $3,999 and the Terra 6K is $5,999. If you can wait just a little bit longer, the $7,999 MAVO (read our initial coverage here) might be an option, too.

Do you own a Terra 4K or 6K camera? What are your thoughts about this update? Let us know in the comments below!

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