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Arri Amira to record MPEG-2 MXF and UHD

Arri Amira to record MPEG-2 MXF and UHD
David Wood
17 February 2015

Arri has announced an update for the Amira which will enable MPEG-2 MXF recording.

Amira SUP 3.0, scheduled for release mid-2015, will enable streamlined, broadcast-friendly workflows, says Arri.

The key new feature of is the ability to record MPEG-2 422P@HL at 50 Mbit/s in an MXF wrapper.

The XDCAM-compatible MPEG-2 recording format allows television productions to use the Amira recording with a low-bandwidth codec that can be integrated into typical broadcast workflows using edit platforms such as Avid Media Composer.

Arri says recording MPEG-2 MXF with Amira ensures 100% compatibility with a format already used by many low budget or time-pressured television productions.

MPEG-2 MXF is a more efficient format minimising the number of memory cards needed on set, but also reduces post production and archiving costs through reduced data rates.

A new audio accessory will also be released, equipping the Amira with a slot for a portable audio tuner/receiver.

This will allow signals to be received wirelessly from either the sound recordist's mixer or straight from radio microphones to meet the needs of ENG-style productions that capture audio directly in-camera.

Other features of the SUP 3.0 release will include a camera remote control interface for multi-camera live or scripted productions, Super 16 mm lens support and intervalometer function for time-lapse applications.

4K on Amira

In March, Arri will release Amira update SUP 2.0 which will enable 4K recording.

The new 4K UHD recording format has been developed for productions that need to generate high-resolution deliverables.

It allows ProRes codecs up to ProRes 4444 to be recorded in Ultra High Definition 3840 x 2160 resolution directly onto the in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, at up to 60 fps.

Further enhancements provided by Amira SUP 2.0 include ProRes 3.2K recording (allowing cross-compatibility with Alexa cameras, WiFi remote support,  the ability to monitor audio channels individually and additional lock functions.

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Chris  | February 17, 2015
Imagine the ZEISS cine zoom 10-100/1.8 converted by Abakus will be just perfect for this.

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