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Arri Rental's Alexa 65 available from January 2015

Arri Rental's Alexa 65 available from January 2015
David Wood
11 December 2014

Arri Rental’s Alexa 65 camera system was officially launched this week in front of a selected audience of ASC members and key Hollywood figures at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles.

The Alexa 65 system, reported in Televisual in September, comprises camera, lenses and a complete image workflow, and will be available to productions from January 2015.

At the launch event attendees were able get their hands on the camera, capturing and processing footage for themselves.

Visual effects supervisor and cinematographer David Stump, ASC (vfx DP on Flightplan; X-Men; X-Men 2) said: “It's a breakthrough in the technology of acquisition. I have always held that for digital technology to succeed in cinema, it needed to meet or exceed the capabilities we have with film.”

According to Arri Rental the Alexa 65 camera is a scaled-up version of an Alexa XT, equipped with a sensor slightly larger than a 5-perf 65 mm film frame that is able to capture an uncompressed Arri RAW 65mm image.

Arri managing director Franz Kraus said at the event: “Following the success of the Alexa we wanted to build a camera for the most demanding applications in filmmaking and envisioned a true 65 mm format camera, sharing as many of the technology and imaging attributes of Alexa as possible.”

“The dynamic range and colorimetry are retained, but to these is added a far greater capacity for capturing fine detail. Our goal was simple – to meet and surpass the image quality of 65 mm film.”

Collaborations with technology partners IB/E Optics and Codex have allowed the Alexa 65 system to offer a complete large-format solution for high-end theatrical motion pictures, incorporating custom-designed prime and zoom lenses, and fast, efficient workflow tools.

The 50-110 mm Zoom 65 and the eight Prime 65 lenses, ranging from 24 to 300 mm, are Fujinon-manufactured optics from Hasselblad HC lenses, re-housed in robust barrels co-developed with IB/E Optics.

Equipped with Arri’s Lens Data System (LDS), the lenses permit frame-accurate metadata about focus, iris and zoom settings to be recorded with the image stream, aiding both on-set shot-making and visual effects tasks in post.

In addition, a Vintage 765 lens range – originally developed to partner the Arriflex 765 65 mm film camera – has been adapted for use with the Alexa 65.

Arri Rental has worked with Codex to create a unique and seamless workflow capable of processing full resolution ARRIRAW 65 mm images while concurrently generating high quality ProRes 4444 HD dailies masters in real time.

Close analysis of uncompressed images and the screening of a variety of technical and creative show reels demonstrated the extraordinary fidelity and flexibility of the ALEXA 65's large capture format.

The Alexa 65 is available exclusively through Arri Rental, a global network of Arri equipment rental facilities.


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