Arri has announced an upgrade to its ALEXA SXT platform, making it a wireless camera system with the integration of a low-latency HD video transmitter and a WiFi radio into the new ALEXA SXT W model.
Based on the ALEXA SXT Plus, the SXT W will replace the ALEXA SXT Plus and ALEXA SXT Studio models. Arri says there will be upgrade options for existing owners of ALEXA SXT EV and ALEXA SXT Plus cameras.
The video transmitter built into the ALEXA SXT W promises to make the camera smaller and lighter than it would be with an external transmitter, and avoids cable problems.
"Our wireless video uses technology from market leader Amimon, with special hardware and software modifications to comply with Arri’s stringent performance and quality requirements," said Marc Shipman-Mueller, ALEXA Product Manager. "But that is not all; the wireless video system works harmoniously with ALEXA SXT’s other radio-based offerings – the WiFi and our own proprietary camera and lens control system – avoiding time-consuming interference between the radios on the camera."
"We are very proud of our joint effort with Arri on their new wireless ALEXA SXT," says Ram Ofir, CEO of Amimon. "We worked closely with Arri’s engineering team on customizing the wireless video modules, adding new features and optimizing performance for ALEXA. I believe that our continued venture with Arri will be fruitful and yield unique developments in the future."
"This significant upgrade affirms our commitment to the ALEXA SXT camera platform," says Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of Arri Cine Technik and Head of ARRI’s Business Unit Camera Systems. “From the very beginning we have planned various upgrades for the ALEXA SXT platform and I am pleased to now announce a camera that allows a wireless workflow on set.”
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