November 28, 2015

ARRI AMIRA Gets ProRes 4444 XQ, 50Mb MPEG-2, & Lexar 128GB/256GB Card Support

On the heels of the ARRI ALEXA Mini update, the AMIRA is also getting some new features.

Since Sandisk doesn't sell a 256GB CFast 2.0 card yet, this update is important as it gives support for the new Lexar 3600x 256GB cards, as well as the 128GB card. Thanks to 4K Shooters for the heads-up, here are all the major updates in the new SUP 3.0 firmware for the AMIRA:

  • MPEG-2 recording, 50 MBit/s 422p@HL in MXF container: XDCAM HD workflow compatible
    The format follows the specification for MPEG-2 422p@HL, it is limited to 50Mbit/s and the container format is MXF. The recordings are fully compatible with XDCAM HD environments and workflows. Supported frame rates are: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i, 59.94i fps. 
  • ProRes 4444 XQ recording (AMIRA Premium only): 

    With AMIRA Premium, it is now possible to record also in the highest ProRes quality 4444 XQ as already supported by the ALEXA and ALEXA Mini.
    The data rate is about 392 Mbit/s at 1920/25p, which allows recording about 38 min onto a 128GB card. Supported frame rates range from 0.75 to 120 fps in HD/2K; and from 0.75 up to 30 fps in 4K UHD and 3.2K. 

  • AMIRA multi-cam interface: camera remote control with Sony RCPs
  • Intervalometer: for sophisticated time lapse and stop motion recordings
  • WiFi remote control support: full camera control with WiFi devices
  • Viewfinder status overlay enhancements, other usability improvements and improved support for accessories: 
  • Support for Lexar CFast 2.0 cards: 128GB and 256GB 3600x cards are supported (64GB cards, 3400x cards and 3500x cards are NOT supported)

The intervalometer looks like a handy feature, especially now that the Mini has it as well. It's important to note that the ProRes 4444 XQ support is only available for the Premium version of the AMIRA, so you won't be able to get it without the Premium license. To download the update, head on over to the AMIRA downloads website here.

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I just looked up the rental price. Very close to an Alexa. I have the feeling not many people are interested in this camera and will go for the Alexa instead. That being said, it still looks like a beautiful camera. For fast turnaround docu stuff with build in lut support for example.

November 30, 2015 at 2:12AM

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Gilles van Leeuwen
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The Amira is a beautiful beast for handheld work. A little lighter than her big sister, feels absolutely fantastic on the shoulder, and the controls are thought out for a single operator. Would rent again 10/10 #arri.

December 3, 2015 at 9:49PM

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Vincent Allard
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"pound arri"?

December 4, 2015 at 5:48PM, Edited December 4, 5:48PM

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David Gurney
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The rental price for Sweden is like 615,71 Euro for a day (dagsljus). The best thing about the Amira is that it has great sound possibilities with XLR and good audio. And that is single operator. The Alexa has only ref audio.

November 30, 2015 at 5:37AM

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The rental price for Sweden is like 615 Euro for a day (dagsljus). The best thing about the Amira is that it has great sound possibilities with XLR and good audio. And that is single operator. The Alexa has only ref audio.

November 30, 2015 at 5:37AM

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"ProRes 4444 XQ support is only available for the Premium version of the AMIRA, so you won't be able to get it without the Premium license"

Wow, a Sony-style rip-off. Up yours, Arri.

December 4, 2015 at 5:47PM

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David Gurney
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irst of all, I would like to say that is a camera system, like all the Arri models both digital and 35mm, with which the assistant cameraman feels very comfortable, since is easy to use, solid and reliable even in the most extreme shooting situation (here I have to be honest and tell that I din't work with it in very extreme conditions, but I know people that did and they got no trouble at all)
As I was saying, it is often considered the "Scarlet" of Arri, or his solution for low budget productions. And even if I'm not going to say that the Amira is as good as the Alexa (and their price point is a clear proof of that), I do believe that in many aspects the Amira is very close and at some point even better.

http://www.camaleonrental.com/es/blog/10p3

February 8, 2017 at 3:17AM, Edited February 8, 3:17AM

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