New ALEXA Mini 3.0 Firmware Brings Lexar CFast Support & Free 90-Day Beta for 4:3 2.8K ProRes

With the ARRI ALEXA Mini slowly but surely rolling out across the world, the newest firmware updates are doing the same.

The SUP 3.0 firmware for the Mini is a big one if you're looking for higher capacity cards, as the Lexar 128GB 3600x, and more importantly the 256GB 3600x are now supported. They've also just announced that a 90-day Beta has been started which will allow anyone to test out the 4:3 2.8K ProRes mode for that time without having to plop down any cash. Here's a look at everything new in SUP 3.0:

  • Intervalometer: for sophisticated time lapse recordings
  • Stop Motion Mode: for stop motion animation and control of shutter timing when ALEXA Mini is used on a motion control system
  • Support for Lexar LC 128GB and LC 256GB 3600x (!) cards. Note: 64GB will NOT be supported, same as 3400x or 3500x cards.
  • Viewfinder status overlay enhancements, other usability improvements and improved support for accessories
  • Sensor clock tuning on timecode input signal: to insure ALEXA Mini stays in sync with the timecode source. 

If you'd like to try out the new 4:3 mode, you'll have to sign up over on the ARRI site here. More info on the 4:3 and 2x de-squeeze modes:

SUP 3.0 contains a public beta release of the 4:3 ProRes 2.8K recording mode and a 2x anamorphic desqueeze for all EVF and monitoring outputs.

Please note that while the image resolution for 4:3 2.8K is 2880 x 2160 the recorded resolution is 2944 x 2160. The additional border is due to the ALEXA Mini’s ProRes encoder that handles multiples of 128 more efficiently. The remaining 32-pixel boundary left and right to the image is filled with white pixels in the Beta and will be black in the final release. The active image are flagged in Quicktime meta-data. Please make sure the extra border is cropped off the image prior to scaling the image as the scaling operation may spill white border pixel into the active image area. 

To participate in the beta test and activate the beta features an ALEXA Mini 4:3 Beta License Key must be downloaded from the ARRI License Shop http://alshop.arri.de. The license key is free of charge and terminates automatically 90 days after installation. Please be aware that although we have done release testing of the beta features they are not final yet and for testing purposes only. We do not guarantee proper operation of these features. Feel free to provide beta test feedback to minibeta@arri.de. The full 4:3 feature set including the 6:5 and 8:9 recording modes will be released with SUP 4.0 and require a chargeable ALEXA Mini 4:3 License Key. 

To download the newest update, you can find it as always on the ARRI ALEXA Mini downloads site here.

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Cool! Must update my three Minis...

November 15, 2015 at 8:46AM

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DingDong
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Are they seriously charging for firmware upgrade? That's pure greed from them.

November 15, 2015 at 9:34AM

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Andy Tokarski
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The firmware update is free, but ARRI has always charged for extra features like 2X De-squeeze.

November 16, 2015 at 3:19AM

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Joe Marine
Camera Department
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It's not like their cameras are cheap & the extra features are so much time consuming to write...I don't get people like you, who defend such an obvious greed. Yeah, let's all ride on company's dick, because we like the products.

November 17, 2015 at 2:58AM

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Andy Tokarski
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I don't see it as greed as much as they just make products that scale to their consumers...the mini and Amira have multiple mounts...that is them clearly catering to people using d-SLR crap. And for people using d-SLR crap...they're never gonna need or use anamorphic lenses, so let the people that use them pay for them...that's why a separate license makes sense. A RED Scarlet doesn't support anamorphic...cuz that camera isn't used by people who need it---I had to find a cheap b-cam in town for a film a few months ago that was looking at a scarlet for gimbal work...I couldn't even find an owner of one that *had* a PL mount with one! (I live in a small market, but still...) The production had to rent that separately. So for RED, it totally doesn't make sense to support stuff on their cheap low end camera for things that only high end productions use. The RED One MX supports anamorphic, as does the Epic...when they switched from the RED One to Epic/Scarlet, they were separating their product lines (just like Apple with their MBs and MBP's.) The Alexa Mini is sort of all things rolled into one, so a tiered licensing makes sense for them.

November 28, 2015 at 6:19PM, Edited November 28, 6:21PM

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Daniel Mimura
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Good to see these firmware updates coming in...

I've used the mini on a couple of shoots now and the larger card support will be welcome. When shooting 4k UHD and you only get about 12-13min with 128's.

I'm a fan on the camera but my main complaint is when it's built out it's kinda annoying having the card slot at the back. Makes it a bit tricky to reload, I much prefer the amira/alexa with it on the side for a quick swap.

November 15, 2015 at 6:15PM

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matt
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