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.