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ARRI’s critically acclaimed point-and-shoot AMIRA is getting future-proofed with a software license (and sensor calibration for existing units) to allow it to deliver in UHD (3840 x 2160) via all ProRes codecs to the in-camera CFast 2.0 cards at frame rates up to 60fps. The upgrade – with a slated release date late 2014 – directly answers an increasingly frequent question from AMIRA customers, some of whom have been quizzed about 4K deliverables by clients. It also safeguards longevity of productions as the move to 4K as standard, whilst not here yet, marches ever closer.
The upgrade is made possible by the camera’s exceptional image quality, its processing power, and its reprogrammable system architecture. ARRI goes on to say:-
“Whether a production is pursuing a UHD workflow all the way through to distribution, or simply wishes to archive in UHD in order to future-proof itself against industry developments, AMIRA now offers an easy solution that requires no additional processes in postproduction.
The ALEXA/AMIRA sensor has repeatedly proved its ability to deliver outstanding image quality for the 4K or even IMAX theatrical releases of high-end feature films such as Gravity, Maleficent and Iron Man 3. This proves that the ALEXA and AMIRA camera systems are already future-proof and more than suitable for the next generation of distribution formats.
For major feature films, an up-sample to 4K can be carried out after visual effects and other postproduction tasks have been completed at 2K resolution. For certain fast-paced AMIRA productions, however, there may not be the time or resources for such processes in post, which is why a 4K or UHD output direct from the camera has been requested.
AMIRA’s UHD output utilizes the same efficient 1.2x up-sample filter that allows ALEXA’s Open Gate mode to optimize the camera’s image performance for 4K distribution, as well as the same best-in-class sensor pixels. The up-sample to UHD happens in camera, and in real time.
SAME GREAT IMAGE QUALITY
Outputting UHD broadens the distribution options for the superior image quality that has helped make AMIRA, and ALEXA, such a success. The wide, 14+-stop dynamic range remains unaltered, as does the accurate colorimetry, natural skin tones, and organic look and feel. By making that high-quality image data coming out of the sensor compatible with higher spatial resolution formats, the UHD upgrade answers the concerns of certain regions and productions about a 4K future, allowing AMIRA to be used on any project, no matter what deliverables are required.”