This week in Munich, Germany, ARRI announced a new member to the ALEXA family with the new Super Xtended Technology (SXT) line of digital cinema cameras. The new line of cameras are completely 4K-centric, with in-camera Pro Res operating at the heart of the system.
“ARRI has introduced the ALEXA Super Xtended Technology (SXT) Camera line, which represents the next step in the continuing evolution of the Alexa family … and will offer ProRes 4K recording, improved image quality, color management tools and three fully independent HD-SDI outputs.” – ARRI Press Release
Based on ARRI’s dominant ALEXA design, the SXT grade cameras offer significant improvements in image quality, color management, and the use of multiple HD-SDI outputs. The secret sauce to get it done comes from reworking the signal coming from the same 3.4K Alev III sensor, and then washing it through some of the same electronics found in ARRI’s 65mm camera, plus the next generation of FPGA processors. The result is in-camera recording with ProRes 4K resolutions from 3840 x 2160 to 4096 x 2637, for ProRes Cine, that allow the SXT is able to turn the resolution up to eleven.
In addition, thanks to lessons learned by employing OpenGate technology on the ARRI ALEXA XT, the SXT will also use the same technology and offer both 4:3 and 16:9 sensor modes which can be recorded in ARRIRAW or Apple ProRes. Output wise, the ALEXA SXT comes with three, fully independent HD-SDI outputs for Log C and Rec 709 recording along with metadata transmission overlayed to the camera’s onboard video monitor.
And here’s the cool part: ARRI plans to offer upgrade packages to replace current models in the ALEXA line, including the ALEXA XT, though the XT-M won’t be upgradable, and the Classic EV will remain in the lineup (users will have the option, however, of upgrade their EV, as well). The upgrades will be planned for release later this summer, and the first shipment of SXT cameras that began shipping this year will be eligible for the full SXT upgrade, free of charge.
So what do you guys think? Is this ARRI’s answer to the RED WEAPON?
Arri extends Alexa line with SXT family
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