ARRI AMIRA Gets A Boost to 2.8K Raw with Paid License

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

With the latest SUP 5.3 Update, ARRI is unlocking support for 2.8K RAW in wide screen for the ARRI AMIRA Cinema Camera, users will be able to pay for an additional license and record in the expanded format.

“It’s a response to an increasing demand”, said Markus Duerr, the ARRI AMIRA product manager. “With the growing popularity of ARRIRAW more and more AMIRA users have been asking us to make it available to them.”

The new SUP 5.3 Update will give AMIRA users the ability to shoot in 16:9 2.8K (2880 x 1620) MXF Raw at up to 48 fps in wide screen for the very first time. ARRI made the move due to AMIRA users feeling left out of the raw experience, and wanting to expand their cinema camera’s tool set.

The addition of ARRIRAW will enable users to retain the camera’s natural color gamut and dynamic range in the uncompressed spectrum, and will be considered a completely digital version of a film camera negative. All Raw Data will remain pristine throughout the entire post process, and enable shooters to revisit the original footage down the line from an archival state and match it the same as the day they shot it.

Other features in SUP 5.3 include expanded multi camera support, 3 LUTs, full in-camera grading, LOG-C monitoring and recording, remote lens control via the ARRI CForce Mini RF remote control, and the ability to override the electronic viewfinder proximity sensor and keep the EVF on as long as the camera operator needs.

Overview of Features Introduced with SUP 5.3:

  • ARRIRAW 2.8K: 16:9 2.8K (2880×1620) MXF/ARRIRAW recording with AMIRA ARRIRAW license key.
  • Complete Look Functionality for Cinematic Multicam with AMIRA Eco and AMIRA Advanced. Import and export of look files, 3D LUT support, full in-camera grading, support of the ARRI Look Library (requires separate license), Log C monitoring and recording.
  • Support of cforce mini RF motor. Direct remote lens control with cforce mini RF and WCU-4, no additional motor controller needed. Includes Start/Stop recording command with WCU-4.
  • EVF Power Option “ON” – Option to override the proximity sensor of the MVF-1 and constantly enable the viewfinder display.
  • Camera Access Protocol (CAP) Enhancements. CAP support for full control of in-camera playback and access to clip metadata.
  • WCU-4 User Buttons 5 and 6. Camera menu offers assignment of WCU-4 user buttons 5 and 6.

To download the update, users can go to the ARRI downloads page here, and log in. To unlock the 2.8K Raw video recording option, users must purchase a license for €3,180 ($3,750 US).  Unlocking Cinematic MultiCam also requires a separate license, with either (or both) to be purchased here.


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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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