ARRI Launches 6K Alexa Camera

ARRI Alexa 65 - H 2014
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Camera maker ARRI has finally made its anticipated leap into the high-resolution market with the unveiling the ARRI Alexa 65, a new 65mm large format version of its popular Alexa camera that supports resolution up to 6K.

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Debuting at the Cinec camera show in Munich (which runs through Tuesday), the new camera — which has been widely rumored in Hollywood — was launched through ARRI Rental and as a specialty camera for the highest end use, it will be available for rental only.

ARRI plans to give the new camera a Los Angeles debut at a launch event in October.

The Alexa is arguably the most popular digital cinematography camera among leading Hollywood cinematographers — recently Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki used it to photograph Birdman and Roger Deakins for Unbroken — though it was also one of the few high-end cameras that didn't support 4K (Ultra HD) resolution. ARRI execs have long maintained that they would not release a native 4K model until they felt that it didn’t compromise other characteristics, particularly the Alexa's wide dynamic range.

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With the unveiling of the Alexa 65, it believes it met that goal and it additionally upped the resolution bar from 4K to 6K.

ARRI also teamed up with manufacturer Codex, which developed an in-camera recorder plus an on-set and near-set data management system for the new camera.

The Alexa 65 incorporates a Codex recording engine, similar to the one that is built into ARRI’s Alexa XT model. It supports Alexa XR capture drives, and Codex is additionally developing new capture drives with 2TB of recording capacity. To support the workflow, Codex's new Vault Lab 65 recording and data management system includes a new version of the Codex Vault S as well as a Vault XL.

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