Arri has just released the latest software update packet for all the Amira range of cameras.
SUP.1 features a number of new features and functionalities, along with bugfixes. Arri has based many of the improvements on comments and requests from Amira customers.
The update is available now for download, here.
- Pre-record function – An internal buffer in the camera is used to record a perpetual loop, the length of which depends on selected options. When the REC button is hit, the clip recorded to the CFast 2.0 card will include the specified pre-record period at its start.
- Bluetooth audio monitoring – This allows audio to be monitored through wireless Bluetooth headphones. By using a microphone-equipped Bluetooth headset, spoken comments can be recorded during filming to provide guidance for editing and postproduction tasks. These comments are recorded to a separate fifth audio track, aligned with the four main audio tracks.
- Dynamic auto tracking white balance – For situations that involve a change of color temperature during a shot, the new dynamic tracking option makes an automatic white balance adjustment. Utilizing a sophisticated algorithm developed by ARRI, this adjustment is seamless, even for the most extreme color temperature transitions.
- Temporary licenses – AMIRA Advanced and Premium temporary licenses are now available at the online ARRI License Shop. Activated on a weekly basis, they provide a uniquely adaptable solution for the variable needs of owner-operators.
- EF and B4 lens support – With the forthcoming EF mount, AMIRA users can use EF mount stills lenses, controlling the iris in these lenses through the camera’s user interface. B4-type lenses with an integrated servo module gain support for the auto iris function, while one other servo button can also be used as an assignable user button.
- Ethernet remote – The graphical user interface (GUI) of AMIRA’s LCD panel can now be displayed live on a device, such as a laptop, that is connected to the camera via an Ethernet cable. The user interface exactly replicates the camera’s home screen menu, much like the AMIRA Simulator web tool. A further, wireless-based connection will be supported with a later SUP.
- Faster boot-up time – AMIRA will now boot up about 35% faster, reducing the boot-up time to full operation mode to around 13 seconds.
- Waveform display – A waveform display on the camera’s viewfinder image and LCD panel has been implemented, with the option to have the waveform full screen, or covering just a portion of the image. This provides a further tool for judging exposure levels.
- Color bar – AMIRA can now generate a color bar, allowing monitors to be calibrated.
- Enhanced HD-SDI outputs – AMIRA’s HD-SDI output has been refined to allow the overlay of information about timecode and other parameters that is seen in the viewfinder, to also be seen on monitors. Additionally, it will now be possible to use an HD-SDI signal input as a further ‘genlock-like’ sync option.
- LDS functionality – When using a Lens Data System® (LDS) lens on AMIRA’s PL-LDS mount, data about iris, focus and zoom positions will now be visible in the viewfinder and all lens data will be embedded in the recorded QuickTime files.
- Improved debayer – An improved debayer algorithm for AMIRA will now result in an even greater reduction of aliasing and noise, for smoother images.
- AMIRA operation – General usability has been further simplified and improved in various ways, for example the menu operation, messaging and button behavior.
Excerpts from Announcement