Here is a Status Update on our Gemini 4:4:4 and our ARRIRAW Option.
We sold our 100th ARRIRAW Option yesterday morning, August 3, 2012. All of these are now installed in user's Gemini 4:4:4's.
We have been working on quite a few new features for the Gemini 4:4:4.
Our goal is to have all of these features fully tested and released by August 24, 2012.
1. We have implemented 4:3 support in our ARRIRAW Option for the Gemini 4:4:4.
This is a free firmware update for those with the ARRIRAW Option.
2. We have implemented anamorphic de-squeeze for 2.0 lenses.
The de-squeeze features works with our internal 5.0 inch monitor and the HD-SDI outputs.
This feature works in Live View and Playback only. During recording the extra processing that this takes prevents us from safely performing the de-squeeze during recording.
We have not implemented de-squeeze of 1.3 anamorphic lenses.
This next release will also include our 3D Option, an extra cost feature.
This works in HD (1920 x 1080), up to 30 frames per second, and we do not currently support recording 3D in ARRIRAW.
Our 3D Option includes very sophisticated 3D Combining Functions:
Side by Side
Line by Line
50% + 50% Composite
Left minus Right Luma
Right minus Left Luma
Each of the above functions can be activated for our internal monitor and our HD-SDI Output Port A, and another function can be activated separately for HD-SDI Output Port B.
We have been working very closely with Rob Stiff and greatly appreciate his support and suggestions. We did not think we could implement the de-squeeze function. Rob asked for it and we found a way to implement it.
As far as we know, our de-squeeze is industry first for an ARRIRAW recorder.
Rob also asked us for a way to record a single frame of video, quickly and easily.
We have implemented his request and we plan on enhancing this feature before we release the new firmware around August 24, 2012.
With this feature, one can easily record a single frame when the Gemini 4:4:4 is in Live View. It will only take a short time to record the single frame.
The frame will be record in industry standard DPX file format if the camera is in HD and in ARRIRAW Format if the camera is in ARRIRAW Mode.
(We may consider recording the single frame in DPX, even if the ALEXA and Gemini 4:4:4 are in ARRIRAW Mode, if we can, and if our users feel that this would be best.)
I wish to thank the ARRI ALEXA Community which has been very enthusiastic about our Gemini 4:4:4.
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