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ARRI Unveils ALEXA Plus and New ALEXA Accessories

Following the launch of the ALEXA digital camera at NAB2010, ARRI is announcing the first modular enhancement to its ALEXA system platform at IBC: the ALEXA Plus. Accessories expanding remote control, wireless networking and 3D options for ALEXA are also being unveiled at the show.

The ALEXA Plus is an upgrade to the ALEXA camera, adding built-in wireless remote control, the ARRI Lens Data System (LDS), additional MON OUT video and RS power outputs, lens synchronization for 3D and built-in position and motion sensors. It shares ALEXA’s exceptional image performance, simplicity of operation, reliability in extreme environments and versatility of workflow. Subsequent to market introduction at IBC, the ALEXA Plus will be available for sale from the beginning of 2011 either as part of a complete camera package or as an upgrade for customers already owning an ALEXA.

Remote Control Unit RCU-4
The Remote Control Unit RCU-4 is a compact, robust, cabled remote for the ALEXA and ALEXA Plus cameras. With the exact same layout, display, buttons and other interface elements as the ALEXA cameras, it has a zero learning curve. All settings that can be made on the cameras can also be made remotely from the RCU-4, which is especially useful for 3D rigs and crane shots. The RCU-4 will be available in January 2011.

Wireless Network Adapter WNA-1
The Wireless Network Adapter WNA-1 is an accessory for the ALEXA system that allows any device with a WiFi connection to communicate with the cameras. This opens up a wide variety of options and opportunities, including camera remote control, metadata input and output, automated record keeping and easier sharing of information on the set. Since the ALEXA cameras are designed as web servers using the Bonjour protocol, any iPad, netbook, laptop or other WiFi device with a browser can connect to the cameras automatically, without any configuration. Each ALEXA has a basic remote control web page built-in: the Browser Remote Software (BRS-1). A camera control protocol, to be released later, will allow third party app developers to access ALEXA’s functions and metadata. The WNA-1 will be available in January 2011.

ALEXA 3D Cable Set
Much has been learned from the large number of ALEXA 3D projects that have already been shot using beta software of ALEXA’s sophisticated 3D synchronization algorithms. The software is now available for all ALEXAs, facilitating stable and precise synchronization of two ALEXA cameras through the ALEXA EXT to EXT Cable. This cable accurately synchronizes the sensor timing and locks the HD-SDI outputs of both cameras without lag or jitter, assuring compatibility with most 3D monitoring and recording solutions. In order to simplify the setup and operation of two ALEXAs on a 3D rig, the ALEXA Ethernet to Ethernet Cable allows automatic synchronization of both cameras’ settings. The ALEXA 3D Cable Set includes both of these cables.

ALEXA Low Mode Set LMS-3
Custom designed for the ALEXA system, the Low Mode Set LMS-3 consists of a low mode plate and three feet. The low mode plate can be attached directly to the camera’s top for the lowest possible profile, which has already proven a popular option for 3D rigs. The feet allow the plate to be raised to accommodate various accessories, while a multitude of 3/8-16 mounting points on the plate provide the right balance for a myriad of camera configurations. Additionally, the plate has mounting points for the Viewfinder Mounting Bracket VMB-1, the ALEXA Camera Center Handle CCH-1 and the 235 and D-21 low mode handles. The LMS-3 will be available in November 2010.
ARRI Camera and Lighting booth: Hall 11, Stand # F21
ARRI DI Systems booth: Hall 7, Stand # G16

About the company:
Located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate and lighting equipment. In 2001, ARRI was converted into a public limited company; it is involved in all aspects of the film industry: engineering; design; manufacturing; production; visual effects; postproduction; equipment rental; complete turnkey lighting solutions and both film and sound laboratory services. Manufactured products and technologies include professional digital acquisition with the ALEXA and ARRIFLEX D-21 cameras; film camera systems for 16 mm, 35 mm and 65 mm; location and studio lighting fixtures; digital imaging solutions such as the ARRISCAN, ARRILASER, ARRI Relativity and various archive tools. These products and services are offered through a global network of subsidiary companies, agents and representatives.

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