ARRI'S New Solution To Multi-Cam Live Broadcasting

ARRI has a long history of utilizing the latest technology to solve the problems that plague filmmakers. The AMIRA was ARRI’s solution to documentary filmmaking, providing a versatile, simple-to-use camera for run and gun shoots. Recently, ARRI announced their follow-up to the AMIRA, called the AMIRA Live. The AMIRA Live is ARRI’s solution to multi-cam live broadcasting. The camera can uniquely record in-camera for post-production while simultaneously transmitting signals for live broadcasting. The AMIRA Live was built for efficient setup, broadcasting, and takedown.


Elimination Of External Cables

One of the main selling points of the AMIRA Live is the internal cabling between the camera body and the 1820 fiber camera adapter. This reduces the need for external cabling and provides for a cleaner camera set-up. The cable-less connection also reduces the risk of cable damage or disconnection.


Super 35 Sensor 

Like the Alexa series, the AMIRA Live contains the legendary ALEV III Super 35 sensor. The sensor is known to deliver unrivaled image quality and the most sophisticated color science. The AMIRA Live can capture high-quality images on par with cinematic films and television shows.

ARRI VMM - 1 Monitor

The AMIRA Live uses the VMM - 1 Monitor which is also compatible with the ALEXA Mini and the original AMIRA. The onboard monitor is 10-inches wide and has a diverse set of functions. The functions include color, contrast, backlight, peaking, etc. Unlike the previous AMIRA, the AMIRA Live kit will include the VMM - 1 Monitor. 


The Specs Of The AMIRA Live

  • Claims over 14 stops of dynamic range
  • ISO from 160 to 3200
  • Recording Files - ProRes S16 HD: 1920 x 1080, ProRes HD: 1920 x 1080, ProRes 2K: 2048 x 1152, ProRes 3.2K: 3200 x 1800, ProRes 4K UHD: 3840 x 2160, ARRIRAW 16:9 2.8K: 2880 x 1620
  • Recording Frame Rates - ProRes HD, S16 & 2K: 0.75 – 200 fps, ProRes 3.2K & UHD: 0.75 – 60 fps, MFX/ARRIRAW 16:9 2.8K: 0.75 – 48 fps, MPEG-2 HD: 23.976 – 59.94 fps
  • Recording Formats - MXF/ARRIRAW, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT, MPEG-2 HD
  • Built-in ND Filter: 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 7 Stop (1/128)
  • Weight: 5.2 kg / 11.5 lbs
  • CFast 2.0 Cards


You can find all of the specs on the ARRI website.


Summary

The AMIRA Live and the original AMIRA are very similar. Both in specs and in the solutions they provide. As the original AMIRA helped documentary filmmakers with its robust capabilities, the AMIRA Live should help live broadcasters with its streamlined functionality, but only time will tell. The AMIRA Live is available for pre-order on B & H. The camera body kit retails for $31,180 which includes the VMM monitor, 1.3x Anamorphic De-Squeeze, and the AMIRA UHD, advanced, and 4K Look Library License Keys.


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