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Arri Previews New Alexa Features Slated for 2012


Arri will deliver several new features for the Alexa as Software Update Packets throughout the year.
Arri gave a preview of new Alexa features scheduled to be released during 2012 at NAB in Las Vegas. These features will be delivered in free Software Update Packets (SUPs) throughout the year.

The new ALEXA capabilities are designed to improve ALEXA’s overall image quality with a new Debayer algorithm that provides cleaner, sharper-looking images, especially on high-contrast edges and in areas with fine detail.

Two new ProRes recording formats, ProRes 4:3 (2048 x 1536) and ProRes 2K (2048 x 1152) are ideal for those who want to utilize the simple, fast and efficient ProRes workflow for anamorphic or spherical feature films. For DNxHD license owners, DNxHD 444 (10 bit 4:4.4) will provide high quality in-camera DNxHD mastering.

A large number of frequently requested features and user interface tweaks will also be released, including vertical image mirroring for quick low mode Steadicam shots, the ability to post trigger recording, card spanning, compatibility with the Cooke /i system and compatibility with the ARRI Ultrasonic Distance Measure.

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Vicon Introduces Mobile Mocap at SIGGRAPH

Motion capture systems developer Vicon is previewing a futuristic new “Mobile Mocap” technology at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver. Moving mocap out of the lab and into the field, Vicon's Mobile Mocap system taps several new technologies, many years in the making. At the heart of Mobile Mocap is a very small lipstick-sized camera that enables less obtrusive, more accurate facial animation data. The new cameras capture 720p (1280X720) footage at 60 frames per second. In addition, a powerful processing unit synchronizes, stores, and wirelessly transmits the data, all in a tiny wearable design.

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