BIRTV 2015: KineMAX 6K camera gets custom LUTs, 4K at 100fps, KineLOG3 and Zacuto Gratical EVF compatibility

By Max Duncan and technical editor Matt Allard:

The KineMax 6K with Zacuto Gratical HD EVF and shoulder rig
The KineMax 6K with Zacuto Gratical HD EVF and shoulder rig

At the recent BIRTV show in Beijing, Kinefinity were showing off several improvements to their 6K KineMAX camera, as well as running through the features of the latest KineOS 4.0 firmware for both the KineMAX 6K and KineMINI 4K cameras. The Chinese company has also been working with Zacuto and SmallHD to make their products work seamlessly together. In this video Jihua from Kinefinity explains:

The update enables full functionality of the KineMAX in HiSpeed mode, timecode sync in and out, golden 3K, and for both the KineMAX and the KineMINI it provides custom LUTs,KineLOG3, proxy recording and many more features. You can download the firmware here.

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HiSpeed modes of KineMAX:
HiSpeed: 100fps @4K Wide, S35 framing;
HiSpeed: 150fps @3K Wide, M4/3 framing;
HiSpeed: 225fps @2K Wide, S16 framing
HiSpeed Mode will not be a single setup, but can be accessed easily under same framing.

Custom LUT:
You can upload any LUT that you like to the KineMAX 6K or KineMINI 4K, so that the workflow from shooting to post will be optimised and reduce post time
Record KRW or Cineform with custom LUT (it does not burn the LUT into the footage) RAW is RAW, on-site LUT for monitoring is dumped to clip folder
Switch different LUT/Look instantly when monitoring
Upload to camera as you want: no limit on the amount of LUTs
In-camera two preset LUTs as Neutral and FLAT: Neutral recovers balanced tone, normal saturation and contrast, while FLAT provides another Look
Support 3D LUT from 8x8x8 up to 33x33x33.

Improved KineRAW codec and better LOG curve as KineLOG3 for Kine cameras: better highlights, higher latitude.
New KineLOG/KineLOG3: better highlights, higher latitude (KineMAX 6K> 14 f-stops, KineMINI >13 f-stops)
18% Grey level tunes higher than KineLOG2
18% Grey level remains unchanged over different highlight levels and EI mode, so that you can get the same exposure level for shooting and post
New KineRAW/KRW2.0, from sequenced-based files to single packed file;
New KineRAW/KRW2.0, much faster playback in SCRATCH
New KineRAW/KRW2.0, support power-failure protectio (must work with SCRATCH V8.4)

In-camera proxy recording: Speed up the workflow of 4K and 6K projects:
Can record proxy when codec is KRW: you can use proxy files for playback and editing offline
Format of current proxy file is Cineform mov
Resolution of proxy file is adaptive based on different fps and resolution when recording: 1K~2K.
Media in SSD contains two folders: Master and Proxy. They contains same name of clips recorded.
5. KineMAX Golden 3K/2K: Golden 3K/2K with higher latitude, no compromise:

Enable Golden 3K recording: S35mm Golden 3K, with maximum latitude(>15 f-stops:
Golden 2K at M4/3 framing also get the best latitude
Anamorphic 2.2K at M4/3 framing also get the best latitude
Golden 3K recording of KineMAX is one of the best choice in terms of latitude, data rate and post workflow (Alexa RAW recording is 2880×1620, and down convert to 1080p ProRes).

KineMAX KineAudio : High quality audio recording:
KineAudio is professional audio module embedded in the KineMAX to provide audio up to broadcasting level
Support phantom 48V MIC, also MIC w/o phantom 48V (in-camera setting)
KineAudio Port is 6-Pin MOCO socket(very similar to Alexa MINI Audio port), and an XLR box which can be installed anywhere by 1/4″ screw or 15mm rod
recorded tracks can be linked to KRW clips seamlessly and automatically.

KineMAX Timecode sync input and output:
KineMAX can be synced by external timecode generator by 4-Pin MOCO TC port; like Ambient ACL204;
KineMAX can sync to external devices by 4-Pin MOCO TC port; like SoundDevice recorders;
Multiple cords work with different equipments.

Control Iris of EF lens (electronic, in white list) directly by multi-function dial in LiveView mode;
Improve the dead pixel removal algorithm at HiSpeed mode;
Eliminate the stutter of KineMINI 4K KRW playback;
Provide accurate codec option based on different resolution and fps, automatically.

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