Arri Software Update Package (SUP) 5.2 for the Arri Alexa Mini and Amira

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Arri has just made Software Update Package (SUP) 5.2 for the Arri Alexa Mini and Amira available to download.

Arri SUP 5.2

SUP 5.2 includes new features and functions, improvements and bugfixes. You can download the new software update package at www.arri.com/camera/amira/downloads.

Arri Amira

Arri has continually improved the functionality of both the Alexa Mini and the Amira over the years, and although this is a minor update, it still brings a couple of features that in my opinion should have been introduced a long time ago.

Arri SUP 5.2

The first is the ability to finally set the false colour mode to show exposure levels based on the monitor processing (i.e. viewing with a LUT) or based on Log C. This means you can be viewing your images with a LUT applied but still seeing the proper exposure levels based on your recorded Log C image.

Mic input attenuation

Arri SUP 5.2
The other new feature that will definitely put a smile on the faces of solo operators is Arri have finally added attenuation to the microphone inputs. (SUP) 5.2 gives users the ability to apply a 26dB pad to microphone inputs A, B, and C (MIC or +48V). This was perhaps my biggest gripe on the Amira. If you were working in loud environments you couldn’t attenuate the audio below 0db. This would often result in your audio being clipped and becoming unusable.

EVF Gamma Option

Arri SUP 5.2
Choose between EVF gamma settings Standard and Lifted. Standard equals the EVF gamma of up to SUP 4.1 while setting Lifted uses a 1.3x increased gamma as introduced with SUP 5.0 for e.g. better control of lighting in dark areas. The default setting is Lifted, and the setting is saved in user setup parameter block User.

Below is an overview of SUP 5.2 features:
False Color Mode
False Color to show exposure levels based on monitoring processing or based on Log C
Viewfinder Gamma Option
Gamma options Standard (SUP4) and Lifted (SUP5)
User Buttons for Audio Gain Control
User buttons (increase/decrease) to control audio gain of audio channel 1 or audio channels 1+2
Green Tally for Multicam Mode
Support of green tally command via Telnet or Camera Access Protocol (CAP)
Microphone Attenuation
Audio setting to apply an attenuation of 26dB to the microphone inputs
Support of new Recording Media
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxD)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 256GB (SDCFSP-256G-xxxD)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 512GB (K2.0016648)*

* SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 512GB card with custom ARRI firmware will be available in 2018.

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