ARRI Orbiter fresnel, SUP 7.1.1 for ALEXA Mini LF, DaVinci Resolve Beta 4

Welcome to the latest episode of our weekly roundup of news from the TV and film industry.

This week we are featuring ARRI's new fresnel lens for the Orbiter LED lamp, also from ARRI - we take a look at the latest SUP firmware for the ALEXA Mini LF and Blackmagic Design's latest updates to DaVinci Resolve 18.

ARRI Orbiter fresnel

ARRI has announced a new accessory for their industry leading ARRI Orbiter LED. The new Orbiter Fresnel has a lens with a 285mm diameter creating a precise light spot with a soft shadow enhancing the Orbiter's light output to that of the ARRI L-10 and True Blue ST2 with a 2000W tungsten bulb. In addition, the Fresnel has a large zoom range from 15 to 65 degrees and is also fully motorized. It can be precisely positioned while being controlled locally via the Orbiter’s Control Panel or remotely by DMX and ArtNet. Furthermore, the Orbiter Fresnel features a display with an adjustable backlight, status LED, and a high-resolution encoder, the Orbiter Fresnel lens offers information that is easily accessible. Status information and zoom angle are available via the metadata for maintenance and post production needs and users also have an option to add 4 and 8 leaf barndoors.

SUP 7.1.1 for ALEXA Mini LF

And speaking of ARRI, the premier cine camera maker has released a new firmware update for the ALEXA Mini LF. The latest SUP 7.1.1 update brings support for the new 2TB Codex Compact Drive, as well as the 1TB version (specifically Revision C), which were also updated for the new firmware in the company's latest camera - the ALEXA 35. In addition, all Compact Drives 1TB that are shipped following the release of this SUP. As always, ARRI recommends Alexa MINI LF owner operators and rental houses update their cameras from SUP 7.1 to the latest version 7.1.1 except for situations where the cameras are in the middle of a production.

DaVinci Resolve Beta 4

Blackmagic Design has announced a new update for DaVinci Resolve 18. The latest Beta 4 update adds support for the Resolve FX surface tracker in the Fusion page and also allows editors to export DFXP subtitles directly from the edit page. In addition, DaVinci users also get the ability to drag different formats into the Fairlight timeline to create matching tracks. Furthermore, the latest update also adds faster loading for some 3D plugins in Fusion, improved refresh function when changing stroke softness for Fusion paint, and a refined post-filter map finesse with fewer artefacts for Resolve FX Depth Map. Blackmagic Design software engineers have also addressed inconsistent navigation for clip markers in the Fairlight timeline as well as general performance and stability improvements.

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