ARRI Software Update Package (SUP) 5.2 For Alexa MINI and AMIRA

ARRI release new Software Update Package SUP 5.2 for ARRI ALEXA Mini and AMIRA cameras. The latest firmware update fixes existing bugs and adds new features and functionality such as False Colour mode for both Log C and LUT monitoring to ensure proper exposure levels, support for SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 512GB cards and more.

ARRI recommends that Alexa Mini and Amira camera owners / users upgrade their cameras to SUP 5.2.

Software firmware package update SUP 5.2

Software Update Package SUP 5.2 - New Features:

  • Enhanced CFast 2.0 Card Support

SUP 5.2 adds support of SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards 128GB (Rev. D), 256GB (Rev. D) and 512GB. With SUP 5.2, following cards are supported in the ALEXA Mini:

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 120GB (SDCFSP-120G)
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxA/B)
  • 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)*
  • Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 128GB (LC128Cxxxx3600)
  • Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 256GB (LC256Cxxxx3600)
  • Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 256GB (LC256Cxxxx3600 G2)

NOTE: the 512GB CFast 2.0 card for supported ARRI cameras (AMIRA and ALEXA MINI) will be available sometime in 2018.

  • False Color Mode

The result of activating false color can now be varied with a choice in the EXPOSURE TOOLS menu to either Log C-based or Monitoring-based. This choice is global and will be valid for all monitoring outputs. The default setting is Monitoring-based, and the setting is saved in user setup parameter block User.

When choosing Monitoring-based false color and false color is activated, false color is calculated based on the video signal of the respective monitoring output. In other words, whatever is seen on the image path is the basis for calculating false color. This is the same behaviour as in ALEXA Mini SUPs up to version 5.1. If you have the SDI output or the viewfinder configured to show Log C, false color levels are calculated based on the Log C signal.

Software firmware package update SUP 5.2

This is the same behaviour as in ALEXA Mini SUPs up to version 5.1. If you have the SDI output or the viewfinder configured to show Log C, false color levels are calculated based on the Log C signal. If you have the SDI output or the viewfinder configured to LOOK or ALEXA Classic 709, false color levels will be calculated based on the image with the look applied or the ALEXA Classic 709 image respectively. Monitoring-based false color makes most sense when baking a look file into the recorded image. It allows you to monitor the exposure levels of the signal you are recording.

EVF Gamma Option Choose between EVF gamma settings Standard and Lifted. Standard equals the EVF gamma of up to SUP 4.1 while the 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.

User Buttons for Audio Gain Control Increase and decrease of audio gain of audio channel 1 or of audio channels 1+2 simultaneously in 1dB steps. Corresponding channel control needs to be set to either Manual or Manual (+L). With channel control set to Auto the user buttons are non-functional.

Note: when increasing or decreasing audio gain of channels 1+2 simultaneously and one channel reaches the upper or lower gain limit, the user buttons will remain active and continue to change the gain of the other channel respectively.

To learn more and download SUP 5.2 head over to ARRI here.