Saturday, February 11, 2012
(Affordable) ARRIRAW is Here
I've known about these developments unofficially for months now but today Convergent Design has indeed confirmed that their new Gemini 4:4:4 recorder is ARRIRAW capable. According to CD's Press Release:
The Best, Even Better: Gemini 4:4:4 and ARRIRAW
After months of development, Convergent Design plans to ship next week (to ARRI) a test Gemini with ARRIRAW firmware. While ARRI has already certified a single Raw frame captured from our Alexa and Gemini 4:4:4, full ARRIRAW Certification is expected before the end of February.
The Gemini ARRIRAW combination represents a 75% cost savings over existing solutions, at identical quality! Additionally, the Gemini solution offers full-raster (1920 x 1080) debayered output, a built-in LCD screen for viewing video and substantially lower power, weight and size.
This will be available through your local dealer as a paid firmware upgrade.
Hmmm. So we can now shoot ARRIRAW with a 10K USD 5" on-board monitor that records to non-proprietary SSD's, is capable of complete, on-the-fly ARRIRAW debayering, a LUTed output, proper metadata, and eventually 60fps?
OK. Sign me up.
Full disclosure here: I've been a proud owner of two Gemini 4:4:4 recorders since Convergent Design began shipping last Nov/Dec. I also own two ALEXA's. Suffice it to say that personally I have a keen interest and investment in the Gemini 4:4:4's ability to record ARRIRAW. And I'm not about to take any personal credit here but I was involved in gently bugging CD's Dan Keaton for eventual ARRIRAW support last May. Now at the time, the Gemini was still in full Beta-Mode. Hardware and software was being designed and redesigned and shipping a stable, functional Gemini 4:4:4 recorder by year's end was the utmost priority. Throughout last summer and into the fall and winter Mr. Keaton took my request seriously and made great strides beginning the process of actually implementing it. Now here we are in mid-Febuary 2012 and CD has officially announced ARRIRAW support within weeks. Let's do the math. Since Convergent Design brought the Gemini into the marketplace it has taken them an additional 3 months to provide ARRIRAW support. Now that's what I call Customer Service! No wonder they have one of the best reputations in the industry.