Thursday, April 12, 2012
I am currently beta-testing Convergent Design's new ARRIRAW capable Gemini 4:4:4 recorder. And... the results are flawless. This is definitely the way to go for a world of reasons. The Gemini is less expensive, smaller, easier to use, and simply more powerful than other existing ARRIRAW-capable recorders.
I have used the Gemini numerous times recording uncompressed 4:4:4 DPX frames from an ALEXA but the option to record true ARRIRAW just can't be beat. The .ari files are recorded as unprocessed raw sensor data frames. They are strung together by a metadata header when accessed by software capable of reading ARRIRAW clips.
The free ARC (Arri Raw Converter) is an easy way to view ARRIRAW clips but playback can be a pain. Other popular color-grading software like Scratch or DaVinci Resolve will give you access to the files as well. For the past few days I have been recording ARRIRAW material with the Gemini 4:4:4 and color grading the material with DaVinci Resolve. The results are excellent. Uncompressed is the way to go and recording RAW is even better.