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 Arri Alexa Mini Audio Settings

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Arri Alexa Mini

Well we have a new camera player against the RED for Movi, drone and even 3D potentially. All I’ll say is its £25k, poor camera guys.

What we care about is how to get sound and timecode in the bloody thing. Had the chance to play with one (and a prototype running Amira software) and here we are.

Being just a body they have kept things very tight. First let me say the fans are as low as the Alexa but exposed like the RED, again because of the small body. It even goes into a “quiet mode” when recording. I was yet to get out of them if it would slowly get louder or how it prevents overheating.

The timecode is like the Alexa, 5pin Lemo. So nice and easy for most. No talk of their own Ambient quality timecode but I’m sure they haven’t compromised, but then I am a fan of the camera so to speak.

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The Arri Alexa Mini Audio Settings are interesting. I picked up the prototype and it said 4 tracks on the menu, this I discovered was just the Amira menu encoded in the camera to show it working. The actual camera has a 5pin lemo as a line in stereo feed for audio and they say they will not be shipping specific cables because of the extra cost of stocking them etc… so I have made sure I have them in my sound store so people will have access to them.

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All in all, whether it’s 3D,  drone, M or even a cheaper rig as a multi purpose unit I think we will all get along with it fine. Coming to the market this late is for a reason, proper build quality. That’s what there name stands for in the industry and I’m sure they are not in a hurrah to throw that out the window anytime soon.

Till next time,

Matt Price
Location Sound Mixer London