Cfast 2.0 Recording For Alexa XT/XR Cameras


Last Updated: September 13, 2013 6:05 pm GMT
(Amsterdam--September 13, 2013) ARRI announces that it is the first to implement SanDisk’s new CFast 2.0 recording media in a camera, releasing an adapter that allows in-camera CFast 2.0 recording with ALEXA XT models and ALEXA Classic cameras upgraded with the XR Module. ARRI, an active member of the CompactFlash Association, collaborated with SanDisk to develop the CFast 2.0 standard for professional applications that require high data rates in a card that is robust, reliable and cost-effective.

Cfast Adapter with Cfast 2

Durable Memory Cards
The Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards will be available in 60 GB and 120 GB capacities with write speeds up to 350 MB/s, supporting the highest ALEXA frame rates for the highest quality codecs. The card’s rugged, durable form factor is created to withstand real-world exposure to temperature, shock and vibration, and includes a pinless design, which lessens the chance of damaging the card or camera while changing cards.

Easy Workflow
The combination of ALEXA and CFast 2.0 cards offers the same efficient workflow as SxS PRO cards and the same codec options: ProRes in 16:9 HD, 16:9 2K or 4:3 2K, and DNxHD in 16:9 HD. CFast 2.0 card recording also supports the same safety features as SxS PRO recording: files are closed continuously, so accidentally removing the card or suffering a power loss during recording results in a readable, uncorrupted file. With Software Update Packet SUP 9.0, both SxS PRO and CFast 2.0 cards will also support pre-recording and self-healing metadata.

Higher Speeds, Longer Recording
Because of their high data rate, CFast 2.0 cards support higher frame rates than SxS PRO cards, enabling recording of ProRes 4444 up to 120 fps. The 120 GB CFast 2.0 cards have about twice the recording capacity of 64 GB SxS PRO cards. ALEXA XT/XR cameras now offer an unprecedented choice of professional, robust and reliable recording media: XR Capture Drives, CFast 2.0 cards and SxS PRO cards.

About ARRI:
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries, agents and representatives that covers every facet of the film industry: design; engineering; production; equipment rental; turnkey lighting solutions; postproduction; laboratory services; visual effects; and film sales. Manufactured products include the ubiquitous ALEXA digital camera system; Master Anamorphic lenses; Pro Camera Accessories; L-Series LED and M-Series HMI lights; 3D medical imaging tools and ARRISCAN archive technologies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

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