One of the things we did not cover in our pre-NAB FDTimes was ALEXA M–an ALEXA whose sensor head is separated from body for more flexible permutations of 3D, 2D, Steadicam, remote and rig shots. On April 11, ARRI announced a cooperative partnership with the CAMERON – PACE Group (CPG) in development of the ALEXA M camera system. Above, left to right: Martin Prillmann, James Cameron, Franz Kraus, Vince Pace.
ARRI and CAMERON – PACE Group (previously “PACE”) worked together on several 3D projects, including THE THREE MUSKETEERS; Martin Scorsese’s HUGO CABRET; Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI; and 47 RONIN.
ALEXA M uses the same sensor as ALEXA and ALEXA Plus. You’ll be able to power the camera head directly or through a hybrid fiber cable that can tether it up to several hundred feet away. Although not announced, I would guess the head will eventually be able to attach directly to the body.