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Kinefinity release Mavo Edge

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 by Pro Moviemaker

This week, Kinefinity released Mavo Edge, a brand-new large-format 8K cine camera

With a whole-new carbon fibre camera body, Mavo Edge is equipped with an 8K 75P CMOS imaging sensor and a new image processing engine.

Featuring internal motorised full spectrum e-ND, more industry-standard ports and dual SSD media slots, the integrated Mavo Edge still remains compact and lightweight.

Even at open gate 3:2 , surprisingly it can still deliver an image of 45 million pixels at up to 48 frames per second

At the same time,Kinefinity brings Apple ProRes Raw to the Mavo Edge as an in-camera codec to make the Raw workflow easier.

8K 75P Imaging Sensor

The new 8K imaging sensor on the Mavo Edge is a canvas with 45 million pixels on a 36x24mm full-frame CMOS sensor featuring 800/3200 dual native ISO, 8K Wide up to 75fps and latitude up to 14+ stops. Even at open gate 3:2 , it can still deliver an image of 45 million pixels at up to 48 frames per second.

All of these features allow cinematographers to create without boundaries, no matter for feature movies, production with VFX, high-end TV commercial and series, even wild-life documentaries. Mavo Edge also ensures natural colour, pleasing skin tones, low noise, high dynamic range and details in organic and delicate way.

Benefiting from an upgraded image processing platform, Mavo Edge can capture images as 100fps at 6K Wide or 160fps at 4K Wide. At the same time, Mavo Edge also supports oversampling in Full Frame mode to output 6K or 4K resolutions which will result in more details and latitude with the same optical format.

8K ProRes Raw

Mavo Edge can directly record Apple’s newest ProRes Raw codec which has been highly expected by the video industry from 2018 NAB.

From the capture of its 8K CMOS image over the delicate colour processing to the 8K ProRes RAW encoding and storage, these complex processes and the high bandwidth bitrate processing all happen within the compact Mavo Edge body. Aside from this, Mavo Edge also supports in-camera ProRes4444/XQ, ProRes422HQ, and H264 proxy.

Based on the efficient ProRes codec system recognized by Hollywood’s filmmaking industry, Apple Inc. introduced a universal Raw codec which supports the recording of Raw footage, delivers the flexibility of Raw video with the performance of ProRes in a format ideal for high-dynamic-range (HDR) content creation.

For now, ProRes Raw can be edited and graded in Apple Final Cut Pro X, Assimilate Scratch, Filmlight Baselight and so on. Adobe software is also expected to support ProRes Raw natively this year.

Newly Designed Carbon Fiber Body

Mavo Edge utilizes an integrated body design with a new internal architecture. The integrated functions and interfaces of every module are redesigned or optimized to allow the Mavo Edge possess more industry standard interfaces in an effort to increase compatibility with third-party accessories.

Thanks to the carbon fibre materials, this big guy with numerous industry-standard interfaces and complete functions weighs only 1.2kg, thus helping filmmakers get the job done in a more flexible and efficient way.

Internal motorized full-spectrum e-ND system: Kinefinity integrates the motorized fullspectrum e-ND system inside the camera for the first time. Switching between clear glass and e-ND filter is motorized and built-in as expected; the e-ND filter can cover the wide range from 2 stops to 7 stops with continuous adjustment at high precision. At the same time, it ensures consistent color accuracy and uncompromised sharpness over a whole tuning range.

Dual independent SDI outputs: Mavo Edge provides dual 1.5G/3G SDI outputs with metadata and audio transmission. These two outputs are independent of the two video signals from the Kine Video ports, to enhance the compatibility with third-party accessories like external recorders and 1.5G monitors.

The two video ports of the MAVO Edge can be connected to KineEVF Full-HD OLED viewfinder and KineMON-5U/KineMON-7H Ultra-Bright monitors to get sharp and clear image in indoor and outdoor situations.

General sync and control ports: There are numerous ports integrated on the Mav0 Edge body: separate genlock and timecode sync ports for syncing multiple cameras, an RS232 protocol port for communicating with and controlling of third-party accessories, and an RS port for powering and triggering an external record function.

High quality multi-channel audio record: The Mavo Edge supports multi-channel 24bit/48kHz audio record with 3.5mm stereo MIC socket and in-camera high-quality MIC; audio pre-amplifiers with ultra-low noise floor are integrated into camera body, and two independently controlled standard XLR socket for professional microphones that supports 48V phantom power, to offer great convenience for field sound recording and even professional audio recording.

Wired and wireless function: With Gigabit Ethernet on RJ45 port, WIFI5 wireless network and type-c USB socket, the MAVO Edge can output a monitoring/recording image to other devices via live H264 stream. Simultaneously, an internal three-axis gyroscope can record the camera’s spatial positioning information and provide GPS geo label of footages.

Furthermore, Bluetooth 5.0 is added to expand wireless control and communication with the camera at short distance.

Faster and more intuitive operation interaction: The display area on side screen increases up to 200% to show more parameters for convenient adjustments, combined with a more intuitive buttons layout and user interface layers, allowing for an overall better and more comprehensive shooting experience.

Significant Improvement on Record Media

To process 8K and offer more freedom in encoding, KineMAG is upgraded from SATA 3.0 SSD to NVMe M.2 SSD. Mavo Edge now features PCle 3.0 protocol which allows the whole-new KineMAG Nano to record footages at lightning speed of 10Gb/s, unhindered support of 8K 60fps ProRes Raw and even 8K ProRes444.

Thanks to smaller form factor of KineMAG Nano, Mavo Edge adopts the dual media slot design like KineRaw-S35, first-generation cine camera introduced in 2012. The dual slots design allows for two KineMAG Nanos to record the same clips simultaneously and form an extra RAID1 backup to avoid missing clips. Furthermore, two cards can record the main codec and H264 proxies separately, to make the post-editing workflow much easier.

Additionally, Kinefinity also offers KineMAG Nano enclosures so users could purchase and install third-party NVMe M.2 SSD on their own to save the cost for storage media.

Comprehensive Power Solution

A hybrid battery plate is introduced to Mavo Edge, to meet power demands of the camera and accessories in different shooting scenarios.

The integrated combined battery plate can work with 14.8V broadcast V-mount batteries like KineBAT PD 75/150. When handheld or gimbal way, the camera can be powered directly by compatible BP-U30 type batteries like GripBAT 4S, so the operator could work in a cord-free and smooth way, thanks to a reduced payload and no extra power cord.

Mavo Edge’s body offers standard a D-Tap port, 12V RS port and Lens port (12V) to power the third-party accessories like wireless video transmitter and wireless lens motor directly.

These ports eliminate the need for extra batteries or power converters thus streamlining the camera setup and improving the system stability.

In addition, Movcam brings dedicated KineKIT for Mavo Edge, especially the innovative 15mm baseplate with UPS function powered by two NP-F550 type batteries, due to specialized UPS power contacts at the bottom of Mavo Edge. The creative power solution can not only power the Mavo Edge independently, allowing for an efficient kit space utilisation, but also work as UPS power source to supply uninterrupted power to the camera when replacing V-mount batteries or BP-U30 type batteries.

Summary

Mavo Edge is a brand-new large-format 8K cine camera with 45 million pixels and state-of-the-art image quality in ProRes Raw, making every frame comparable to those captured by high-end SLR cameras.

The whole-new integrated carbon fibre body has incorporated the full-spectrum e-ND system, dual SSD slots with NVMe M.2- based KineMAG Nano, comprehensive networking and creative power solution. All these cutting-edge technologies not only ease story-tellers, documentary makers and video content creators to capture incredibly pleasing images, but offer a future-proof creative tool to keep innovating, keep moving forward.

MSRP of Mavi Edge is US$11,999 and the target shipping date is Sep 2020. It is available to preorder now on Kinefinity website or authorized dealers.

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