I know… I know… It’s been awhile since I’ve posted… life gets in the way. As some may know, I added a Kinefinity Mavo Edge 8K to the kit nearly a year ago.
Full disclosure, I’ve done some beta testing over the last several months (off and on) with various iterations of the KineOS 7.0 based firmware and provided some feedback to Kinefinity representatives. Some of this feedback was utilized into this update that many Edge users provided. While this firmware does not solve all of the issues that I (and others) have come across, it does represent a progressive step forward in making these cameras even more complete for a wider range of users. There are still more things expected to come before the end of the year (assuming no major hiccups on the developmental side of things) such as CinemaDNG RAW recording for those that require a RAW based workflow and a slew of outstanding usability improvements that owners and users have commented to Kinefinity about. This is by no means a perfect camera from any objective standpoint but it is definitely one of the best on the market for the intended target audience (primarily cinematography, videography, high-end video, documentary, long-form video, etc.) in my opinion. If. you have the chance to get your hands on either of the Edge cameras (8K or 6K) to rent or if can afford it it’s a great option that’s fairly priced for what it is. There are better values for those on a tighter budget given how versatile the hybrid market is. There are less expensive entry level cinema/ENG cameras. There are also much more expensive cameras with prestigious reputations. For pure image quality this competes with the best even if it’s not technically the best there is.
I’m still working on an impressions video and eventually a user review to come at a later date but so far I don’t have any regrets on the purchase in my usage thus far. Press release contained below with links to the firmware downloads.
Kinefinity officially released the firmware KineOS 7.1 for MAVO Edge cameras.
*Download for the Edge 8K can be found HERE.
*Download for the Edge 6K can be found HERE.
KineOS 7.1 has fully optimized and upgraded the SDI function. While monitoring, SDI status bar and menu can fully display on the screen. More SDI frame rate settings and trigger recording function has been added
In this updating, we also launched the whole new ProRes4444 efficiency mode. With the same high dynamic range and visual information fidelity, the material compression ratio is increased by 50% under this mode, which greatly saves the space of the SSD.
KineOS 7.1 also adds a variety of anamorphic options to adapt to more anamorphic lenses, allowing to shoot cine-like film.
Many small functions has also been optimized in this updating: improved response speed while switching between preview and playback mode, new designed VU meter, more blanking display options and more logical monitor operating methods.
1. All-round Upgrade for SDI
In addition to the greatly improved monitoring image quality, the newly added SDI menu helps cameraman to fully control the parameters.
1) SDI menu and status bar
Switching from the monitoring image with/without parameter information.
2) SDI frame rate setting
Set the SDI frame rate followiong the project frame rate, achieving greater freedom of SDI monitoring while preventing misuse.
2) Record/Stop trigger
Trigger recording function through SDI, which highly optimizes the work flow and coordinates work on and off set with efficiency.
3) Greatly improved image quality
Improve the SDI image quality and reduce additional false color interference, gaining perfect monitoring on set.
*FF 4K, S35 4K and other popular resolutions have significant image quality improvements.
2. ProRes 4444 Efficiency Mode
Enter [system], [setting], [other setting] and choose the 4444 efficiency mode.
Without influencing the high dynamic range and visual information fidelity, 4444 efficiency mode can increase the compression ratio by 50%, significantly saving the space of SSD.
*4444 efficient mode is Beta trial version.
3. Full-frame Anamorphic Options
Various of anamorphic options has been added to adapt to more anamorphic lenses, allowing cinemaman to shoot cine-like film.
MAVO Edge 8K
1）FF 7.2K 3:2 (7168×4760)
2）FF 4.8K 3:2 (4864×3176)
3）S35 6K 3:2 (6144×3840)
4）S35 4K 3:2 (4096×2560)
MAVO Edge 6K
1）FF 5.7K 3:2 (5760×3700)
2）FF 3.8K 3:2 (3840×2460)
3）S35 4K 3:2 (4096×2700)
2. Newly added FF anamorphic resolution:
MAVO Edge 8K
1）6.4K 4:3 (6400×4760)
2）5.7K 6:5 (5760×4760)
3）4.2K 4:3 (4224×3176)
4）3.8K 6:5 (3840×3176)
MAVO Edge 6K
1）5K 4:3 (5120×3700)
2）4.6K 6:5 (4608×3700)
3）3.4K 4:3 (3456×2460)
4）3K 6:5 (3072×2460)
3. Newly added S35 resolution:
MAVO Edge 8K
1）5K 4:3 (5120×3840)
2）4.8K 6:5 (4864×3840)
3）3.4K 4:3 (3456×2560)
4）3K 6:5 (3072×2560)
MAVO Edge 6K
1）3.2K 6:5 (3328×2700)
4. More optimized functions
5. Bug Fix