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Alexa SXT supports twice as many formats

Shipments of the new Arri Alexa SXT (Super Xtended Technology) started on Thursday, with three models: the standard SXT EV (for electronic viewfinder); the SXT Plus, with integrated wireless; and the SXT Studio, which adds mirror shutter and optical viewfinder.

They use the boards from the Alexa 65, offering more power than the previous Alexa, to support twice as many codecs.

“We now have a total of 14 different formats. This is an unprecedented variety of what you can do, but we have so many clients and everyone wants a different format,” said Stephan Schenk, Arri’s MD.

There are also four independent monitor outputs, which means a director, cinematographer or DIT can each configure it for the information they need.

Codex worked with Arri to develop the recording and workflow system for the SXT, which incorporate a new revised Codex recording engine, similar to the system that was built into the Alexa 65. It supports the latest SXR Capture Drives with a data rate of 20GBps.

The SXT has a new media bay, developed by Codex, with adaptors for XR and SXR Capture Drives, SxS cards and CFast 2.0 cards.