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Kinefinity Mavo and Mavo LF
  • Kinefinity has announced two new evolutions from their Terra Platform. One 6K S35 sensor’d camera Mavo, and a 36x24 “full frame” format Mavo LF


    Kinefinity MAVO

    The new Kinefinity MAVO is a 6K-capable Super 35mm cinema camera building upon the legacy of the company’s previous line, the Kinefinity Terra. Although the MAVO offers plenty of professional features, its price of “only” $14,000 for a complete camera package with all accessories is still massively disruptive – a strategy that Kinefinity is clearly intent on keeping up.

    Kinefinity MAVO

    The Kinefinity MAVO is a modular system similar to what the manufacturer did with the Terra line. The camera body includes the brand new 6K CMOS Super 35mm sensor, along with basic I/O, headphone output, 2.5” SSD port, built-in mic and the port to attach the SideGrip – a side handle offering basic controls and battery compartment – and the KineMON – the camera’s proprietary monitor. Like the Terra, the Kinefinity MAVO becomes a much more powerful beast when attaching the optional KineBACK module at the rear of the camera body, which unlocks more professional features such as dual XLR inputs with phantom power, SDI outputs, V-Lock battery capabilites, D-tap power outputs, and timecode in/out. The new version – the KineBACK-W – seems a lot easier to attach, requiring only a couple of screws rather than fumbling around with a delicate ribbon cable, as was the case with the Terra. This means it is a lot quicker to go from a fully built-up camera to the compact 990g body-only, perfect for mounting on a gimbal. Wireless Capabilities

    This new version of the KineBACK, however, offers new integration for wireless functionality. It features a slot into which you can insert a new wireless transmitter card, unlocking a system capable of wireless video transmission with a claimed zero delay, as well as wireless lens control via the Movcam system, all this without additional cables or powering.


    The Kinefinity MAVO still makes use of the Kinefinity KineMOUNT system, a versatile mount that allows you not only to easily change between Sony, Canon, Nikon and PL mounts, but also takes the manufacturer’s proprietary EF or PL variable ND filter attachment and KineENHANCER (Kinefinity’s version of a Speedbooster).

    Additionally, the Kinefinity MAVO will feature a removable OLPF. This is significant, as the Kinefinity TERRA 4K – the company’s current entry-level option, which also offers very interesting features at a very low price – suffered from severe OLPF reflection flare issues when pointed directly at strong sources of light. This has been a cause of concern for many potential buyers doing their due diligence, so having the possibility to remove the OLPF altogether, or easily replacing it when new and improved versions become available, could be a good compromise. Kinefinity MAVO Image

    Kinefinity’s new camera offers a Super 35mm sensor, larger than the Terra 4K sensor which was halfway between Super 35mm and Micro Four-Thirds. This new 6016×4016 pixel sensor offers over 14 stops of dynamic range, and various maximum frame rate, resolution and sensor windowing combinations including Open Gate and 4:3 for anamorphic capture, as you can see in the graphic below. Despite the larger sensor, Kinefinity claims improved rolling shutter speeds, putting it in the same ball park as the RED 8K-capable cameras.

    In terms of processing, the Kinefinity MAVO also has some great improvements, with the addition of ProRes 422HQ, ProRes 444, ProRes 444XQ codecs to the previously available ProRes 422. Kinefinity’s own flavour of Raw has been updated to KRW 2.0, and now allows for an adjustable compression ratio from 2:1 to 10:1. Kinefinity previously offered a free software utility to transcode KRW to cinemaDNG, so what is even bigger news is that MAVO can record cinemaDNG internally at 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1 compression ratios. Pricing and availability

    Kinefinity MAVO will be available in four packages:

    • Body Only: $7,999
    • Basic: $9,499
    • Pro: $10,999
    • Full: $13,999

    If the Terra pricing scheme is anything to go by, the Basic package will also include accessories such as the KineMON, SideGrip, a couple of BP-U 30 style batteries, charger, KineMAG SSD and power cables. The Pro package will also include the KineBACK module, case and shoulder rig kit. I would guess the Full package includes all the necessary accessories to unlock the wireless capabilities of the camera. There will also be trade-in deals for owners of earlier Kinefinity cameras.

    New Large Format Camera Too? Kinefinity MAVO LF

    In the age of Sony Venice, RED Monstro and ARRI ALEXA LF, it is clear that there is a tendency towards large sensors at the very top tier of cinema cameras. Clearly, Kinefinity didn’t want to lag behind.

    During the live stream today, Kinefinity also announced an upcoming large-format cinema camera, the MAVO LF, which will pack a 36x24mm sensor, just a wee bit smaller than the ALEXA LF. This camera – which will no doubt become Kinefinity’s flagship after the now ageing KineMAX – will benefit from all the improvements of the upcoming Kinefinity MAVO, and will become available in August 2018.

    New MAVO Prime range of cinema lenses

    As if the announcement of two new cameras wasn’t enough, Kinefinity also announced a complete range of cinema lenses for the MAVO platform. The MAVO Prime lenses will cover 25, 35, 50, 75 and 135mm at T2 with full-frame coverage, and a price tag of around $12,000 for the whole set.

    More info here:

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  • Our interview from NAB

  • Thank you for sharing the interview!

  • @IronFilm

    Well, join our Australia team for next exhibition :-)

  • Our interview from BIRTV

  • KineOS 6.2

    KineOS 6.2 enables the side screen function to display key parameters and adds the 3K/4K outputs oversampled from 6K open gate, to make the 3:2 open gate shooting mode more economical and easier to use. In addition, the function of countdown on power is introduced to protect camera body and footages. The new firmware also supports KineBACK-Lite and provides more accurate prediction on recording bitrate, and fixes bugs related to audio and cDNGs.

    KineOS 6.2 is available for MAVO LF, MAVO, TERRA 4K, but not all new functions are applicable on every model.

    Status Panel

    There is a high-res LCD screen at the left side of MAVO LF and MAVO, but only MAVO LF logo or MAVO logo is shown on the screen in KineOS 6.1 and previous firmware. In new KineOS 6.2, the side screen displays the current key parameters, such as ISO, electronic aperture, shutter speed/angle, ND stops (if mounted with e-ND adapter), color temperature and other important parameters.

    Note: The side screen is only used to display shooting parameters.

    Countdown Protection

    If the camera loses power during recording, the SSD file system and footages may get damaged. In new KineOS 6.2, the camera detects the battery power constantly. Once the battery voltage is below the BAT warning voltage, the countdown function will start to work from 30. The camera will stop recording automatically if the countdown happens during recording. When the countdown is within 10 seconds, the camera will disable all the functions and then shut down safely.

    Note: the warning threshold voltage can be set up a little bit to avoid fast power loss caused by aging battery from improper shutdown of the camera.

    Oversampling in Open Gate Mode

    The aspect ratio of open gate is 3:2 for MAVO LF, MAVO and TERRA 4K, and 3:2 aspect ratio is also popular by more and more users. For MAVO LF and MAVO, the open gate is 6Kx4K, 24 million pixels. Although the high-res recording brings more room for post work, the high bitrate will bring great pressure over SSD and reduce the choice of coding format. In new KineOS 6.2, in-camera oversampled open gate is introduced to MAVO LF and MAVO and all the 24M pixels are oversampled and output 4K 3:2 or 3K 3:2, so ProRes 4444 or even XQ can record full frame 3:2 image to bring more codec options.

    Other New Functions

    KineBACK Lite brings a more convenient power solution to MAVO LF/MAVO/TERRA 4K, which is also supported by KineOS 6.2. In addition, for cDNG RAW, when choosing different compression ratios, KineOS 6.2 reduces the writing pressure on SSD through bitrate prediction according to resolution and frame rate.

    Fix Bugs and Improve Stability

    • Fix bug of audio recording in certain conditions;
    • Fix bug involving booting and codes switching;
    • Fix bug involving cDNG playback, improve its stability;
    • Change the slate file name in clips folder;
    • Add more information in the slate;
    • Reduce some low resolutions for MAVO LF and MAVO;
    • Increase frame rate to 48fps when 4K Anamorphic for MAVO;
    • Some changes in menu;
    • Some changes in font;
    • Other issues.

  • Vk how you feel about the direction of kinefity team vs z cam team ?

  • @sammy

    This ones have strong support from Chinese film schools, real flow of money contrary to Z-CAM.

    Plus slowly and steadily work in same niche they intended.

    According to talks it is still lot of bugs and reliability issues.

    They are just not much welcome in US still, less so in EU.

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