Kinefinity has just introduced its new flagship sub-product, the MAVO Edge 6K, which is a full-frame 6K cinema camera. The Edge 6K is based on its big brother (Edge 8K) but a little more sophisticated with plenty of solid features dedicated to high-end cinematography. All the details are below.
Kinefinity has announced MAVO Edge 6K, a powerful new full-frame cinema camera. The MAVO Edge 6K is equipped with a 6K full frame 3:2 CMOS image sensor capable of shooting 6K 75fps and 4K 150fps based on the high performance computing platform of the MAVO Edge. The new camera has a native dual ISO (800/5120). The MAVO Edge 6K features an internal motorized full-spectrum e-ND filter (0.6-2.4) and incorporates industry-standard ports and two SSD media slots, capable of recording Apple ProRes4444/XQ and uncompressed RAW on NVMe M.2 2280 SSD based recording media. Weighing just 3.6 lbs, which is a bit more than the Edge, it was designed to meet various demanding shooting scenarios. Kinefinity says the MAVO Edge 6K “brings natural colors, pleasing skin tones, low noise, high dynamic range, and stunning detail in an organic and delicate way.” MAVO Edge 6K is available in Dark Gray and Cyber Edition finishes, both of which are available for pre-order today and ready to ship to customers in May 2022. Check out the official ad below:
According to Kinefinity, the advanced color processing architecture of the MAVO Edge platform creates images with low noise, high latitude and wide color gamut, then brings stunning detail, organic images of exceptional quality. .
The MAVO Edge 6K supports 12-bit ProRes4444XQ at full frame rate and resolution, and it records with KineLOG3 Gamma to preserve the full dynamic range captured by the sensor. Uncompressed RAW is not debayered in-camera instead, and it is stored in CinemaDNG format, preserving all image data captured by the sensor. Theoretically, it offers the maximum color correction potential in post-production. Uncompressed RAW footage requires high bandwidth processing. MAVO Edge 6K is equipped with dual PCIe-3.0 based SSD slots and its recording media, KineMAG Nano 1TB, is based on NVMe M.2 2280 SSD, ensuring uncompressed RAW storage stably and safely . CDNG capability is expected to officially launch in a firmware update in Q2 2022. There is no mention of ProRes RAW though.
Kinefinity has done its homework on improving the problematic interface. The MAVO Edge 6K is implemented with the latest KineOS 7.0 firmware, which has a revamped user interface and expected touch and feel interaction with the camera. The new KineMON-5U2 and 7U2 with touchscreens help improve the user’s interactive experience and reduce the learning curve. The new interface design allows the user to control all camera features using only the touchscreen monitor. Frame rate, shutter angle, ISO, aperture, ND strength, color temperature, LUTs and audio levels can all be adjusted via touchscreen control, this which allows the cinematographer to quickly configure settings.
In addition to the new UI, the MAVO Edge 6K firmware comes with plenty of dedicated features for more high-end cinematography. KineOS 7.0 supports the Cooke/i protocol which allows the camera to record and save lens metadata in the footage, thus speeding up the VFX workflow. Recording media also supports NTFS and HFS file systems, for Windows and macOS. The MAVO Edge 6K will also implement the pre-recording feature in an anticipated firmware update. It ensures the cinematographer won’t miss a shot during unpredictable scenes, providing a useful solution in live events and documentary work. The pre-registration feature is expected to officially launch in a firmware update in Q3 2022.
The MAVO Edge 6K uses an internal motorized full-spectrum e-ND system. The e-ND filter goes from 0.6 to 2.4, a range of 2 to 8 stops of neutral density and can be adjusted seamlessly across all ranges, giving the user precise exposure control . Real-time color calibration on the e-ND filter brings sharp images with color fidelity but without any of the drawbacks of traditional variable ND.
MAVO Edge 6K is equipped with dual PCIe-3.0 based SSD slots and its ultra-fast KineMAG Nano 1TB recording media is based on NVMe M.2 2280 SSD with write speed up to 10Gbps. 6K ProRes4444XQ recording, even uncompressed 6K RAW is stable with KineMAG Nano 1TB. Kinefinity also provides a KineMAG Nano Body allowing users to install third-party M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs, which provides more storage possibilities. The body of the KineMAG Nano is equipped with a robust camera port as well as a universal USB-C port, so it allows users to offload data to the workstation at up to 10 speeds. Gbit/s by connecting a USB-C cable to the SSD, without a specific SSD drive.
The MAVO Edge 6K provides embedded metadata and audio to dual 1.5G/3G SDI outputs, improving compatibility with third-party accessories such as external recorders and monitors that only support 1.5G SDI. The two SDI outputs are identical, but independent of the monitoring images on the Kine video ports. MAVO Edge 6K’s two proprietary video ports can be connected to the Kinefinity Full-HD micro-OLED viewfinder and the KineMON-5U2/KineMON-7U2 Ultra-Bright (2000 nits) monitor that gives you crisp, clear images even outdoors.
There are many built-in ports on the MAVO Edge 6K case: a timecode port supporting standard Jam and Sync; an RS232 protocol built into the Lens port for communicating with and controlling third-party accessories, and an RS port for powering and triggering an external recording function. The MAVO Edge 6K supports four-channel 24-bit/48kHz audio recording with a 3.5mm stereo MIC jack and high-quality built-in MIC for reference sound. Audio preamplifiers with a low noise floor are built into the camera housing. Two independently controlled 48V phantom-powered XLR jacks provide great convenience for sound recording in the field and even professional audio recording.
With Gigabit Ethernet on RJ45 port, WIFI 5 and USB type-c port, MAVO Edge 6K can output monitoring/recording image to other devices by live streaming internal processing H.264 codec. At the same time, an internal three-axis gyroscope can record camera positioning information and be displayed as an upgrade indicator.
The MAVO Edge 6K offers an innovative hybrid battery plate to meet power demands in various shooting scenarios. The hybrid battery plate supports standard 14.8V V-mount batteries such as KineBAT PD 75w/150w. It also supports BP-U type batteries such as GripBAT 4S to accommodate setups that require handheld or gimbal shooting. With KineKit-Edge UPS base plate designed by Movcam and NP-F550 type batteries such as GripBAT 2S can supply inverter to the camera. Additionally, the MAVO Edge 6K body offers a standard D-Tap port, a 12V RS port and a Lens (12V) port for powering third-party accessories such as wireless video transmitters and wireless focusers. These ports eliminate the need for additional batteries, simplifying camera setup while improving system stability. With the release of the MAVO Edge 6K, Kinefinity has worked with many well-known manufacturers in the industry to provide various high quality solutions.
Dedicated to high-quality cinematographic equipment for filmmaking, Tilta has designed a professional kit for the MAVO Edge 6K that shares a similar design language to that used by Tilta for the MAVO Edge 8K system in the space station, ensuring that capturing every shot is enjoyable. and stable. Focusing on streamlining camera gear and accessories for video creation, SmallRig has brought a complete kit for MAVO Edge 6K. This new product is suitable for tripod, shoulder and gimbal shooting, even handheld, providing complete solutions for creators to capture stunning images.
MAVO Edge 6K is now available for pre-order at www.kinefinity.com and authorized resellers. The ship date is May 2022. The Dark Gray MAVO Edge 6K MSRP is $9,999, the Core Pack (essential in the US) is $14,099, and the Professional Pack is $16,699. MAVO Edge 6K Cyber Edition MSRP is $10,499, Core Pack (essential in US) is $14,599, and Professional Pack is $17,199. MSRP for Cyber Edition is US$9,999 when pre-ordering. For purchase options, see the product list at the end of the article.
It looks like the Kinefinity MAVO Edge 6K is another affordable full-frame cinema camera that’s been heavily developed by listening to filmmakers. Edge 6K will not replace 8K, which is still Kinefinity’s flagship. BTW, the Edge 8K is supposed to receive new firmware updates in 2022 and beyond, further enhancing its capabilities. The Edge 6K is another option, a little more affordable and with more goodies, in order to satisfy professional filmmakers. The main downside is that there is no decent raw shot format, which can be a major factor in a project. Although the CinemaDNG option will be available later this year, this raw format is inferior when it comes to post-production processes. On top of that, the camera, like its big sister, offers the respected ProRes 4444XQ. In summary, the Edge 6K is a very capable cinema camera that delivers beautiful images and can be more than enough for the most demanding cinematic applications. What do you think of the new MAVO Edge 6? Let us know your thoughts on this.
Here are the products mentioned in the article (8K and 6K), and the links to buy them from authorized resellers.
- MAVO Edge 8K Kinefinity Camera
- Kinefinity MAVO Edge 6K Camera