The ARRI ALEXA has become so popular that many clients are asking to use it in ways outside of the Digital Cinema market. Documentary and ENG-style production that has long been the playground of the 2/3” camera world is now finding productions using the ALEXA camera. AbelCine has worked to adapt the camera to the style of “One Man Band” everything-on-the-camera shooting.
The ALEXA does not have the traditional mounting points for microphones, nor does it provide power for them. Importantly, it also only accepts Line level audio, as opposed to the Mike levels that commonly come out of microphones and wireless mike receivers. To attach a standard shotgun microphone, we use the K-Tek K-SSM Short Shock Mount, which nicely isolates the microphone from the camera and allows precise positioning. The smallest professional two-channel mixer available is the Sound Devices MixPre-D.
Super-35 lenses are large, heavy, expensive and do not have servo control handgrips for efficient operation. Fast-moving productions have come to rely on compact, high zoom-ratio lenses with built-in motorized zoom servo handgrips. The HDx35 B4/PL Optical Adapter allows these lenses to be used on the ALEXA for efficient, ENG-style shooting.
Documentary-style crews are used to powering accessories off on two-pin P-Tap (PowerTap) sockets commonly found on camera battery plates. The Anton Bauer QR Quad PT sandwiches between the battery plate and a battery and provides four P-Tap sockets for power.
Cables & Mounting
Having assembled the various parts, AbelCine created some custom cables and mounting hardware to attach it all cleanly and efficiently to the ALEXA. We call it the ALEXA One Man Band Kit.