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ALEXA Monochrome cameras

Native black-and-white across three formats

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A black-and-white decision

Our exclusive ALEXA Monochrome cameras represent the state of the art in black-and-white digital cinematography. The fleet comprises ALEXA 65, ALEXA Mini LF, and ALEXA XT Monochrome cameras, covering the 65 mm, full-frame, and Super 35 formats.

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65 mm, full frame, S35


Higher image quality

Offering a visually superior and more creatively committed approach than capturing in color and desaturating in post, the ALEXA Monochrome cameras record black-and-white ARRIRAW with increased resolution, crisper blacks, and higher native ASA than regular ALEXAs. The rich, high-contrast monochrome images are similar in look to analog panchromatic film.

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Modified sensors

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See more visible light...

The sensor assemblies in Monochrome cameras have no Bayer mask, allowing each photosite to capture the full spectrum of visible light.

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...and invisible light

With no IR filter, Monochrome cameras can capture non-visible infrared light that renders white foliage, milky skin, black eye pupils, and moody skies. 


Each of the three cameras can only record in ARRIRAW, using their native recording media: 2 TB SXR Capture Drives for the ALEXA 65 Monochrome, Compact Drives for the ALEXA Mini LF Monochrome, and XR Drives for the ALEXA XT Monochrome. 

The ARRIRAW can then be processed using a Mac-based platform with software such as the ARRI Reference Tool or ARRIRAW Converter, both available for download free of charge. A Mac workflow is cost-effective, especially in combination with Codex HDE (High Density Encoding), though for some productions a Codex Vault might still be the best option.


40% savings with HDE

Developed in partnership with CODEX, HDE (High Density Encoding) reduces ARRIRAW file sizes by up to 40%, with an equivalent reduction in data-related costs. It is lossless encoding, so the full image quality is retained. Over the course of a long-form production, HDE can bring significant savings, as shown in the example below for the ALEXA 65 Monochrome.


NYC black-and-white showreel

Showreel frame grab

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