A new range of accessories is being launched by ARRI which includes brackets to help camera operators keep up with the latest filming trends, and a power unit that maintains electrical capabilities during battery changes.
Vertical Format Adapter Set - ARRI’s new Vertical Format Adapter set enables ALEXA Mini operators to work towards the recent trend of mobile phone and tablet content captured as “portrait” footage, with the camera sensor orientated vertically. The adapter has been developed to meet the needs of fashion shoots, social media, and other mobile platforms. The set of four lightweight brackets allows the ALEXA Mini and its viewfinder to be rotated 90° on its lens axis, effectively providing stability for filming on its side. Most of the current camera support accessories for ALEXA Mini can be used in vertical content capture.
Above: ARRI’s new Vertical Format Adapter set
Accessories such as the Compact Bridge Plates CBP-1 (19mm studio) and CBP-2 (15mm studio), the Broadcast Plate for ALEXA Mini or the Mini Adapter Plates MAP-1 and MAP-2 will mount with the same functionality as when used for regular footage.
Advanced Power Unit Smart APU - The Advanced Power Unit Smart APU, facilitates fast-paced filming by keeping camera and accessories powered during battery changes. The advanced hot swap camera power supply is a compact unit available as V-mount and Gold-mount. It features an on-board battery buffer as well as six independent outputs.
Lightweight Matte Box LMB 6x6 - The new Lightweight Matte Box LMB 6x6 is a robust and adaptable addition to ARRI’s LMB range. It allows for the same level of flexibility and creative possibilities as the LMB 4x5, which has proved very popular with camera operators and crews since it was launched just over a year ago. “The LMB 6x6 will make short work of on-set challenges,” says Philip Vischer, ARRI’s Product Manager for PCA Mechanical Accessories. “It’s streamlined and light, and altering the various applications doesn’t require any supplementary tools—that will make set-ups really quick and easy.”
Above: Lightweight Matte Box LMB 6x6
ARRI’s new Digital Remote Wheels DRW-1 - Digital Remote Wheels DRW-1 is an additional controller for use with its Stabilized Remote Head SRH-3. The DRW-1 combines state-of-the-art digital technology with components inspired by earlier generations of the ARRIHEAD. The heavy, hand polished, precision-engineered crank wheels are the same as were used on the mechanical ARRIHEAD.
Above: Digital Remote Wheels DRW-1
Mechanical friction can be added in order to make the controls less prone to unintended movement, but more responsive to the individual. The brake lever also pays homage to its counterpart on the ARRIHEAD, mimicking the operation of its mechanical forebear and allowing for optimal, intuitive control.“Everything here is a classic design—after just a minute the operator will feel at home with this,” says Curt Schaller, Product Manager, ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems. “In the end—it’s all about having everything under control.”
Operator Control Unit OCU-1 debuts at IBC - A new tool to help camera operators take control of lens functions is being launched by ARRI at IBC 2018. The Operator Control Unit OCU-1 is an addition to the WCU-4 lens control system on ALEXA Mini, and enables operators to over-ride and return focus, zoom, and iris controls at the touch of a button. “This is a simple device that does exactly what the name implies,” says Christine Ajayi, Product Manager PCA Electronic Control System at ARRI. “It gives camera operators full control of their lenses when they want it.”
Above: Operator Control Unit OCU-1
Stellar lighting control app
Stellar app from ARRI makes light control easier by automatically managing complex DMX settings and by featuring well-designed control interfaces. Stellar is the perfect app to quickly and easily control ARRI lights while on set.
Whether a large film with many scenes and setups or a small project with just a few fixtures, Stellar is built to work in all scenarios. Coded intelligence and advanced communication make connecting ARRI SkyPanel and L-Series fixtures to the app simple and straightforward.
Many lighting control devices rely on outdated and generic user interfaces. Stellar has been imagined from the beginning to have beautiful graphical interfaces that are tailored to the different ways of selecting colour. Exploring colours in a native and intuitive design for a particular colour mode will make you never want to go back to faders.
Complex colour modes like x, y coordinates become more accessible and open up this powerful tool for everyone. With a long list of feature updates already planned, ARRI stated that Stellar will grow into a fully featured lighting control platform. Stellar is the “go-to” application for controlling ARRI fixtures as it seamlessly integrates functionality with great design making the task of adjusting lights effortless.
Stellar (above) is the final link in a complete ecosystem of advanced lighting control products from ARRI. The SkyPanel features Art-Net, sACN, DMX, and RDM implementations for a wide range of control options. Combined with SkyLink, a large rig of SkyPanels can be controlled wirelessly with little effort. Stellar brings all these pieces together with controls that work seamlessly with the SkyLink, SkyPanel, and L-Series hardware, making creating a complex lighting network simpler.