NAB: ARRI News

New ARRI Pro Camera Accessories

  • Tough, fully padded, waterproof Unit bags II
  • Basic & Pro Accessory Kits for Sony Venice

ARRI announces new and versatile on-set crew supplies, expanding the company’s PCA range of Pro Camera Accessories.

Unit Bags II

ARRI is launching an updated version of its popular equipment bags. The tough and adaptable ARRI Unit Bags II are perfect for transporting camera gear and accessories. A fully padded interior and reinforced edges provide ample protection from the rigors of life on set.

All bags are covered in durable waterproof fabric, with an additional waterproof rain cover for use in extreme weather conditions. As this is detachable, it can also be used to protect other pieces of equipment.

The main compartment can be customised with the aid of soft yet durable dividers, which come in long and short sizes, and are included. Three to five removable accessory pouches attach to fabric hook-and-loop fastening strips on the underside of the lid and will also adhere to the sides of the main compartment, as required.

There is lots of extra space for bits of kit including three differently sized integrated exterior pouches, containing integral net pockets, and closed with waterproof zips; and a fabric pocket on the back of the bag. Strong fabric loops on the front of the bag allow the attachment of additional items, with the aid of carabiners (which are not included).

The bags have sturdy two-piece handles, with a cloth hand-grip for extra carrying comfort. Two shoulder straps are also included. These enable the bag to be used as a backpack for short distances.

There are three sizes of bag. The large and medium versions have a detachable zipped document bag, which fits to the top of the lid with the aid of fabric hook-and-loop strips. These can also be used to attach accessory pouches in the absence of the document bag. The small bag comes with an elastic drawstring and cord lock on the top of the lid.

All sizes come with a baggage tag adorned with the ARRI logo, which also features on the front and top of the bags themselves. The traditional ARRI logo graces both end panels.

Additional accessory sets are available separately.

Basic & Pro Accessory Kits for Sony Venice

ARRI’s suggested accessory kits for the new camera model from Sony, the Venice, are also now available. The kits bring a touch of ARRI style and workmanship to help camera operators get the most from the Sony Venice.

Basic Kits for Sony Venice include a Plate, a Bridge Plate Adapter BPA-5, Support Rods, and a Quick Release Plate QRP-1.

Pro Sets for Sony Venice come with an additional Top Plate, a Camera Center Handle CCH-4, and a Rod Mounting Bracket RMB-3.

A Top Plate allows the use of either the original Venice Top Handle, or the new ARRI Camera Center Handle CCH-4. The Bridge Plate Adapter allows a quick and simple transfer from shoulder camera to traditional cine style bridge plates (BP-8 and BP-9). It is also compatible with the upper part of the Plate for Sony Venice which allows the use of 15mm lightweight rods. VCT-14 broadcast or BP cine-standard can both be used with the accessories for the Sony Venice.

ARRI cforce mini RF lens motor debuts at NAB

  • Integrated white-coded radio module eliminates the need for an additional receiver box
  • 14 radio channels
  • Lens data support for focus mapping and lens data display on WCU-4 hand unit
  • Daisy-chainable with additional classic cforce motors and LBUS devices
  • Interface for run/stop control with ARRI and third party cameras

The ARRI cforce mini RF is an intelligent lens motor with an integrated radio module, which eliminates the need for an additional camera-mounted receiver unit.

The cforce mini RF combines a selection of well proven components with new and refined ones. Based on the widely-adapted cforce mini motor, it includes the latest iteration of ARRI’s white-coded radio module with improved interference resistance, and six additional radio channels compatible with the soon to be released WCU-4 SUP 3.1. It comes with the solid high-quality outdoor antenna already used on the UMC-4 motor controller.

The ARRI cforce mini RF can pair with up to three hand units for split focus, iris and zoom operation, and provides full lens data for focus mapping and lens data display with the WCU-4 hand unit. Using the LBUS interface, the system can be expanded with two additional cforce motors, while the new CAM connector provides a versatile interface for power supply and run/stop control with ARRI, and 3rd party cameras (including Red, Sony, Canon, and Blackmagic).

SkyPanel Firmware 4 brings powerful new controls to the SkyPanel

Ten brand new features for advanced control including:

  • Find the perfect easily and intuitively with Extended Colour Control
  • Light Engine DMX Control allows for segmented control of the SkyPanel
  • Four additional pre-programmed lighting effects
  • x,y Coordinate Colour selection via onboard control panel
  • Stage Mode for smooth dimming to zero in live audience applications

 SkyPanel Firmware updates are all about adding versatility and control – harnessing the awesome power of the SkyPanel and putting that potential into the hands of the gaffer, lighting designer, or programmer. SkyPanel Firmware 4 takes this ability to new heights. Packed with ten new features, SkyPanel Firmware 4 expands the capabilities of the SkyPanel like never before and offers refined levels of control.

 Extended Colour Control

Finding the perfect colour can sometimes be a daunting task. With Extended Colour Control in SkyPanel Firmware 4, this process becomes easy and intuitive. Simply pick a starting colour such as a digital gel, HSI value, or colour temperature and use the eight new colour adjustments to push the colour in the desired direction. These colour parameters include warmer/cooler, saturate/desaturate, +/- red, +/- green, +/- blue. +/- cyan, +/- magenta, +/- yellow. These controls are available via the onboard control panel or DMX.

Light Engine DMX Control

Every SkyPanel is made up of one or more light engines. The S60 has two light engines while the S360 has twelve light engines. SkyPanel Firmware 4 allows the user to control individual light engines via new DMX modes. Each light engine acts as its own mini SkyPanel with parameters like CCT & RGBW, HSI, or x,y Coordinates. This precise level of control enables new programing possibilities with the SkyPanel.

Additional Lighting Effects

SkyPanel’s range of widely acclaimed lighting effects is expanding with SkyPanel Firmware 4. Explosion, welding, process, and fluorescent flicker have been added to the lineup for a new total of 17 pre-programmed lighting effects. Explosion is the perfect effect for muzzle flashes and explosion effects. Welding mimics the sparks of a high intensity welding source. Process sends light shooting down the surface of a SkyPanel to imitate the effect of a street light passing over a car – this effect works especially well with the S120. And finally, the fluorescent flicker effect recreates the hum and flutter of a malfunctioning fluorescent bulb. The customer favorite cop car effect has been augmented with five new colour combinations.

Stage Mode

Live entertainment and theatrical performances require completely smooth dimming to zero which create natural lighting transitions for their live audiences. The new Stage Mode in SkyPanel Firmware 4 is designed specifically to meet these demands and opens up new doors for the use of SkyPanel in live entertainment. Activating Stage Mode allows SkyPanel to smoothly and seamlessly dim down to zero percent intensity without colour jumps or noticeable intensity drop off.

Ultimate DMX Mode

In the past, choosing the right SkyPanel DMX mode for a project would force a choice on one or two predefined colour selection methods. For example, if colour temperature control and lighting effects were needed, this would require a change in DMX mode. With the Ultimate DMX Mode in SkyPanel Firmware 4, this is no longer necessary. The Ultimate DMX Mode allows for any control mode to be selected within one DMX mode. Simply pick the colour method (CCT, HSI, lighting effects, etc.) and the DMX parameters will adjust to allow for control of the selected control method. One DMX mode is all that is needed.

New SkyPanel Web Portal

The SkyPanel Web Portal is an easy way to make adjustments to a SkyPanel over an Ethernet or WiFi network. This Web Portal has been vastly expanded and improved in SkyPanel Firmware 4. A completely new design allows for fast navigation and new control interfaces offer complete control over all aspects of a SkyPanel directly from any web browser. Advanced monitoring capabilities also provide an in-depth view into all DMX functions.

DMX Live Page

When receiving a DMX signal, the SkyPanel can display detailed DMX information directly on the control panel with SkyPanel Firmware 4. Not only can the DMX mode, address, and channel count be easily read, but the SkyPanel now displays lighting values for the DMX signal it is receiving. The SkyPanel even does the conversion from DMX values to real world light output values by calculating the math internally. This feature is a powerful tool when troubleshooting DMX issues.

Strobe DMX Channel

Strobing the light is one of the most popular effects in the SkyPanel lighting effects range. To make it easier to access this important effect, one of the reserved DMX slots at the end of every DMX mode has been turned into a strobe channel. No matter what colour mode is being used in SkyPanel Firmware 4, it is now easy to strobe that colour without having to change to the lighting effects DMX mode.

x, y Coordinate Onboard Control

x, y Coordinate Mode has become a popular method for recreating an exact match to a colour point measured with a spectrometer. In SkyPanel Firmware 4, this exciting colour mode can be controlled via DMX and can now also be adjusted using the onboard control panel. Matching the desired colour point and storing it in a preset to access later has never been easier.

Custom RGBW White Point

SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 introduced a RGBW Calibrated Mode with a set white point of 3200 K. In the new SkyPanel Firmware 4, this white point can be set anywhere from 2800 K to 10,000 K. Having a user selectable white point gives users the ability to customise their SkyPanel RGBW output to any other light source’s white point.

Other Minor Changes

As with all Firmware updates, many small improvements and bug fixes have been made with SkyPanel Firmware 4 including menu adjustments, improved DMX behavior, and the ability to adjust the Bonjour state.

 

 

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