ARRI Rolls Out New Master Grips, Remote Head, Wireless Lighting System and More
Check out all of the latest gear from ARRI, just announced at IBC 2017.
As ARRI approaches its 100th year anniversary, they've made a stop at the Amsterdam trade show to release their new offerings for filmmakers. Today, the company released details on several new items. Here's a breakdown on the new products.
Master Grips Basic
If you remember us going into detail about ARRI Master Grips previously, Master Grips Basic is a new pair of handgrips in Electronic Control System (ECS) accessory line offering a mechanical standard grip and an intelligent and responsive Master Grip. With this set, users can avoid the need of purchasing two electronic grips, keeping cash in your pocket.
You're going to get the same ergonomic design on the new Standard Grips as we saw on the Master Grips: solid construction, lightweight magnesium cast housing to combat harsh shooting environments. The Standard Grips are attached to the ARRI rosette and come in left and right hand flavors.
What stands out about this setup is the solid workflow for single operators. It's nice knowing one of the grips won't have any camera control functionally, allowing you to position your hand any way you want without worry. The electronic Master Grip provides six individually configurable user keys for camera, lens, or motor functions, and can be easily operated with just one finger. Equipped with a transflective touchscreen, the grips are available in four versions: right-side and left-side grips, with either a rocker for super-smooth zooming or a thumb wheel for iris or focus adjustments.
Stabilized Remote Head SRH-3
The new three-axis, full stabilized remote head from ARRI ushers in creativity for filmmakers, allowing cameras to be places in places we normally can't go. Aimed for set or studio work, the motors inside can compensate for external centrifugal force by adding extra motor power. The SRH-3 has remote control functions with the newly designed, joystick-based ARRI SRH-3 control board with optional wheels. Weighing 19.8 lbs (9 kg), it's compact and lightweight without sacrificing functionality and precision.
For those looking for a large lighting source, the SkyPanel S360-C might have you covered. The LED fixture is over 5.8 times larger than the S60 and produces a soft light in a wide 105° beam angle. At over 120,000 lumens, it's one of the brightest LED soft lights on the market according to ARRI. Comparing it to the S60-C, it's more than four times brighter while still maintaining its color quality and tuneability. For more perspective, the S360-C is twice as bright as a 4,000-watt tungsten soft light and over three times as bright as a 12,000-watt tungsten space light.
It also features changeable front-end diffusion panels and it's controllable through DMX, RDM, Art-Net, sACN, 5-Pin XLR and ethernet while adding wireless technology via Wireless DMX by LumenRadio. You can daisy-chain other non-wireless SkyPanels to the DMX network to using the 5-Pin DMX output.
S360-C has adjustable CCT from 2,800K to 10,000K with plus/minus green control and access the full color gamut with hue and saturation, RGBW mixing, digital gels, source matching, or CIE x, y coordinates and comes with a carbon fiber yoke.
ARRI is going wireless with SkyLink, a two-part system that allows for DMX and RDM communication with its SkyPanel fixtures. The SkyLink Receiver and the SkyLink Base Station use the aforementioned LumenRadio for DMX/RDM communication and a Wi-Fi chip in the Base Station gives direct control from a DMX control application on a tablet or computer.
The receiver can be plugged into the back of any SkyPanel and the SkyLink Base Station has two wireless chips, one for standard Wi-Fi and LumenRadio’s Wireless DMX. The SkyLink can receive a signal up to 1,300 ft (400m) away, and with its swivel DMX connector, the SkyLink Receiver can be rotated 180° in order to achieve the best signal strength, no matter the orientation of the SkyPanel.
ARRI collaborates with OpenDrives
If you've ever run into trouble dealing with ARRIRAW files, OpenDrives has might have a solution with Avalance. According to OpenDrives, "the new ARRIRAW Converter (ARC) complemented by OpenDrives data storage will achieve unprecedented debayer and video playback performance." The tech is using the latest ARRIRAW SDK in the ARRI Partner Program and combining it with fast transfer and storage rates.
Since ARRIRAW files are not encrypted, it allows companies like OpenDrives to offer custom debayering tools in addition to or instead of ARRI’s reference SDK. The OpenDrives collaboration has been designed to with ARRI flagship products ALEXA SXT or ALEXA 65, up to 6.5K.