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New ARRI Stabilised Remote Head SRH-360 And SRH-3 Upgrade

ARRI announces the latest addition to its Camera Stabilizer Systems range: the Stabilized Remote Head SRH-360.

Like its predecessor the SRH-3, ARRI’s new SRH-360 is a three-axis, entirely stabilized remote head that allows full-sized cameras weighing up to 30 kg/66 lbs. to go where no other head could venture. Whether on set, in a studio, or at an event, the intelligent and adaptive SRH-3 and SRH-360, together with digital controllers such as the DRW-1, DEH-1, and Master Grips, have the full force of ARRI technology behind them.

The major improvement with the SRH-360 is to the pan axis functionality. A new slip ring permits unlimited rotation of the head on its pan axis, which is a feature that has been requested by many customers. At the same time, the torque of the pan motor has been increased by 50%, allowing it to compensate for powerful centrifugal forces when shooting high-speed camera moves. This makes the SRH-360 even more flexible for dynamic environments such as action, stunts, vehicle work, sports, and live music performances.

Curt Schaller, Product Manager Camera Stabilizer Systems at ARRI, comments, “Unleashing the pan axis by adding a slip ring and a more powerful pan motor gives the cinematographer and camera operator the freedom to create moves and frames that they could not get before.”

SRH-3 owners can upgrade to SRH-360 functionality with the new slip ring pan axis module. Regional ARRI sales offices will be able to provide full details of the upgrade.

Even with the enhanced pan features, the SRH-360 and upgraded SRH-3 are still compact, robust, and lightweight heads. They are capable of handling payloads in excess of three times their own weight, which represents the best weight-to-payload ratio available on the market. They also deliver amazingly stable images, no matter how uneven the terrain or how fast the camera is moving.

LBUS-based control of the head, camera, and lens make the ARRI stabilized remote heads easy to use and suitable for both cine and broadcast applications. Modularity is another stand-out feature of the SRH-360 and SRH-3. They are compatible with ARRI accessories like the DRW-1; DEH-1; Master Grips; OCU-1; cforce motors; all SAM plates; and dedicated RMB, UMA, and ARS brackets. In addition, they can be used with Canon and Fujinon broadcast lenses through ARRI’s LCUBE CUB 2.

The new SRH-360 will begin shipping during Q2 2020 and can be purchased in different sets, with various joystick configurations. Going forward, neither the SRH-3 nor SRH-360 will contain radio modules, but can instead be used with the new external radio modules ERM-2400 (2.4 GHz) and ERM-900 (900 MHz) in order to avoid problems with regional radio regulations.

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ARRI Offers ERM-2400 LCS Set For Extended Wireless Control

ARRI is pleased to offer sets of ERM-2400 LCS radio modules from FoMa Systems, significantly increasing the flexibility of wireless camera and lens control.

ERM-2400 LCS radio modules, sold by ARRI as a set of two with various adapter cables, extend an LCS, LBUS, or EXT cable connection, but wirelessly. The set can be used to connect ARRI and cmotion hand units to cameras and motor controllers with an exceptionally good wireless range of around 1,000 m/3,280 feet.

This will be extremely useful to filmmakers for situations where a stable radio connection is required over a long distance, such as action shots involving vehicles. Previously these kinds of scenarios could sometimes prove challenging for wireless hand units on their own, but with a set of ERM-2400 LCS radios, much more ambitious shots are made possible.

The ERM-2400 LCS is compatible with equipment providing LCS, LBUS, and EXT interfaces. A pair of ERM-2400 LCS modules can connect such two devices, for example:

  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Plus camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Mini camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Mini LF camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and Universal Motor Controller UMC-4
  • ARRI Master Grip or Operator Control Unit OCU-1 and cforce motor
  • ARRI Digital Wheels DRW-1 and Digital Encoder Head DEH-1
  • cmotion cPRO hand unit and cforce motor
  • ARRI supplies the ERM-2400 LCS as an already paired set of two radio modules. Once plugged into a handset and camera device, they will automatically power up and wirelessly connect. The modules can be used as either transmitters or receivers. Pre-configured pairs can be identified by a matching number code on the back of each device.

ERM-2400 LCS sets are available from ARRI now. The basic set includes two radio modules, with antennas; LCS, LBUS, and EXT adapter cables; and a D-Tap power cable.

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ARRI announces Stellar 2— Intelligent Lighting Control App With Array Of New Features

Since its introduction, Stellar—ARRI’s lighting control app—has paved a new way for lighting control. Complete with a highly intuitive user interface for advanced network configuration and management, Stellar made working with modern LED fixtures easier than ever before.

With Stellar 2, ARRI has taken the next step forward. Third-party products are now able to be controlled with Stellar 2. Other features, such as grouping, have become much more convenient making setups faster and more flexible.

Control of third-party luminaires

Stellar 2 is ready to control luminaires from other manufacturers including Litegear, Astera, and Kino Flo. A set of generic dimmers can even be set up to work with tungsten lights (on a DMX dimmer). With Stellar 2, the correct DMX addresses can be assigned to the luminaires in only a couple of steps.

Swap out fixtures

If any fixture needs to be swapped out, possibly due to malfunction, it can be easily exchanged without affecting the setup. A re-scan will detect it, if the fixture has not been in your setup before.

Grouping of different CCT ranges

With Stellar 2, it is now possible to group fixtures with different CCT ranges. The fixture with the smallest range takes precedence while all the other ranges are cropped.

Intensity

Not 100%, not 20%, not zero—Stellar 2 is able to accommodate a variety of unique requirements. Apply your personal value as the default intensity by simply storing it as a favorite in the app settings. The intensity will also remain at the same level throughout all modes.

Additional fixture data

If a fixture can provide these RDM functionalities, temperature and mode information will be displayed in the fixture setups.

With every Stellar update, many small improvements are also made to create a better user experience and improve performance. In Stellar 2, several smaller enhancements have been introduced as well including: a trial phase expiry warning, smoother looks application when no color mode change is necessary, improved connectivity handling, presets that apply on different fixtures, and minor usability, layout, and stability improvements.

More information about Stellar 2 and its new features: www.arri.com/stellar

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ARRI Academy Launches New Lighting Systems Controls Video Course

The ARRI Academy is pleased to announce the launch of a new course designed for all levels of lighting and video production professionals. “Lighting Systems Control with Richard Cadena” is an 11-part video course that serves as the ultimate guide to get you up and running with digital lighting control, using DMX, RDM, Wireless DMX, and ethernet-based networks.

The 11-part series consists of short, informative videos with classes ranging in length from 5 minutes to 34 minutes. Course attendees will gain a working knowledge of standard and emerging technologies and will be trained on the latest lighting technology. The complete list of classes is as follows: DMX, Building DMX network, Troubleshooting DMX network, RDM, Wireless DMX, Intro to ethernet-based networking, Testing ethernet-based networks: PING and IPCONGIF commands, Art-Net, sACN, Consoles, and ARRI LED Ecosystem.

The series is taught by Richard Cadena; an ETCP recognized trainer and Certified Entertainment Electrician. Cadena brings over 30 years of lighting industry experience and has been training entertainment lighting professionals around the globe. The series gives an overview of established and emerging technologies, best practices, and guides users on how to troubleshoot potential issues. Cadena’s insight into the discipline of lighting and the industry is extensive. In the episode on Wireless DMX, for example, he explains, “When people tell me, ‘Oh, I don’t trust wireless DMX,’ I start asking questions.” Cadena continues, “‘Well, what kind of wireless were you using? Whose transmitter was it? Whose receiver was it?’ Typically, what you’ll find is that they don’t really understand best practices.”

Response to the series has been positive. Daniele Nocera, owner of event and rental company Ciclope Productions, mentions, “I learned a lot! As an owner of an event company, I have been exposed to DMX systems almost every single day for the past ten years. I learned some of the basics that I didn’t understand previously. Now I am better prepared to resolve problems I may encounter.”

Cinematographer Laszlo Nador adds, “I actually own an ARRI L7, and I wasn’t even aware of all the amazing controls it offers and how you could operate them remotely. It was a great workshop that opened my eyes to how technology enables lights to be adjusted without having to climb a ladder; now all the light sources can be controlled very safely from a very inexpensive device.”

For more information on the ARRI Academy’s “Lighting Systems Control with Richard Cadena,” please click here.

About ARRI:

Inspiring images. Since 1917. ARRI is a global company within the motion picture media industry, employing around 1,400 staff worldwide. Named after its founders August Arnold and Robert Richter, ARRI was established in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries are in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

The ARRI Group consists of the business units Camera Systems, Lighting, Media, and Rental, all dedicated to connecting art and future technologies for moving images. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network. It is also an integrated media service provider in the fields of film post- and coproduction, international sales, as well as equipment rental, and supplying camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.

For locations and more information, please visit www.arri.com.