InCinematographer - Issue 1 - June 2017 - 34
www.incinematographer.com | Issue 1 | June 2017
SkyPanel Firmware 3.0
Brings 10 New Features
The popular ARRI SkyPanel family of LED soft lights
continues to improve with its third major firmware update...
he update brings 10 new features and numerous
refinements - SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 is a free
update that can be downloaded by users and installed
in any SkyPanel fixture.
Lighting Effects: Changing the game for on-set
lighting effect generation, this feature permits users
to choose and manipulate 12 effects without the need
for a lighting console or hours of programming. The
lighting effects - candle, clouds passing, club lights,
color chase, cop car, fire, fireworks, light strobe,
lightning, paparazzi, pulsing, and television - have
adjustable parameters that can be customized to
Source Matching: SkyPanel's calibrated light
engine makes it possible to reproduce virtually
any color. SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 takes further
advantage of this by including 46 pre-programmed
color matches to commonly found light sources
such as tungsten, high-pressure sodium vapor, cool
white fluorescent, and candle. Now it is even easier
and faster to match a location light source, by simply
selecting it from a list.
Fast on-set color matches
High Speed Mode: The muchrequested SkyPanel High Speed Mode
allows users to shoot at virtually any
frame rate and shutter angle. It has
been tested up to 25,000fps and down
to a two-degree shutter angle with no
adverse effects on image quality. Say
goodbye to flicker and roll bars forever.
sACN Implementation: Streaming
ACN (sACN) is fully implemented
in SkyPanel Firmware 3.0. This
communication standard allows for many modern
lighting consoles to communicate directly with the
SkyPanel using Ethernet-based equipment. The
SkyPanel is also smart enough to detect whether it
is receiving an Art-Net or sACN signal and will adjust
accordingly, with no setting changes.
More Presets and Preset DMX Channel: SkyPanel
Firmware 3.0 sees the addition of eight factory
presets and preset selection via a DMX channel. With
a new total of 10 factory presets that include popular
color temperatures, HSI values and gel colors, it
is now faster and easier to select frequently used
colors, even after a factory reset.
Onboard RGBW Mode: SkyPanel users have always
been able to control the RGBW LED channels via
DMX, but it is now possible to switch to RGBW mode
and adjust the different LED color channels directly
on the control panel. In addition, these values can be
stored as a preset for easy access later.
RGBW Calibrated Color Space: RGBW mode is
a great way to generate colors by adjusting the
intensity values of each of the four SkyPanel LED
channels. There is now a calibrated RGBW mode that
still allows for the adjustment of red, green, blue
and white levels, but in a calibrated color space that
yields consistent results across SkyPanels.
Frequency Selection: This feature allows finetuning of the frequency of the SkyPanel's light output
to adjust for slight flicker or roll bars that might
occur when shooting at uncommon frame rates or
shutter angles. Pick from 10 different frequencies
that could reduce or eliminate small amounts of
these image anomalies, while maintaining full
control over intensity and color tuneability.
SkyPanel Web Server: It is now possible to
change all SkyPanel settings using any web browser.
Simply connect the SkyPanel to a network via the
EtherCon connector and use any browser to access
the SkyPanel webpage generated by each fixture.
Settings can now be adjusted from devices such as a
cellular phone, without touching the SkyPanel itself.
Enabled Menu: With so many great features
packed into the SkyPanel, it might seem difficult to
know which ones are active at any given time. The
new enabled menu lists all features in the SkyPanel
and their current setting. With a quick glance, users
can review and change all settings in one menu.
High-Speed Ballast EB MAX 1.8
RRI recently announced a new flagship for
its range of high-speed electronic ballasts.
Designed for all discharge lampheads between 575W
and 1,800W, the EB MAX 1.8 combines cutting-edge
features with new remote control possibilities.
Since NAB2015 ARRI has continually expanded its
latest generation of electronic ballasts. All models
are equipped with an AutoScan feature that ensures
optimum light and image quality with a minimum of
effort for high-speed recording up to 1,000fps and
The EB MAX 1.8 includes essential features such as
Active Line Filter (ALF) and Compensation for Cable
Losses (CCL), delivering maximum light quality with
efficient supply and wiring. Besides lamp operation
at 50Hz or 60Hz if noise needs to be minimized, or
at 75Hz for standard frame rates, the EB MAX 1.8
accommodates high-speed frequencies at 1,000Hz
and - for the first time - at 300Hz.
Three different modes are available for high-speed
operation: AutoScan (fully automatic), Man (manual
frequency control) or AutoMan (combining manual
frequency setting with automatic frequency control).
Using the AutoScan mode requires no further
interaction by an operator. After a two-stage scan
the lamp frequency is selected and set by the ballast;
all parameters are continuously monitored and
adjusted automatically, if required.
The EB MAX 1.8 offers new levels of DMX control.
In addition to on/off and dimming, both operation
mode and frequency can now be controlled remotely.
For ultimate ease of use, indicators on the ballast's
front panel display the lamp wattage, DMX channel,
operation mode and selected lamp frequency.
High-speed electronic ballast:
EB MAX 1.8 offers cutting-edge features
Despite its compact housing, the EB MAX 1.8 covers
four different power classes: 575W, 800W, 1,200W,
and 1,800W. When combined with state-of-the-art
ARRI daylight lampheads such as the True Blue D5
and D12, or M-Series M8 and M18, it enables optimal
performance and advanced controls for high image
quality - at any frame rate.