ARRI’s new Compact Bridge Plates
New Compact Bridge Plates for AMIRA and ALEXA Mini cameras are now available. The CBP-2, CBP-3, and CBP-4 complete the Compact Bridge Plate range which was launched with the CBP-1 designed for ALEXA Mini cameras with 19 mm rods.
As part of its on-going efforts to help speed up configuration changes on set, ARRI is extending its range of Compact Bridge Plates for AMIRA and ALEXA Mini cameras. The Compact Bridge Plate CBP-2 for ALEXA Mini is readily adaptable for use with 15mm studio rods. The CBP-3 (19mm) and CBP-4 (15mm studio) are for use with AMIRAs. These new bridge plates are in addition to the CBP-1 (for ALEXA Mini with 19mm rods) which was released in October 2017.
Lightweight 15mm rods can be used natively on the AMIRA Compact Bridge Plates (CBP-3 and CBP-4) and they can be used with the ALEXA Mini Compact Bridge Plates (CBP-1 and CBP-2) using an adapter (15mm LWS adapter for CBP).
This range of Compact Bridge Plates is ergonomically designed to be comfortable on the shoulder, sturdy on the dolly, and establish new standards in versatility, with a unique top-mount system which allows the bridge plate to be swiftly attached to industry-standard balance plates.
ARRI listens carefully to user feedback, and a recurring theme is the desire to make transitions on set ever slicker and easier. The Compact Bridge Plates address that issue – for example, a key feature is a revolutionary double pressure mechanism which allows the camera to be simply lifted off a tripod.
The range has already been tested in the field and has received an enthusiastic welcome from crews. “The ability to pop in and out of studio mode is a significant timesaver,” says cinematographer Logan Schneider. “It solves many of the fundamental ergonomic issues inherent with a small camera like the ALEXA Mini.”
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