PCA Main Features >>
- Widespread compatibility
- Rugged and reliable
- Film-style functionality
- Modular and flexible
- Rock-solid build quality
- Ergonomic design
The ubiquitous knowledge of how to use ARRI camera packages that exists within the industry worldwide has as much to do with ARRI accessories as with the cameras themselves. Generations of film professionals have learned how to operate follow focus units, matte boxes, baseplates and support bars by working with ARRI products, which are internationally renowned for their precision engineering and durable build quality.
WHAT IS PCA?
In recognition of this, ARRI developed the Professional Camera Accessories (PCA) range, making the benefits of ARRI-designed accessories available to cameras from other manufacturers. The range comprises versatile tools that endow almost any digital camera with film-style functionality, from small, handheld HDV units and HD-capable DSLRs to broadcast HD and high-end digital models. This aligns them with universal industry working practices and allows them to be used efficiently and effectively on professional sets everywhere.
There are two strands to the PCA range: mechanical accessories such as matte box, follow focus and support systems, and electronic accessories such as the ARRI Wireless Remote System (WRS). While the WRS directly controls camera and lens functions on the ALEXA Plus, it can be combined with the Universal Motor Controller (UMC-3) to interface with all types of camera.
Due to the PCA bywords of modularity and flexibility, ARRI is positioned to equip state-of-the-art digital cameras as soon as they emerge into the market, including the Sony NEX-FS100E, Sony PMW F-3, Sony SRW-9000, Panasonic AG-AF101 and Panasonic AG-3DA1, as well as Canon and Nikon DSLR models.
ARRI now offers packages for DSLR applications, as well as specific cameras such as the Sony PMW F-3 and Panasonic AG-AF101. See some of the new tools we've designed to support filmmaking of all sizes and budgets.
FF-5 Studio Follow Focus System
Incorporating features of the popular FF-3 and FF-4 units, the ARRI FF-5 is the ultimate studio follow focus system. The FF-5 comes in two body types; while the FF-5 HD has a 1:1 gear ratio that makes it perfect for ENG broadcast lenses, the FF-5 Cine shares the 1:2 gear ratio of the FF-4 and is designed to work with cine-style lenses. Focus knobs for the FF-5 include the hard-stop knob of the MFF-1, which permits focus pullers to keep their eyes on the action. A modified standard focus knob allows the possibility of using fingers as soft stops, while the 2-speed focus knob of the FF-3 provides a third focus option for the modular FF-5 system.
MMB-2 Mini Matte Box
Compact, lightweight and affordable, the ARRI MMB-2 is a modular matte box system that can be configured to facilitate anything from basic to full professional setups. Designed for the DSLR and smaller video camera market, it is the first such matte box with integrated handgrips, giving operators maximum control and stability. The rear section fits directly onto Compact Primes and Master Primes, while a variety of adapter rings accommodate stills photo lenses and a newly designed filter frame accepts both 4" x 4" and round 4.5" filters. The MMB-2 is ideally combined with ARRI's MBP-1 Mini Baseplate and MFF-1 Mini Follow Focus.
New kits on the block
In response to customers wishing to purchase a whole set of accessories in order to fully equip a camera, ARRI is now offering kits that group together related accessories in a cost-effective way. These 'New Kits on the Block' include dedicated packages for DSLR applications, as well as specific cameras such as the Sony PMW F-3 and Panasonic AG-AF101. As well as saving customers money, the new kits greatly simplify the ordering process.