Cinefade VariND

A novel form of cinematic expression

A variable ND filter for professional filmmakers

The Cinefade VariND is the first easy-to-use, remotely controllable variable ND filter that offers multiple practical and creative applications.

Vary depth of field in film


Cinefade effect

  • Vary depth of field in one shot at constant exposure
  • Revolutionary new storytelling tool for cinematographers
  • Works with any camera and cine-lens
  • Easy and fast to setup and operate

VariND mode

  • Neutral Density rage from ND.4 to ND1.9+
  • Remotely and dynamically controllable VariND whenever the camera is inaccessible via cPRO hand unit
  • Directly adjustable in 1/3 stop increments without hand unit
  • Two high quality ARRI polarising filters

RotaPola mode

  • Removable Static Polariser to separately control the Motorised Polariser
  • Remotely and dynamically adjustable polarisation angle to control reflections etc. via cPRO hand unit
  • Directly adjustable in 5 degree increments without cPRO hand unit
  • maximum 180 degree rotation
cmotion Cinefade VariND
Remotely controlled VariND

Whenever the camera is inaccessible, whether it's on a crane or on a Steadicam setup the Cinefade VariND allows precise exposure adjustment and enables dynamic exposure control, eg. for interior-to-exterior transition shots without riding the iris and affecting depth of field.The cmotion cPRO hand unit has four axis to which the VariND can be assigned for remote control. Two buttons on the VariND itself allow the ND value to be adjusted directly in a third of a stop without the need for a LCS.





Cinefade showreel video

Watch a short introduction on how the Cinefade system works and how cinematographers are using this novel form of cinematic expression in film, TV and commercial.


Cinefade setup overview video

Learn how to setup and operate the cmotion Cinefade VariND in this short 5min overview presented by Oliver Janesh Christiansen, the inventor of Cinefade.


Cinefade example: 'The Commuter (2018)' Feature film

In this pivotal scene Liam Neeson's character Michael is being fired from his job as an insurance salesman. The depth of field gradually becomes shallow and the background becomes blurry as the gravity of the situation hits Michael full force.


Cinefade example: 'Trust Me' TV series

Cath is impersonating a doctor called 'Ally' and her fraud is discovered in this pivotal scene. The depth of field gradually transitions from a deep to a shallow depth of field to accentuate the moment and to show Cath's shift in state of mind.


Cinefade example: 'How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)' Netflix series

German Netflix series shot by DP Armin Franzen uses Cinefade in one of the opening scenes, establishing the main character Moritz, as he walks through the school and draws the viewer's attention to different uses of social media.


Cinefade example: 'The Last Kingdom' Netflix series

DP Richard Donnelly uses the Cinefade variable depth of field effect to gradually transition from a shallow depth of field to a deep depth of field to reveal an antagonist lurking in the background.


Cinefade example: 'Arla' commercial

DP Matti Eerikäinen used Cinefade in combination with a Dolly-Zoom effect to gradually blur out the background while keeping the client's product, a milk bottle sharp in the foreground to shift the viewer's attention to it.


Cinefade example: 'Poldark' TV Series

DP James Aspinall BSC used Cinefade for a dream-like flashback scene. The background gradually becomes blurry as the character closes his eyes and daydreams.


The ability to vary my depth of field during a shot for creative effect is a wonderful storytelling tool. The Cinefade allows me to do this easily with precision and control.

Cinematographer Kate Reid BSC

I wanted a severe depth of field shift to accentuate Liam Neeson’s experience - something to isolate him from his surrounding world. Cinefade was exactly what we were looking for.

Cinematographer Paul Cameron ASC

Working with Cinefade is like entering a third dimension regarding the use of depth of field as a creative tool. It gave me the chance to portray the imbalanced relation of the characters to their environment in just one single shot.

Cinematographer Armin Franzen

The Cinefade is a great tool for a creative optical in-camera effect, which in the right circumstances can be incredibly dramatic.

Cinematographer David Raedecker

Cinefade enabled me to achieve exactly the effect I wanted. Easy to set up, quick
and responsive. A great piece of kit for the ACs and production.

Cinematographer Richard Donnelly

Technical Data
Cinefade VariND
Power Consumption
max. 2-6A
Power Input
10.5 - 35V
Operating Temperature
-20°C to +50°C
2 x Le 4p (LBUS)
Compatible Products
LMB 4x5, LMB 5, LMB 15, LMB 25
Initial Stop Loss
1.5 stops (~ND.4)
Cinefade Range (within optical safe range)
5 stops
Cinefade Range Max.
8 stops
VariND Range (with optical safe range)
VariND Range Max.
RotaPola Max. Rotation