SkyPanel Firmware 4.4

SkyPanel: At your command.

The Power of Software

With the launch of the SkyPanel in 2015, ARRI set a new standard in the industry. Today, after 7 years, we still deliver our mission to be the best possible service and support for our community. SkyPanel Firmware updates are for free and all about adding versatility and control - harnessing the awesome power of the SkyPanel and putting that potential into the hands of the lighting technician, cinematographer, or console operator.

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Explore Firmware 4.4

SkyPanel Firmware 4.4 takes software possibilities to new heights with the latest features such as DMX Presets, LumenRadio CRMX2 for S360-C, and existing features such as custom RGBW White Point, x,y Coordinates Onboard Control, Extended Color Control, and much more.

DMX Presets

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SkyPanel Firmware 4.4 makes it possible to save your DMX settings in up to 10 different presets. To save a new preset, you have to select your DMX settings, and long-press the two buttons "Menu" and "Preset".

If you want to load a previously defined DMX Preset, you just short-press "Menu" and "Preset", and choose a DMX Preset from the displayed list. When getting into the specific preset, you will get a summary of what is recorded.

LumenRadio CRMX2 for S360-C

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CRMX2: more universes, automatic linking

The wireless connectivity in the S360-C just got future-proof. Choose between a classic LumenRadio CRMX pairing, or the improved CRMX2 protocol: a powerful and easy way to link automatically your S360-C units to a specific transmitter via a specific linking key. Fast, easy, and reliable.

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Custom RGBW White Point

SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 introduced a RGBW Calibrated Mode with a set white point of 3200 K. In the SkyPanel Firmware 4, this white point can be set anywhere from 2800 K to 10,000 K. Having a user selectable white point gives users the ability to customize their SkyPanel RGBW output to any other light source’s white point.

Extended Color Control
  • Easily find the perfect color with Extended Color Control
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use color adjustments
  • Eight parameters for precise color control
  • Onboard control panel or DMX

x,y Coordinate Onboard Control

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x, y Coordinate mode has become a popular method for recreating an exact match to a color point measured with a spectrometer. In SkyPanel Firmware 4, this exciting color mode can be controlled via DMX and can also be adjusted using the onboard control panel. Matching the desired color point and storing it in a preset to access later has never been easier.

Light Engine DMX Control
  • Control each light engine individually
  • DMX modes offer more programming possibilities
  • Individual light engines act as their own mini SkyPanel with parameters like CCT & RGBW, HSI or x,y Coordinates
Ultimate DMX Mode
  • The Ultimate DMX Mode in SkyPanel Firmware 4 allows for any control method to be selected within one DMX mode.
  • Simply Pick the color method (CCT, HSI, lighting effects, etc.) and the DMX parameters will adjust to allow for control of the selected method.

Get to know more features

  • SkyPanel’s range of widely acclaimed lighting effects is expanding with SkyPanel Firmware 4. Explosion, welding, process, and fluorescent flicker have been added to the lineup for a new total of 17 pre-programmed lighting effects. Explosion is the perfect effect for muzzle flashes and explosion effects. Welding mimics the sparks of a high intensity welding source. Process sends light shooting down the surface of a SkyPanel to imitate the effect of a street light passing over a car - this effect works especially well with the S120. And finally, the fluorescent flicker effect recreates the hum and flutter of a malfunctioning fluorescent bulb. The customer favorite cop car effect has been augmented with five new color combinations.
    Discover all SkyPanel Effects

  • Live entertainment and theatrical performances require completely smooth dimming to zero which create natural lighting transitions for their live audiences. The new Stage Mode in SkyPanel Firmware 4 is designed specifically to meet these demands and opens up new doors for the use of SkyPanel in live entertainment. Activating Stage Mode allows SkyPanel to smoothly and seamlessly dim down to zero percent intensity without color jumps or noticeable intensity drop off.

  • The SkyPanel Web Portal is an easy way to make adjustments to a SkyPanel over an Ethernet or WiFi network. This Web Portal has been vastly expanded and improved in SkyPanel Firmware 4. A completely new design allows for fast navigation and new control interfaces offers complete control over all aspects of a SkyPanel directly from any web browser. Advanced monitoring capabilities also provide an in-depth view into all DMX functions.

  • When receiving a DMX signal, the SkyPanel can display detailed DMX information directly on the control panel with SkyPanel Firmware 4. Not only can the DMX mode, address, and channel count be easily read, but the SkyPanel now displays lighting values for the DMX signal it is receiving. The SkyPanel even does the conversion from DMX values to real world light output values by calculating the math internally. This feature is a powerful tool when troubleshooting DMX issues. 

  • Strobing the light is one of the most popular effects in the SkyPanel lighting effects range. To make it easier to access this important effect, one of the reserved DMX slots at the end of every DMX mode has been turned into a strobe channel. No matter what color mode is being used in SkyPanel Firmware 4, it is now easy to strobe that color without having to change to the lighting effects DMX mode.

  • Art-Net Node
    The SkyPanel is able to act as a full Art-Net node with discovery of connected fixtures (via RDM) and will convert Art-Net to regular DMX and RDM signals for daisy chaining of 5-pin DMX.

    Light Engine Compensation
    SkyPanel fixtures can be equipped with different generations of light engines. When Light Engine Compensation Mode is activated, the final brightness of devices with brighter light engines is limited, to ensure the match of brightness for all devices in the installation.

    SkyPanel FW 4.0 Improvements
    As with all Firmware updates, many small improvements and bug fixes have been made with SkyPanel Firmware 4 including menu adjustments, improved DMX behavior, and the ability to adjust the Bonjour state.

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Firmware History

Your benefit with our firmware updates

Like most digital devices, ARRI LED products provide the possibility of easy and fast firmware updates. With one simple step, your lighting fixture is enhanced with amazing new features. Also, with every update, many smaller improvements are made to create a better user experience and improve performance. Since the introduction of ARRI’s LED product line, we have been continuously offering free firmware updates and supporting software. Your ARRI LED product can be years old and completely up to date at the same time.

    • DMX Presets via the display, RDM protocol, and / or USB import / export
    • LumenRadio CRMX2 implementation for S360-C wireless control
    • Deactivation / Activation of CRMX (Wireless DMX / RDM state)
    • Improved LE compensation
    • Improved webpage interaction
    • Renaming of LumenRadio wireless DMX / RDM from “WDMX” to “CRMX”
    • Renaming of “Master / Slave” function to “Host / Client”
    • ”Calibrated color” is now the RGBW color space by default
    • 12 Pre-programmed Lighting Effects
    • Source Matching
    • High Speed Mode
    • sACN Implementation
    • Preset DMX Channel
    • Onboard RGBW Mode
    • RGBW Calibrated Color Space
    • Frequency Selection
    • SkyPanel Web Server
    • Enabled Menu
    • Improved Cross Fade
    • Other Enhancements
    • Master/Slave Mode
    • Expanded Gel Mode
    • x,y Coordinate DMX Protocol
    • Low Battery Warning
    • Control Panel Lock
    • Large Display Text
  • If using a USB flash drive to update your SkyPanel, please use a USB drive that is USB version 1.0 or 2.0 and is formatted to FAT or FAT32. The update file (.upd) must be in the root directory of the drive and the USB Mode on the SkyPanel must be set to "Normal". Once the USB stick is inserted into the SkyPanel, the fixture will automatically look for the update files. When found, a list of update files will appear in the display. Highlight the update file and click the encoder. The update will begin - do not remove the USB stick until the file is completely copied.

    If using ALSM (ARRI Lighting Service Manager) to update your SkyPanel or L-Series fixture, install the ALSM onto your Mac or PC. Then simply open the application and connect the SkyPanel to the computer via Ethernet cable. For the L-Series, connect your fixture to the computer via a mini-USB cable. The ALSM will automatically find your fixture once powered on and connected. Select the "Firmware Update" tab and then select the fixture you wish to update in the column on the left side of the screen. Click "Update Firmware" to begin the update. Do not disconnect your fixture from the power source or from the computer until the update is complete.

    Do not disconnect your fixture from the power source or from the computer until the update is complete.

    If you have problems with your fixture or the update, please contact an ARRI service center at