Electronic Control System expands

ARRI's Electronic Control System (ECS) is a versatile, modular toolset for wireless remote control of any camera and any lens. At NAB 2016 two new ECS products are being introduced that widen the range, bringing immediate benefits to ALEXA Mini shooters.

The LCUBE CUB-1 is a miniature signal converter that converts LBUS protocols to serial protocols and vice versa. It is multi-purpose protocol converter that will prove useful for many different functions and many different camera setups.

Previously it has not been possible to view the readout from ultrasonic distance measurers such as ARRI's UDM-1 on the WCU-4 hand unit when using the ALEXA Mini with integrated lens motors. Now, the UDM-1 can be connected to the ALEXA Mini via the LCUBE and a daisy chain of one or more cforce motors, delivering distance readings to the WCU-4. This allows focus tracking in the same way as is possible with other ALEXA cameras or the Universal Motor Controller UMC-4.

Connecting the UDM-1 to the ALEXA Mini is just the first production advantage of the LCUBE. In future it will support various other serial protocols, permitting the latest ARRI ECS accessories to communicate with third-party cameras.

The new intelligent cforce plus motor is yet another product developed through the partnership between ARRI and cmotion. Strong enough to move the geared rings of any standard lens in a very fast and smooth, pleasant manner, the cforce plus features twin LBUS connectors that allow up to three cforce motors to be daisy-chained in a row. 

Some productions are using the ALEXA Mini in studio-style setups, but up until now there hasn't been an integrated, fully compatible lens motor that could handle heavier lenses. With the cforce plus, these productions are no longer restricted to lightweight configurations with the ALEXA Mini, but can also build the camera up into a studio configuration with a bigger prime or zoom lens.

The cforce plus offers various rod-to-rod mounting options known from the CLM-4 motor, including a Hill Bracket rosette, as well as the standard rod bracket for maximum flexibility on set. The standard rod clamp includes a hinge for convenient mounting when the camera is already configured.

As well as integrating directly with the ALEXA Mini, the cforce plus connects to ARRI's AMC-1 and UMC-4 motor controllers for camera-independent setups. It is fully compatible with LBUS-compatible cmotion devices.