ARRI had already launched its new directional, bright LED headlamp with interchangeable optics called Orbiter at presented at IBC 2019 - however, series production and delivery has been postponed until now due to Corona. However, ARRI has used the time to collect user feedback and to incorporate it into the series production. Since a few days Orbiter is delivered to the first customers worldwide.
The special feature of ARRI's new 400 Watt LED spotlight is the possibility to model very different light shapes thanks to the new Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) in combination with projection optics and various attachments (domes, lightbanks via etc.): from a concentrated spot to soft portrait light, everything is possible. The areas of application implemented by ARRI are correspondingly wide: From film production to studio applications/broadcast and theatre/event to photo/video shoots, everything should be possible.
According to ARRI, the interchangeable optics and light shapers in the Orbiter ensure that the best possible light quality for the respective task is provided without any loss of color quality, output, edge illumination, etc. The different light shapers should be an attractive addition, especially for rental companies, especially since it is no longer possible to buy completely new lights for different setups, but only to use the corresponding attachments. According to ARRI, the Orbiter should also be able to be dimmed very accurately in the minimal range.
For the market launch, three different light shapers/optics via Quick Lighting Mount with 15, 30 and 60 degree beam angles are available for the Orbiter for both open-face and projection operation. With a universal QLM adapter, light shapers from third-party manufacturers such as Chimera, DoPchoice, etc. can also be connected. Without light shaper or interchangeable optics the beam angle is 80°.
The power consumption of the ARRI Orbiter spotlight is 400 Watt and offers a maximum power consumption of 500 Watt. For classification: If you compare the Orbiter with, for example, the brightest ARRI LED spotlight L10 to date, the Orbiter should deliver significantly more output with the same power consumption despite a 76 times smaller light engine. However, mobile battery operation via 48V and 3-pin XLR connector is also possible.
The ARRI Orbiter is also ahead of ARRI's previous LED lights (incl. the popular Skypanels) when it comes to color rendering. Responsible for this is the new LED color engine SPECTRA, which for the first time combines 6 color LEDs (red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED) for highly consistent color rendering. To get as close as possible to the color spectrum of sunlight or tungsten, the orbiter also has a so-called "High Color Rendition Mode".
ARRI Orbiter Color Gamut
Thanks to the new SPECTRA light engine, the Orbiter covers 90% of the expanded REC 2020 color space and thus 15% more color gradations than previous ARRI light engines. The CCT range that can be called up from the Orbiter is correspondingly impressive: The color spectrum ranges from 2,000 to 20,000 Kelvin (including infinitely variable dimming from 0-100% with high color consistency). The corresponding color index values are also higher than those of previous ARRI LED lights.
The new ARRI Orbiter lights are also equipped with extensive smart functions. These include a whole armada of integrated sensors, some of whose future applications are not yet fully foreseeable. It is impressive to see how ARRI is trying to cover future options here.
In addition to color, ambient light and heat sensors, gyros and magnetometers are also installed here. With the help of the integrated ambient light sensors the ARRI Orbiter can adapt to the respective ambient light. ARRI calls this highly accurate matching.
The 3-axis acceleration sensor and the magnetometer extend the remote functions of the ARRI Orbiter, which include the comprehensive in/out options (5-pin DMX in and through, Ethernet in and through, 2 x USB-A, USB-C, SD Card, Sync Input) as well as the detachable, wired control panel with 4" color display and wireless LumenRadio CRMX (DMX & RDM).
ARRI Orbiter Control Panel
The Lighting Operating System (LiOS) is also completely new and has a wealth of complex lighting functions. Among other things you can find here: CCT, HSI, Individual Color, X/Y coordinates, Gel, Source Matching, Lighting Effects, simplified DMX modes, more than 240 memories for favorites, optics recognition, multi-language support, custom boot screen and much more.
And of course, the ARRI Orbiter LED spotlight is also weatherproof. This allows operation in rain and snow. ARRI specifies the ambient temperatures for operation with -20 to +45 degrees. The life span of the LED should be at least 50,000 hours.
ARRI Orbiter (with control panel, but without lenses) costs 5,452 Euro in the ARRI silver-blue version, 5,111 Euro in the black version and can be pre-ordered - delivery will take place in a few weeks. For the delivery of the orbiter some attachment optics are already available.