The new ARRI Camera Companion app is designed to provide simple and intuitive remote control of ARRI cameras. It runs on iOS devices, newer Macs as well as the Apple Watch and provides access to almost all camera functions of the ALEXA 35, ALEXA Mini LF, ALEXA Mini and AMIRA. The Camera Access Protocol (CAP) used in this process is said to act more nimbly than the WebUI on which the web remote operation is based.
ARRI Camera Companion App
The Companion App allows setting of shooting options, playback, frame rates, ND filters, and white balance, among others, and also provides configurable access to user buttons (SDI-1, SDI-2, and MVF). Framegrabs can be created at any time; they are displayed in a dedicated area and can be easily shared.
The app can also be used in multicam scenarios, as multiple cameras can be controlled simultaneously, with multiple modes available for feed preview and camera control. For larger productions, live feeds from all cameras can be connected and customized to form a set network.
ARRI Camera Companion App - Features at a Glance
- Start/stop recording, lockable REC button - Trigger pre-recording - Menu to start, pause and stop playback; access clip list and clip metadata - Set FPS, white balance/AWB and shutter speed; add custom values to camera menu - Adjusting EI, ND filter, mirrored display - Access to the classic WebUI interface - Trigger framegrab and save to device - Monitoring timecode, media and last clip - Set capture codec, capture resolution, look, texture, frameline and LDA files - Manage power and capacity/voltage warnings - Monitor and control focus, iris, and zoom values - Loading user configurations - Monitor and modify production metadata (scene/take and others) - Setting and triggering local user buttons and camera buttons
Those who would like to test the Camera Companion app in the beta version will be sent the download link from ARRI after registering. The app can also be tried out without a camera in a "mock camera" mode. However, an Apple iPhone or iPad (padOS > 15.0), M1 / M2 Macs (macOS > 12.0 "Monterey") or an Apple Watch is required.
Alternatively, the CineControl App has been offering remote control of ARRI cameras for some time now (optionally also as a Multicam app), but it is not published by Arri itself, but by CineGizmo.