ARRI SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 Adds New Features

ARRI introduces new SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 update that adds up to 10 new features to the LED light. The improvements to this already popular SkyPanel LED soft light are free to download by users and installed in any SkyPanel fixture.

The third major firmware update allows for more control and creativity than ever before. New features include lighting effects, source matching , and a much-requested high speed mode. 

SkyPanel Firmware 3.0

Lighting Effects
This feature is a game changer for on-set lighting as it permits users to choose and manipulate 12 effects without the need for a lighting console or hours of programming. The lighting effects include candle, clouds passing, club lights, color chase, cop car, fire, fireworks, light strobe, lightning, paparazzi, pulsing, and television. They have several adjustable parameters that can be customized to individual requirements.

Source Matching
SkyPanel’s calibrated light engine makes it possible to reproduce virtually any colour. SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 takes further advantage of this by including 46 pre-programmed colour matches to commonly found light sources such as tungsten, high-pressure sodium vapor, cool white fluorescent, and candle. It is easier and faster to match a location light source, by simply selecting it from a list.

SkyPanel Firmware 3.0

High Speed Mode
Shoot at virtually any frame rate and shutter angle. ARRI report that it has been tested up to 25,000 fps and down to a two-degree shutter angle with no adverse effects on image quality. Say goodbye to flicker and roll bars forever.

sACN Implementation
ARRI have implemented the Streaming ACN (sACN) in the SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 allowing for many modern lighting consoles to communicate directly with the SkyPanel using Ethernet-based equipment.

More Presets and Preset DMX Channel
There is eight added factory presets and preset selection via a DMX channel. With a new total of 10 factory presets that include popular color temperatures, HSI values, and gel colors, it is now faster and easier to select frequently used colors, even after a factory reset.

Onboard RGBW Mode
It is now possible for SkyPanel users to switch to RGBW mode and adjust the different LED color channels directly on the control panel. In addition, these values can be stored as a preset for easy access later.

SkyPanel Web Server
Change all SkyPanel settings using any web browser. Simply connect the SkyPanel to a network via the EtherCon connector and use any browser to access the SkyPanel webpage generated by each fixture. Settings can be adjusted from mobile phones or tablets, without touching the SkyPanel itself.

Further information on more advancements can be found at arri.com.

SkyPanel Firmware 3.0 also features small improvement and refinements to existing features and functionality with improvements and minor bug fixes.