ARRI has announced a new control option for their Alexa 35 and Alexa Mini LF cameras. Developed collaboratively by ARRI and SmallHD, the CCM-1 is a 7” onboard monitor that provides full camera control and menu access for alternative control, menu, and image interface to the MVF-2 viewfinder, (which it can either replace entirely or work alongside.) The CCM-1 displays a bright, high-contrast HD image on its 7” IPS LCD screen that is easily viewable in daylight from a range of viewing angles. Like the MVF-2, it connects via the camera’s VF connector for accuracy of ARRI color management. Sensor-level monitoring functions make use of the sensor’s full resolution, for example zooming into the image for more accurate focus checking. The false color tool on the CCM-1 is much more user-friendly than on standard SDI-connected monitors because it affects only the image from the camera, and not the status overlays. By using the camera’s VF connector, the CCM-1 leaves both SDI outputs free for other uses. The CCM-1 can alternatively be connected via SDI like a normal onboard monitor, allowing application of ALF-2 and ALF-4 look files, full access to the SmallHD toolset, and use with third-party cameras.
All functions are adjustable via the touchscreen or via buttons and a joystick that are positioned on one side of the monitor and can be operated with one hand, leaving the other hand free. The power and back buttons have unique tactile indicators that make them easy to find without looking, or with gloves on, while the dedicated menu button provides fast access to the familiar menu of the MVF-2. Four user buttons allow personalized settings, and a lock slider disables the touchscreen and all buttons, preventing accidental triggering of functions. Interactive status overlays permit rapid adjustment of settings without interrupting the live view, and a new playback screen can be accessed through the menu or assigned to a user button. The large clip list on the playback screen includes metadata display and remains visible during playback, improving the user experience for smaller crews relying on the CCM-1 for reviewing takes. The CCM-1 is available to order now and will be supported in the upcoming ALEXA 35 SUP 1.2 and ALEXA Mini LF SUP 7.3 software update packages. For more information on the CCM-1, please visit https://www.arri.com/ccm-1.