ARRI LCUBE CUB-1
How to Integrate Your Cinetape, WCU-4, and LBUS Motors. Problem Solved.
Mike Duca of Talamas explains how the ARRI LCUBE CUB-1, a miniature signal converter that converts LBUS protocols to serial protocols and vice versa, can be used to create a lightweight custom solution that AC's have been asking for.
Three Axes - All Inclusive
The Wireless Compact Unit WCU-4 combines three axes of lens control with a lens data display in a compact and ergonomic housing. Weighing around 780 grams including battery, it’s one of the lightest hand units in its class, providing unrivaled comfort during a long working day.
ALEXA Remote Control
An optional software license will enable you to remote control ALEXA Mini, all ALEXA cameras including the Plus Module (except the ALEXA HD Plus) and AMIRA when combined with the Universal Motor Controller UMC-4. This includes setting frame rate, shutter angle, exposure index, false color on the monitor output, and more. Extended camera status information is also available, allowing you to quickly check your camera settings at any time.
Tactile vibrating feedback lets you keep your eye on the action in the most challenging situations. Operators can concentrate on the scene, knowing that the hand unit will vibrate to prompt them when focus markers are reached.
Backlit Focus Knob
The super-smooth focus knob contains an integrated light source that shines through the wide, optionally pre-marked focus ring in low light conditions, thus providing clearly readable focus marks at all times.
The friction of the focus knob can be easily adjusted to one’s personal preference without any tools.
Easy-to-Read Lens Data Display
Clearly arranged, easy-to-read lens and camera information is available on the large 3” display, along with data from optional ultrasonic distance measurement devices. The transflective display technology ensures
perfect readability in all ambient lighting conditions.
Pre-Marked Focus Rings
Lens scales can be mapped to a set of high quality pre-marked focus rings in metric or imperial scale.
The WCU-4 user button can be configured to activate focus tracking - setting the focus motor to continuously follow a subject by using an ultrasonic distance measurer. Focus tracking works with ARRI's Ultrasonic
Distance Measure UDM-1 and ALEXA Plus or Studio cameras or the Universal Motor Controller UMC-4.
Multiple Mounting Options
The Wireless Compact Unit WCU-4 features M4 mounting points on its top and bottom, and the optional WCU-4 Plate (K2.0006501) can attach to either, providing various 1/4-20 UNC and 3/8-16 UNC mounting
points itself. When mounted on the bottom, the WCU-4 Plate serves as a table stand or can be used to accept a 3/8-16 UNC spigot for mounting on a C-stand. When mounted on top, it can be used to adapt the WCU-4
to an on-board monitoring system. Weighing only 67 g, the WCU-4 Plate is made of durable, aircraft-grade aluminum.
Various parameters of the WCU-4 can be set up to one’s personal preference. These include the display arrangement, vibration patterns and programmable user button, to name just a few. You can save your
preferred settings on an SD card, enabling you to immediately personalize any WCU-4, anywhere in the world.
Exceptional Quality and Service
The WCU-4 is completely splash-proof and embodies the reliability and durability for which ARRI is famous. Wear and tear parts are replaceable at rental level, and the worldwide ARRI Service network ensures rapid
second level support if needed. New firmware versions can be installed to the unit via SD card within seconds.
cforce Plus Motor
Strong enough to move the geared rings of any standard lens in a very fast, smooth and pleasant manner, the cforce plus features twin LBUS connectors that allow up to three cforce motors to be daisy-chained in a row.
With the cforce plus, 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.
cforce Mini Motor
Small and lightweight, the cforce mini is an intelligent motor that adjusts lens settings on weight-optimized camera configurations with remarkable speed and torque. Equipped with twin LBUS connectors and using daisy chain technology, up to three cforce mini motors can be linked in a row.
The cforce mini connects directly to the new ALEXA Mini camera (with Titanium PL LDS mount with LBUS connector) providing a super-lightweight, integrated solution. It connects to the new Active Motor Controller AMC-1 as well, making the cforce mini usable with any camera.