ARRI has unveiled its new Orbiter, an ultra- bright, tunable, and directional LED fixture.


Orbiter’s new six-colour light engine delivers a wide-colour gamut and colour rendition across all colour temperatures along with smooth dimming from 100 to 0%. 


The fixture can transform into many different types of lampheads including projection (profile), open face, and soft light. It also comes equipped with a fast processor, large memory, expanded connectivity, a built-in array of sensors, and weatherproof housing.


The Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) in Orbiter allows for optics with different properties to be attached to the fixture. The high-output, directional beam of the open face optic is designed for throwing light long distances. The high precision of the projection optics creates a perfect circle of light that can be shaped with cutters, focus, and gobos. The dome optic provides omnidirectional, soft light for illuminating large spaces, and a universal QLM adapter creates a direct mounting point for Orbiter- specific Chimera and DoPchoice products. 


Its new high output, tunable, ARRI Spectra light engine can create hard shadows with defined edges. Including a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED, the ARRI Spectra six- colour light engine translates into a wider colour gamut, more accurate colours and higher colour rendition across the entire CCT range. Orbiter has a larger CCT range of 2,000 to 20,000 K with ultra-high colour rendition across all colour temperatures. Using a combination of three dimming techniques, Orbiter’s electronics provide smooth dimming down to zero without colour changes or jumps. 


Orbiter’s new software called LiOS (Lighting Operating System) includes all the features of the SkyPanel plus others. LiOS’s eight-color modes include CCT, HSI, individual colour, x/y coordinates, gel and source matching, lighting effects, and the new colour sensor mode that measures ambient light and recreates it through Orbiter’s output. Other new features in LiOS include simplified DMX modes, performance- enhancing operational modes, over 240 slots for favourites to be stored, optics recognition, multi-language support and a custom boot screen. 


The Orbiter has a 4” full-colour display with quick navigation buttons and integrated sensors. Simplified menu structure and user interfaces provide one-glance operational views and uncluttered screens. The control panel is removable and can be used handheld with the aid of a 5 or 15 m (16.4 or 49.2 ft) control panel cable. 


Ethernet daisy chaining is now possible with two EtherCON ports supporting Art-Net 4, sACN, and TCP/IP. Two USB-A ports are used for LiOS updates and connection of third-party peripherals such as Wi-Fi USB dongles. LumenRadio’s CRMX solution is included, allowing for wireless DMX. Two 5-pin XLR DMX ports used for conventional DMX & RDM communication in and through, and a 3-pin XLR DC input for 48 V power station. An SD Card slot enables future expansion of the software. And a USB-C port is available for computer communication and servicing. 


Included in Orbiter is a colour sensor for measuring the ambient light, a 3-axis accelerometer and magnetometer for sensing the pan, tilt, roll, and heading of the fixture, heat sensors for keeping the LEDs and electronics at exactly the right temperature, and an ambient light sensor for automatically dimming the control panel display. 


Staff Reporter

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