ARRI has announced a new control option for its latest cameras: the CCM-1, a 7″ onboard monitor providing comprehensive camera control and menu access for the ALEXA 35 and ALEXA Mini LF. Expanding camera configuration possibilities, the CCM-1 merges ARRI colour accuracy with a bright display, customisable controls and sturdy build quality.
Following requests from camera operators who favour framing and exposure judgement with an onboard monitor over a viewfinder, ARRI introduces the new Camera Control Monitor CCM-1. Jointly developed by ARRI and SmallHD, the CCM-1 provides an alternative control, menu, and image interface to the MVF-2 viewfinder, which it can either entirely replace or work in conjunction with.
The CCM-1 displays a bright, high-contrast HD image on its 7″ IPS LCD screen, easily viewable in daylight from various viewing angles. Like the reliable MVF-2, it connects via the camera’s VF connector and offers an image that faithfully replicates the accuracy and subtlety of ARRI colour management. Sensor-level monitoring functions exploit the sensor’s full resolution, for example, zooming into the image for more accurate focus checking. The false colour tool on the CCM-1 is more user-friendly than on standard SDI-connected monitors as it affects only the image from the camera, and not the status overlays.
Using the camera’s VF connector, the CCM-1 leaves both SDI outputs available for other uses. VF cables of up to 10 m in length are supported, providing operation flexibility for tight spaces, cranes, dollies, and car rigs. Alternatively, the CCM-1 can be connected via SDI like a normal onboard monitor, enabling application of ALF-2 and ALF-4 look files, full access to the SmallHD toolset, and compatibility with third-party cameras. Multiple other connection options facilitate different camera configurations and use cases.
The flexible user interface of the CCM-1 is ideal for professional environments. All functions can be adjusted via the touchscreen or through buttons and a joystick that are positioned on one side of the monitor, allowing one-handed operation. The power and back buttons feature unique tactile indicators that are easily found without looking, or even when wearing gloves, while the dedicated menu button provides quick access to the familiar MVF-2 menu. Four user buttons allow personalised settings, and a lock slider disables the touchscreen and all buttons, preventing accidental triggering of functions.
Interactive status overlays enable quick adjustment of settings without disrupting 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 using the CCM-1 for reviewing takes. The specially designed home screen will be familiar to ARRI users, while the SmallHD PageOS user interface allows endless customisation of live view pages.
The CCM-1 comes with an innovative sun hood that snaps onto the monitor like a smartphone protective case, eliminating the need for Velcro or straps. The sun hood’s scratch-resistant faux leather finish, with its soft yet rigid side and top flaps, are held in place with magnets and can be folded flat for easy storage and safe transportation. Also included is the two-axis MAC-1 monitor arm for rapid positioning of the CCM-1 without affecting the horizon relative to the camera. The MAC-1 features an adjustable friction system for one-handed repositioning and inserts for different mounting standards.
Constructed from aluminium, the CCM-1 is durable, weather-sealed, and temperature-resistant, embodying ARRI’s reputation for rugged, set-ready equipment. Various mechanical interfaces using the new ARRI Pin-Lock standard allow flexible mounting options.
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.