ARRI Orbiter LED Light
The ARRI Orbiter LED Light is the most advanced light ever created with exciting new technology packed!
Pre-order shipping starts in Q1 2020.
The ARRI Orbiter LED Light is the most advanced light ever created with exciting new technology packed!
The ARRI Orbiter’s new six-color light engine delivers a wider color gamut with the additions of the cyan, lime + Amber LED chips. This results in an unprecedentedly high CRI of about 98.
The Orbiter light offers lots of flexibility. It can be a leko light, a softbox, a fresnel, it can hook up to other lights via ethernet — and you can control it wirelessly via DMX on your iPad. The Yoke is super easy to remove.
It can also automatically gauge the light in the room and change seamlessly to varying degrees of brightness and color temperature.
Features such as a fast processor, ample memory, expanded connectivity, a built-in array of sensors, weatherproof housing, and many more make Orbiter a formidable machine. Orbiter’s state-of-the-art technology and versatile design make it an optimal lamp head for today and for the future with endless possibilities for updates, configurations, and enhancements. Changeable optics is the core innovation in Orbiter.
This revolutionary light engine is 76 times smaller than the L10’s light engine but produces the same power draw and greater output. A dense arrangement of over 190 LEDs gives Orbiter a point source-like aperture while maintaining full-color tunability with a new six-color LED mixture. Including a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED, the ARRI Spectra six-color light engine translates into a wider color gamut, more accurate colors, and most importantly, higher color rendition across the entire CCT range. Skin tones look amazing and natural.
ARRI Orbiter light features:
- Ultra-bright LED point source with a variety of optics
- Variety of optics including open face, projection, dome, and light banks
- ARRI Spectra six-color wide gamut light engine
- Extremely powerful output for maximal brightness and perfect colors
- Lighting Operating System (LiOS) with powerful software features
- Weatherproof housing
- Integrated color sensor for matching ambient light
- Removable, intuitive control panel
- The full suite of connectors and sensors
- Perfected smooth dimming to zero
- Internal power supply, Wireless DMX, and battery input
Changeable optics is the core innovation in Orbiter. With its changeable optics, Orbiter can transform into many different types of lamp heads including projection (profile), open face, soft light, and other future possibilities. Orbiter’s state-of-the-art technology and versatile design make it an optimal lamp head for today and for the future with endless possibilities for updates, configurations, and enhancements.
With a wide variety of optics to choose from, ARRI Orbiter transforms into the perfect light for your application without sacrificing beam, output, or color quality. The Quick Lighting Mount (QLM) in Orbiter lights allows for optics with vastly different properties to be connected to the fixture. The orbiter light is an extremely bright and powerful, directional LED fixture with an output similar to that of the corresponding HMI systems. Orbiter’s high, yet tunable, ARRI Spectra light engine output can create hard shadows with defined edges.
The open-face optics produce a high-output, directional beam of light in several different beam angles including 15º, 30º, and 60º. Perfect for throwing light long distances or providing a broad swath of light.
The high-quality projection optics contain high-end lenses that provide even illumination and color across the entire beam field for superior results. The fixed beam angles available are 15º, 25º, 35º (wider angles may be added in the future). The zoom projection optics allow for flexibility in all kinds of applications.
The dome optics are fabric spheres available in three different diameters - small (approx. 0.25 m), medium (approx. 0.5 m) and large (approx. 0.9 m). The dome emits omnidirectional light, great for illuminating a large area with a beautiful, soft quality of light.
The light bank adapter creates a direct mounting point for Chimera and DoPchoice products. With easy attachment and no additional optical elements needed, the light bank adapter allows for a controlled soft light with amazing output.
Six-Color Light Engine
Including a red, green, blue, amber, cyan, and lime LED, the ARRI Spectra six-color light engine translates into a wider color gamut, more accurate colors, and most importantly, higher color rendition across the entire CCT range.
Hues are precisely reproduced and the increased gamut allows for 15% more color possibilities when compared to previous ARRI light engines.
Ultra-High Color Rendering
The orbiter has a larger CCT range of 2,000 to 20,000 K with ultra-high color rendition across all color temperatures. Skin tones look amazing and natural.
Compact Light Engine
Cutting-edge LEDs that have never been used before in a luminaire and their arrangement creates a homogeneous color beam field with amazing brightness.
Color Sensor Mode
The new Color Sensor Mode in Orbiter will read the ambient color surrounding the fixture and reproduce the color with great accuracy. It can also accurately render colors from 2,000 to 20,000 kelvin.
Orbiter’s processor is four times faster than the SkyPanel with 125 times more memory, setting the stage for extensive software features and updates in the future.
Using a combination of three dimming techniques, Orbiter’s cutting-edge electronics provide smooth dimming down to zero without color changes or jumps.
Orbiter includes a lightweight internal power supply and a 3-pin XLR battery input for 48 V batteries.
All of this technology comes in a weatherproof housing which means Orbiter can be used outdoors in the rain, snow, and other inclement weather. A brand-new weatherproof housing enables outdoor use by using an aluminum cast body with bumpers made of reinforced plastic. The handle makes transportation comfortable and allows for handheld operation with a very good balance.
The ARRI orbiter is able to take advantage of over five years of software development for the SkyPanel. Orbiter’s new software called LiOS (Lighting Operating System) includes all the innovative and groundbreaking features from SkyPanel plus others, making Orbiter one of the most fully‑featured luminaires on the market.
8 Color Modes
LiOS’ eight-color modes are available including CCT, HSI, individual color, x/y coordinates, gel, source matching, lighting effects, and the new color sensor mode which measures ambient light and recreates it through Orbiter’s output.
Over 240 favorite colors or lighting effects can be stored in Orbiter. These favorites can be easily selected via an easy to use interface or via DMX.
Orbiter offers three operational modes to optimize the fixture's performance for different applications. High color rendering mode provides the best color quality possible, high output mode generates the best brightness with slightly lower color rendition, while low noise mode creates a balance for quiet operation with decent output.
Other new features in LiOS include simplified DMX modes, optics recognition, multi-language support, custom boot screen, and many more still to come.
Removable Control Panel
Easy to use, powerful control. With a 4” full-color display, quick navigation buttons, and integrated sensors, the ARRI Orbiter control panel allows for easy use with a graphic user interface. There is a simplified menu structure and re-imagined user interfaces that provides one-glance operational views and uncluttered screens. This design makes changing the color or finding a setting easier. In addition, 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.
Including a full suite of input and output connectors, ARRI Orbiter is prepared for digital communication. Ethernet daisy chaining is now possible with two EtherCON ports supporting Art-Net 4, sACN, and TCP/IP. Two USB-A ports can be used for LiOS updates and connection of third-party peripherals such as Wi-Fi USB dongles. LumenRadio’s CRMX solution is also included, allowing for wireless DMX.
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. Finally, a USB-C port is available for computer communication and servicing.
If you have multiple Orbiter lights, you can chain them using the two EtherCON ports supporting Art-Net 4, sACN, and TCP/IP.
- SD Card
- 5-Pin XLR
- Camera Sync
Full Suite of Sensors
In the ARRI Orbiter, there is a color 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 the same temperature, and an ambient light sensor for automatically dimming the control panel display. All these sensors help with user experience and increased control over the light. Available data can also improve workflow also in post-production and service.
Color Sensor - Orbiter includes an integrated color sensor for measuring and matching the ambient light.
3-Axis Accelerometer - A 3-axis accelerometer allows for sensing the pan, tilt, and roll of the fixture. This data will provide future metadata for special effects work or optimizing fixture performance.
Magnetometer - A magnetometer gives Orbiter's heading based on the direction the fixture is pointing in the real world.
Ambient Light Sensor - An ambient light sensor located on the control panel will automatically dim the brightness of the control panel display based on surrounding light intensity.
Heat Sensors - Heat sensors located throughout the interior of the Orbiter will keep the LEDs and electronics at exactly the right temperature.
Large Range of Applications
Orbiter's wide range of optics and features allows the fixture to be used in a great variety of applications without compromising quality. Markets such as film and television production, broadcast, theater, and live entertainment, and even still photography are just some examples of environments where Orbiter excels.
The ARRI Orbiter can throw light within long distances with its open face or projection /spotlight optics, while at the same time being capable to serve as soft light. This brings flexibility to the film sets.
Orbiter’s spotlight capability will enable broadcasters to have controlled, high-quality light in the studio, and with its battery power, as Orbiter can easily be transported.
The Orbiter projection optic is the key benefit for the theater and the live entertainment industry and Orbiter at the same time also exceeds expectations for continuous lighting in still photography.
- Motion Picture
- Theather & Live Entertainment
- Broadcast & Media
- Still Photography
FAQ for the ARRI Orbiter
- Which color modes does Orbiter support with LiOS 1?
- Orbiter supports eight color modes: (1) CCT (correlated color temperature), (2) individual color (each of the six LED color directly), (3) HSI (Hue Saturation Intensity), (4) x,y coordinates, (5) source matching, (6) gel selection, (7) effects plus, (8) the new color sensor mode to replicate ambient light.
- Should I use individual color control or HSI for colored light?
- Besides other LED lights, ARRI SkyPanel and Orbiter support a calibrated mode for RBGW / individual color control to ensure uniform colors are created – incl. white. The white can be selected to combine color and white perfectly. In a mixed lighting fixture setup, HSI will help to avoid color mismatch if the console is used. The white point cannot be changed, it is 5000 K.
- Why does Orbiter support more colors than SkyPanel / L-Series?
- Orbiter’s new light engine consists of six different LED colors that perfectly complement each other to achieve outstanding color rendition for every type of camera and the human eye. Compared to SkyPanel or L-Series, the new light engine in Orbiter offers a wider color range (ie. color space) with double the color channels.
- Why does Orbiter enable better color rendition than SkyPanel / L-Series?
- The six new LED colors have been selected to create a more continuous spectrum that results in ultra-high values in metrics like CRI, TLCI, or TM30-15.
- What is Rec 709? (from WF L&H/Color FAQ)
- Material recorded in Rec 709 (short for ITU-Recommendation BT.709) has a display specific encoding or a “what you see is what you get” characteristic. The purpose of display specific encoding is to immediately provide a visually correct representation of the camera material when it is screened on a certain display device. This is achieved by mapping the actual contrast range of the scene into the contrast range that a display device can reproduce. Examples of display specific encodings are Rec 709 for HDTV screens or DCI P3 for digital cinema projectors. On the downside, a display specific encoding puts some limits on the options for a colorist.
- What is Rec 2020? (from WF L&H/Color FAQ)
- Rec 2020 is a wider color space than Rec 709, which is the current industry standard for HD. Rec 2020 promises more brilliant images, though only new display technology is able to show these. Traditional Rec 709 displays (like TV or ordinary computer displays) can’t display Rec 2020. While Rec 709 (short for ITU-Recommendation BT.709) is the encoding color space for HDTV, Rec 2020 is the encoding color space for UHD. The primary colors lie on the spectral locus and it is, therefore, possible to have more saturated colors in images. (It does not mean, however, that all colors look more saturated. When properly converted, a Rec 709 image will look exactly the same when displayed on a Rec 2020 display.) Rec 2020 is an encoding standard. A TV or other display may not support the full gamut. Nevertheless, it will correctly display the colors within its physical range. To get the “premium” logo of the UHD Alliance, for example, a TV needs to support a minimum of 90% of the P3 gamut.
- What is color gamut? (from WF L&H/Color FAQ)
- A color gamut is the range of reproducible colors available on a certain device, such as a display. A display may have a color gamut that exceeds a certain color space which itself is a subset of the visible spectrum of the human eye. The color gamut is described by its three primary color values (red, green, and blue), which define all possible colors for a color gamut inside of a triangle spanned between these primary colors. The primary colors, therefore, also define the outer boundaries of the gamut of the specific device. A display cannot produce colors that are outside of its gamut.
- What are the differences of individual color control to SkyPanel's RGBW?
- Orbiter's light engine uses six colors incl. cyan, amber, and lime – but not white. Consequently, hues are generated by following a different algorithm. The user has more possibilities to adjust colors even more precisely.
- Which frame rates does Orbiter support?
- For very high frame rates (e.g. high-speed commercial shots), Orbiter offers a high-speed mode specially designed to also work with all kinds of shutter angle settings. For the typical 200 fps, the standard mode is without limitations.
- Can Orbiter smoothly dim from 100 to 0%?
- The new electronics in Orbiter include a new LED driver designed to consequently facilitate great and smooth dimming. For stable colors, even at very low values, three techniques are combined.
- What is the pin assignment of XLR 3 and 5 ports (battery and DMX)?
- Orbiter has a 3-pin battery connector (pin 1 negative, pin 2 positive). The 5-pin ports are assigned for DMX input and DMX through connection.
- What does QLM stand for?
- QLM stands for Quick Lighting Mount which is the new and simple way to change optics with Orbiter. With the QLM, Orbiter can transform itself easily into a wide variety of lighting fixtures.
- What does LiOS stand for?
- LiOS—the short term for Lighting Operation System—is the software platform for Orbiter and offers many powerful features. In combination with the removable control panel, the LiOS allows the user to intuitively navigate through all modes and settings.
- How does the ARRI Spectra differ from other light engine designs?
- All individual LED colors are selected by a minimum binning variation to achieve a great spectrum and thereby very natural skin tones. ARRI Spectra utilizes a new generation of LEDs which is only available from ARRI.
- Does Orbiter work with Stellar?
- Yes, Stellar will have a software update release that includes Orbiter once Orbiter starts shipping.
- Is Orbiter compatible with SkyPanel and L-Series?
- The orbiter is compatible with the “C” versions of SkyPanel and the L-Series, however, Orbiter might produce improved color rendition and additional hues.
- What does multi-language mean in LiOS?
- The first version of LiOS (Lighting Operating System) will only support English. However, with future updates, LiOS will support many languages such as Chinese, German, or Spanish.
- When will Orbiter be available for purchase?
- First-quarter of 2020.
- ARRI working hard to make Orbiter the most advanced LED luminaire ever build. To achieve this, some additional steps are still necessary. We expect the first shipment to be released in the first quarter of 2020.
- How much does Orbiter cost?
- Not announced yet. ARRI plans to announce list prices by end of this year.
- All the elements in Orbiter are newly designed, offer the latest technology, great new features, and feature the outstanding quality expected from ARRI. ARRI plans to announce list prices by the end of this year.
- Why does Orbiter not offer all modes and functions of SkyPanel?
- Orbiter's newly designed electronics enable more programmable features to ensure the best image quality. Extra options like frequency selection or special modes like low end and stage mode are no longer necessary.
- What is the main difference between high output and high color rendition mode?
- The high color rendition mode delivers outstanding natural color closer to sunlight or tungsten than ever before. In any metric, ARRI Spectra shows spectacular performance.
ARRI Orbiter LED Light Specs
45 mm / 1,78“
80° Half Peak Angle, without optics
Manual Version: approx. 15 kg / 33 lbs
Pole Op Version: approx. 16 kg / 37 lbs
Aluminum yoke with quick release, high strength tilt lock, pole operation option (pan and tilt)
28 mm Spigot (Junior Pin)
Voltage Input Range
100 - 260 V~, 50 - 60 Hz
400 W Nominal, 500 W Maximum
Mains Power Connection
powerCON TRUE1 TOP
(Bare Ends / Schuko / Edison, Japanese, Chinese cables available)
3-Pin XLR Connector
Battery DC Voltage Range
2,000 K to 20,000 K continuously variable correlated color temperature
Wide color gamut
Color Modes: CCT, HSI, individual color, gel selection, x/y coordinates, source matching, lighting effects, and color sensor mode
Color Temperature Tolerance
3,200 to 5,600 K: +/- 100 K (nominal), +/- 1/8 Green-Magenta (nominal)
CRI Average > 98
TLCI Average > 95
TM-30 Average > 94
Continuously adjustable (Full Minusgreen to Full Plusgreen)
Smooth, 100 – 0%, continuously
Removable Control Panel via PoE, 5-Pin DMX in and through, Ethernet in and through, 2 x USB-A, USB-C, SD Card, Sync Input, LumenRadio CRMX (DMX & RDM)
Full E1.20 RDM standard implementation with custom & standard RDM command management (RDM)
Ambient Temperature Operation
-20 to +45º C (-4 to +113º F)
Protection Class / IP Rating
I / weatherproof
Estimated LED Lifetime (L70)
Estimated Color Shift Over Lifetime (CCT)
+/- 5 %
pending: CE, CB, GS, cNRTLus, FCC, PSE
All specifications are preliminary typical values. Subject to change without notice.
This device has not yet been authorized by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and will not be, offered for sale or lease within the United States, until authorization is obtained.
Arri Orbiter LED Fixture, includes Aluminum yoke, and 23’ Edison Connector & Line Switch.
- Open Face 15 Degree Optics
- Open Face 30 Degree Optics
- Open Face 60 Degree Optics
- Projection 15 Degree Optics
- Projection 35 Degree Optics
- Dome L
- Barn Door