ARRI has announced the new SRH-360 Stabilized Remote Head and upgrades to the existing SRH-3.
The SRH-3 has been widely used in the film and TV industry ever since it was first announced back at IBC 2017. The new SRH-360 builds on the SRH-3 and adds quite a few more features. Unlike the SRH-3 it has the ability to do endless 360-degree rotations around the pan axis. It also has a 50% increase in pan motor torque.
- Newly designed slip ring enables endless 360-degree rotations around the pan axis
- 50% increase of pan motor torque compensates for centrifugal forces on high-speed shots
- Compact and lightweight, with the highest payload on the market, relative to size and weight
- Various SRH-360 packages available
What is the SRH-360 & what can it do?
Like its predecessor the SRH-3, ARRI’s new SRH-360 is a three-axis, entirely stabilized remote head that can accommodate full-sized cameras weighing up to 30 kg/66 lbs.
The major improvement with the SRH-360 is to the pan axis functionality. A new slip ring permits unlimited rotation of the head on its pan axis, which is a feature that has been requested by many customers. At the same time, the torque of the pan motor has been increased by 50%, allowing it to compensate for powerful centrifugal forces when shooting high-speed camera moves. This makes the SRH-360 even more flexible for dynamic environments such as action, stunts, vehicle work, sports, and live music performances.
“Unleashing the pan axis by adding a slip ring and a more powerful pan motor gives the cinematographer and camera operator the freedom to create moves and frames that they could not get before.”Curt Schaller, Product Manager Camera Stabilizer Systems at ARRI
Even with the enhanced pan features, the SRH-360, just like the SRH-3, is still a compact, robust, and lightweight head. It is capable of handling payloads in excess of three times their own weight, which represents the best weight-to-payload ratio available on the market. They also deliver amazingly stable images, no matter how uneven the terrain or how fast the camera is moving.
SRH-3 owners shouldn’t feel left out, they can upgrade to SRH-360 functionality with the new slip ring pan axis module. Regional ARRI sales offices will be able to provide full details of the upgrade.
SRH-360 & SRH-3 Control
LBUS-based control of the head, camera, and lens make the ARRI stabilized remote heads easy to use and suitable for both cine and broadcast applications. Modularity is another stand-out feature of the SRH-360 and SRH-3. They are compatible with ARRI accessories like the DRW-1; DEH-1; Master Grips; OCU-1; cforce motors; all SAM plates; and dedicated RMB, UMA, and ARS brackets. In addition, they can be used with Canon and Fujinon broadcast lenses through ARRI’s LCUBE CUB 2.
Price & Availability
The new SRH-360 will begin shipping during Q2 2020 and can be purchased in different sets, with various joystick configurations. Going forward, neither the SRH-3 nor SRH-360 will contain radio modules, but can instead be used with the new external radio modules ERM-2400 (2.4 GHz) and ERM-900 (900 MHz) in order to avoid problems with regional radio regulations.
I don’t have an official price yet for the SRH-360, but it won’t be cheap. The current SRH-3 Stabilized Remote Head Set retails for $55,000 USD.