NAB 2019: ARRI Demos Its Powerful Stellar Lighting Mobile App

ARRI Demos Its Powerful Stellar Lighting Mobile App
As you approached ARRI’s demo area at this year’s NAB show, you’d have seen a rather monochromatic still-life set up: In the center, there was a white statue of Ludwig van Beethoven resting atop a smooth, white pedestal. In the background, there was a simple white stucco wall.

However, if you looked above, you’d have seen a constellation of various ARRI lights. And several feet in front of the still life, there was a tablet (also on a pedestal ) running ARRI’s Stellar mobile app, which the company calls its “intelligent lighting control app,” which debuted in the fall of 2018. 

For the show, ARRI set up that constellation of lights above this app to give photographers a sense of its potential.

The Stellar mobile app has an easy-to-read design, but is very sophisticated and has a variety of subsections for changing the character of light. For instance, in this example, you can use the HIS mode to alter the hue and saturation of the light.
The Stellar mobile app has an easy-to-read design but is very sophisticated and has a variety of subsections for changing the character of light. For instance, in this example, you can use the HSI mode to alter the hue and saturation of the light.

Of course, for a studio photographer looking to fully control his or her lighting, there were many solutions available at NAB. However, ARRI’s app-based solution was one of the more captivating examples. In fact, you can get a sense of the app’s versatility by just looking at the three images of the still-life I shot at the show. What’s remarkable is that each was altered instantly simply by touching the iPad.

Different light scenarios can be quickly changed.
Different light scenarios can be quickly changed.

For more on setting up the app, check out ARRI’s microsite (below), which includes an introductory YouTube video on setting up the app. It gives you a great sense of how the app can be implemented in a studio setting and its versatility. There are tutorials on using the app, as well:  https://microsites.arri.com/stellar/.

For more on ARRI, go to www.arri.com/en/.

The Stellar mobile app is available for Apple iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.
The Stellar mobile app is available for Apple iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.

Be sure to check back for our continuing coverage of NAB 2019. And view our image gallery below. 

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