Miller ships new fluid heads for augmented reality

Miller arrowFX head
Neal Romanek
Acquisition
April 20th 2017 at 11:58AM : By Neal Romanek

The new arrowFX series provide accurate real-time pan, tilt, zoom and focus data, as well as lens geometry information

Miller Camera Support is shipping its new arrowFX Fluid Heads. The series, which includes the arrowFX 3, arrowFX 5 (pictured) and arrowFX 7, is an extension of Miller’s new arrowX line of fluid heads, and using high-resolution magnetic encoders can monitor and communicate, in real time, the exact position of the fluid head with zero latency.

The arrowFX also features an Augmented Reality Interface (ARI) box, which interfaces between the arrowFX fluid heads and real-time graphics engines from such manufacturers as Vizrt, Orad. This provides accurate real-time pan, tilt, zoom and focus data, as well as lens geometry information for greater precision in augmented reality shooting.

The arrowFX line features a pan resolution of 1,589,246 counts per 360 degrees and a tilt resolution of 491,520 counts per 180 degrees. It also features Miller’s patented CB PLUS sequential counterbalance design.

The arrowFX 3 is designed for lighter cameras and has a payload range of 1 - 19kg (2.2 - 41.8lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 5+0 pan-and-tilt drag positions. The arrowFX 5 is built for larger rigs with longer lens where more drag is required and has a wide payload range from 2 - 21kg (4.4 - 46.2lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan-and-tilt drag positions. The arrowFX 7 is suited for studio and OB applications, and has a payload range from 6 - 25kg (13.2 - 55.1lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan-and-tilt drag positions.

The arrowFX models come with a 120mm sliding travel plate to help rebalance changing camera payloads. It is designed with illuminated controls for easier use in a variety of lighting conditions