ARRI Arriflex LCC Network Card User Manual

LCC Basics
2/97
1. Overview
ARRI Laptop Camera Controller
The Arriflex LCC (Laptop Camera Controller) is a software program that allows the camera assistant to
control the Arriflex 535, 535B, 435, and 16SR 3 from a Laptop computer. Through an easy to use graphical
interface, the user can access all camera status information, change camera settings and keep film inventory
logs and camera reports.
The LCC allows for an unprecedented amount of control over the camera, including such advanced features
as multiple step speed/exposure ramps, frame accurate rewinding or fast forwarding, and running the camera
at the speed of 1 fps and at negative speeds, depending on the camera used.
Display/Control Features.
• The Main Screen (see graphic) displays all camera status information and basic control buttons.
• Customizable pulldown menus allow the user to change fps, shutter angle and Arriglow settings.
• Multiple step speed/exposure ramps can be created and stored. The LCC assists the user by
automatically calculating relevant shutter angles, fps range and T-stop compensation and by
displaying screentime and footage needed. Cameras without an electronic mirror shutter can still
use the full power of speed/exposure ramps when used with the Arriflex ICU (Iris Control Unit).
• The Go to... feature allows for rewinding (or running forward) to any frame on a roll of film.
• Setting of Timecode and Camera Preferences is simplified.
• Extensive help screens and alerts keep the user informed on all aspects of camera operation.
Accounting Features
• Through the Received, Available, and Exposed Film Logs all film that passes through the camera
persons' hands can be accurately accounted for.
• Information (i.e. fps, shutter angle, length of exposed take, total footage shot) can be entered in
completely customizable Camera Reports either automatically by the camera or manually by the
user.
• Camera Reports can be printed, faxed, sent by modem and/or exported for use in post production.
• The Daily Film Report lists all footages used during the day sorted by emulsion.
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2. The Main Screen
Basic Status Field
Basic Control Buttons
Shutter Icon
Window Buttons
The Main Screen allows the user to read the status of the camera and to control its features. Clicking
on one of the Window Buttons will open up the respective window.
The Basic Status Field
The Basic Status Field shows the three most important pieces of information: the status of the
camera, the fps value and the shutter opening. In addition the LCC will indicate an active
speed/exposure ramp and show ramp status information during an external ramp.
The Basic Control Buttons
Clicking once on the Run button will start the camera, clicking again will stop it.
The “~” key can also be used to start and stop the camera. This key will function at any time. The
Start/Stop button on the camera can of course also be used. Regardless of how the camera is
started, the LCC will know when the camera is running.
The Phase button on the LCC performs the same functions as the PHASE button on the camera.
The PGM Trigger button will trigger a pre-programmed speed or speed/shutter change. These
programs can be created, edited and activated by using the commands in the Programs menu.
The Shutter Icon
When connected to a 535 or 435ES, the Shutter icon will show the shutter opening. The shutter
angle for the 535B and 16SR 3 will only be displayed as long as the camera is running at 1 fps
(PHASE). At any other speed, the shutter icon will look as if it was completely closed. The Shutter
icon will rotate when the camera is running.
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3. The Counters Window
The Counters/Info
Window
The Timecode
Window
The Small Camera
Report Window
Clicking on any of the Window buttons will open the respective window. These windows contain
additional status information and advanced control capabilities.
Counters
Depending on the camera used, the Counters window displays the following counters that are also
available on the camera LCD display: Take, Total, Magazine, Battery, Gate Filter.
In addition it displays the following status information: Frames, Program, Arriglow.
Buttons
Mode
Reset Total
Run at 1 fps
+/-0.001 fps
Clicking this button will change the mode of the LCD display on the camera.
Clicking this button will reset the TOTAL counter on the camera to “0000”.
Clicking this button will make the camera run at 1.000 fps crystal speed.
Each time one of these buttons is clicked, the current camera speed will change
by 1/1000 fps. These buttons can be used to fine tune the fps rate while shooting
a monitor.
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4. The Timecode Window
Click here to close the Timecode Window
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Timecode Window
Timecode button
Clicking the Timecode button will open up the Timecode window. Once opened, this window can be
closed by clicking in the square at the top left of the window.
Timecode Counters and Status
The current Timecode and Userbits will be shown. After the Timecode number, you will see either
NDF (non-drop frame) or DF (drop frame).
The TC Status will indicate if Timecode is on, off, or if an error condition exists.
The Buttons in the Timecode Window
On
Off
Set TC/UB
Set TCS
This button will turn Timecode on. This may take up to 4 seconds, so be patient.
This button will turn Timecode off. This may take up to 4 seconds.
Clicking on this button will bring up a dialog box that allows the user to change
the Timecode and/or Userbits in the camera. Setting new Timecode with this
dialog box will automatically turn Timecode on.
Only with the 435: the timecode sensitivity (TCS) number can be set.
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5. The Small Camera Report Window
Roll menu
Open/Close indicator
Header
List
Camera Report button
The Small Camera Report is used to record information automatically from the camera.
The Header
The user can navigate camera reports through the Roll Menu in the Header. The Header also
contains buttons that allow the user to close an existing camera report or to open a new one.
The List
The List part of the Small Camera Report is divided into various columns. The column width and
position can be changed. Any column can be hidden from view with the Columns menu command.
The LCC can enter data automatically into the following columns: Scene, Take, Ft/Tk, Total, FPS,
Shutter, TC In, TC Out, Userbits, Time of day, Frame In, Frame Out, Screentime, Program, Gate
Filter, Take ID.
The user can enter data into any of these columns as well as into the following: NG, Waste, MOS,
Int/Ext and 6 custom columns, that the user can name.
Circling Takes
Holding down the command key while placing the cursor over a take number will change the cursor
into the circle tool. Clicking on a take with the circle tool will place a circle around that take number.
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6. Accounting Overview
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Unexposed film received from
production is entered in the
Received Raw Stock log.
2
The LCC will automatically add
new film to the Available Raw
Stock Log.
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Raw Stock
The LCC will automatically
subtract any exposed footage
from the Available Raw Stock log.
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Received Raw Stock
Available Raw Stock
Camera Rolls
Exposed Film
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Each line of the Exposed
Film log summarizes a
Camera Roll.
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The Flow of Film
The accounting features of the LCC allow the AC to keep track of all the footage from pre to post
production. The LCC keeps three logs to track all footage. These are the Received Raw Stock log,
the Available Raw Stock log and the Exposed Film log.
1
All new raw stock should be entered in the Received Raw Stock log. This serves as a record
for the AC to determine when what was received. New raw stock is entered through the New
Raw Stock Entry dialog box which is available from the Accounting menu.
2
Because it is now available for exposure, the new footage will automatically be posted in the
Available Raw Stock log. This log will track all available footage. It lists the number of full 400
and 1000 foot cans as well as each single short end.
3
Camera Rolls are created either manually (by entering the good, no good and waste figures in
the Add Roll dialog) or automatically (the LCC records each take in a camera report). In either
case the footage for that roll will be taken out of the Available Raw Stock log.
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Once a roll is finished and closed, the exposed footage will be posted in the Exposed Film log.
Each roll is represented by a line in the Exposed Film log. This log is a summary of all camera
reports.
At the end of the day the AC can print out all Camera Reports and/or a Daily Film Report which
contains the totals of all the film shot, sorted by emulsion. The other logs can also be printed.
All these lists, reports and logs are stored in an accounting file. It is recommended to create one
accounting file per show. If no accounting file is open, the title bar of the LCC will show the word
“LCC”. If an accounting file is open, its name will be displayed in the title bar.
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7. Manual Accounting
Two Ways to Keep Accounting
The LCC allows the user to keep track of film in two different ways: manual and automatic
accounting
The total footage for each roll can be entered into the LCC at the end of the day. The LCC will
subtract the used footage from the Available Raw Stcok log and post the correct amounts in the
Exposed Film log. This is called Manual Accounting. Alternatively, the LCC can be connected to a
camera and record camera reports automatically. This is called Automatic Accounting.
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Raw Stock
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Received Raw Stock
Available Raw Stock
Paper Camera Report
Exposed Film
Manual Accounting
Received film is entered into the Received Raw Stock log. At the end of the day the good, no good
and waste footages from the paper camera reports are entered into the Add Roll dialog. This will
create a camera roll for each paper camera report, subtract the used footage from the Available
Raw Stcok log and post them in the Exposed Film log.
With this method the LCC can accurately keep track of all raw stock, exposed film and short ends. It
also allows the user to see how much film is left for each stock, and to print out Daily Film Reports,
listing all the footage used in a concise form.
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8. Automatic Accounting
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Raw Stock
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Received Raw Stock
Available Raw Stock
Exposed Film
Automatic Accounting
When connected to a camera, the LCC can record camera reports automatically. Received
footages are entered into the Received Raw Stcok log. Once the camera is started and stopped,
the LCC will record a new line in the camera report with the information for that take
When closing the roll by clicking the Close Roll button, the LCC will subtract the used footage from
the Available Raw Stock log and post them in the Exposed Film log.
Mixing Manual and Automatic Accounting
The LCC does not care whether a camera report or part of it has been created in the manual or in
the automated fashion. Both are the same before the digital gods, so the user is free to use either
method when appropriate.
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