ARRI DRW-1 Digital Remote Wheels


Classic analog ARRI handwheel-feel for the digital age.

ARRI rolls out new Digital Remote Wheels DRW-1. They work with ARRI’s Stabilized Remote Head SRH-3. Up to now, you had to “drive” the Remote Head with a joystick or other device. But, a number of Camera Operators missed the muscle memory, fine hand-eye control (especially in a bouncing chase car) and the accurate repeatability of wheels.

The DRW-1 combines digital technology with components inspired by earlier generations of the Arrihead 2. The solid, hand-polished, precision-engineered hand wheels are the same as the ones on the mechanical Arrihead 2.

The brake levers are also familiar. They look and feel just like the ones on the analog Arrihead 2. “Everything here is a classic design. Within minutes, the operator will feel at home with the DRW-1,” said Curt Schaller, Product Manager, ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems.

The DRW-1 has assignable controls and interchangeable components. The angles of the wheels are adjustable. An additional third wheel can easily be added to the system. Threaded mounting holes on the bottom allow for quick attachment of all kinds of accessories like Mitchell or Euro mounts and longer camera dovetail plates.

The DRW-1 can also be mounted on any tripod or stand. The LBUS protocol lets you daisychain the wheels with other LBUS compatible controllers like the new OCU-1. This keeps cable clutter to a minimum.

The DRW-1 is supported by ARRI’s global network of service centers. Working together with the SRH-3, shown below, this is an efficient, adaptable and cost-efficient remote-head system.


Reprinted from Film and Digital Times September 2018 Edition #89-90

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