Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Arri SMB-1

Now that the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 11th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new that I saw. *note* These are being released in no particular order*

**note** I apologize for the delay in these posts, I’ve been battling WordPress back-end bugs.**


Arri SMB-1

The Arri ( booth usually has a ton of people in it, so I don’t spend a lot of time there. But under the advisement of Evan Luzi ( I went and took a look at their new Studio Matte Box (SMB-1). It has a ton of cool features that I haven’t seen on other matte boxes before.


The most obvious mechanic is that the SMB-1 tilts. With the use of a special whip attached to the box, you can adjust the angle of the matte box. Being able to tilt the box will help counteract any reflections or image artifacts you may get from using filters.


While the tilting is an awesome function, the one I find most intriguing is the ability to convert to anamorphic. By pulling off the sunshade and changing the mount locations you can attach a 2:1 anamorphic sunshade and french flags. Since the SMB-1 is designed to work with wide and anamorphic lenses this function is great for cutting down time on set.


Any standard 6.6″x6.6″ filter works with the SMB-1. But the stages and trays are modular so you can outfit the matte box with any configuration that works for you. And the SMB-1 is compatible with older model stages and trays, geared and non-geared.


There are a ton of little features that make the SMB-1 really unique in the world of matte boxes. And what I’ve gathered from having all this functionality is that Arri is really trying to cut down on time on set. Because the SMB-1 can handle so much it means you don’t have to spend time on workarounds; this saves time, and time saves money.


The SMB-1 will run you ~$6500 for the tilt kit on 15mm rods, but I think the functionality and build of it is worth the price. You can find more information about the Arri SMB-1 on their site (, as well as information about the vast array of stuff they make. And be sure to follow them on twitter, @ARRIChannel.

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Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Arri SMB-1

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