As the Creamsource Micro is a high-power device, it will get hot during normal
operation, and care must be taken when touching the unit.
• The maximum surface temperature of the lamp head will be 60º C/140ºF,
when operated in an ambient temperature of 25º C/77º F
• Maximum ambient temperature for normal operation is 40ºC/104ºF
Recommended rigging position for the Creamsource Micro is with the cooling
fins in a vertical orientation. This allows for the best natural cooling of the unit.
It can be mounted in other positions BUT care must be taken not to smother the
cooling fins on the back of the unit. Keep a 10cm/4in. clearance around the unit
to maintain air flow.
If rigging the unit above people, from vehicles, moving platforms, or hanging from
any rigging, be sure to secure the unit through the safety-cable holes located
at each end of the unit using approved and correctly rated safety cables, chains
This is the normal display mode of the Creamsource. The current intensity
level is displayed, along with additional information in the status area at the top
of the screen:
• The text “DMX” appears when a
DMX signal is detected,
• A lock icon?indicates when the
rotary wheel is locked
• The current CCT shows in the
upper right corner of the screen
• Frame rate is displayed upper right
when an external sync signal is
• ‘EXT’ is displayed in upper right
Smooth Low Dimming Mode
Smooth Low Dimming mode
(MENU->Smooth Low Dimming) enables very
smooth dimming at very low light levels. This activates an exponential dimming
curve allowing for fine control at the low end.
Note that the display will not show accurate % levels when in this mode.
Different lighting modes and effects such as Strobe and Timed Flash are available
Use the NEXT button to switch between settings for adjustment, then the wheel
to change that setting. Each time NEXT is pressed, the next setting is selected
The ON/OFF and FLASH buttons can also be used as normal to switch the effect
on/off or to create ‘bursts
In special modes such as Strobe and
Random, the display changes to show
the selected setting when the NEXT
button is pressed.
When the light output is turned off, the
display goes negative (white text on
Syncing to Camera using Flashbandit
The Creamsource can be triggered from an external source, such as a sync
generator box (e.g. Ambient ACL202CT Lockit box), to ensure that it is
synchronised with the camera shutter. This can be used to solve the frame
tearing / flash banding problem most digital CMOS (and in fact some CCD/ lm)
cameras can have with any flashing or strobing light source.
Due to the small dimensions of the Creamsource Micro, it does not have full size
XLR DMX connectors. Instead, the DMX signals are accessible by using a breakout
cable plugged into the Accessory socket, which brings the signals out to 5 pin XLR
connectors. Part number for the breakout cable is: CSU-DMX-Y
When a valid DMX signal is present, the manual controls for the unit are disabled.
These are restored one second after loss of DMX signal.
The DMX address can be set through the menu system, with each unit requiring
2 address slots in basic 8-bit mode. The first address will control intensity, and the
next adjacent address controls colour temperature.