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CATEGORY: NAB 2018
“ Reports from Barbizon on new and interesting lighting and production equipment for content acquisition and at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”
This year high output LED manufacturer AadynTech will be releasing a panel version of their popular JAB and PUNCH fixtures. The Quad JAB and PUNCH will be available in both daylight as well as variable white versions. The variable version will have an adjustable color temperature range of 2950°Kto 5750°K.
The Quad JAB draws 20 amps and displays 120,000 lumens with its big brother the Quad Punch pulling 30amps at an impressive 285,000 lumens. Both fixtures will have a CRI rating of 95+ with on board as well as wired control options. AadynTech expects both fixtures to be ready to ship by early summer of this year.
AC Lighting showed the new Chroma-Q Studio Force II range of fixtures. These fixtures represent an evolution of the Chroma-Q Studio Force fixtures by incorporation the homogenized optics from the Chroma-Q Color Force II series of fixtures with a new LED package. The fixtures utilize Chroma-Q’s proprietary ColorSure system to ensure fixtures within the same product range provide consistent output regardless of when they are manufactured. This process involves a complex range of processes for selecting (binning) individual LED emitters; calibrating LED light engines in-house to a uniform standard and sophisticated firmware and software ensures exceptional fixture to fixture consistency.
Available in 1, 4, and 6-foot lengths the fixtures provide variable white light output from 2,800-6500K with +2/-2 green adjustment and a CRI of up to 94. Output is 6,500; 2400; and 3600 lumens respectively. The red, green, blue, and white emitters which make up the LED array can also be controlled individually to provide colored light for scene setting or effects. All of the lengths have a native beam angle of 22 degrees which can be modified to 43 degrees with the optional border lens and to an 80 degree by 35-degree asymmetrical beam with the optional cyc optic.
The fixtures offer onboard control via a rear-mounted touch screen as well as remote control via DMX/ RDM and wireless control using optional LumenRadio. When controlled via DMX, a control channel enables switching between the variable white and color modes without needing to access the fixture. The fixtures can also be sub-divided to allow different sections of the overall fixture to be controlled separately and the design of the housing and mounting is such that fixtures can be lined up end to end with no gap for a continuous appearance. The compact form factor (less than 7.5” x 9” square in height and depth) will make these fixtures are a good choice for spaces with low trims and their comparatively narrow beam angle will allow for a relatively longer throw than other variable white/ color mixing fixtures.
Cinestar is the newest addition to the Airstar family. It has been designed with versatility in mind. Cinestar is fully dimmable, with easy to use bicolor temperature controls. It features a low-profile body and is completely portable, making it the perfect lighting choice for studio, stage, and set applications.
Cinestar allows for fast set up (just 15 minutes), and even though it's 5' wide when inflated it is easily transportable because it compacts down into a small case and weighs around 26 pounds.
While other Airstar units like the Crystal have been used for area, event and sometimes on sets the Cinestar is the first content creation dedicated lighting balloon that uses Airstars flicker-free "Dynamic White" LED technology with a bi-color LED array with 2700K to6500K with a high CRI of 96 that uses 850 watts.
Anton Bauer continues to address new issues facing the broadcast and film industry when it comes to batteries. The helps users adapt to the IATA regulations which mandate that Lithium-ion batteries may only carry a charge of 30 percent or less of their rated capacity when transported as cargo. In just three hours, the LPD can discharge four 90 WH batteries from full. It also does not require external power to operate, making it ideal for both convenience and protection. This solution is lightweight and robust for easy travel, as well as fan-cooled and thermally protected for safe unattended use. While Anton Bauer introduced this product last year, it remains extremely popular for traveling broadcasters and rental houses alike.
The Arri Booth was a buzz this year following the success of the Sky Panel products. At the core of the Sky Panel’s success is the Firmware, which offers a variety of features that can be used by professional’s every sector of the entertainment market. New for this year Firmware version 4.0 extends the capabilities.
SkyPanel Firmware updates are all about adding versatility and control - harnessing the awesome power of the SkyPanel and putting that potential into the hands of the gaffer, lighting designer, or programmer. SkyPanel Firmware 4 takes this ability to new heights. Packed with ten new features, SkyPanel Firmware 4 expands the capabilities of the SkyPanel like never before and offers refined levels of control.
Every SkyPanel is made up of one or more light engines. The S60 has two light engines while the S360 has twelve light engines. SkyPanel Firmware 4 allows the user to control individual light engines via new DMX modes. Each light engine acts as its own mini SkyPanel with parameters like CCT & RGBW, HSI, or x,y Coordinates. This precise level of control enables new programming possibilities with the SkyPanel.
Arri has also added new effects and enhanced the existing effects.
New Version 4.0 Effects
- Lighting Effect: Welding
- Lighting Effect: Process
- Lighting Effect: Fluorescent Flicker
- Lighting Effect: Explosion
Here's a great look from Newsshooter.com
Extreme use, rough conditions, and heavy payloads have been the hallmark of the Avenger brand since its inception. The Quick Action Jr and Baby Clamp fit right in with the needs of today's professional riggers whether it's in a theatrical or video setting. No more struggling to mount or dismount heavy or awkward fixtures to your grid or truss systems. Avengers quick release button will allow you the freedom to release the jaw of the clamp instantly from the pipe without having to twist the knuckle. Quick action clamps are available with Jr. receivers for your heavier fixtures as well as standard baby pins for some of those smaller lights in your kit. The Junior clamp can support a max payload of 220lbs and its baby counterpart can sustain weights of up 110lbs respectively.
Backstage has added thirteen new carts to their extensive line of production and cinema carts. Some of these are modifications to their existing carts while some are able to be customized through options available.
In addition to the Skypanel 120 Cart (E-17), the Skypanel 60 Cart (E-18 Mini) and the Skypanel 360 Cart (E-19) are now available. These carts feature all-steel construction and house the Skypanel fixtures, cables and power supplies.
The Cable Cart(GE-02) and the Cable/Sand Bag Mini Cart (GE-02 Mini) both now have a foldable version available.
The Backstage Head Cart(E-02) and the Apple Box Cart(G-10) both now feature Plus versions with increased size and capacity, the Apple Cart Plus(G-28) and the Head Cart Plus (E-02 Plus).
The C-Stand Mini Cart Modular (GE-19 Mini) has so many of options. It holds up to 13 C-Stands or 8 Combo Stands or11 Baby Stands or configure it according to your needs. Tires also have options, Foam Filled or Pneumatic tires, this cart can be modified to be whatever you need it to be.
BCI announces THE BEST BOY 2 POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX. The popular Best Boy Pocket Console®-DMX just got better with the emergence of the improved Best Boy 2. The Best Boy 2 is a vastly improved and armored version of the ubiquitous POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX.
This new Best Boy 2 Pocket Console comes built into a “Mil-Spec” water resistant case that is superior in all aspects to the prior style case; it is smaller and lighter; comes with a DMX umbilical as opposed to a flush-mount data port, no longer requiring a DMX jumper; has a much smaller power supply; comes with Playback-8 Software. It can be patched just as always with up to 512 DMX addresses, while still recording up to 8 discrete "Submasters" of the 8 Channels. Whether for LEDs, discrete control of 12/24 dimmer packs or for setting or tech-ing a moving light, The NEW Best Boy 2 is ready to take on the job.
BB&S Lighting of Denmark showcased it’s Force 7 this year at NAB. The new single source LED technology provides a CRI of 97 with an output that is equivalent to 750 watts. They are also accomplishing this while only drawing 180 watts from an externally mounted 48-volt power supply. The dimming is very smooth from 100%-0% with no hot spots or double shadows while using gobos or effects. The demo that was set up at NAB confirmed the manufacturer's claims! The edge to edge light is very clean. The fan is also extremely quiet which makes it a great option for studio use.
The Force 7 is compatible with all ETC Source 4 barrels and lenses and is available in custom colors and comes with a Powercon True-1 AC Power Cable.
Today's cine and video equipment have spread the range of voltage and power needs like never before. And the loads for high powered LED's and HMI's have had no battery solutions until now. Block Battery products provide battery solutions for an ever-evolving portable world.
The 2F1 Battery, which can change voltages or mounting options and comes in either the Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion and is the most versatile battery available. From a V-Lock, to a three-stud camera battery to a 28v power source for an LED light, any power needs under 200 watts, regardless of the output voltage.
The SLi-600, 14 and 28 VDC Dual or Switchable Block, is a 550 Watt-hour block designed cinematic camera applications. The compact SLi-600 weighs in at only 16 lbs. and is available in a series "D" or "S," to be compatible with your power needs. Charge time is 4 hours with 1500 to 2000 recharge cycles.
The SLi-600 uses the "safe lithium chemistry" of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFeP04). It has a modular design which allows the 10 battery blocks to be easily removed and replaced, making transporting the SLi-600 much safer and easier. Replacement cells and be replaced easily as well making service much simpler.
Each SLi Series block contains an active balancing circuit that will monitor and balance the individual cells with every charge cycle.
This year Brightline has announced that they are adding Lumen Radio wireless DMX to all of their SeriesONE LED fixtures. They are also developing a wireless interface box to control the original SeriesONE fluorescent fixtures. Integrating this wireless control will enable the SeriesONE line to easily be controlled from any LumenRadio transmitter or controller, allowing for quick setups and less cable.
Chauvet’s latest showstopper remains the Ovation series, now in available in variable white—the OvationE-930VW (ellipsoidal) and Ovation F-915VW (Fresnel). This proprietary LED engine works differently than one might expect. Chauvet uses a 6-color system to create exceptional color consistency in a flat and even field from 2800K to 8000K, as opposed to the more traditional method of mixing warm white and cool white LED’s. The independent color control also creates the ability to add a dash of color when desired. With the ability to change color temperature at 100K increments without losing intensity, it is all about consistency. Other functions include onboard manual control or DMX control, +/- green adjustment, 16-bit dimming, near silent operation, and adjustable Pulse Width Modulation to avoid on-camera flicker. As an added bonus, the Fresnel also features a motorized zoom. Overall, these fixtures provide simplicity and power at once, an ideal solution for studios and theaters alike. Most importantly, they are now shipping!
Chimera Lighting in partnership with LiteGear is excited to launch its newest product; the Panel Lantern, Powered by LiteGear. The LiteGear LED engine will feature 95+ CRI and TLCI ratings and the ability to achieve color temperatures anywhere from 2600 to 6000 degrees Kelvin. The panel lantern will be available in a kit which will include the LED head unit, a 24x24” collapsible Chimera Panel Frame, Lantern Fabric, dimmer, 12ft. head power cable and power supply. The entire kit fits conveniently in a ballistic bag and tips the scale at a TSA friendly 6lbs. The panel can be mounted any number of ways using a specially designed Matthews/Chimera Grip Head or panel clamp kits for use on a lighting stand or boom.
It’s versatility and compact size make it perfect for both studio and on location shoots. Chimera fully expects to be able to ship Panels around June of this year.
Chimera also makes durable, rugged, diffusers and softbanksdesigned and sized for most all the lighting fixtures on the market today.
Cineo has added yet another powerful creative tool to the lighting professional’s arsenal – the Standard 410. This fixture won theTV Technology “Best in Show,” adding to their already award-winning white-light quality with their innovative saturated color technology. The Standard 410 delivers up to 25,000 lumens of beautiful, easily controllable, full-gamut light. The Standard 410 boasts a substantial 2’ x 1’ diffused illuminating surface, weighing less than 29 lbs., with a maximum power of 410 watts. Creating beautiful light within an extended color gamut is only part of the story. Cineo has developed an intuitive control strategy that allows predictable, repeatable results, either using the graphical control panel or remotely with wired or built-in wireless CRMX control. The strategy is simple: four controls or four DMX channels control the entire fixture in a single mode of operation:
Dim - Cineo’s Photo-Accurate Dimming™ maps the 0-100% dimming curve to actual camera stops for precise output control using the MASTER control locally or on the first DMX channel.
CCT – For color-accurate white light, choose the CCT as you would with any Cineo fixture using the CCT rotary control or the second DMX channel.
Saturation - controls the amount of saturated color to be added to the white light, from full white to fully saturated color, managed on the third DMX channel.
Hue - To optionally add saturated color, the HUE control adjusts the hue, the color of which is displayed on the control panel, or managed on the fourth DMX channel. With the Standard 410, the same color shading can be achieved regardless of the CCT used for photography. For example, +2 Green added to 3200K CCT will look the same as +2 Green at 5600K to the correctly white-balanced camera.
Celebrating 50 years of providing communication to all kinds of productions Clear Comhad some neat new items at NAB this year.
The all-newFreeSpeak IIIP Transceiver (IPT) based on Clear-Com’s new IP Platform solution allowsFreeSpeak II wirelessbeltpacksto be addressed across a user’s LAN. Additional enhancements support a higher density of users per transceiver as well. Existing FreeSpeak II beltpacks may be upgraded to work with the IPT through a simple firmware update.
Transceivers are connected to an AES67 IP-router and to the Eclipse HX system fitted with Clear-Com’sE-IPAhigh density audio-and-intercom-over IP system card. Each E-IPA card—also native AES67 based-- provides up to 64 ports of IP connections which effectively supports 64 IPTs. The IPT Transceiver can be powered from a PoE switch or local power source. Direct fiber connection is also available on each IPT.
At this year’s NAB, Coemar debuted their new 6-color LEDko FS6 LED light engine and it is a winner. The new LED chip on board includes Red, Green, Blue, White (5600K), and now Lime & Phosphor Corrected Amber. Their goal was to create an all-in-one fixture that could address both Studio and Theatrical markets with the capability of producing intensely saturated colors without sacrificing the output punch of the whites. The purpose behind adding the Lime and PC Amber is to help “beef up” the Red, Green and Yellow parts of the color spectrum as well as adding the ability to produce a high CRI (above 94) throughout the range of whites. Depending on the mode you select, the new LEDko FS6 can be used as a variable white (2700K - 6500K) or an all-in-one, color changing fixture. All LEDkos can be controlled via DMX, RDM or locally at the head.
Also new to the Coemar product line are an LED Spot and Fresnel moving heads. The LEDko TM F6 uses the same 6-color LED light engine as in the LEDko FS6 in addition to all the characteristics you would expect in an intelligent profile fixture: Zoom (13-38 degrees), Internal Framing Shutters, Iris, Frost Filter, and Pan/ Tilt. For the Fresnel crowd, the LEDko TM Fresnel is available in either Tunable Tungsten (2700K - 4100K) or Tunable Daylight (4100K - 6500K), both of which include RGBW LED chips, Green/Magenta manipulation, Proportional Zoom (13-65 degrees), an Internal Barndoor Framing System, and Pan/Tilt. These will be available for sale shortly.
Featured this year was the CreamSource Micro. The Creamsource Micro is less than half the size of the Creamsource Mini+, at just 8.66” x 8.7” x 3.94” (W x H x D), and weighing in at approximately 5.5 lbs. It features a rugged and waterproof design, with an IP65 rating which means it can be used in all weather. Light output is the same excellent quality as the rest of the Creamsource range, with color temperature adjustable from 2700 to 6500K and a CRI/TLCI of greater than 90. Drawing only 80W, it rivals the light output and punch typical of some 200W HMI Luminaires. Unlike most bi-color fixtures, the Micro maintains constant power output across the whole CCT range, so users always get the unit’s full potential, and there is no reason to have to choose between a bi-color or daylight system. Another key innovation of the Micro is its wide 10-32V operating voltage, allowing users to power the fixture from a single 90WH battery, or directly from a car. Shown here surviving the toughest conditions.
Dana Dolly has added a few upgrades to their dolly options.
The Dana Dolly now is available in an extreme machined version. This dolly has every bit of metal removed yet maintains its total structural integrity. They are also available in neon colors!
The Stand & Wheel Kit now comes in a durable shipping case with wheelsets for the stands.
The Dana Dolly Drop Down Kit, which also now available with a durable case, allows your dolly tracks to be lowered right down to ground level from your stands. There is also a video that illustrated perfectly the advantages of this addition to your Dana Dolly kit!
Here's a great vid of it by the team over at GripRigs.
Dedolight brought their range of studio and field LED fixtures to NAB this year. Their focusing fixtures include the stand or camera mounted Turbo series in tungsten, daylight or bicolor, the DLED2, and the DLED4. If you need LED panel lights, they have the Felloni panel and the DLEDRama in different sizes and configurations. The larger fixtures are DMX controlled and are at home in the studio or in the field. Most of their fixtures are available in multi-head kits with all the accessories you could possibly need.
DeSisti showed their new SoftLED 2 XL which has replaced the remote phosphor technology used in the SoftLEDs with Fixed White chips. These new chips are adding 50% more light output than their predecessors while retaining CRIs greater than 96 and TLCIs of 97.5. I was told that Lighting Designers had requested DeSisti to add a longer fixture with a larger surface area. It’s nice to know they listened and acting on those suggestions. The SoftLED 2 XL uses the same power as the SoftLED 4 but is 20% brighter.
On another note, the Piccoletto joins the DeSisti line of Variable White Fresnels (2700K - 6500K). This is their 300W tungsten equivalent.
Dracast has revealed an attractive and round soft light under it's Aparo brand dubbed the “Luna.” Based on the existing Silk Ray, these fixtures will come in larger sizes with a very narrow profile (at just over ½ an inch). Edge-mount LED’s point inward while a distribution panel creates a soft, 180 degree beam spread. According to Dracast, this technology mimics ambient light by eliminating hot spots and hard shadows. Available in either bicolor or daylight, this fixture will be ideal for portrait photography due to the exceptional softness and wrap it creates around the subject.
While not at NAB we wanted to include our friends at DSC labs. Last year after NAB they made a change to their printing substratemoving to the use of new AcuFlect 3 media.
AcuFlect 3 while less reflective than the original AcuFlect Glossy, still maintains the dynamic range and color saturation that have made the original charts legendary.
Why did they do this? After testing of a variety of different materials, customers reported back thatsetting up the charts was much easier under multiple different light sources, saving time and making the camera reference process go faster. As a bonus, the new AcuFlect 3 surface can be wiped down with a damp cloth and has the added benefit of being more Eco-friendly.