Below are the new products and buzz we heard on the floor at NAB 2015 sorted alphabetically. Enjoy!
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CATEGORY: NAB 2015
“ Reports from our team members on new and interesting lighting and production equipment for content acquisition and at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 13-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”
Below are the new products and buzz we heard on the floor at NAB 2015 sorted alphabetically. Enjoy!
The North American division of A.C. Lighting was presenting a variable white fixture in the same form factor as their Chroma-Q “Color One”, aptly named the “Studio One”.
Same rugged casing and same lens assembly as the Color One, but in a variable white version from 3200-5600K. Fits standard 4.25” accessories and can be ordered in black or white as well as in an IP65 rated housing.
The Hurricane Jr. is the latest addition to the AAdynTech line of LED fixtures. Rated IP65, the head and the power supply are completely weatherproof. The Jr. weighs less than five lbs. drawing only 100W allowing it to operate for hours off 28.8 Volts DC battery power with a steady light output of over 650 foot-candles @ 10 feet.
This powerful portable unit can operate as hard light with impressive throw, or a shadow filling soft light using wide angle lens and a soft bank attachment. Output ranges from 0% to 100% with no change in color temperature, and can be controlled manually or by 5 pin DMX in/out control.
The Hurricane Jr. comes with a scrim bag, 4 lenses @ 5, 15, 30 & 55 degrees and 2 hard gels. A Kit is also available consisting of an ATA Mil-Spec road case, barn doors, speed ring & light bank. An optional Lens Extender attachment fits on the front of the fixture and works in conjunction with the special holographic lenses to blend the multiple LED sources into a single source of light. The addition of a speed ring & soft bank gives the Hurricane Jr. versatility providing even illumination that virtually envelops the subject for near shadow-less results
Other units in the AAdynTech lineup include, the212W JAB Hurricane (also IP65 rated) and JAB Daylight models, and the 576W high output Punch Plus.
Alcorn provides a wide range of audio, video storage, and a wide-range of controls to trigger media or other show control elements. At NAB they showed the AMI/IO that is an easy way to connect large amounts of field I/O with a single Ethernet cable.
Available in multiple configurations, AMI/O is a flexible option for quickly adding inputs and outputs. AMI/O is a distributed I/O solution allowing you to connect large amounts of field I/O with a single Ethernet cable. The great part is that Alcon's Pro Series line of controllers treat remote AMI/O just like local I/O for seamless system integration. AMI/O has a sleek form factor and is DIN-rail mountable. With spring-loaded terminals, wiring is easy and secure.
This tool makes control of themed-environment a lot easier bacause they can all be landed in one place and sent back to the main system.
Lance at American Grip brought an assortment of his popular line of stands, hardware and high quality grip equipment to NAB this year. Featured were his High Roller Overhead stands, and the Road Runner 220 Crank Stand, that extends to over 11 ft. Their strong and lightweight Century Stands have been an industry staple for years. They are available in 24”, 40” and 60” versions, with spring loaded, non-spring loaded, and removable bases.
This year Anton Bauer unveiled new features for their Digital Battery and Performance Charger line first introduced at NAB 2015. Anton/Bauer has updated its Digital Battery Series with Fuse Link technology, a new connection technology that provides an added protection circuit within each cell pack, prohibiting damage to adjoining cells if a single cell is affected for any reason by severe impact, puncture or thermal runaway. AB also previewed their new Asset Management System (AMS), which will be available to the marketplace as a tier-based subscription in the third quarter of 2015. When an Anton/Bauer battery is placed on a Wi-Fi enabled Performance Charger, the AMS will automatically upload its information, including remaining run-time, temperature, voltage, and present capacity, to a secure, cloud-based server. All pertinent data required for tracking and performance analysis will be available with a simple user log-in and password.
With all the excitement about new products, it’s always hard to find space in the Arri exhibit at NAB. All for good reason. Arri debuted a new addition to their range of L-Series LED Fresnels, and introduced us to a new LED softlight.
The L10-C, big brother to the L7-C color tunable LED Fresnel, sports a 10” lens, 15-50 degree beam angle, and a full RGBW color gamut with Hue and Saturation control allowing for variable color temperature between 2,800-10,000K. This 400W LED Fresnel is DMX controlled with smooth dimming from 0-100%. Arri’s biggest and brightest LED offering, the L10 provides a viable LED fixture option for where only 2kW tungsten Fresnel previously dared to tread. Additional units in the L-Series are the L5, and L7 which are available in –C (color mixing), -T Tunable Tungsten (2,600-3,600K) and –D Tunable Daylight (5,00-6,500K). *L10-C is available in May 2015 with the L10-T and –D available 3rd quarter 2015.
Bringing back a softlight to the lighting lineup Arri introduced SkyPanel - a compact, ultra-bright and high-quality LED soft light SkyPanel is initially available in two sizes: the S60 and S30. The S60 is a midrange model, featuring a light aperture of 645 x 300 mm and similar to the 2K Zip of old. The S30 is a smaller, more portable version. Both models are available in fully color tunable and remote phosphor versions. Like the L-Series, SkyPanel ‘C’ (Color) versions are fully tunable; correlated color temperature is adjustable between 2,800 K and 10,000 K, with excellent color rendition over the entire range. Full plus and minus green correction can be achieved with the simple turn of a knob, and in addition to CCT control, vivid color selection and saturation adjustment is also possible. Brighter than a 2 kW tungsten soft light or a 6 kW tungsten space light, the SkyPanel S60 has more than enough light for most applications. Fully Dimmable, the unit is also able provide uniform, high quality illumination at lower light levels. Fixed Color Temperature units (2700K, 3200K, 4300K, 5600K and 6500K) are available using remote phosphor technology. These S60-RP (Remote Phosphor) and S30-RP units are both brighter, and less expensive than the –C color tunable versions. For versatility, Remote Phosphor panels can be swapped to achieve full brightness in the fixed color temperature of your choice.
Backstage introduced their new Mini Carts. The purpose for these mini carts was to fit in Sprinter mobile vans that are now being used for carrying gear for production work. These carts are reduced in size and are more compact.
The line comes in a lot of options like: the Electric Mini cart , Kino-Flo mini cart, Cable Distro mini cart, Cable/Sand Bag mini cart, Head mini cart,C-Stand mini cart, 4 X 4 mini cart, Combo Stand mini cart, Super Duz-All mini cart, HMI mini cart, 4-Crate set box mini cart,6-Crate set box mini cart, 7-Crate set box , 9-Crate set box mini cart and Prop Crate mini cart. Note: crates are not included-See catalog for cart dimensions.
New in their 2015 regular cart line is the C-Stand Plus cart with new braking systems. The Wall Mover carries a wall up to 7-1/2” in width, has built in handles and has 2- 10” pneumatic wheels . Max capacity is 350lbs.
BBS Lighting, known for their innovative Area48 remote phosphor LED luminaire introduces the Pipeline LED System. In a convenient cylindrical form factor in lengths of 1' 2' 3' and 4', the Pipeline remote phosphor provides high CRI soft light that is controllable and dimmable with no color shift or flickering. Whether installed in an optional single or multi-lamp reflector bank, or used stand-alone, the 180 degree Pipeline sources are an effective soft-light lamp for modeling faces and illuminating backgrounds.
Among Pipeline’s numerous advantages are low power draw, high light output, wide light dispersion, heatless and fan-less operation. Control of 1’ and 2’ sections is achieved by single channel in-line dimmers and the 3’ and 4’ pipelines are controlled via wireless DMX 512 controller. The Pipes are available in 3200K, 4300K or 5600K color temperature outputs, and can be used in a bi-color arrangement mixing different color temperature Pipes to achieve mid-range color temperatures.
Brightline showed LED fixtures from both their studio and videoconferencing lines of products. For the studio, they showed the new LED SeriesONE, the new L-CL Chin Light, and the BL.16.
The new LED SeriesOne is a remote phosphor softlight fixture based on the form-factor of Brighline’s classic SeriesONE fluorescent fixtures. The new units can even make use of studio’s existing inventories of fixture accessories such as intensifiers and screens. The LED SeriesONE is dimmable via DMX with no color shift and available in 3200K and 5600K at >95 CRI. Brightline if focusing on controlling color consistency of their remote phosphor by binning the LEDs to a tolerance of not more than 3nm within a manufacturing run. They can be powered from 120, 230, or 277 Volt sources and draw 192W.
The L-CL Chin Light uses the same remote phosphor technology as the LED SeriesOne in a compact, 15” x 3” x 4.75” package (dimensions include mounting hardware). The 18W L-CL is powered via a 6’ low-voltage, coaxial cable which connects the unit to a DMX controlled power supply. Up to four sequentially addressed units can be individually controlled from one power supply making this a great solution for multi-anchor desks.
The BL.16 is a 60W fixture with 16 LEDs in a rectangular 4x4 array. The fixture uses interchangeable optic cartridges in both Daylight and Tungsten, with Broad, Medium, and Narrow beams. The beam can be further shaped using mini control screens as well as three lengths of snoots. The BL.16 is dimmable via DMX, but also offers phase (mains) dimming as an option for direct retrofit into 120-230V studio dimming systems.
For videoconferencing, Brighline showed their LED VideoPlus and LVP-360 fixtures. Designed for mounting in drop-ceiling grids with no extension below the ceiling plane these fixtures provide task lighting and directional lighting for video. Both use remote phosphor technology in 3200K or 5600K at >95 CRI. Fixtures can be fed from switched 120, 230, or 277V sources and dimmed via analog (0-10V) or DMX. Fixture draw is determined by configuration and can be limited to meet energy code requirements. The larger VideoPlus fixtures receive low-voltage power and control from a ceiling or rack mounted power and control box. The smaller LVP-360 can be powered from these as well or from an integral power and data supply.
The LED VideoPlus fixtures have a 5” wide aperture and are available in 2’ and 4’ lengths. To understand the options for these fixtures it is easiest to imagine them installed end-to-end in a row over the centerline of a conference table. The first option is task only lighting. This option provides lighting below the fixture with a 55 degree beam spread to illuminate the top of the table. To this base lighting, Brightline then adds LEDs in the same fixture housing which are aimed at 45 degrees to the side. These have a 25 degree beam spread and are intended to provide front light to the people sitting along the conference table. The video and task lighting beams are designed to overlap slightly to provide even lighting. Depending on the requirements of the room, either one or both sides of the table can be illuminated.
The LVP-360 provides additional flexibility beyond that offered by the LED VideoPlus. The LVP-360 is a 1’ section of LED VideoPlus with the task downlight plus one bank of 45 degree angled video lighting. This 1’ unit is mounted in a circular plate integrated with a 2’ x 2’ ceiling tile. The unit can be aimed by rotating the fixture within the ceiling tile to provide more traditional key, fill, and back lighting angles than are offered by the LED VideoPlus. Brightline sees this being especially useful for single-person shots, such as a CEO’s office. The smaller size could also be used for the ends of the table in a traditional conference room where the main portion of the table is lit with the LED VideoPlus.