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“ Reports from Barbizon on new and interesting lighting and production equipment for content acquisition and at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 18-21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”

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2016 NAB Show Report

NAB 2016Thanks for stopping by to read Barbizon's 2016 NAB Show report. Our team members met with companies from all over the floor of the NAB Show and brought us back the latest and greatest they saw in lighting, grip production equipment.   nab16-education-2In the meantime we've made PDFs of Barbizon's 2016 NAB educational seminars from John Gates & Jim Sippel and you can download them for free with these links!: Gates: Myth-busting LED Lighting Sippel: Small Crew Big Production Value (Indoors) Gates: Myth-Busting - Rubber Hits the Road at KTRK Sippel: Small Crew Big Production Value (Outdoors)  


AADYNTECH-2016AAdynTech announced that the next generation of Punch Plus and Jab Series of LED fixtures is now 30% brighter. There Punch and JAB series fixtures provide high output, flicker free, single-source lighting that runs cool with low current draw, saving up to 90% in energy costs. If the weather is an issue, the JAB Hurricane and new Hurricane Jr. are IP65-Rated, running on both AC power and DC battery. For versatile Tungsten and Daylight lighting, their new JAB V2 Variable provides extreme output with an adjustable color temperature range of 3,000°K to 6,000°K, opening the door to unlimited lighting applications

Anton Bauer

CINE90 G MountAnton/Bauer announced its North American debut of their new CINE battery series at this year’s NAB. The Cine battery series uses the next generation Li-Ion technology. Today’s digital cinema cameras need higher power performance and the CINE provides a long lasting charge. The CINE is 12 amps of constant power and provides a PowerTap® to power any other 14V accessory. It has an LCD display which shows run time when on board the camera and a percentage of charge when it is unattached. Its new compact design gives it a lower profile and the Fuse Link technology, developed by the Tesla Motor research, provides an added circuit protection. The CINE line features multiple sensors to detect temperature and over-current states, ensuring optimal battery performance during regular use. “The CINE battery series is the culmination of Anton/Bauer’s commitment to producing the world’s most reliable power systems for professional cinematographers,” said Treena Dixon, Product Manager for Anton/Bauer. The CINE series is available in both Gold Mount® and V-Mount connectors and is compatible with all Anton/Bauer Gold Mount and V-Mount chargers.

Arri Lighting

Arri Lighting was showing some of there latest and greatest additions to there LED soft light line. Arri Sky PanelThese included the S30-C & S60-C with new software that let you control all environments right from the fixture or remotely using DMX. In addition there is a new accessory called the SkyBender, which is available for both the SC30 & SC60 allowing for beautiful washes from green screens, Colored wall washes and even translight’s!

ARRI's new generation of ballasts incorporates an AutoScan feature that ensures optimum light and image quality with a minimum of effort for high-speed recording up to 1,000 fps and beyond.
EB 2.5/4 HS AutoScanFirst to be released was the EB 12/18 HS AutoScan for 12 kW and 18 kW discharge lamps, followed by the EB 6/9 HS AutoScan. Now ARRI presents the EB 2.5/4 HS AutoScan, designed for the 2.5 kW and 4 kW power classes.
Three different modes are available for high-speed operation: AutoScan (fully automatic), Man (manual frequency control) or AutoMan (manual frequency setting with automatic frequency control). Other key features include Active Line Filter (ALF), Compensation for Cable Losses (CCL) and DMX control, delivering maximum light quality with efficient supply and wiring. When combined with the ARRI M40 lamphead, the EB 2.5/4 HS AutoScan ballast enables a faster and simpler way of working on set -- at any frame rate.


Avenger-Long-John-SilverPart of Vitec Group family of companies, this year’s Avenger display was contained into a 8’ x 8’ section of Vitec’s massive NAB booth. The only item displayed was their Long John Silver Jr Stand, which is one of the largest stands on the market. Crank operated (1 person) it can lift up to 250lbs to a height of approx. 11’6” high. A handy feature to this crank stand is that it has a very low load point which makes it easy to put stuff on the stand safely. The product specialist pointed out that people should be on the lookout for Avenger at this year’s Cine Gear where some exciting changes and updates to the product line will be announced.

Backstage Equipment

Backstage case cart openThis year, Sig at Backstage Equipment brought a cool new line of “Case Carts” to the show. These carts, varying in size and capabilities, quickly convert from fully functioning rolling gear carts to flat, compact cases that Backstage Case Cart closedare very easily shipped or transported. The wheels, shelves, and other optional attachments are enclosed in a suitcase-like package with rolling casters. They can also be outfitted with an array of power distribution options for monitors, battery charging, laptops, etc… The models available in the Case line are the Camera Case Cart, Jr. Camera Case Cart, Steadicam Case Cart, Mini Flight Case Cart, Jr. Flight Case Cart, and the Flight Case Cart. While the Flight Case Cart shown here is made of plywood, steel and aluminum (like a roadcase), the rest of this line is made of textured black aluminum.

BBS Lighting

BBS-PipelineBBS Lighting spotlighted its new Pipeline LED lighting system, which expands its Area 48 product line. Pipeline is an expandable array of customizable cylindrical fixtures that produce soft, fully dimmable light without any color shift. The rugged, 1-inch diameter LED pipes are available in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-foot, lengths offering brighter, higher fidelity light emission of over 1000 lumens per foot with a 95+ TLCI. Users may use 3200-degree K, 4300-degree K or 5600-degree K pipes individually or in combination, along with a new four-way controller. Pipes are available in 3-foot and 4-foot reflector/four-bank housings that hold either 5600-degree K, 3200-degree K, or a mix of the two, as well as soft boxes and grids for each. BBS also has a new, palm-sized remote dimmer for Area 48 that provides single or multi-fixture 16-bit dimming. K7BBS also showcased a round-shaped K7 light that attaches to most surfaces via a strong neodymium magnet. It can illuminate dark areas, such as the background of broadcast sets, with a choice of 2W LEDs at 2700-degree K, 3000-degree K or 4000-degree K color temperature.

Block Battery

Block-Battery-SolutionsAt this years NAB, Block Battery displayed various battery solutions for cinematic, lighting & video production, and custom solutions for the most challenging power requirements with respect to high current, high capacity, multiple voltages (12V, 13.2V, 14.4V, 24V, 26.4V, 28.8V, 30V, 48V, 120VAC, 220VAC) with robust electrical/mechanical designs.


Brightline-LED-Series-OneBrightline had a great looking booth this year featuring the new L1.2 Series One LED Studio Fixture. This 108W fixture utilizes an intensifier to redirect the light and improve performance. It can be controlled easily using a honeycomb grid or new Chimera Softbox. Two L1.2 fixtures can be easily joined together to create a wide soft source. +95 CRI remote phosphor LED technology available in 3200 or 5600 degrees Kelvin, offers the end user the ability to shoot in either daylight or tungsten color temperature using the same fixture. Delivering perfect color reproduction in a heat-free, noise-free package, the + 50,000 hour LED life ensures consistent performance.

Checkers Industrial Safety Products

Checkers Industrial Safety Products presented their new acquisitions at the NAB Show adding more brands to their solution based company. Checkers has Checkers-Fireflybeen providing solutions for the entertainment industry since 1987 including standards in cable protectors such as the Yellow Jacket and Linebacker brands. These products are designed to create a safe environment at entertainment venues where high volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic are present. Introduced at NAB was the FireFly line of LED Cable Protectors integrating battery powered LED lights into side ramps that can connect to many of their existing products giving a heightened sense of visibility in applications where light is a factor. Checkers recently purchased TerraPlas USA, a leader in high end turf protection opening them up to an entirely new market group.

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