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CATEGORY: NAB 2016

“ 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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Lee Filters

Lee Camera FiltersLee Filters was at NAB this year showing their filters not only for lighting but also for cameras. Their lines of quality filters for all sizes of cameras whether you have a compact to a cinema size lens, Lee has the filters that can work for you.

The Zircon range of filters is designed specifically for use with LED based luminaires, addressing the fact that LED lighting intensity can contribute to rapid fade and failure times of standard lighting filters. Made of a180-micronsubstrate, they are more than double the thickness of a normal lighting filter, making them more durable and easy-to-use

Historically color filters have been designed to work with 3200K Tungsten sources. Those who have used the standard color filters on Cool White 5600-6000K sources have found it ends up looking like a completely different color. The problem is exacerbated when mixing Cool White LED and Tungsten sources together, where obtaining a color match from the two different sources is virtually impossible

Lee filters has solved the problem by providing a range of colors now matched for Cool White LED. These new LED Filters are designed for use on Cool White CT LED to give a visual color match to the existing colors on Tungsten CT. Designated as CL, a match for Lee 181 (Congo Blue) on a Tungsten unit would be a CL181 on a Daylight Source. The units are not color correction (5600K to 3200K) but rather an adjustment to create consistent color from a higher CT source.

Lite Panels

Astra 1x1 Soft Bi-Color PanelVitec's Lite Panels group introduced the Astra Soft Bi-Color LED panel. With a new diffused lens, the one square foot Astra Soft Bi-Color provides a soft light alternative to the original Astra 1x1 Bi-Color LED panel and mimics the effect of a softbox in a compact, portable design.

The new Astra 1x1 Series Softlight is an extremely cost efficient way to get nice soft light. The range of fixtures consist of Tungsten, Daylight and Bi-Color fixtures covering the entire gamut. With accessories that ranges from Wireless control, DMX and RJ45 modules these panels should be flexible and powerful enough for your next shoot.

LiteGear

LiteGear-VHO-ribbonLiteGear was showing a wide array of their LED and dimmer solutions this year. Featured items include:


  • VHO Pro LiteRibbon LED is a color correct light tape. 3 simple components work to create full spectrum white light. The VHO Pro emitters are fully color corrected and will blend nicely with tungsten and fluorescent sources as well as with other LED fixtures from Mole Richardson, Arri and others.


It is available in two densities, hard, high density 120 and soft, low density 60. The 120 outputs are about 1.5 watts per square inch and the 60 is around 0.37 watts per square inch.

It is available in four widths, X1 – one row of emitters, X2 – two rows, X3 – three rows and X6 with six rows. All are available in hard 120 or soft 60 and either 3200K tungsten, 5600k daylight or tunable hybrid white.

  • LiteDimmer-hyridLite Dimmer Pro Hybrid – The series 3 Lite Dimmer Pro series has been designed to offer the most advanced performance and reliability. Analog potentiometers offer smooth control that allow changes even during a shot. They include flicker free, cinema grade electronics for extreme settings. The new housing features an extruded case with cold shoe slots down the sides for mounting options.


The Pro Hybrid model comes in 8 amp and 16 amp versions. Both offer 12 – 48 volt operation, fire and paparazzi effects built in, Male barrel input connector, overdrive mode and embedded magnets with rubber bumpers.

All Pro models have a remote trigger port that allows the use of a Canon EOS controller for remote cueing.

  • Litedimmer Plus – The Plus series includes single, hybrid, chroma and DMX versions in capacities ranging from 100 to 1600 Watts in AC and DC configurations. Some models feature CurrentSence technology that will regulate output depending on luminaire size. The AC unit operates between 90 and 250 volts. DC units include a 4-pin powerlock connector and a choice of gold mount or V-Lock battery mounting plates.

  • LiteMat Plus – Coming Summer of 2016 – The Plus series of the LiteMat will be available in 6 sizes and feature the Cinemitter LED’s. It will have a range of 2600k to 6000k. It will maintain the same size from the original model but offer a 50% increase in output. The Plus will contain the PowerLock 7 Connector. This allows for flexibility as all 6 sizes of LiteMat using the same cables and adapters. The Plus line also introduces the LiteMount bracket. This is a Kino Flo compatible bracket with RAM components for double knuckle adjustability. New Light control accessories being introduced with LiteMat Plus are PolyComb Grids, a honeycomb type panel. Available in 3 beam angles, these panels attach directly to the existing polyskirt accessory.

Manfrotto

Manfrotto continues to help DSLR users get the most of their cameras. The new Digital Director is a powerful tool that that uses an iPad to interface with select cameras from Canon & Nikon. The elegant mount provides power and USB connectivity between the iPad and your camera allowing you to see the image while controlling parameters such as zoom, exposure and focus. Manfrotto also introduced a new line of Monopods with Fluid Heads as well as Lightweight Camera Tripods with Fluid Video Heads to give every shot a professional quality.


Manfrotto Digital Director spot video from Manfrotto on Vimeo.

Manios Digital

Manios Practilite 602Manios Digital introduces the ,the "First and smallest bi-color, variable beam smart LED." The 602 is machined from a high grade aluminum billet making it very compact and durable. Its 3.2" borosilicate Fresnel lens enables wider shot angles and excellent light shaping. The variable color LED, from 3000k to 6000k, has a CRI <96 and only draws 90 watts at100-240 VAC, 12-28 VDC with either a V-mount or Anton Bauer battery and includes a universal power supply. Power is via a locking 3-pin XLR for a secure connection.

Local controls have a bright on board OLED display but the remote is a great selling point itself! The Practilite 602includes a Bluetooth capable Smartphone app that will control the dimming and color temp for up to six fixtures - individually or as groups! This app has too many features to mention in a short review but it will make your phone smarter than it has been in some time. Attention to detail has not been spared with this fixture, even the shipping foam is saved and three of them fit into a Pelican 1510.

The Practilite 602has a MAP of $967.00

Matthews Studio Equipment

Matthews Studio Equipment, one of the leading grip equipment manufacturers based out of Burbank CA, has been very busy this year developing a whole bunch of new and exciting products!

InfinityArmArticulated_RGBFirst up, is their new Infinity Arm which is a versatile cine arm used to mount cameras, lights, monitors and anything else you require. The Infinity Arm is a fully articulated arm equipped with 360degrees rotate-able and interchangeable, ball-in-socket, quick release tips for adding and removing accessories quickly and efficiently. Depending on configuration, it has a weight capacity of 15-32lbs. One feature that really sets this arm apart from the rest is its use of a radial rosette at the center point that can simultaneously lock the two independent arms in their positions all at once!

Matthews Sutti DollyNext up, the Dutti Dolly is a newly designed dolly that can handle heavier weights. Some key features are that it is made from a rectangular CNC’d aluminum plate with a built in Mitchell mount, measuring just 20” x 24”, rolls extremely low to the ground at just under 2” in height, and can work on both track and just the floor!

Also worth mentioning, is The Rover(TM) which provides a shooter with a comfortable, stable, and sustained hold around the perimeter of a smartphone and the capability to mount professional accessories onto it. The WEDGE a portable, low POV camera mounting device that ensures fast, stable camera positioning in a variety of situations, offering increased creative filming possibilities. The KERRI Kart which is a transport kart designed to be customized for your needs. The kart can be configured as a camera kart, a DIT kart, or a production kart with dolly-slider option depending on what is purchased. The Kerri Kart is lightweight, but capable of transporting a significant amount of gear while still fitting through a standard doorway.

Miller

Arrowx 7 Fluid headMiller rolled out new for NAB 2016 the arrowXSeries fluid heads. Three versions of this head, the arrowX3, 5 and 7, offer a wide range of options for cameras weighting 2 to 57 pounds depending on which head you select.

Each head is outfitted with Miller’s new 16 CB PLUS TM sequential counterbalance design, a type of counterbalance indexing unique to the industry. The CB PLUS features eight large counterbalance steps, allowing for quick setup that is easily duplicated for each new shoot. The arrowXfurther dials in the counterbalance with half step settings, for a total of 16 preset counterbalance settings.

All the arrowXSeries fluid heads also feature 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions, illuminated bubble level and pan-tilt controls, and an easily removed 100mm ball for easy mounting to a camera platform or slider.

The arrowXSeries fluid heads allow for fast setup and duplication of preferred settings for either in-studio or outside broadcast applications. The system is simple, versatile and robust. It is no wonder the line was awarded the NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas by TV Technology.

Mole Richardson

Mole-2016Mole Richardson's booth was glowing with excitement this year with new fixtures and a new fixture color. The Variable Color fixtures stood out because of their performance and new bright red body.

New for NAB 2016 Mole showed the 1600W Tenor Fixed Color, 900W Vari-Skypan LED, 400W Vari-Studio Junior LED and 200W Vari-Mole LED.

Also new this year was the affordable Mole-Pro 100W LED Fresnel with the same high quality LED source delivering 100W of Daylight brightness (5600K) for only $995 list price. A great value in the market place.

MYT Works

MYT-Works-Velour-Nodal-HeadThe MYT Works Velour Nodal Head is currently the best and only solution of it’s kind for much of our work. The “heft” and solidness of this head is an important part of what make it great for precise movements around subjects large and small. Most important is the head’s ability to start and stop a move smoothly and exactly where the operator needs it to happen. Imagine panning just a few degrees while gliding and then stopping on a close up of text on a product. These moves must both look and feel right. It is not enough to hit the mark. The quality of the motion, and its beginning and end, are where the Velour really shines.

Neutrik

Neutrik Wlss AudioNeutrik featured for 2016 NAB their latest innovation, the XIRIUM PRO Digital Wireless Audio System. Nuretik designed this transmission system as solution where running cable is difficult or simply not an option.

The XIRIUM PRO delivers studio, full bandwidth audio, delivering the signal with a low 3 millisecond latency. The system is modular and plug-and-play ready, delivering studio quantity sound transmission. It operates in the license-free 5GHz range.

Due to the modular design, the XIRIUM PRO can be configured to suit the user’s needs. It can operate up to 1 Km line-of-site, and the signal can be repeated. The XIRIUM PRO housing has a rugged design intended for outdoor venues.

Neutrik’s XIRIUM PRO is a versatile audio transmission solution, allowing audio professionals flexibility in design unhindered but the limitations for cabling.



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