We're back from the 2019 NAB Show. Barbizon Lighting's staff was busy exploring the show floor and even getting some sneak peeks of new products coming soon. We've sorted through all the notes and pictures and compiled our annual Show Report.
If you feel we missed something, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Enjoy!
AAdyntech has expanded its line of fixtures with the new Punch and JAB Quad panels. At 278,000 Lumens (wow!), the Punch Quad has a 36” x 24” aperture. It has the equivalent output of four of its popular Punch fixture and is IP65 rated, all in a single soft panel configuration. The JAB Quad is a smaller version with a 24” x 18” aperture. Both fixtures have variable white color temperature control from 2800K to 6000K with Plus/Minus green correction. They are also RDM and wired and wireless DMX capable. These fixtures are excellent for slow-motion photography as they are flicker-free up to 260,000 fps along with dimming. You can power them with 100/277VAC-50/60HZ. These fit a wide range of production needs and are very well built. They dominate the sports lighting category for interviews and outdoor weather temporary set-ups and compete with HMIs with one-tenth the power required.
AC Lighting was awarded the 2019 NAB Product of the Year for their new Space Force onebytwo™, a cost-effective, bright, high-quality variable white LED soft light panel. The onebytwo™ is a modern replacement for traditional soft sources used in TV studios, live broadcast, film, and photographic applications.
Highly efficient and natively single-source, the onebytwo™ offers variable Color Temperature between 2,800K and 6,000K, and has an output of up to 13,900 lumens. The extremely high quality, diffused light is matched by a superbly smooth dimming intensity gradation. Convection cooling provides quiet operation for studio applications.
American Grip continues to increase their internal manufacturing capabilities, with new CNC machines turning out parts for products across the catalog, including solid billet aluminum components for their popular BOA 220 Low Crank stand, which were previously of cast construction.
American was showing their new 40” 2-Riser C-Stand with black zinc and anodized finishes, guaranteeing unmatched durability. Legs are industry-standard, non-spring-load, with Rocky Mountain leg for use on uneven surfaces.
In addition to their own full range of lighting and grip equipment, American Grip provides thoughtfully-designed support equipment for use with the popular Dana Dolly system, including proprietary curved track options.
Anton Bauer, another brand in The Vitec Group was featuring their Titon Lithium-ion batteries, and faster, higher, stronger seems to be their motto. Anton/Bauer Titon is available in two versions, a 90Wh and a 150Wh Battery. These batteries deliver power in temperatures from -4F to 140F. Titon batteries feature an LCD screen that shows you exactly how much runtime remains, down to the minute as well as a Smart USB port that supplies 5v / 2A to charge all your mobile devices too.
Arri’s booth was packed this year with the introduction of
the Alexa Mini LF. Equipped with a
larger than full frame sensor, the LF records 4.5K natively. This compact new
camera will enable filmmakers to explore the large format aesthetic with ARRI’s
legendary color science and further benefit from huge dynamic range.
On the lighting side Arri expanded the control of the new
L-Series & Sky-Panel Lighting Fixtures with the introduction of the
Stellar. Stellar is an App (available for
Android & iOS) that offers wireless
control of many of the features built into the flagship LED products. Controls include:
Astera's Titan Tube was specially designed for the Film, Broadcasting and Cinema industries. Optimized for an ultra-high TLCI, a very high CRI and peak brightness, colors as well as Hue, Saturation and Intensity can be set directly on the tube. The Titan Tube accepts both wireless and wired DMX via a special power/data combination cable. Each Titan Tube has 16 individually controllable pixels. LED emitters offer a range of Tunable White from 1,750K to 20,000K. Within that range, users will find Ultra High Color Rendering with a TLCI =96, CRI =96, CRI Re=90 from 3200K to 6500K. A display on the back provides access to DMX setup, colors, hue, saturation, and intensity control. Here's No Film School's profile
The Astera App offers intuitive and fast control of complex lighting setups with fully customizable programs and effects. It is designed to work seamlessly with other control methods. It can set up DMX addresses and footprints for CRMX control and Astera’s IR remote can be used to send App commands to single lights. The heart of Astera`s control system is a smart control system where Infrared remote, Wireless DMX and App work together to enable big setups that can be set up, monitored and adjusted in a fast and convenient way.
Backstage Equipment hit NAB this year with an incredibly useful cart. The SkyPanel 360 cart comes in a single and double cart, making it perfect equipment for the film and television industry. The SkyPanel 360 carts also come with a lot of accessories to fit your needs. Extremely well built and ready to hit the streets! These carts feature all-steel construction and house all SkyPanel 360 with power supplies and cables making it easy to move around with all your needs. The SkyPanel 360 dual/single cart comes in a black texture, weighing 435lbs with a max capacity of 1000lbs / 454.6 kgs. Backstage equipment also has them in stock and ready to be purchased.
BB&S Lighting introduced the Area 48 Color a full-featured panel with Red, Green, Blue, 2700K & 5600K LEDs. Do not be fooled by its small form factor. The Color 48 boasts 13,000 lumens of precision color mixing with high CRI across the range. Its features include :
BLUESHAPE is a product brand emerging from broad experience in the fields of rechargeable battery technologies like NICD, NIMH, LI-ION, and LI-Polymer. They are battery pack designers and manufacturers and in fact, supply complete solutions in the design and manufacture of rechargeable battery products and accessories.
BLUESHAPE is native European brand
with its base in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Following an encouragingly good international
acclamation, the BLUESHAPE management ventured in further investments to
produce other useful broadcast products ranging from chargers to accessories
such as camera mounting plates and innovative software systems for battery
monitoring and testing. Today, BLUESHAPE manufactures some of the best
performing V-lock batteries and some of the fastest chargers available on the
BLUESHAPE’s obsession is to pack higher value
and innovative features within its products. The product range is steadily on
the increase with new cutting-edge products introduced on a regular basis.
Some highlights during NAB 2019 were their Granite Series batteries compatible with all the major brands such as Arri. These batteries differ from the competition by charging and discharging each cell at the same time rather than one by one. This allows for a much evener cycle and longer life. Additional technology on these include the innovative GRANITE LINK Wi-Fi connectivity features that allow remote battery monitoring and control, further enhancing convenience to users.