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“ 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. ”

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Barbizon NAB 2015 - Checkers Jump N GoCheckers introduced a new consumer-level compact power charger called Jump 'N Go that “will jump start a V8 truck”. Measuring just 6.125” x 3” x 1.125”, this compact power charger is strong enough to charge the battery of V-8 trucks as well as boat, motorcycle and ATV batteries. It can jump start up to 12 vehicles on a single charge, while also having the capability to charge mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. Rechargeable LED flare kit. Kit includes 6 heavy duty flares in a hard case that doubles as recharging station and car and wall charging cables Checkers acquired the Firefly Cable Protector line and intends to incorporate Firefly LED lighting into other cable-protector lines.

Chimera Lighting

Barbizon-Chimera-NAB-2015Chimera Lighting, now has options for mounting Lightbanks to LED lights. Chimera mounting options for LED panel lights are proprietary frames, mounting the new "Tech Lightbanks" to a light’s barn doors or by using no frame at all. New Low Heat LED Lightbanks are part of the Video PRO, Daylite JR and Quartz lines and accommodate popular light fixtures in the LED lighting category. Retaining the quality soft silver interiors, minus the high heat material, Chimera’s New Low Heat Lightbanks offer an economical advantage. Chimera’s revolutionary lens screen material, used in several Chimera LED Lightbanks blends the LED lights for soft, gorgeous light that lighting pros love — it creates a light that’s easy on the eyes for your talent. For high output LED lights, the standard Chimera 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and full Chimera diffusion screens are available. Also at the show was their new Ring Maxx Light Bank. Designed in collaboration with Jarmo Pohjaniemi. There are two versions of the RingMAXX. One for still photography allowing four strobes to be placed in the RingMAXX. The other is a high heat version for video which also accommodates four lights. The RingMAXX has an optional custom designed yoke for optimal support or two c-stands can be used. The rear of the RingMAXX has zippered openings allowing an ideal fit for a variety of lights. We recommend the Chimera Triolet with 500 or 1000 watt bulbs or your 200 watt HMI of choice for daylight shooting. The RingMAXX will find usage in high end portrait studios and on sets for beauty commercials.


Barbizon NAB 2015 - Cinebags EvolutionCinebags brought their new for 2015 CB25B Revolution Backpack to the show this year. It has been described as a “production truck on your back.” Small enough to fit in an airline overhead bin, but big enough to carry your camera gear, laptop, and accessories. The laptop compartment holds laptops and notebooks up to 15”. Multiple padded dividers allow for a customizable interior around your camera and lenses. It is made of waterproof fabric, and has a padded waist strap. Features also include front organizer, smartphone pouch, two side cargo pouches, and an integral deployable raincover. Weight is about 6.5 lbs. It is available in Vintage Camo and black/charcoal.


Barbizon NAB 2015 - Cineo-MatchBoxAt this year’s NAB, Cineo lighting introduced a fixture to complement their line of remote phosphor units called the Matchbox. The matchbox is a portable light with some serious punch for motion picture and television production. The versatility of this fixture allows it to be used not only in the field but also in studio. At only 3.25x5.25x1.5 inches and weighing just 15 ounces, the Matchbox outputs a stunning amount of high-quality light at a variety of interchangeable color temperatures. Also on display was the Cineo Maverick, which provides all of the benefits of Remote Phosphor technology found in Cineo’s larger fixtures while better meeting the demands of field use. And finally, Cineo showcased their line of Cineo Matchstix, a series of small, versatile Remote Phosphor light sources available in a variety of accurate color temperatures.


Barbizon NAB 2015 - Clear Com FreeSpeak IIClear-Com's FreeSpeak II is the next generation DECT-based distributed wireless solution that operates in multiple world-wide license-free frequency bands: 1.897-1.933GHz. This high performance wireless intercom system is designed for extensive communication in large-scale operations. Its ability to maintain a strong and continuous wireless connection across an expansive coverage area while providing crystal-clear digital audio makes FreeSpeak II the ideal wireless roaming solution for live event, broadcast, sport production, industrial, military and government applications. Also at the show they showed a newly-designed set of IFB assignment and management capabilities within EHX configuration software and the integrated Production Maestro Pro assignment facility. What's amazing about this system is it can support installations from a few IFBs to hundreds of lines from a single central view, making it suitable for small studios, large events and geographically distributed intercom infrastructures. Up to 200 virtual IFBs are supported on a single matrix system and up to 64 matrices can be networked together to form one system. As many as 15 system administrators can work in parallel using Production Maestro Clients to manage a network of Eclipse-HX matrix frames.


Barbizon NAB 2015 - Dedotec LEDramaNew from Dedotec, the LEDrama. Units come in two flavors. Daylight (5600K) and Bi-Color (3000-5600K). The advantages of the Bi-Color are apparent as you get the same output in daylight mode, plus variable color temperature down to 3000K. With an output of 23,600Lux at 1 meter and a total power consumption of 220W it’s clear to see the advantages of using this fixture. Points of interest… Passive cooling (no fan), manual and DMX control included, and a tight footprint at only 5.12” depth. Dedo DLED4.1Other interesting items in their booth were theDLED4.1 LED Light head. The unit offers state of the art LED dedocolor sources in daylight, tungsten and bicolor versions. It also has separate dimming control adjusts the intensity with no color change Focusing like a true dedolight from wide 60° to extremely narrow 4° clean beam – with no stray light. Two specialty lights were the new LEDZilla that come in specialty color wavelengths. Barbizon NAB 2015 - Dedolight UV and IR ZillaThe iREDZilla comes in 860/960 nM Infrared LED. It is the world's first focusing near infrared illuminator that focuses like a dedolight. The other is the FluoresZilla which is available in 365 and 400 nM versions.

DeSisti Lighting

Barbizon, DeSisti LED Fresnels, NAB 2015 For the first time at NAB DeSisti displayed a new range of LED Fresnels call the Super Series. As the name implies this new series of Fresnels has increased wattage with a higher powered LED chip, creating 50% to 72% increase in light output depending on Color temperature. The new units also have enhanced optics to increase output, over their existing Standard Series. DeSisti Soft LiteAlso improved are the LED Softlight Series using Remote Phosphor in both Tungsten and Daylight balance. These units have improved output and a higher CRI going from 90 CRI to 95 CRI. The RP eliminates any pixel effect producing an even soft beam. LED Softlight is DMX controlled and flicker free. DeSisti Desk liteIn their booth there was also a sneak preview of the DeSisti LED focusable desk light. It has the same high CRI and is easily adjusted in both brightness and direction via wheels on each end of the fixture. It is presently available in a surface mount and soon in a recessed version.


Barbizon Lighting NAB 2015 - Dracast LED Light PanelsDracast offers a range of LED fixtures in panel, fresnel, and tube form factors with daylight, tungsten, or bi-color LEDs. Panel fixtures come in four sizes with model numbers based on the number of LEDs. They offer two models for on camera use, the LED160 and LED160A. Both are 160 LEDs in a compact 6” x 4” x 2” form factor with ¼ / 20 or hotshoe mounting. Since these units are intended for use with smaller hand-held and DSLR cameras, they have the option of using Sony or Panasonic batteries (battery plates are changeable) or running on AC via an optional adapter. The native beam angle is 30 degrees and they can be spread to 60 degrees using a hard-gel type diffuser. If you are wondering about the difference between the two models, the “A” is for aluminum which trades out the familiar plastic body common for these types of fixtures for a more rugged aluminum frame. Other sizes available are the LED500, the LED1000, and LED2000 which are roughly equivalent in output to traditional 300W, 750W, and 1200W fixtures and offer included AC adapters as well as the ability to use V-Lock or Gold Mount batteries. All of the larger sizes have aluminum frames and mounting yokes with baby receivers as well as optional barndoors for beam control. Dimming and color temperature adjustment (for the bi-color models) are via onboard controls with optional DMX control of the LED500, LED1000, and LED2000 at an additional cost. Barbizon NAB 2015 - Dracast LED FresnelThere are two options for fresnels, the FRESNEL1000 and FRESNEL2000, which are intended to replace traditional 1K and 2K units. Both sizes have a 15-60 degree beam angle, can be shaped with barndoors, and include onboard and DMX controls. The heads are powered from an external 24V source enabling them to be used with larger battery packs or an AC adapter. Barbizon NAB 2015 - Dracast LED TubeTube fixtures are an update to traditional 2’ and 4’ fluorescent softlights. Instead of a fragile, gas-filled glass tube; LEDs are housed in a plastic tube which protects them and also functions as a diffuser. The LEDT1000 uses three 2’ tubes, the LEDT2000 uses three 4’ tubes, and the LEDT4000 uses six 4’ tubes. Tubes are available in bi-color for quick adjustment to different lighting conditions as well as fixed color daylight and tungsten for higher output. The form factor is virtually identical to existing fluorescent fixtures with flexible, built-in bardoors and a center, lollipop type baby pin mount. Similarly to the panel fixtures, the units can be powered with an AC adapter or with V-Lock or Gold Mount batteries. Dracacast was also showing the SPITFIRE by Avinair. It's a state-of-the-art HD Video Transmitter system combining wireless 1080p HD with zero latency. The Spitfire boasts an incredible range of 2000 feet, giving you maximum versatility for your video applications. Equipped with its default antennas, the Spitfire is capable of transmitting up to 2000 feet. Both the Transmitter and Receiver feature 4-Pin Lemo power connectors capable of a wide 7-17V unregulated input voltage. The SPITFIRE SDI system features 3G-SDI and HDMI input on the transmitter and 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs on the receiver. The Avinair SDI System is available at a base MSRP of US $6,999 for one transmitter and receiver pair. Additional receivers can be purchased for MSRP US$3,999 each. Battery plate, antenna, mounting, power cable, and case options are available as accessories.

DSC Labs

David and Sue Corley started DSC in the basement of their home in 1962, moving into the custom 15,000 ft DSC labs building in 1989. Originally award winning film producers, DSC has evolved to become a world leader in test chart production – DSC’s flagship ChromaDuMonde, is often referred to as “the Hollywood standard” test chart. This year at NAB in addition to their already wide array of charts they were showing the new ChromaMatch which is a combination of electronic chart and paper chart in a split screen. When displayed on a Sony O-LED monitor of broadcast quality (BVME250 recommended), shading can properly balance the digital signal against the paper chart being light by any combination of lighting fixtures technology to deliver a perfect match. As a foot note this O-LED LCD monitor is considered by many to be the closet to CRT quality available today. We also heard a lot of discussion around their Xlya line of charts that are designed to test dynamic range of new 4K and greater cameras.

Dynamic range is an important factor in selecting the best camera for the job. Ensure your camera’s dynamic range is setup accurately with DSC Labs latest high dynamic range test system – the Xyla. Available with up 20 f-stops of dynamic range (only 1:1,000,000 of the light passes through on step 21), the Xyla presents more than a challenge for even the most advanced camera systems. There are currently two Xyla models available – the Xyla-15, provides a spread of 14 f-stops and the Xyla-21, an amazing 20 f-stops.

Elation Lighting

The Elation Lighting team showed some of their tried and true entertainment and video based lighting at NAB and even showed a peak of some of the things to come. Barbizon NAB 2015 - Elation Colour 3 ProfileColour 5 Profile: The Colour 5 Profile is an ellipsoidal spot with 180W five-color LED engine (Red, Green, Blue, Amber, Mint) for an expanded palette of colors, including stunning ambers and true whites. The “Mint” LED enhances the production of variable white color temperatures from 3,200 to 6,500K and increases the CRI. The Colour 5 Profile emits 4,100 lumens of power with a superior quality of light (CRI over 94). A range of interchangeable lens options (19°, 26°, 36° and 50°) are sold separately. A 4-blade manual framing system, electronic strobe and a selection of variable dimming curves are also included. Colour Chorus: Colour Chorus is a new series of LED batten wash lights that uses long life 3W RGBA LEDs for even washes of dynamic colored light. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6 foot lengths, hue, saturation and intensity are all individually controllable while LED group control allows for even further design possibilities. Variable dimming curve modes, strobe and chase effects add to their versatility. All Colour Chorus fixtures are ArtNet™, KlingNet™ and RDM protocol capable and come with multiple-unit power linking. Platinum Profile LED: The Platinum Profile LED is a full-featured LED profile fixture with flexible 4-blade rotating framing system. It uses a new high-performance 180W LED engine for an output comparable to a 575 discharge lamp. Beam angle is 18° and the fixture offers 7 dichroic colors, 7 rotating interchangeable gobos, and 7 fixed gobos. A 3-facet rotating prism and frost filter are also included. Barbizon NAB 2015 - Elation Emag 4EMAG4: Designed for the demanding production market, the new EMAG4 is a durable, 4.8mm pixel pitch LED video panel ideal when outstanding high-definition image quality is required. Built of rugged die cast aluminum, tool-less quick locks and a magnetic module design make the EMAG4 easy to assemble and disassemble. Colors display vivid and consistent and a brightness level of 1,200 nits means the EMAG4 performs well even in high ambient lighting conditions. Soon to be released by Elation is a new 160w broadcast quality remote phosphor LED panel (#TVL-SL-100) with a CRI of 96.

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