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Arri has had a super useful Photometric calculator - designed to let lighting designers see the full output of specific lighting products – available on their website for some time. To use it, simply select the lamphead you desire, then input the lens, lamp, and focus position. The tool will then calculate the data and show you the maximum illuminance levels, half peak angles, beam diameters and much more. 

Well, now you can have this functionality in your pocket at all times, thanks to Arri’s Photometrics mobile app. It features all of the same information as the website tool, including the ability to see specs on everything from the LED L-7 series to classic tungsten fresnels. This app is especially handy since we all know how ubiquitous smartphones have become on sets these days. Make sure to check out the screenshots above for a preview of what the app will look like on your iPhone, and see below for a look at the iPad version. 

…continue reading Arri’s Photometrics App is a Pocket-Sized Lighting Resource

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Now that the dust has settled in Las Vegas and we’ve all had a chance to recuperate from the frenzy of activity known as the NAB show, let’s take a look at some of the recurring themes from this year. While the buzz word on the show floor seemed to be “4K”, other big hits included anamorphic lenses, external recorders, and stabilization systems.

Some the products announced at NAB starting to ship, with others around the corner, so we’ve organized this guide around when you can expect NAB’s stars to hit the market. 

…continue reading Post-NAB Equipment Roadmap

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The name Mole Richardson is certainly no stranger to the production environment, and you’re likely to find some Mole lights on any set you visit. They’ve updated their venerable fresnels with new quantum dot LED options, so I stopped by the Mole booth to take a look for myself. Available as new units or retrofit options, the new LED fixtures are a great addition to a revered brand.

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At NAB 2012, Kino Flo introduced their Celeb 200 variable color LED fixture. This year, it’s all about the Celeb 400 and, as you can probably guess by the name, it is twice the size of the 200. One of its great features is the ability to dial in your desired color temperature or quickly select it via a preset button. This unit is expected to start shipping soon, but pricing hasn’t been announced yet. To get a closer look at this new fixture from Kino Flo, watch my video above! 

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Last year, we posted about the TruColor HS and how it utilizes Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT) to eliminate the color-accuracy limitations of other LED fixtures. This year in our booth, we’re showing off Cineo’s new TruColor LS, which takes the features of the HS (such as interchangeable polycarbonate phosphor panels) and fits them into a compact, lightweight package. Watch my video above to learn more about this unique light.

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A few months ago, I posed a question on the Cinematographer’s Mailing List (CML). A lightmeter had been released with a flat panel display, making the device closely resemble a smartphone with a lightmeter sensor stuck on top. Would it be possible to turn an iPhone into a lightmeter, utilizing the built-in camera as the sensor? How about making it a color meter? There was much fanciful back-and-forth discussion, and noted engineer Adam Wilt outlined the difficulties posed, especially in mapping and controlling the internal camera and its automatic adjustment programming. There was already a basic iPhone lightmeter app available, but it was only accurate in midtones with very limited controls.

…continue reading Turn Your iPhone Into a LightMeter with the Cine Meter App

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In our industry, most people hear LED lighting and think of small low-power lights that can be mounted on a camera or stashed in a corner. What does not generally come to mind is “high output,” as most people believe that large tungsten or HMI units are still the only choices for real punch.

That’s not true anymore. The Nila line of fixtures offers very high output while maintaining the low power consumption and long life advantages of LEDs. The new Nila Varsa has the same output as a 400w HMI, yet uses only 75w of power and can run off a camera battery. The Nila Boxer is a 200w fixture yet is equal to an 800w HMI, and the mighty Nila SL consumes just 500w yet rivals the blast of a 2.5K HMI lamp. Besides power efficiency, the Nila units are rated for 20,000+ hours on their emitters – compared to an HMI bulb’s 200+ hours – and the purchase price for the Nilas is less than half that of the comparable HMI. Nila lights are also completely flicker-free at full strength and rated up to at least 1500 fps when dimmed to any level, making them ideal for high-speed photography.

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