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The Select 30 LED System is both a variable color temperature and multi-color light fixture that is housed in the familiar Kino Flo form factor. The wireless LED-150X DMX controller is the command center for the system and is modular in design. In this video Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through the key features and functionality of the light.

Don’t forget, Jem’s special Small Crew Production 101 class is coming up this Friday, March 31 in NY – register now and use coupon code CDSCBW_20 to save 20%!

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As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.

Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016

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The ARRI SkyPanel is an LED soft light that is packed with features. The SkyPanel comes in two different configurations and three sizes. In this blog, I will take a closer look at the S-60C model. C-model SkyPanels have adjustable color temperatures from 2,800K – 10,000K. In addition, the units have what ARRI describes as Vibrant Color Selection. This means that color hue and saturation can be adjusted. The light can also be programmed to display the color quality of both Lee and Rosco color gels.

…continue reading At the Bench: ARRI SkyPanel S60-C

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The Litepanels Astra 1×1 Panel lineup now consists of eight models, with the latest being the Astra 1×1 Soft Bi-Color LED Panel that was announced at NAB 2016. The Astra 1×1 family is known as being extremely portable, which DPs know means faster lighting setups and potentially more scenes completed in one day. They are also extremely flexible due to their bi-color settings, battery options, and light modifiers.

With all of these models having specific applications, I wanted to take a closer look at two of them – the Astra 1×1 Bi-Color and the Astra 1×1 Soft Bi-Color – to see how they worked as a pair. I chose to focus on these two as the Astra 1×1 Bi-Color has the strongest output, and the Astra 1×1 Soft Bi-Color is the newest and softest source. I wanted to see if they complimented each other in a kit for multiple shooting applications and environments, so I put them to the test.

…continue reading In the Field: Litepanels Astras

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Litepanels’ Astra series is designed with premium quality, high CRI, surface-mount LEDs, which are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. The design follows the one square foot form factor of many popular Litepanels models. Now, with the introduction of the Astra Soft Bi-Color LED panel, the Astra line offers a diffused lens with a soft light alternative, which replicates the effect of a softbox. The Astra line is compact, portable, and powerful.

Check out our new chart, above, for an overview of the key technical specs for each model. These specifications also translate into differences in production workflow, all of which need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right Astra for your project.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download the pdf.

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Fall Tech Expo

On Saturday, October 8, AbelCine held its first Fall Tech Expo. Taking place in our Chicago location on the Cinespace Studios lot, the expo featured a number of manufacturers displaying new gear for attendees to get their hands on. In addition, throughout the day, multiple raffles were held, along with presentations from manufacturer experts and our technical specialists on the showroom stage. Thank you again to all the manufacturers that participated as well to everyone who attended – we had a record turnout!

…continue reading Chicago Fall Tech Expo Recap

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ARRI’s range of LED lighting has expanded with their SkyPanel fixtures, and Megan covered some of the updates at NAB this year. As each member of the lighting family lends itself to different applications and features different characteristics — from the versatile SkyPanel, to the L-Series fresnels and compact Caster Series — we’ve created this new ARRI LED Lineup chart as a handy guide.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download the pdf.

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