Today I met with Kaur Kallas, Co-Founder of Digital Sputnik, to talk about their new DS LED System, the DS 3. The DS 3 is a modular system, so you can put the modules together or use them separately with one power supply driving up to three modules. The RGBW module has comparable output to 100W HMI or 500W Tungsten, with 16-bit, 4-channel, high precision dimming allowing for an array of possible effective color combinations. There is no limit as to how many modules you can assemble together. The DS 3 will be available starting in June at a price point around $8,000, which includes three lights, power supply, case and accessories
Watch my full video for details on the new DS 3.
If you stopped by our CCW booth earlier this month, you’ll remember that we featured a Phantom Photo Booth as part of our display. Of course, when shooting high-speed footage, one of the most important considerations is having enough light – and that’s where the new Litepanels Astra comes in. Building on the original 1×1, the Astra is a bi-color panel with dual rows of LEDs that can be tuned to daylight or tungsten. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the features of the Astra, and check out this interview with Litepanels’ Pat Grosswendt to learn even more about the technology behind it.
During this year’s NAB show, Jon Miller of Hive Lighting stopped by our booth to tell me about the new BEE light, and he recently brought it by the LA office to give us a closer look. The BEE is a flood light that uses Hive’s proven plasma technology. The benefits of plasma lighting include high output, low power consumption and low heat. One the most interesting features of this light is the Daylight Dial, which allows a fully tunable color temperature from 4600K – 7000K, as well as the ability to shift to a deep blue moonlight.
The BEE ships with several power supply options, and one power supply can power multiple BEE units. This makes the fixture great for traveling and run’n’gun type situations.
Watch my video above to learn even more about the new BEE from Hive Lighting and to see some of the demo footage Jon and I shot using the Phantom Flex4K.
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
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.
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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.
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!