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!
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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.
There was a lot to see at ARRI’s NAB booth this year. Andy and Megan stopped by to get a closer look at all of their new products including the ALEXA SXT, coming this summer with many new features including six new recording formats and new color management options.
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Today I am joined by Daniel Emerson, CEO of Light & Motion, who has just announced the addition of two brand new LED lights to their Stella Pro lineup. Daniel gives us a full rundown on Light & Motion’s collection of portable and powerful lights, which all meet or exceed the ANSI/NEMA FL-1 Standard. The new Stella Pro 7000 features a color temperature of 5000K and a CRI of 90. The intense 7000 lumen output easily tops the performance of HMI lights more than three times its weight and size.
On the other end of the spectrum, comes the newly announced Stella 5000d. Designed to be a “drone light,” the 750-gram unit is capable of outputting 5000 lumens, while only drawing 70 watts at full power. Be sure to watch the video above for a more detailed look at the products offered by Light & Motion.
I’m here with Jonathan Miller at the Hive Lighting booth today to talk about Hive’s new line of plasma lights, the Plasma 1000s. Plasma, or energy-efficient arc lighting, combines the lower power draws associated with technologies like LED with the throw and punch associated with single point source HMI PAR and flood fixtures. The new Wasp and Bee 1000w plasmas produce about two times the output of a similarly rated HMI (mercury medium-arc iodide) while only drawing about 9a each. That means two of them could be safely plugged into a single 20a household circuit.
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I stopped by the Fiilex booth to talk with Brent Siebenaler about their newest product: the M1. The M1 is an LED fixture that features a diffuse flicker-free source without compromising on power or throw. It has a 1500W equivalent output and includes a built-in softbox mount, IP-24 water-resistant rating, high CRI at any color temperature, and Wi-Fi control. All the important tunability options are included, such as full dimmability, color tuning from 2800 to 6500K and hue control. The M1 is also designed to work easily with the rest of Fiilex’s light shaping accessories for even more control. Watch my video above to learn even more about the M1 and see it in action.
I visited the Litepanels booth today and spoke with Alan Ipakchian about the latest offering in their Astra family. The new Astra 1×1 Soft Bi-Color uses the same LED technology found across the Astra line, but where this light differs is the inclusion of a built-in diffusion panel. This creates a very flattering light for your on-screen talent, which compliments the existing series of Astra lights, as well as LED Fresnels. These lights are bi-color, so in addition to being able to control light intensity, you can also adjust the color temperature.
With the use of adapters, the Astra 1×1 Soft can be used with the whole host of Astra accessories for shaping your light, like grids and barndoors. For powering the light, Litepanels provides battery plate options from Anton Bauer in either Gold Mount or V-Mount. Optional DMX and Bluetooth communications modules are offered for controlling the light. If you don’t have a DMX controller, the Bluetooth module is a great option as it allows more than 10 Astra lights to be controlled by their SmartLite App, available for iOS on the Apple App store. Watch my video above for a closer look at this exciting new offering from Litepanels.