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Litepanels®, a pioneer in LED lighting for the film, photographic, and broadcast industries and a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Litepanels Gemini — an all-new 2x1, RGB-WW soft panel that combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise colour adjustment. The Gemini soft panel produces true, full-spectrum white light and an extensive choice of control options designed to suit any professional lighting application. The Litepanels Gemini 2x1 panel is now available at a suggested retail price of $4,440 (4,200 euros).

Pat Grosswendt, Co-founder of Litepanels and professional gaffer said, “When we introduced our original 1x1 panel, we altered the lighting industry landscape forever and fundamentally changed the way DPs choose to light film and television projects. Our customers have been asking for a wide, soft light source like the original, but in a 2x1 form factor. We have delivered with Gemini, and we’ve raised the bar for professional lighting once again. Now, users not only have the convenience of achieving their desired lighting setup without having to gang together multiple lights, but they can also rest assured that Gemini, as a true RGB-WW panel, will light their talent with the industry’s most accurate white light.”

Until now, users of most 2x1 panels have achieved white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create undesirable colour spikes. Gemini eliminates this problem by giving users a daylight-to-tungsten light foundation and then enabling them to finely adjust colour throughout the full, 360-degree colour wheel. This means that users can match a broad range of ambient lighting conditions quickly and simply. One example might be shooting in an old warehouse with florescent lighting, where accurate white balancing could be easily achieved by adding or removing green.

Gemini offers this unmatched flexibility through its easy-to-use, intuitive menu interface with LCD screens in three lighting modes:

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Mode, for bicolor (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment

Color Mode, offering hue saturation and intensity (HSI) control for full colour and saturation control

Gel Mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels

All three modes offer users complete intensity control with smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero without any colour shift. Users can define presets to save their favourite lighting attributes, including intensity, for quick and convenient recall.

Gemini offers flexible remote control through DMX (5-pin XLR or RJ45), Wireless DMX (both using standard 512 protocol), or Bluetooth, an industry first. Gemini can be remotely controlled using the Litepanels SmartLite or SmartLite Director apps for Apple devices.

Recent independent testing demonstrated that Gemini delivers outstanding photometric performance, measuring TLCI/CRI levels of 97 in daylight and 99 in tungsten. This means that lighting professionals can reliably achieve exceptional colour and realistic skin tones — ultimately eliminating the need for colour correction and saving postproduction time and money.

With its on-board power supply, Gemini is significantly lighter than competing panels that require an external ballast. Without the need for external power components, the panel is significantly more agile, allowing it to be transported easily and rigged rapidly with fewer cable connections. Gemini panels can also run from battery power (3-pin XLR 28 VDC), or power can be daisy-chained from other devices using an industry-standard powerCON connection.

Like all Litepanels products, Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors, to offer users extra creative lighting control. By the end of this year, Litepanels will release a mounting hardware kit that will enable customers to stack multiple Gemini panels either vertically or horizontally.

Fiilex announces the C360 and C365 Compact LED fixtures. The C360s are the first Fiilex products designed specifically for use with standard pipe-clamps, making them perfect for small-to-medium studios that require a versatile, broadcast quality lighting solution. Their design also includes an integrated power supply, greatly simplifying overhead cable management.

The C360s are compatible with a wide range of light-modifying accessories. Smaller magnetic attachments include diffusers, fresnels, honeycombs, and gel holders. The safety-minded design of the C series includes integrated lockdown screws for available accessories.

The C365 features the 5” Zoom Fresnel, a powerful attachment that narrows the C365’s beam, increasing intensity by 800% at full focus. Each fixture is also RJ45 DMX512 compatible, allowing users to operate them remotely via the Fiilex DMX Controller, or any standard DMX board.

In addition to being extremely low-profile, these 90W lights boast many of the same advanced control features of the Fiilex second generation P-Series, including wide-gamut color tuning, full dimming, and hue adjustment. At every setting these lights maintain excellent 95+ CRI.

PolarPro is now adding to the range of specialist tools available Polar Pro are launching their latest software tool that will help video editors add stylistic lighting effects during post production.

The Helios Cinematic Lighting Effects packs include 32 drag-and-drop light leaks, lens flares and light transitions.

Adding effects to your captured video can dramatically change the style of your footage and add drama and environment that might otherwise be missing.

If you’re new to video effects or just want to give the effects a go to check out if they fit in with your style of video editing then Polar Pro offer a free 1080p version that’s free for download.

Then if you like the effects then you can purchase the 4K or 2.5K versions for optimal quality directly from the PolarPro website for just $29.99.

This package of 32 effects will join the Aurora Cinematic Color Preset which were released earlier in the year.

Both software packs are fully compatible with popular video editing tools such as Premiere 9.0 or later, After Effects CC or later, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 or Later and Avid Media Composer.

To ensure that the effects work as seamlessly as possible with your drone each effect has been optimized to work with specific lenses including those from the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4/Advanced, other profiles will be follow.

Rotolight, a British LED lighting manufacturer, has teamed up with Elinchrom, to integrate its unique Skyport Protocol across its product range, starting with NEO 2 to be unveiled at a major launch event on 4 September.

Rotolight has collaborated with Elinchrom to integrate its Skyport 2.4Ghz high speed sync (HSS) wireless flash receiver into NEO 2, eliminating the need to purchase a standalone flash receiver, while also providing rock-solid reliability, range, flexibility and control for multiple off camera lighting setups. Skyport enables users to wirelessly control up to 10 lights, in four groups, at a distance of up to 200m(656ft) with the new Rotolight HSS transmitter (capable of 1/8000th), which has been optimised for Rotolight by Elinchrom. It is available on launch for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic camera systems (with Fuji to follow next year), and is compatible with all other Elinchrom Skyport devices.

“Elinchrom Skyport represents the best in class wireless HSS triggering technology, and its combination with Rotolight’s pioneering LED product range, will provide creative imagemakers with a unique innovative feature set, and unrivalled consistency and reliability” said Rod Aaron Gammons, Managing Director of Rotolight.

Rotolight recently announced the world’s first continuous LED lights with HSS flash capability, providing a game changing product to photographers and filmmakers who want an all in one solution. Unlike traditional strobe/flash, AEOS and the upcoming NEO 2 have no recycle time, which ensures users never miss a shot, making them the perfect choice of light for today’s modern high-frame-rate-capable cameras.

“Rotolight is a highly innovative company, with a unique set of industry first products, and we were very excited to work with them when they approached us to integrate the Skyport technology into their product range. The integration is great for both companies, and for Rotolight’s customers, they gain a rock solid, ultra- reliable, state of the art, High Speed Sync wireless triggering technology” said Simon Whittle, CEO of Elinchrom.

Filmmakers will also enjoy the benefits of the Skyport integration, providing them with wireless remote control of colour temperature, brightness, and remote triggering of Rotolight’s CineSFX, an award-winning suite of customizable cinematic lighting effects, such as lightning, fire, gunshot, paparazzi and TV flicker to enhance video productions.

Whittle added, “Our ambition is for Skyport to become an industry standard technology, eliminating the need for expensive, proprietary trigger systems that prevents photographers from working with their lights of choice. We are extremely excited to be working with Rotolight, a disruptive innovator in the lighting industry with a unique set of industry first features. This collaboration between both companies will provide creative image makers with a state of the art solution that is uniquely versatile, whilst also being rock solid and consistent”.

Zylight, a manufacturer and distributor of innovative LED lighting solutions, has introduced several new fixtures to the global market at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam.

Designed for TV studios and theatres, the 350-watt Pro-Palette asymmetric wall washer produces a soft, even field of light with enough output to cover 25-foot cyc walls. It shines pure white for a clean chromakey wash, and features Zylight’s Color Mode to produce millions of colours without gels or filters.

Built for floor use or truss mount, the lightweight Pro-Palette features solid aluminium and steel construction. Up to four Pro-Palette fixtures can be daisy chained through their powercon connectors. The Pro-Palette features integrated DMX operation as well as an intuitive control panel for smooth 0-100 percent dimming.

“Our IS3 panel light with Color Mode continues to be one of our most popular fixtures, and the Pro-Palette brings that same rich colour palette in a more powerful package to provide even light output to larger cycs, horizontals, and backgrounds,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “It’s an affordable choice for studio chromakey or adding colour backgrounds for your productions.”

Zylight’s Pro-Zoom line of LED zoom ellipsoidals will also debuting at IBC 2017. Developed as a high-powered spot or gobo projector for television stages, broadcast news studios, and live theatre, the new ellipsoidal fixtures offer a choice of zoom lenses suited for various lighting projects.

The product family features three, 200w lights with different optical zoom ranges to fit most stage lighting requirements: the Pro-Zoom Wide, with a 30-55 degree beam width; Pro-Zoom Medium, with an 18-36 degree beam; and Pro-Zoom Narrow, with an 8-22 degree beam. Zylight also offers the Pro-Zoom Plus Narrow, which features a brighter 230w LED engine and 8-22 degree beam width.

All Pro-Zoom fixtures are available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K), and feature a double condenser optical system for clean and precise gobo projection. The Pro-Zoom stays cool during operation, so delicate materials such as acetate films can be used to create low-cost, customized color gobos using an inkjet or laser printer. Pro-Zooms also include integrated shutters, built-in effects, and full DMX control with RDM compatibility.

“Zylight’s new Pro-Zoom LED spotlight is an excellent choice for lighting professionals who need focusing flexibility in an LED solution,” says Arnao. “Different scenes have different spotlight requirements, so we’ve built the Pro-Zoom line to include a choice of zoom lenses at a price point below fixed focal length fixtures.”

Available now, the Pro-Palette is priced at $2,799 (US), and the Pro-Zoom LED spots start at $1,899 (US).

BB&S Lighting introduces the Force 7 LED LEKO. It delivers more light output than a traditional light engine, while drawing just 180W at maximum output.

The Force 7 is a complete LED Ellipsoidal head for third party optics that sets new standards for white light LED with CRI 97 colour accuracy. It features an external, yoke-mounted 48V power supply that provides smooth dimming down through the final few steps to zero.

The new LEKO provides perfect focus, crisp gobo projection and clean straight cuts with shutters. This is achieved by using a high quality condenser optical system in conjunction with a single point LED light source, and superior drive electronics. The fixture is beneficial for lighting talent for broadcast, motion pictures and live events and is also ideal when using gobos or cut-to-shape forms. Force 7 delivers smooth even light edge to edge without hot spots or double shadows when using a gobo.

Force 7’s even field allows a single fixture to light two to three anchors at a news desk placing an equal light level on each of them. Force 7 is the first extremely bright LED LEKO to offer a single point source that does not create mis-colorations or multiple shadows either with or without gobos.

The sharp focus of this fixture can also create a very soft edge when going out of focus, with no image ghosting. It operates silently (under 18db), and gives smooth, totally flicker free dimming all the way to zero without colour shift (CCT) when dimmed.

The Force 7 LEDLEKO is available in either 3000°K, 5600°K and 6500°K colour temperatures.

Power is supplied via a PowerCon TrueOne locking AC cable. The fixture features 512 DMX / RDM control. Due to this system’s heatless operation, users get extended gel and cookie (cucoloris) life.