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Litepanels has announced the release of a firmware update for the company’s Gemini, the industry’s most accurate and versatile 2x1 soft panel. Gemini, which delivers precision colour control and flicker-free light in a highly portable LED panel, now provides a broad array of dynamic lighting and cinematic effects with this firmware update.

The new Gemini firmware includes a new Lighting Effects mode for adding the following effects: TV, emergency lights, lightning, fire, hue burst, paparazzi, fireworks, party lights, pulsing, square, and strobe. All effects are fully customizable, giving users the ability to control rate, colour, depth, and other factors to craft a unique look. Effects can be saved to presets for easy recall, and the presets can be saved to a USB drive for easy porting to other lights – ideal for rental customers who need to streamline setup for their rented lights. In addition, the firmware itself can be updated from a USB drive, a process that takes about 20 seconds.

“When we launched Gemini at IBC2017, we raised the bar for professional lighting by delivering a wide, soft light source in a 2x1 form factor with unmatched flexibility,” said Alan Ipakchian, product marketing manager, Litepanels. “Gemini lights talent with the industry’s most accurate white light, and this new firmware expands users’ options for adding high-impact cinematic effects without the need of a console or effect box.”

Gemini delivers highly flexible and precise colour adjustment, removing the need for colour correction by offering full-spectrum white light that is ideal for lighting talent and rendering exceptional color. Lighting professionals can “go bold” by lighting with any colour in the 360-degree colour wheel and popular gels within Gemini’s colour modes.

In addition to the new Lighting Effects mode, the 2x1 Gemini soft panel includes four additional lighting modes: Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) mode for bi-colour (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment; a new RGBW mode that allows independent adjustment of red, green, blue, and white; HSI (hue saturation and intensity) control for full-colour and saturation control; and Gel mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels. All modes are accessible through an easy-to-use, intuitive LCD menu interface, and they offer users complete intensity control with smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero without any colour shift.

The Litepanels Gemini 2x1 panel is available at a suggested retail price of $4,440 (€4,200, £4470). The new firmware is now available for free and can be downloaded directly from litepanels.com.

Elation Professional is pleased to offer three new lighting control products designed to ease communication, optimize functionality and increase compatibility of intelligent lighting systems.

4CAST DMX BRIDGE™

The 4CAST DMX BRIDGE™ is a compact 4-universe wireless device which seamlessly bridges WiFi, Art-Net, sACN, and E-FLY™ (Elation’s wireless DMX solution) signals to wirelessly control compatible DMX devices, an ideal solution for small production events, nightclubs, bars or any event or venue which requires hidden data cables. The 4CAST DMX BRIDGE creates a private standalone 2.4 GHz DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) WiFi network, which coexists in busy RF environments alongside other wireless technologies. No existing network infrastructure is required, or it can connect to an external network. The device sends constant and reliable wireless DMX signals to compatible DMX devices via DMX-512, Art-Net, sACN, or E-FLY. Using the 4CAST iOS app installed on an iOS compatible device provides additional easy control of compatible DMX devices.

de2 POE

The eNode2 POE™ is a compact 2-universe Ethernet-DMX node powered over Ethernet (POE) that supports Art-Net compatible DMX control systems utilizing a single RJ45 auto-switching 10/100Mbps Neutrik etherCON input and two multi-configuration 5pin Neutrik DMX data outputs. Features include DMX bilateral conversion support, a 4-button control panel, an OLED system menu display and 3 LED status indicators. Compact and made of lightweight die-cast aluminum, it includes a mini omega bracket for easy clamp/truss mounting. No external power supply or cord is needed.

IPC415-DMX Power Control Center

The IPC415 is an intelligent DMX power control center featuring 4x powerCON outputs (15A max each), 4x 5pin XLR DMX outputs, 1x 5pin XLR DMX input, and 1x 5pin XLR DMX thru-put. Power to the powerCON outputs can be scheduled to automatically switch ON/OFF via an internal scheduler when the DMX signal is lost or when a specific cue is triggered from a DMX console. The IPC415 can be mounted in a standard 19-inch rack space using the included rack ears, or truss mounted using a clamp (not included) attached to the M10 rigging point in the center of the unit. It includes a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply (100-240v) for use anywhere in the world.