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CATEGORY: NAB 2018
“ Reports from Barbizon on new and interesting lighting and production equipment for content acquisition and at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”
This year high output LED manufacturer AadynTech will be releasing a panel version of their popular JAB and PUNCH fixtures. The Quad JAB and PUNCH will be available in both daylight as well as variable white versions. The variable version will have an adjustable color temperature range of 2950°Kto 5750°K.
The Quad JAB draws 20 amps and displays 120,000 lumens with its big brother the Quad Punch pulling 30amps at an impressive 285,000 lumens. Both fixtures will have a CRI rating of 95+ with on board as well as wired control options. AadynTech expects both fixtures to be ready to ship by early summer of this year.
AC Lighting showed the new Chroma-Q Studio Force II range of fixtures. These fixtures represent an evolution of the Chroma-Q Studio Force fixtures by incorporation the homogenized optics from the Chroma-Q Color Force II series of fixtures with a new LED package. The fixtures utilize Chroma-Q’s proprietary ColorSure system to ensure fixtures within the same product range provide consistent output regardless of when they are manufactured. This process involves a complex range of processes for selecting (binning) individual LED emitters; calibrating LED light engines in-house to a uniform standard and sophisticated firmware and software ensures exceptional fixture to fixture consistency.
Available in 1, 4, and 6-foot lengths the fixtures provide variable white light output from 2,800-6500K with +2/-2 green adjustment and a CRI of up to 94. Output is 6,500; 2400; and 3600 lumens respectively. The red, green, blue, and white emitters which make up the LED array can also be controlled individually to provide colored light for scene setting or effects. All of the lengths have a native beam angle of 22 degrees which can be modified to 43 degrees with the optional border lens and to an 80 degree by 35-degree asymmetrical beam with the optional cyc optic.
The fixtures offer onboard control via a rear-mounted touch screen as well as remote control via DMX/ RDM and wireless control using optional LumenRadio. When controlled via DMX, a control channel enables switching between the variable white and color modes without needing to access the fixture. The fixtures can also be sub-divided to allow different sections of the overall fixture to be controlled separately and the design of the housing and mounting is such that fixtures can be lined up end to end with no gap for a continuous appearance. The compact form factor (less than 7.5” x 9” square in height and depth) will make these fixtures are a good choice for spaces with low trims and their comparatively narrow beam angle will allow for a relatively longer throw than other variable white/ color mixing fixtures.
Cinestar is the newest addition to the Airstar family. It has been designed with versatility in mind. Cinestar is fully dimmable, with easy to use bicolor temperature controls. It features a low-profile body and is completely portable, making it the perfect lighting choice for studio, stage, and set applications.
Cinestar allows for fast set up (just 15 minutes), and even though it's 5' wide when inflated it is easily transportable because it compacts down into a small case and weighs around 26 pounds.
While other Airstar units like the Crystal have been used for area, event and sometimes on sets the Cinestar is the first content creation dedicated lighting balloon that uses Airstars flicker-free "Dynamic White" LED technology with a bi-color LED array with 2700K to6500K with a high CRI of 96 that uses 850 watts.
Anton Bauer continues to address new issues facing the broadcast and film industry when it comes to batteries. The helps users adapt to the IATA regulations which mandate that Lithium-ion batteries may only carry a charge of 30 percent or less of their rated capacity when transported as cargo. In just three hours, the LPD can discharge four 90 WH batteries from full. It also does not require external power to operate, making it ideal for both convenience and protection. This solution is lightweight and robust for easy travel, as well as fan-cooled and thermally protected for safe unattended use. While Anton Bauer introduced this product last year, it remains extremely popular for traveling broadcasters and rental houses alike.
The Arri Booth was a buzz this year following the success of the Sky Panel products. At the core of the Sky Panel’s success is the Firmware, which offers a variety of features that can be used by professional’s every sector of the entertainment market. New for this year Firmware version 4.0 extends the capabilities.
SkyPanel Firmware updates are all about adding versatility and control - harnessing the awesome power of the SkyPanel and putting that potential into the hands of the gaffer, lighting designer, or programmer. SkyPanel Firmware 4 takes this ability to new heights. Packed with ten new features, SkyPanel Firmware 4 expands the capabilities of the SkyPanel like never before and offers refined levels of control.
Every SkyPanel is made up of one or more light engines. The S60 has two light engines while the S360 has twelve light engines. SkyPanel Firmware 4 allows the user to control individual light engines via new DMX modes. Each light engine acts as its own mini SkyPanel with parameters like CCT & RGBW, HSI, or x,y Coordinates. This precise level of control enables new programming possibilities with the SkyPanel.
Arri has also added new effects and enhanced the existing effects.
New Version 4.0 Effects
- Lighting Effect: Welding
- Lighting Effect: Process
- Lighting Effect: Fluorescent Flicker
- Lighting Effect: Explosion
Here's a great look from Newsshooter.com
Extreme use, rough conditions, and heavy payloads have been the hallmark of the Avenger brand since its inception. The Quick Action Jr and Baby Clamp fit right in with the needs of today's professional riggers whether it's in a theatrical or video setting. No more struggling to mount or dismount heavy or awkward fixtures to your grid or truss systems. Avengers quick release button will allow you the freedom to release the jaw of the clamp instantly from the pipe without having to twist the knuckle. Quick action clamps are available with Jr. receivers for your heavier fixtures as well as standard baby pins for some of those smaller lights in your kit. The Junior clamp can support a max payload of 220lbs and its baby counterpart can sustain weights of up 110lbs respectively.
Backstage has added thirteen new carts to their extensive line of production and cinema carts. Some of these are modifications to their existing carts while some are able to be customized through options available.
In addition to the Skypanel 120 Cart (E-17), the Skypanel 60 Cart (E-18 Mini) and the Skypanel 360 Cart (E-19) are now available. These carts feature all-steel construction and house the Skypanel fixtures, cables and power supplies.
The Cable Cart(GE-02) and the Cable/Sand Bag Mini Cart (GE-02 Mini) both now have a foldable version available.
The Backstage Head Cart(E-02) and the Apple Box Cart(G-10) both now feature Plus versions with increased size and capacity, the Apple Cart Plus(G-28) and the Head Cart Plus (E-02 Plus).
The C-Stand Mini Cart Modular (GE-19 Mini) has so many of options. It holds up to 13 C-Stands or 8 Combo Stands or11 Baby Stands or configure it according to your needs. Tires also have options, Foam Filled or Pneumatic tires, this cart can be modified to be whatever you need it to be.
BCI announces THE BEST BOY 2 POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX. The popular Best Boy Pocket Console®-DMX just got better with the emergence of the improved Best Boy 2. The Best Boy 2 is a vastly improved and armored version of the ubiquitous POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX.
This new Best Boy 2 Pocket Console comes built into a “Mil-Spec” water resistant case that is superior in all aspects to the prior style case; it is smaller and lighter; comes with a DMX umbilical as opposed to a flush-mount data port, no longer requiring a DMX jumper; has a much smaller power supply; comes with Playback-8 Software. It can be patched just as always with up to 512 DMX addresses, while still recording up to 8 discrete "Submasters" of the 8 Channels. Whether for LEDs, discrete control of 12/24 dimmer packs or for setting or tech-ing a moving light, The NEW Best Boy 2 is ready to take on the job.
BB&S Lighting of Denmark showcased it’s Force 7 this year at NAB. The new single source LED technology provides a CRI of 97 with an output that is equivalent to 750 watts. They are also accomplishing this while only drawing 180 watts from an externally mounted 48-volt power supply. The dimming is very smooth from 100%-0% with no hot spots or double shadows while using gobos or effects. The demo that was set up at NAB confirmed the manufacturer's claims! The edge to edge light is very clean. The fan is also extremely quiet which makes it a great option for studio use.
The Force 7 is compatible with all ETC Source 4 barrels and lenses and is available in custom colors and comes with a Powercon True-1 AC Power Cable.