Here is an interesting lighting solution that could just be the answer to many problems. The DOP Choice FlyBall is an LED Softlight on a pole for lightweight and mobile lighting. Softlights on a pole have been around for a while and are frequently used on film-sets to give actors a soft light, good for the skin, mobile and efficient with minimal setup time. It is also used to follow talents around a scene. The LED Softlight by DOP Choice and BB&S might just be an affordable alternative to more expensive common lantern softlights. As many of you know LED out of the box can look very ugly on the skin and one wonders why it has taken 3 years until softboxes for LED light sources come to the market. At IBC it looked like the time has finally come as manufacturers start producing softboxes and LED softlights. DOP Choice is a company to look out for. They specialize in manufacturing softboxes for LED lights and have anything from the FlyBall and small 1×1 softboxes up to larger square and round options for LED lights (LINK). BB&S presented the Flyer in combination with the DOP Choice FlyBall and a pole. The whole BB&S Flyer kit including a v-mount battery belt isn’t cheap at $2400, but more affordable in Europe where it can be found for around $1600 net. The DOP Choice FlyBall can also be acquired separately and used as an LED softlight on other 1×1 LED lights. It is available in Europe and costs around $350. More info on availability in the US coming soon. more on dopchoice.comRead more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Arri is one company that keeps being successful at what they do. Their stuff just works and is extremely reliable. They offer some of the best quality in our field of work and come up with new devices every year. Here’s a new lighting fixture that I found very intriguing. The L7-C is an LED light that is built to imitate the characteristics of a typical fresnel lens. So it gives you the nice varying beam at a very low weight. What is special about the L7-C is that you can tune in any color you desire which makes using gels obsolete and gives you full control over your image in a very simple and cost effective way.Read more
To create content we filmmakers need light like air to breathe. Sometimes the available light suffices but usually a controlled lighting setup will raise the quality and language of our content by a lot. Luckily more and more companies that make quality lighting available for all budgets have been popping up like Coollights for example who have been around for a while and are also currently running a banner on our site, Flolight, a company we found at IBC. I reported about the Flolight specialized greenscreen LED last month. Here’s some of the rest of their lineup. What caught my eye about this company is that the quality of their LED is very good and the price is absolutely right. The materials aren’t fancy aircraft aluminum or anything and the stands are basic, but they serve the purpose and the light output deserves respect. Remember Dedo Weigert saying that a CRI value (light quality) of 84 is really good? Well the Flolights seem to have an in your face value of 93. When the lady assistant told me this I said: “Yeah right” but when she turned on the light and it was a pure white, no magenta or green I started to doubt my skepticism. So if you’re into lighting this company is definitely worth checking out You can see and buy the other Flolight products on their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
Flolight is a California based company that produces affordable lighting fixtures and I must say from what I’ve seen they’re not bad at all. The LEDs they showed at IBC had a noticably high CRI (color rendition index = good light spectrum) and high output and the fuorescent fixtures looked solid as well. The CycLight is a special tool for those who want to quickly light a 2×3 meter greenscreen and want to forget the hassles of greenscreen lighting. In the video the greenscreen background looks very “untidy” and wrinkly, but in defense of Flolight I must say that this was a prototype unit and they really just put a provisional green cloth up there with some ducktape. I think the final product will be quite useful. 1000€ ($1350) and available in November. They have a British reseller for European customers. You can see and buy the other Flolight products on their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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