by Fabian Chaundy | 28th April 2017
Introduced at NAB 2017, the Dracast Flexible LED Panel is a 1×1, V-Lock battery-powered fixture that bends to whatever use you may need. A bi-color option adds to the overall versatility, and its competitive price makes it particularly attractive. We caught up wth John from Dracast who gave us the rundown on these new panels. At this stage in the game, the concept of the flexible LED panel is no longer a revolutionary innovation, and is starting to become a more popular variant of your typical 1×1 LEDs. With that popularity comes competition and a “race to the bottom” in terms of affordability. While the cost of other flexible panels from the likes of Cineroid or Kamerar can quickly add up, a complete set of Dracast Flexible LED panels could be very well within the realm of possibility for someone wanting to put together their first lighting kit. Dracast Flexible LED Panel The core of the system is the main control and power ballast. This main brick serves to mount the light as well as a V-Lock battery plate for power supply. Below it you can find a dial to adjust brightness, as well as one to control temperature between tungsten and daylight in the bicolour version. There is currently no plans to make a tungsten-only version. While this configuration could work perfectly well as a normal 1×1 fixture, the flexible nature of the LED frame thanks to its velcroed back allows you to easily remove the panel from the ballast and scrunch it up to fit any necessary nook and cranny, such as in car interiors. This means that the Dracast Flexible LED panel could find a home as easily in the kit of an ENG shooter who mostly does interviews, as in the arsenal of a filmmaker who needs to pull off creative shots. An IP67 rating also makes this fixture capable of withstanding the elements up to a certain extent, highlighting the product’s flexibility not only in a physical sense, but also in its usability. Documentary filmmakers could very easily find a use for it in the field, especially thanks to its portability and light weight. The ballast also has mounting points to attach a second fixture increasing the area of light, and the battery has enough juice to power two panels at the same time. All these are great things to have in a light fixture, and a minimum CRI and TLCI of 95 makes them sound like a decent alternative. The best thing about them is the price: a single panel will only set you back $199, with a full set of three expected to go for $499. The 1×1 Dracast Flexible LED Panel will be available from June, with larger form considered for the future. Will you be going flexible this summer? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 16th September 2016
Cineroid has just announced a new LED panel to their lineup. The FL400S is not only flexible but also waterproof, bi-color and dimmable as well. Plus, you can fold it in your bag, so it won’t get in the way when you’re on the go. The Cineroid FL400S LED Cineroid’s Soongi Jang made some time to show us their latest addition to their LED lineup. The FL400S is quite an interesting LED lighting solution. It’s literally super flexible, as you can roll it up completely while maintaining a very bright output. And in case you might need it, it’s also waterproof. It’s not designed for underwater work, but you can operate the panel itself underwater or in the rain as long as the control box and the power source are kept safe and dry. flexible and leightweight – the Cineroid FL400S It’s easy to mount anywhere since it is very lightweight (160 g / 0.35 lbs), has a reasonable size of 250mm x 250mm (10″ x 10″) and, most importantly, it’s equipped with velcro mounts on the back so you can stick it to anything you’ve prepared with some strips of velcro beforehand. Although very compact in size and weight, it’s still very powerful with an output of 2100 lux. With the attached control box you are able to control the brightness and the color temprature (2700° K – 6500° K range) as well as being able to lock the control box. That way you can prevent yourself from accidentally changing any values. As an extra option, you can buy a DMX box in order to control the FL400S via an DMX connection. Specifications, Pricing and Availability As a recap here are all the specifications of the FL400S LED seize: 250mm x 250mm (10″ x 10″) weight of the LED: 160g (0.35 lbs) weight of the control box: 165g (0.5 lbs) light output: 2100 lux @ 94 CRI power consumption: 65W Everything from the LED panel itself, the control box, a soft box, X-bracket for mounting, an AC power adapter and also a bag are all included out of the box. It’s price is $539 and is available as of now. There’s also a kit of three lights too, which is $1,598.Read more
by Adam Plowden | 19th August 2016
The Cineroid FL400s is a new, high-CRI, bi-colour and flexible LED light panel, now available from Cineroid. Built with surface mounted LEDs, the FL400S is a new flexible panel light with additional features that make it widely usable for filming and photography. Promising flicker-free performance and a CRI of 94, this is a high-quality light whose output can be used with fast shutter speeds without flickering or scanning lines. At only 25x25cm, the light is small enough to fit in many kit bags. In addition, there is a control interface that adjusts the colour temperature between tungsten and daylight and brightness from 0-100%. It is DMX-compatible for larger, more complex and controlled lighting setups. The included X bracket looks to be much sturdier and easier to attach to the light than other brackets for panel lights that need screwing together. Cineroid FL400S Spec Sheet: Very flexible and waterproof build. In fact, check out the video of washing your LED light above! Please note that only the LED panel is waterproof. CRI=94 high quality light output. Brightness of 2100 Lux at 1m. Dimming from 0-100% Surface mount LEDs for higher power output and a wider beam angle. Bi-colour between 2700K – 6500K. Power output 64W. Only 25x25cm, weighing 150g without X bracket. 2m cable length (extendable to 20m). Flicker-free. Control lock – yes. DMX optional via DMX400 box. DC input: 10 ~ 17V Soft diffuser included. 1/4” Mount on back side. Optional V-mount adapter. Cineroid FL400S: What’s in the Box? FL400S LED panel light. Main control box. AC power adapter. Soft diffuser. X-bracket with spigot mount. There is quite a long lead time at the moment from the European dealer. Coming in at €659.90 (inc. VAT), it is considerably cheaper than other branded bi-colour flex lights. Also, B&H will be stocking the product next month. Will you be ordering one? Let us know your thoughts!Read more
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