By technical editor Matt Allard:
There are a lot of on-camera lights available and they vary greatly in both price and performance. I wanted to take three of the on-camera lights I own to see how they stacked up against each other. The three lights are the Litepanels Luma, the Lumos Trip Pro and the Cineo Matchbox. All three are priced around the same level so I thought it would be interesting to see which one comes out on top. Please bear in mind that this isn’t a truly scientific test, though I did my best to provide a consistent and controlled test environment.
I decided to look at seven key categories:
1. Build quality
2. Colour accuracy
3. Output and control
4. Power options
5. Included accessories
7. Visual aesthetic
Shedding Light on Remote Phosphor LED’s
What exactly is a remote phosphor LED light? Well, remote phosphor technology is an elegant solution to one of the biggest problems to plague LED lighting technology; how to produce a wide spectrum white light and achieve a high color rendering index for accurate color rendition.
Let’s start at the beginning.
The Light Emitting Diode
A LED is a solid state pn-junction diode which emits light, a light emitting diode. The first commercial LED’s emitted infra red light and were available in 1962.
The wavelength (color) of the light emitted from a LED is directly related to the energy band-gap of the semiconductor. For this reason, a LED emits only a single wavelength of light. This is not important for an indicator lamp, or a segmented numeric alarm clock display, but it is critically important if you want to use LED’s to create any kind of light source with a wide spectrum.
The first visible wavelength LED’s were red, followed by orange and yellow, and then green emitting LED’s. The final piece of the puzzle in the quest for a RGB LED that can produce any color was the blue LED, that first came about in the 1990’s.
The White LED
With the invention of the blue LED, the white LED became possible, by coating a blue LED with a phosphor material to convert part of the light to green, yellow and red.
The light output of LED’s has risen almost exponentially, with output doubling every 3 years since the 1960’s. Today’s high brightness LED technology has made it possible to produce over 300 lumens per watt. Good CRI (Color Rendering Index) is also possible with these LED’s, now matching or surpassing fluorescents and even approaching incandescent.
Remote Phosphor Technology
A remote phosphor LED light effectively separates this phosphor coating from the LED itself, allowing different phosphors to be interchanged in a light housing. This allows color temperature to be changed simply by slotting in a different phosphor.
The result is a high CRI white light with very stable characteristics over time as the phosphors are not subject to heat degradation since they are separated from the LED’s.
Some of the best LED lighting on the market right now is based on remote phosphor technology, and those made by Cineo Lighting are second to none.
Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.
*Had some WordPress issues, sorry for these starting late.*
Just like the Matchstix, the Matchbox uses a glass phosphorus plate to adjust color temperature; and it comes with either at 2700k, 3200k, 4300k, or 5600k plate, but you can switch out the plates for different temps.
Read more here: http://widenmedia.com/nab-2015-spotlight-cineo-matchbox/
Cineo Lighting Bring the Matchbox Light to NAB 2015
New versatile, affordable fixture extends Cineo’s line of portable Remote Phosphor lighting tools
Cineo Lighting have introduced the Cineo Matchbox, the latest in versatile, portable Remote Phosphor lighting for motion picture and television production. At 3.25″ x 5.25″ x 1.5″ and 15 oz, the Matchbox outputs a stunning amount of high-quality light at a variety of accurate interchangeable color temperatures. A wide range of input power allows Matchbox to run on any input voltage from 6-26 VDC as well as AC power with the included adapter.
The Matchbox features an on-board 0-100% flicker-free dimmer that can work in conjunction with upstream DMX or remote dimmers. Color temperature is controlled by the interchangeable Remote Phosphor panels at the front of the fixture, available at 2700K, 3200K, 4300K, and 5600K. The color quality of Matchbox perfectly matches all other Cineo soft lights, with CRI ratings of 92-98, depending on color temperature. The bottom of the fixture includes a standard 1/4″x20 tap, allowing for limitless mounting options. Ruggedly built from anodized aluminum, these small sources can easily withstand the most demanding applications in both the field and the studio.
“Matchbox represents Cineo’s commitment to providing versatile, affordable production light sources with the premium quality Cineo is known for,” said Richard Pierceall, CEO. “The benefits of Remote Phosphor technology are now within the budget of every photographer.”
The basic Matchbox kit retails for $495.00 and includes the light fixture, a 120-240 VAC adapter, 3200K and 5600K Remote Phosphor panels, and a 6 ft. power extension cable. A variety of light control accessories and power options are available.
Cineo will debut the Matchbox at the 2015 NAB Show. Matchbox will be available from authorized Cineo Lighting resellers worldwide in early April.
More information is available at www.cineolighting.com/matchbox.
NAB 2015 Lighting & Batteries Preview
April 7, 2015
LAS VEGAS—The advantages of LED lighting fixtures have brought almost all of the lighting equipment makers to exhibit LED products. Many of the announcements this year are about higher color rendering indexes and even more lighting power from the same form-factor fixtures.AADYN TECHNOLOGY will premier its Hurricane Jr, a lightweight, powerful addition to the company’s weatherproof JAB Hurricane fixture. Both the Hurricane Jr. fixture and its power supply are IP65 (weatherproof) rated, and will operate internationally on AC power as well as DC battery power. It is DMX controllable.
ARRI will enlarge its LED L-Series Fresnel fixture family with the L10, which joins ARRI’s L5 and L7 Fresnels to provide a full line of high-performance LED Fresnels to the film, broadcast, theater and live entertainment markets. The L10 is ARRI’s brightest and largest L-Series lamphead to date, providing a powerful output to allow for more distant fixture placement and the wrapping of light around objects in a natural and pleasing way.
BBS LIGHTING will introduce the LED Flyer all-in-one boom light kit, made to satisfy the diverse demands of video, cine and news production. BBS will also showcase its Area 48 Remote Phosphor LED Soft Light, which uses interchangeable remote phosphor-coated panels which separate the color rendering phosphors from the LED bulbs for improved color rendering, consistency, softer output, and elimination of cooling fans. The company’s Force V Vero LED light engine provides an LED upgrade for existing conventional Ellipsoidal spots.
BRIGHTLINE/LUPOLUX will demonstrate its range of fluorescent and LED fixtures. The Brightline SeriesONE product line is available in sizes for 1, 2 or 4 fluorescent lamps, utilizing advanced phosphor lamp formulations, in tungsten or daylight color balance with a variety of dimming control options, including phase, DMX, and DALI, with linear dimming to 3 percent. Lupolux Fresnels will be shown with two new-generation options: True Color Bridgelux LEDs and Quantum Dot Tuned LEDs. Both are available in 3200K or 5600K color balance.
CINEO LIGHTING will debut its Cineo Matchbox, portable Remote Phosphor lighting for motion picture and television production. At 3.25×5.25×1.5 inches and weighing just 15 ounces, the Matchbox outputs a stunning amount of high-quality light at a variety of interchangeable color temperatures. Also in the Cineo booth will be the Cineo Maverick, which provides all of the benefits of Remote Phosphor technology found in Cineo’s larger fixtures while better meeting the demands of field use. And finally, Cineo will showcase the Cineo Matchstix, a series of small, versatile Remote Phosphor light sources available in a variety of accurate color temperatures.Read more here: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/nab–lighting–batteries-preview/275107
‘Better Call Saul’: The Formats, Framing, and Film Noir Influences of the Series (Digital Video February 2015)
‘Better Call Saul’: The Formats, Framing and Film Noir Influences of the Series
The behind-the-scenes talent for ‘Better Call Saul’ is a ‘Breaking Bad’ redux.2/20/2015 1:00 PM Eastern
If you were a big fan of Breaking Bad—wasn’t everyone?—you’ll remember Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman, whose mixture of sleaze, smarts and bravado made him one of that series’ unforgettable characters. When the idea of a prequel to Breaking Bad was conceived, the show’s creators settled on Saul (played by Bob Odenkirk) as the focus. Now, in Better Call Saul, we see the lawyer’s evolution from downtrodden public defender to advocate for Walter White and a motley crew of gangsters and lowlifes.
The behind-the-scenes talent for Better Call Saul is a Breaking Bad redux. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould—both known for their loyalty—brought over much of the crew. Better Call Saul is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, with Breaking Bad veterans Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.
|Michael McKean as Chuck Thurber (in foreground) and Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Photo by Ben Leuner/AMC.|