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13
Apr
17

ProLights Lumipix Batten

Looking at lights like this makes me wonder if we will soon see the demise of the gel industry altogether. I must admit that I hope we don’t, having spent years learning about CTO, CTB and the ever-amusing oddball amber (162) and seedy pink (748) amongst the plethora of other coloured gels available. I guess we will all get used to dialing in a colour on the back of the lights rather than correcting them at the front with giant sweetie wrappers and no doubt it will be easier, cheaper, and more accurate this way. I can’t help feeling we are likely to lose something of the craft of lighting along the way.

 

Still, far be it for us to stand in the way of progress, so we are fully embracing the new LED technology and it’s minimal need for gel. A good example of this is the new Lumipix batten from ProLights. This is a 12 bank LED light batten with the ability to produce more than 16 million colours without having to use a single sheet of gel. And I thought there were only 7 colours, well that’s how the rainbow works isn’t it?

ProLights LUMIPIX16H LED Batten

Not only will the Lumipix display lots of pretty colours but it will allow you to do all sorts of combinations and effects with them. I feel that this has been designed with the stage in mind rather than the big (or small) screen. They would be perfect for concerts and that type of show with in-built microphones and adjustable sensitivity to allow for music mode where the lights will respond to music themselves. Also full Dmx control is available right down to the individual LED’s so you can change colours and make pretty patterns to your hearts content.

But before you tune out its not only rock bands that can use this, you image-makers may find them useful too. In our world we would think of them less as a disco light and more of an all-purpose flood or fill light.

ProLights LUMIPIX 12 x 3w RGB:FC LED Batten - A

Rather nicely they have a flicker-free operating frequency of 400HZ to allow for relatively high speed filming, and a LCD display user interface so you can play with the settings without having to put it through a complicated control desk.

IP33 protection and a maximum power consumption of 40W will keep the gaffers happy. You folks will also appreciate the minimal 3.2 kg weight and the robust aluminum body designed to disperse heat and also protect the lights.

Interestingly these battens are also capable of being “pixel mapped” This term describes how a bitmap or image can be displayed pixel by pixel on a series of lights thus creating a video screen of sorts. I presume this would be used for displaying simple moving patterns or images.

However, I can’t help thinking that this feature could be employed to make the ultimate big HD screen experience. As each unit has 12 x LED lights, I calculate that 158 ½ units side by side would do one line of a HD display and about 170 thousand units stacked up would complete it. What an impressive screen that would make, being 150metres wide, however, you may have to watch it from outer space. Anyway we don’t quite have enough of them for that and even with the minimal 40 w max power draw per unit it would still draw 6912000.00 watts in total that’s over 30 thousand amps.

As far as specifications go each unit has 12 tri colour High-efficiency CREE LEDs giving a LUX of 1360 @ 1m, the optics give a beam spread of 19 degrees. Several DMX selectable configurations are available (2,4,6,7,9,18 or36) for advanced or basic controlling. A tough aluminum body to aid with heat dispersal and a controllable fan for forced ventilation will prevent over-heating.

Each unit has twin brackets for hanging that can also be used for floor positioning.

A power output has also been built in to allow for up to 10 units to be joined together using the one 230-v supply (less distro required)

So all in all this is a very nicely thought through product with some great features and I will give it a 7 / 10 for my Brucie Coolness Rating, only slipping slightly because its too difficult to ride home with on my bike for parties.

 

Cheers all BB

 

29
Jul
15

Who assists the assistants?

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So are you thinking of taking the well-trodden path of becoming a photographer/ cinematographer by learning your craft as an assistant? Or are you looking to become a full-time assistant in your own right? Both are admirable goals and worthwhile career paths, but how do you get your assisting experience and knowledge up to scratch before you find yourself in a studio scratching your head?

Well personally the first thing I would do is a barista course, because that will make you really, really useful, but as a close second I would enrol in one of the fabulous Assistant’s Lighting Courses now being offered by The Academy at Motel Studios.

Back in the day if you could put a lastolite back in its case without asking how and had armpits large enough to develop a polaroid, then you were in with a shout, but todays ever-changing equipment and high pressure timeframes make…

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20
Jul
15

Who assists the assistants?

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So are you thinking of taking the well-trodden path of becoming a photographer/ cinematographer by learning your craft as an assistant? Or are you looking to become a full-time assistant in your own right? Both are admirable goals and worthwhile career paths, but how do you get your assisting experience and knowledge up to scratch before you find yourself in a studio scratching your head?

Well personally the first thing I would do is a barista course, because that will make you really, really useful, but as a close second I would enrol in one of the fabulous Assistant’s Lighting Courses now being offered by The Academy at Motel Studios.

Back in the day if you could put a lastolite back in its case without asking how and had armpits large enough to develop a polaroid, then you were in with a shout, but todays ever-changing equipment and high pressure timeframes make this on the job training a luxury most photographers can’t afford and what’s required today are trained assistants ready to go

So ask yourself what a socaplex fan is or what a honker bonker set is used for? How about how many 4k lights can be run off a 32 amp three-phase outlet and so on. If you don’t have the answers don’t feel bad, just get trained.the acadmeny

Motel Studios, Pixipixel and The Academy are offering brand new, hands on courses in all aspects of assisting, from distribution and grip to setting up, using and pulling down todays sometimes complicated and always expensive equipment (without breaking it) and we at Pixipixel think this is such a great idea that we are getting involved by supplying our equipment.

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Yes that’s right you get to play with some lovely kit from Pixipixel in Motels fantastic studios whilst being trained by some highly experienced lighting experts. It’s an unprecedented combination and one you can’t afford to miss.

The next course is in October so get signed up quick because it is filling up fast.

http://www.motelstudios.co.uk/assistants-course

Now it’s not just the assistants out there that could benefit from this training but you producer types too. Imagine how a bit of knowledge could save you a dozen phone calls or emails, you know it makes sense don’t you.

The course is designed to be very hands on with plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the expert lighting technicians that are conducting the training. Equipment covered will include Profoto and Broncolor flash equipment, tungsten, Kinoflo, HMI and LED continuous lights, light modifiers, grip and so on. Pixipixel will supply the kit, so it’s all of the highest quality and is industry standard equipment that you will be encountering on set in the future.

So get yourself down to The Academy, learn something useful and put yourself ahead of the assisting pack and on the right track for your future.

Oh and get them to show you the right way to use a C stand it’s so obvious once you have been shown but it really astounds me how many assistants don’t know.

And finally, the answer to my opening question. “Who assists the assistants” well its Motel Studios with the space, The Academy with the knowledge and needless to say Pixipixel with the kit.




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