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Eye-to-Eye What’s new in lighting? ADB Lighting Technologies by David Kirk T he majority of modern digital video cameras and D-SLRs are capable of delivering high-quality images provided the lighting conditions are good. Attempting to shoot in low light introduces the risk of noise and limited depth of field. Whatever the claimed camera sensitivity, good lighting is as essential today as ever. The following is a short overview of video lighting products introduced in the past 12 months. It reads a bit like a fast-food menu. If you get bored with all the LED stuff, feel free to skip to the concluding paragraph. ARRI ARRI’s M40/25 is reflector-based light which can be focused from 18 to 52 degrees. The same lamp- head equipped with a PAR reflector becomes the AS40/25, replacing the current ARRIsun 40/25. It is lighter than its predecessor but has the same accessory diameter so that existing lenses, barndoors and scrims can be reused. The M40/25 and AS40/25 fixtures can be operated with 4 kilowatt and 2.5 kilowatt metal halide lamps. ADB Lighting Technologies recently announced two new lighting control desks, Liberty and Freedom, based on its recently announced Hathor software platform. Liberty is a compact system designed to control conventional and moving lights as well as LED sources. Freedom is capable of controlling large quantities of multiple LED fittings, intelligent lights or media servers as well as standard generic dimming systems. Features include four additional rotary wheels with pushbutton function, dedicated keys to manipulate moving lights, and a large trackball for precise positioning. Supervision is via multiple graphic screens, running Microsoft Windows. Bebob Bebob’s LUX-LED45 combines the compact size and low power consumption of the LUX-LED40 with a light output which is 40% greater than the former 60 watt version. This new light emits 10,200 lux at 1 metre over an angle of 30 degrees. The light can be powered for more than two hours with a typical 100 watt-hour camera battery. It is focusable from 30° to 60°, and dimmable. DMX control is optional. 38 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE Cinelight’s Cinelight’s DayLED 1200 Bi-Color uses 1,200 LEDs (3200 and 5400 Kelvin) to produce directional lighting. It has a claimed equivalent output of a 650 watt tungsten light but draws 36 watts. Each LED is focused at a 45 degree angle creating a beam pattern intended for use from 1 to 7 metres. Colour temperature can be adjusted from the rear panel. A built-in V-Lock battery plate accepts V-Mount lithium-ion batteries. A 230 watt- hour battery can power up the light four up to 6 hours 30 minutes. Light output can be adjusted from 100% to 10%, with no change in colour temperature. >>