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Rotolight is a UK-based company that was primarily known for small, on-camera LED units, until it released the very pro-spec Titan X2, which is a 2x1 RGBWW high-output LED panel with groundbreaking electronically adjustable diffusion, called Smartsoft. This is controlled by a single knob that affects the focus and spread of the beam of light. The light also has a built-in library of over 1300 industry-standard gels, RGB, as well as a variable CCT of 3000K to 10,000K. This, combined with the Smartsoft diffusion feature, means there’s no need for gels or scrims with the Titan X2. Retailing at £4600, it’s significantly cheaper than an Arri Skypanel. The Titan also comes in a 1x1 form factor as the Titan X1, which is only £2880 and is significantly lighter, but features the same functionality as the X2, just with roughly half the output. Both of the Titan lights are fully controllable via the Rotolite Luminair app and both feature built-in special effects, all of which are customisable. There are settings to replicate fire, lightning, TV, gunshots, camera flashes, welding sparks and more.
IMAGE Cineo Lighting is targeting sustainability as a big production goal with its green generators
of LED operations for Cineo Lighting, says: “It has given us time to build more features into the software, and this has been a focus of our development team. The latest release includes the ability to record, playback and transport real-time lighting effects, along with a built-in library of both presets and effects for the fixture. Future releases over the next few months will expand our networking capabilities and bring Bluetooth control for IOS/Android.” On top of this, as part of the green revolution, Cineo has created a new 200kVa generator truck that Universal Production Services has added to its fleet. These new trucks run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel (also known as renewable diesel), which has up to 90% fewer life cycle emissions than fossil diesel. By using this fully sustainable and renewable fuel, nitogen oxides are reduced by 29%, sulphur oxides are reduced by 50% and particulates are reduced by 77%. “Two sets provide ten tonnes of kit and 320kW of power to location,” says Pierceall. As well as the trucks featuring 160kW generators, it’s not just the generators that use this fuel, but the trucks themselves, resulting in “a huge reduction in emissions as a result”. This is a huge leap forwards for productions seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and use renewable sources to power big location shoots. Cineo is also working on products that are “optimised for correlation between virtual and actual sets and set lighting”. With virtual production becoming much more commonplace, watch this space!
Cineo Lighting began in 2013 and has a line- up that is focused on light quality, offering soft panels with bicolour and RGB models available, the most powerful being the LB800 with a whopping 800W power draw capable of 50,000 lumens of output. The real gem of the Cineo line-up is the Reflex R15, which is a 1500W bicolour (2700K-6500K) LED light with a very unique and interesting design. It provides an output of over 125,000 lumens, with an adjustable beam angle from 15 to 75° without mechanical movement, enabling remote adjustment, and the company states that the R15 can replace a 10K tungsten or 6K HMI. The R15 is a very unique fixture that introduces the concepts of beam shaping and dynamic lighting effects. It also has a unique cooling system due to its compact optic thermally managing 1500W. This cooling system immerses the LEDs in a non-conductive, optically transparent fluid. The latest firmware for the R15 has been developed over the course of the Covid-19 lockdown and Rich Pierceall, vice-president
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