LED Lighting For Video

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Some time back I did a review of a Flexlite (flexible LED panel).

I was fortunate in that I got two of them in exchange for the review. I did the review because I was already sold on them at the Expo I saw them at.

Anyway, I realise they’re a bit pricey and not really something every run and gunner wants to go out and buy when you can get a couple of flouro soft boxes for 1/3 the price of a single Flexible LED light–or just about any other LED light for that matter.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s all changed now.

But before I get into that, let me say that there isn’t a better lighting tool for the run and gunner.

  1. They take up hardly any space in your kit bag.
  2. They’re feather-weight.
  3. You don’t need to carry big bulbs or replacement bulbs.
  4. They’ll probably still be working when you die after a long life.
  5. You can drop them and they don’t break.

I love mine. I have only two and need a third.

A few days ago I found the video I’m about to share. This guy shows you how to make them for about $60.

Not only that, he really went through the hoops to source the right LED lights and bits and pieces you’ll need and shares the links. This is important because not all LED lights are equal when it comes to the spectrum of light they output.

Finally, what he’s going to show you is how to make a bi-color flexible LED panel. (Mine are only ‘daylight’ balanced). With bi-color you’re all set up for either indoor or outdoor shooting and can even mix the two different colors independently to create just about any color temperature you want.

 

Memory Cards–“If It’s Too Good To Be True…”

Counterfeit SD cards

I’ve always used SanDisk cards and never, ever had a problem in the 5 or 6 years I’ve being using digital equipment.

Also, I generally get the highest rated cards in terms of speed and bit rate for the equipment I’m using.

One is tempted when making SD card purchases to find a really good deal.

BUT, if what you find seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

Here’s a story about SD card counterfeiting

As you will see, the counterfeited cards look identical. And where you’ll find these great deals is on eBay, Amazon or similar sites.

Sony PXW X70–The Update We’ve Been Waiting For

Well, it’s here.

This is the link . Sony V2.00 Update

Here are the exact instruction on how to install the update: V2.00 update procedure

There are several reports that, in combination with FCPX’s last update, you can now natively import XAVCL into FCP.

This update does not automatically give you 4K.  There’s another step (purchase) which hasn’t been made very clear at this date, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon. However, if you want to record in XAVCL right now, you can.

And here’s the link for obtaining and activating 4K. X70 4K Upgrade Key

And this comment from the FB X70 User Group regarding a rebate for early adopters of the X70:

 The 4K upgrade is here! It’s easy to install and Sony has the loyalty program. The box will have a sticker that tells users to visit a webpage where they get contact info for POSC…. gives you ‘inside’ access and can help you upgrade in 5 – 10 minutes. Sony wants to show their appreciation to early adopters of the PXW-X70 camcorder: End-user purchasers of PXW-X70 who took delivery of their product on or before March 31, 2015 and who purchase a CBKZ-X70FX 4K license key between June 15, 2015 and August 31, 2015 are eligible to receive a $300 mail-in rebate from Sony!

Promising new wireless system from Rode

The Rode Wireless Filmmaker System

I’m often asked to recommend a wireless system.   The good ones are rather expensive (eg. Sennheiser).

I happen to use a Sony system that I got second-hand which works just fine.

But something new just turned up in my in basket. I don’t own it and haven’t tested it. But by all accounts it’s the bees knees. It’s a new level of high tech and easy to use. It’s also affordable (under £300).

Watch the video.

Pure Frickin’ Brilliant–Flexlite, the Flexible LED Panel

As anyone who follows my blog knows, I like stuff that’s simple, smart and compact.

Being a great fan of LED lighting for the home, I felt it was time to check up on the advances of LED technology for the film industry.

I was never happy with the bulk, fragility and horsepower-lack of my flouro softbox lamps, so I went to the Broadcast Video Expo in London earlier this year to see what the LED crowd was up to. They were up to a whole lot of things it turns out.

But of the vast array of impressive LED lights, one particularly caught my attention–the Flexlite, manufactured in Korea by Neonix Co., Ltd.  I spoke with the London distributor Prolight Direct Ltd.

Flexlite

 

 

It’s designers didn’t follow the traditional path of encasing it in an aluminium housing. Rather it is on a flexible backing.

It has a clever, compact mounting bracket that slips into elastic bands on it’s backside. Or, using its velcro tabs, can be mounted just about anywhere.

You can curl it up into a cylinder, bind it with rubber bands and drop it into a Chinese lantern for 360˚ illumination.

You can stick it on the end of a monopod or selfie stick and, with a battery, use it as handy fill for vox pop interviews.

And, of course you can stick it in a softbox.

Is it durable?

I asked this of the distributor at the Broadcast Video Expo. To answer that, he took the lit panel and threw it down on the floor. “I’ve been doing this all day”, he added.

It’s currently available in 5600K adn 3000K versions only. Bi-color versions may come in the future.

Cost is £413 available at Prolight Direct Ltd.

Full technical specs and related accessories, including battery and cable can be found here.

U.S. Distributor (Wescott) here.

The battery offered by Prolight Direct is a single unit with built in charger, but any Vlock battery will attach to their belt-clip V lock battery holder. If you already have V lock batteries, all you need is the adapter cable provided by Prolight Direct or any future distributor.

It comes with a power adapter and dimmer, adjustable from 10-100% maintaining a constant color temperature throughout the range. It also comes with a compact support frame, adjustable light stand mounting hardware, and an extension cord for the dimming unit that can be employed as the case demands.

Flex lite kit

 

Following a video review I did  demonstrating the light, showing samples of its use and demonstrating its brightness and constant color temperature at different brightness settings using its dimmer.

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