An interview from the 2017 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Alan Ipakchian of Litepanels. Litepanels is the market leader in LED lighting systems for the television, broadcast, video and film industries. Their ground-breaking, award-winning lighting products are developed with a clear focus on performance, reliability and efficiency to deliver the very best results for all of their customers. Litepanels is part of Vitec Videocom, a group of companies specializing in products for broadcasters, cinematographers, videographers and still photographers across the globe. In this interview Alan talks with us about the new Litepanels Gemini, an all-new 2x1, RGB-WW soft panel that combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise color adjustment.
The Gemini 2x1 Bi-Color LED Soft Panel is an aluminum-constructed, 25.0 x 6.5 x 12.5" fixture that has 3 lighting modes. The CCT color temperature control has 6 factory presets in increments from 2700 to 6000K. There are also 6 presets for user-defined color temperature and plus/minus green control. The HSI Color mode allows you to adjust the hue, saturation, and intensity, while Gel mode permits your choice from a library of filters often used by image makers. The light has a CRI/TLCI rating of 97 for daylight balance and 99 for tungsten balance, indicating a very accurate rendition of color. The Gemini is dimmable from 100 to 0% without flicker or color shift. Settings and features are displayed on the rear LCD screen.
Gemini offers flexible remote control through DMX (5-pin XLR or RJ45), Wireless DMX (both using standard 512 protocol), or Bluetooth, an industry first. Gemini can be remotely controlled using the Litepanels SmartLite or SmartLite Director apps for Apple devices.
Recent independent testing demonstrated that Gemini delivers outstanding photometric performance, measuring TLCI/CRI levels of 97 in daylight and 99 in tungsten. This means that lighting professionals can reliably achieve exceptional color and realistic skin tones — ultimately eliminating the need for color correction and saving postproduction time and money.
With its on-board power supply, Gemini is significantly lighter than competing panels that require an external ballast. Without the need for external power components, the panel is significantly more agile, allowing it to be transported easily and rigged rapidly with fewer cable connections. Gemini panels can also run from battery power (3-pin XLR 28 VDC), or power can be daisy-chained from other devices using an industry-standard powerCON connection.
Like all Litepanels products, Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors, to offer users extra creative lighting control. By the end of this year, Litepanels will release a mounting hardware kit that will enable customers to stack multiple Gemini panels either vertically or horizontally.
For more information please visit: www.Litepanels.com