Elation Lighting

This was Elation’s first year exhibiting at NAB and they had a mini studio set up to show their new line of broadcast related fixtures.  Among them were:

TVL 2000 LED Panel by Elation Professional has Flicker Free on board LED dimming control featuring adjustable color temperature via DMX-512 protocol with 450 cool white LEDs and 450 warm white LEDs. Adjust color from cool white daylight to warm white tungsten with ease. Color temperature and 0-100% dimming can all be controlled by either using the onboard controls or via a DMX lighting controller.

Also in the booth was the ELAR 108 RGBW Outdoor IP65 Design Par.  The IP65 unit has 36W x 3Watt RGBW LED’s and is ETL Approved.  It comes with 10° Beam Angle / 22° Field Angle / 15° Lens Kit Standard.  The driver systems has smooth flicker-free color mixing and offers built in color macros and can be controlled manually or with 3 Pin and/or 5pin DMX.  Weighing  15.4 lbs it  outputs 4,480 lux / 416 fc @ 10′ @ full 1,672 total lumens

Middle Atlantic

Middle Atlantic debuted their VisionFrame Video Wall, a quickly assembled frame for multiple large-format LCD or Plasma displays. The VisionFrame wall goes together in minutes, can accommodate almost any arrangement of monitors, features integrated cable management and can be built in either a freestanding or desk-mounted version. Middle Atlantic also offers their free Designer software to help customers lay out their VisionFrames to fit their needs. It’s so easy, even a caveman could assembly it!


Kobold debuted their Softube, an accessory for their Kobold 200 and 400 Par and Bron Kobold strobes. The Softube is a collapsible light tube that fits onto the front of the fixture and creates a large soft source from an intense source like an HMI Par. The tube comes with a built-in reflector and a Velcro shroud that allows users greater control of their light in the field.


Prime Time – KW/2

New from Prime time were their new LED fixtures.  The LED 31 and LED 77 fixtures are true key light with focused round beam, or a multi-purpose light with use of accessories.
Designed to operate at any tilt angle and very sturdily built with adequate heat rejection.

Available in several versions:

  • FUL: non dimming
  • DIM : voltage dimming
  • DAN and on board : 0-10 volt analog, daisy chain dimming
  • DMX: fully digital 5 pin XLR input

Both utilize either 15 or 40 long life, 3 Watt 3000 deg K LEDs and the power cables can be daisy chained for easy wiring.  The LED-11 lists for $1450 and the LED-77 list price is $2640.

Their new MX222 allows for broadcast quality studio luminaire mounting in an architectural environment.  The steel 2’x2′ Mounting canister allows professional luminaire suspension from 2×2 or 2×4 ceiling grids.  Allows pan and tilt adjustments of most yoke mounted studio lights with 1 5/8″ strut type hardware.  There’s even 2 Edison outlets attached to a 10 Amp push button circuit breaker. The MX222’s list price is $375 with AC outlets and $340 without (fixtures not included.)



Cinebags released two new backpacks at the show.

The New CB-25A Revolution Backpack is the evolution of their previous HD Backpack.

It features a larger body to accommodate larger cameras such as the HVX 200, SONY EX1, or the RED ONE and a larger laptop compartment to hold a 17″ MacBook Pro. They added an insulating thermo layer to keep your equipment cool inside the bag. A new pullout rain cover adds additional protection against the elements. [rain, snow, dust, sand etc.]

  • Padded customizable interior
  • Dust cover on the interior
  • Large Padded shoulder harness
  • Large carry handle
  • Large zipped opening for easy access
  • Thermo layer for insulation
  • Waterproof material
  • Pullout Rain cover
  • Oversized zipper
  • Key chain”Remove before filming”
  • Laptop compartment for 17″ MacBook Pro

For the DSLE crowd the CB-23 DSLR / HD Backpack holds your compact HD camera as well as your laptop to download your media. The bag opens from the back side, this way your camera stays protected and it also helps to keep your shoulder harness clean. The large zipped opening gives you easy access to the camera. An additional dust cover protects your equipment from the elements [rain, snow, dust, sand etc.]

  • Padded customizable interior
  • Dust cover on the interior
  • Large Padded shoulder harness
  • Large carry handle
  • Large zipped opening for easy access
  • Thermo layer for insulation
  • Waterproof material
  • Oversized zipper
  • Laptop compartment for 15″
  • 2 large and 6 small removable dividers


Philips Selecon

A revolutionary breakthrough in display lighting the OL1 LED is the first light source that delivers full control of the beam color composition regardless of intensity.

Drawing on technology and specific insight, nurtured and developed, withing the Philips Entertainment group the PL1 LED luminaire meets the everyday challenges of illuminating the world’s museums, art galleries and stages. This lighting instrument extends the creative possibilities with light while significantly reducing the impact of our activities on the environment.

The fully tunable high output LED light engine supports color temperatures from 3000K to 5600K and full color mixing with a maximum output similar to that of a 70 watt metal halide powered luminaire.

Gekko Technology Ltd.

Karesslite DD LED uses Tungsten or Daylight balanced LED’s creating broad spectrum white light specifically developed for film and video applications. Unlike traditional lighting products, color temperature remains consistent throughout a wide range of intensity variation. The Karesslite DD is a professional lighting unit developed to adapt specifically to the dynamic requirements of film and video shoots. The fixture can be ordered with an industry standard V-mount to allow flexible, battery powered operation. This LED fixtures operate with a fraction of the power required by traditional professional lighting and with little to no heat emission. Karesslite DD provides three methods of control:

  • Local control for easy, standalone operation
  • Full DMX implementation
  • Simple wired remote dimmer

Karesslite DD provides three methods of power:

  • V-lock battery
  • Remote battery solution using XLR 44 connection 12-40VDC
  • Main power supply either V-lock or freestanding


Rosco LitePad AXIOM

LitePad Axiom is a revolutionary LED light from Rosco specifically designed for filmmakers, videographers and still photographers. Its steel and aluminum housing is designed not only to protect the light source, but to make a variety of mounting solutions quick and easy. The back of the housing has a universal mounting system allowing the LitePad Axiom to be affixed with brackets to C-Stands or mounted with Velcro, rubber bands or other conventional methods. The housing includes a gel slot for adding Roscolux or Cinegel color or diffusion. An interior connection in the LitePad unit assures secure electrical connection. The slim profile, low heat and power consumption and outstanding quality of light make LitePad Axiom an excellent choice for professionals everywhere. LitePad is available in two color temperatures, daylight (approx. 5800K) and tungsten (approx. 3600K). With tungsten and daylight LitePads, which have equal light output, there is no need to color correct your LitePad, losing valuable light intensity. LitePad’s minimum green content allows for high color rendering and great film and digital photography.


RoscoView is a unique two-part window control system for film and television professionals. It consists of wide width polarizing filter installed on windows and a matching camera polarizing filter. The window filter is available in easy-to-handle acrylic panels or in the traditional soft roll form. The camera filter is optical glass. Rotating the camera filter changes the degree of cross polarization on the window where the RoscoView filter is installed. This results in 100% control of exterior brightness as seen through the window. To the naked eye, the ambient light coming into the room or studio is reduced by only one stop. You can instantly compensate for changes in the daylight exposure as seen through the windows. Reduce studio down-time, no more change out of filter, increase shooting time. Great for areas where it is difficult to re-apply filter regularly.


Steadicam Smoothee The new “easy to use right out of the box” camera stabilizer:

The Smoothee, comes with a camera mount, and will sell at retail for under $200. The Smoothee can be used with the Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola DROID, or the Flip Mino video camera, with additional models to follow. The Smoothee, developed by Steadicam, now allows these smart phone and Flip video camera owners to capture incredible video without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go. The Steadicam Smoothee is approximately 8”W x 14.5” H x 2.5” D (20.3 x 36.8 x 6.4cm) in operating configuration. Each of the individual patented quick release removable camera mounts can also serve as a tabletop stand or can be mounted to any tripod with a standard ¼ x20” camera mount.


The first models of a new series of LED fixtures, designed for studios of all types & sizes. Lowel Studio LED’s are as bright as many similarly sized studio LEDs. They are also fully DMX addressable, dimmable & controllable, and have a host of available accessories. We expect Lowel LED Studio equipment to be released shortly.


  • All models available in Daylight and Tungsten color
  • Color Rendering Index of 91+
  • All models auto-set to AC voltages from 90-250V
  • Quiet fanless operation
  • Available in hanging clamp, or stand mount versions.

Accessories will include

  • Barn Doors
  • Egg Crates / Honeycomb Grids
  • Front Diffusers


Cool Photo fx for your iPhone and iPad

So you’re on the go and you want to send your friends and family this great photo that they’ll love, but you need to make some adjustments and won’t be at your computer until late this evening.

Photo fx is the definitive set of digital optical filters for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Simulations of many popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light and photographic effects plus a clever paint system with a variety of brushes are now at your fingertips. You can now enhance your photos just like Hollywood cameraman and visual effects artists do! We can safely say without a doubt that Photo fx is the most comprehensive, feature rich photo app available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

In Photo fx, you can choose from 76 exciting filters containing 878 presets organized in 8 different filter groups. Photo fx is comprised of the following filters: Ambient Light, Auto Adjust, Black and White, B&W Looks, Black Diffusion/FX®, Black Pro-Mist®, Bleach Bypass, Bronze Glimmerglass®, Center Spot, Close-Up Lens, Color Correct, Color-Grad®, Color Compensating, Color Conversion, Color Infrared, Color Looks, Color Spot, Cool Pro-Mist®, Cross Processing, Day for Night, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Eye Light, Faux Film, Fluorescent (FL-B/D®), Fog, Glimmergass®, Gold Diffusion/FX®, Glow, Grain, Halo, Haze, HDTV FX®, High Contrast, Ice Halos, Infrared, Levels, Light, Light Balancing, Mono Tint, ND Grad, Night Vision, Nude/FX®, Old Photo, Paint, Pencil, Photographic, Polarizer, Pro-Mist®, Reflector, ReLight, Sharpen, Sky, Smoque®, Soft/FX®, Soft Light, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Temperature, Tint, Two Strip, Three Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vignette, Warm Black Pro-Mist®, Warm Center Spot, Warm Pro-Mist®, Warm Soft/FX®, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens and X-Ray.

Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, Photo fx’s visual workflow and easy to use tools will help you create stunning images.

Now you can fix your image with Photo fx before you email it from your iPhone and iPod Touch – you don’t need your computer.  It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Choose it, Edit it, Send it!

The new Tiffen Variable ND Filter, was a huge success at this year’s NAB show. The Variable ND Filter is a versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, the Variable ND is being sought in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small and light-weight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box. Currently available in 77mm only. Additional sizes for both still and video coming soon.

Tiffen Far Red Control Kit: Featuring the Tiffen T1 and the NEW T ½

With the advancement in HD camera technology, reliably recreating true blacks in moving images has never been more challenging. Digital cameras with enhanced red response allows the DP to capture subtle hues of red never before seen digitally. However, opening up this channel leaves your images vulnerable to Far Red and Near Infrared contamination. The TIFFEN FAR RED CONTROL KIT has the unique ability to absorb this unwanted light while preserving the camera’s increased red response while maintaining crisp blacks and assisting the camera in capturing the wider color gamut it was designed for—minimal light loss—1/2 and 2/3 stop

Newest to the Tiffen family of companies is Listec Teleprompters

The New PromptXpress Series incorporates a built-in Wi-Fi Windows-based computer and features a high quality Enhanced Brightness 15-inch LED display with vandal shield protector and Listec’s unique internal SensaTally. Con­gured with a trapezoidal fold-down Mirror/Soft Hood to accommodate wide-angle shots, the system boasts a Sliding Balance Plate Assembly for quick setup, Camera Riser with sliding top platform and adjustable height settings to optimize camera positioning. A sliding rear Counterbalance maintains neutral balance on the pan head. Optional battery plates for Anton/Bauer and IDX are available, as is a pan bar mounted multi-functional touch-screen display for editing, intercom, preview and other tasks.

PromptXpress supports the Clear-Com Concert, IntraCom Systems VCom and other software-based intercom systems for multi-user conferencing. This feature permits constant communication between the mobile OB unit and broadcast facility; as well as IFB is also supported. On the Concert and VCom systems, a virtual intercom station can be displayed on a separate touch-screen through the prompter’s Wi-Fi capability.

Listec Z-PRO Specially Designed for Mini DV Cameras.

The Z-PRO’s all-in-one design accommodates the lightest weight cameras with a minimum of fuss. Unlike conventional prompters, the Z-PRO mounts over the pan head’s balance point, eliminating the need for a full-sized balance plate and rear counterbalance. By reducing the overall weight of the prompter, the Z-PRO avoids placing undue stress on the support system. Now, a tripod with a capacity of only 25 lbs. can accommodate a mini DV cam and a fully professional 15-inch prompter — saving the need to upgrade to a more robust mounting.

With its compact design and choice of studio and fold-down hoods, the Z-PRO is ideal for in-house prompting, or for those on the move. While standard models feature Listec flat panels, a typical off the-shelf computer LCD* can be substituted, affording the user the option of selecting the display.

Matthews Studio Equipment

MSE was showing the new The DC-Slider manufactured by FloatCam; a multifunctional camera platform that offers many creative possibilities to camera operators.

By combining an unusually long variable-angled camera slider track with mini-jib functionality, the DC-Slider is truly remarkable displaying both state-of-the-art technology and precision engineering.

Additionally, the DC-Slider quickly transforms into a vertical 6-foot tower. In this configuration the DC-Slider’s counterbalancing feature ensures precision camera moves are smooth and steady.

Also in the booth was the new K-Stacker: a simple solution for fluorescent lighting support; a strong and robust tool that turns single fluorescents into a multiple of powerful lighting supports. It allows the stacking of up to 4 Kino fixtures on one stand.  This way you could use existing inventory to create a “wall of light” effect.

All the latest MSE grip equipment can be explored at http://www.msegrip.com

Lite Panels

LitePanels was all set up in the Vitec village showing off the latest version of the Sola LED fresnels.  There’s the larger Sola 6 which draws 75W with output equivalent to a 650W Tungsten Fresnel. That’s about 1/10 the amount of power to provide the same illumination as a conventional tungsten Fresnel, with very little heat generation and beam control of 10° to 70°.  The Sola6 has a universal AC input and can be used on consumer power sources worldwide.

The smaller Sola ENG Fresnels feature instant dimming from 100% to 0 with no noticeable color shift. Plus the Sola ENG offers beam control from 70° to 10°. Designed
for on-camera or stand mounting, the Sola ENG provides manual focus and dimming control via camera-like ergonomic controls. Output is fully flicker free, and remains consistent even as the battery voltage goes down.  The 30w Daylight LED unit is:

  • 4” x 4” x 5” (102mmx 102mmx 127mm)
  • Weight: 15 ounces (.44kg)
  • Fresnel lens: 3 inches (7.62cm)
  • Power: 30W Draw (equiv. to 250W tungsten)
  • Power requirements:
  • 10-20VDC (traditional ENG batteries)
  • Via 2-Pin D-Tap power cable
  • Ultra low decible cooling fan

Electronic Theater Controls

Although not at the show ETC has a new line of Seledor LED fixtures called Desire.  The new Desire line of LED luminaires–in a familiar PAR-shaped body – offers many layers of choice for these lights. It’s like designing your own light from custom CAD drawings.
Solving your design dilemma begins with proper fixture selection. It starts with the chassis. The Desire D40 luminaire features a circular head of 40 diode emitters for bright looks. It is convection cooled and available in modified outdoor versions.
The brighter D60 version has an expanded head with 60 diode emitters. It is fan-cooled, so all versions stay indoors.

ETC lets you take your longtime lighting needs outdoors with XT™ (exterior) versions of Lustr+, Vivid or Studio luminaires. A sealed lid, watertight glands, waterproof connectors, an adjustable knob for positioning, and an IP65 rating allow the fixture to withstand the sun and snow. The D40 architectural versions have built-in sensor systems to adjust
power to guarantee that the LED emitters will always come on.

Now to color concerns. Like many other LED products, Desire luminaires can use RGB color mixing. But they also take it up a notch, offering another choice: a proprietary x7 Color System™ of seven LED colors and the latest white LED emitters to produce the widest range of colors available. It’s part of ETC’s “more color, better light” philosophy.
But even more color choices come in again when selecting a palette – Lustr®+, Vivid™, Studio™, Fire™ and Ice™ – for a project.

Stand Alone is a more simplified, unmanned operating mode, in which all Desire fixtures can operate. Controllable on the user-interface panel on the back of the fixture, it runs through a sequence of preset looks for total control without, well, control. No DMX console is needed for this fixture to run in Stand Alone or in a Master-Slave operation, in which DMX-cable-linked fixtures run with commands from whichever fixture is designated as the Master.

Also coming from ETC this summer the long anticipated Source 4 Fresnel!

All of these new fixtures can be seen on a mini-site ETC has launched at http://www.layersoflight.com

DSC Labs

3D was pretty prevalent this year and now you can do it consistently shot in and shot out with DSC Labs’ charts to assist you.

DSC Labs specialist range of charts combines the advanced camera matching capabilities of DSC’s ChromaDuMonde series color chip charts with a range of unique tools and features for 3D, Visual f/x and other specialized workflows.

Designed in cooperation with industry leaders, each specialist chart is designed, calibrated and tested to ensure the highest level of accuracy and quality in every unit. Combining tools for camera positioning, alignment and calibration; specialist charts provide numerous visual cues and markers that make setup and/or correction in post a breeze.

The latest specialist charts from DSC Labs Include:

Visual f/x

The Billups Vf/x
Designed in collaboration with Scott Billups, the Billups Vf/x provides a range of valuable color, lighting and Vf/x specific tools for camera correction, matching and post production visual effects work.
3D Calibration and Rig Alignment

The Fairburn 3D
Developed in cooperation with veteran cinematographer B. Sean Fairburn, the Fairburn 3D is an essential reference tool in any 3D cinematographers toolbox. The Fairburn 3D has been shown to minimize errors during rig setup, helping you achieve consistent, high quality 3D images, every time you shoot.

The 3D-Z
The 3D-Z combines DSC’s renowned front lit chart technology with a unique retractable convergence marker, illuminated nodal reference points and a complete range of specific tools for accurate 3D rig setup and alignment.

The Dashwood 3D
Designed to work alongside Dashwood Cinema Solutions new Stereo3D CAT software, the Dashwood 3D chart combines precise digital markers, integrated IPad display and DSC’s front lit technologies into one of the most revolutionary 3D tools since the invention of stereoscopic rigs.

DSC also had their new Northern Lights Chart which features:

  • Front-lit 24 DSC-calibrated color chips for accurate reference and setup to the Rec. 709 standard
  • 11-step spectrophotometrically neutral crossed grayscale for efficient gamma adjustment
  • Horizontal/vertical hyperbolic wedges (DSC trumpets) to test camera resolution
  • Upper and lower 18% gray strips to check evenness of lighting, both horizontally and vertically
  • Adjustable brightness and color controls to balance white levels

These and other new charts can be seen at http://dsclabs.com



Videssence added a “see me lite” to its new line of LED Fixtures..these units are versatile and come with stands and yokes in each kit. The See Me Lite Kit includes two fixtures with yokes and stands and easy plug and play operation. Functional for use with computer monitors as well as nooks and small spaces where conventional fixtures just won’t go.



Frezzi introduced the DSLR lighting, power and support kits for still camera and video work. The DSLR 1 & 2 come with a lightweight hand grip stabilizer which supports camera and accessories with extra shoe and can accept all tripod mounts for quick release when needed. The DSLR 3 kit includes the Stable Cam with gives full over the shoulder camera support and can be configured to any body type.

The kits also include a dimmer mini fill light, lamp, power block battery, single quick
charger, battery mount holder, stabilizer and shoe mount.

For more info go to http://www.frezzi.com/


Chimera introduced the Chimera LED lightbank for the Lite Panels Fixtures. The kit includes the lightbank body, speedring, and front screen. There are also accessory
screens available in a variety of beam angles.

For info on all the Chimera softbanks and lighting systems their website is http://chimeralighting.com



Photoflex featured their portable constant light fixtures, the Constellation 3 SilverDome Kit and the StarLite Kits.

Both provide quality high output for video and photography.  The versatile SilverDome SoftBox creates the soft modeling light that is easy to use and a great solution for interviews, portraits or many other lighting situations.

The Constellation 3 accepts the daylight balanced CoolStar CFL lamps or the tungsten balanced Starlight lamps in either 500 watts or 1000 watts. It features three lamp sockets, each with separately switchable 20 amp switches. It has a maximum rating of 3000 watts. It also has a fully rotating quick release mounting plate for the soft box.

The Constellation 3 kit includes:

  • Constellation 3 light head
  • Large SilverDome soft box (36” x 48”)
  • 3 CoolStar 150 CFLs
  • 3 StarLite 100w lamps
  • LiteStand 2320Y (12’)
  • Tilt Swivel
  • 2 power cords
  • TransPac dual Kit Case

The Starlight QL Kits offer a single socket lighting head with multiple light modifiers. These include SilverDome SoftBoxes from large to small and multiple head location lighting kits.

All of these kits provide photographers and videographers quality soft lights with options including daylight and tungsten balanced light for the different lighting requirement they face every day.

For more info go to Photoflex’s site @ www.photoflex.com

Pelican Cases

There are new additions to the micro case line from Pelican.

The 0910 for SD memory cards and the 0940 for compact flash cards are not only made of a tough polycarbonate resin, they have a water resistant seal as well. The wallet-sized cases have removable insert liners to absorb shock and protect the memory cards.

The i1010, designed to hold the iPod and other Mp3 players is now joined by the i1015. Responding to the iPhone popularity, this case holds the iPhone or the iTouch. The mini head phone plug inside the case plugs into the phone and there is an exterior jack so that you can listen to your music while your phone is sealed inside the water resistant seal.

Pelican 2490 Recoil LED flashlight with Traffic Wand

Initially designed for use on aircraft carriers flight decks, the 2490 produces 51 lumens and runs 15 hours on 4 AA batteries. It uses colored discs in the cone to create the color.

The body is constructed of sturdy polymer and is lightweight, resistant to weather and extreme temperatures. Rated IP67, it is dust tight and protected against temporary immersion underwater by using an O ring in the shroud and wand.


The 9440 Remote Area Lighting System has been designed for first responders and is totally self contained. Weighing in at 21 pounds, its self-constructing tripod sets up fast where generator lights can’t go.  Its mast rises seven feet high and gives 6 hours of continuous light. The 9440 is maintenance free and uses tough LED lamps and NiMH batteries. With 120 beam spread and 2400 lumens there will be enough light for safe operations.

The 9445 RALS is the safety version of the 9440. The 9445 is rated Class 1, Division 1 and is able to be used in volatile areas that are subject to high ignition possibility.  It has two power settings, it produces 2400 lumens for 4 to 5 hours on high and 1200 lumens for 8 to 9 hours on low. It is currently in rigorous testing and is expecting to be released later this year.

More info on this and all the other Pelican cases @ www.pelican.com


On display from California based manufacturer Nila was the Boxer, a fixture that has proved itself a leading energy efficient LED in recent months. Nila was recently awarded the contract to upgrade the television lighting in the United States House of Representatives. User friendly, with tremendous light output and onboard dimming from 0-100%, the Boxer was an ideal fit. It’s an excellent replacement for an 800 to 1200 watt HMI, or a 1200 to 2000 watt tungsten fixture, while drawing just 250 watts. With the ultra-low power consumption, emitting no ultraviolet or infrared rays, this product is setting new standards for sustainability.

The Nila SL:
This exciting new fixture provides LED replacement solutions for several high-end applications. The Nila SL is a direct replacement for a 6,000-watt tungsten space light, while drawing only 850 watts. No more need for expensive 60-amp cabling – instead use a household extension cord. No expensive, external DMX dimmers needed either – use the Nila SL on-board networkable dimming system. 20,000+ hours life for LEDs means no
more expensive bulb replacement, and LED efficiency means no heat load on the air conditioning bill. The Nila SL is versatile enough also to replace a 5000-watt sky pan or a senior Fresnel lens fixture, using its removable yoke and interchangeable lenses. The crisp, clean light of the Nila SL Daylight version is a perfect replacement for 2,500-watt HMIs in demanding applications.

See these fixtures and more at: http://nila.tv/


Clear-Com took advantage of the 2011 NAB Show to introduce the new HME DX210. This newly-designed, two-channel intercom system advances the capabilities of the legendary DX200, offering a blend of wireless intercom performance, system compatibility with wired intercom systems, and ease of use. Operating in the 2.4GHz band, the DX210 delivers exceptional sound clarity and enables interference-free communication for highly demanding productions. The DX210, as with all DX Series systems, features Spectrum-Friendly™ Technology to avoid frequency conflicts and Digital Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology for interference-free communication.

Another debut from ClearCom at this year’s NAB show was the Tempest® 900 – 900MHz digital wireless intercom system. Tempest900 offers the look, feel, features, and functions of the Tempest2400. However, Tempest900 may provide improved coverage in areas where more structural penetration is required and in large enclosed areas where multipath interference would otherwise be a factor. The longer wavelengths and wider symbol width used in the 902 to 928 MHz frequency range allow Tempest900 signals to break through dense walls and other structural objects more readily, increasing the range for users and reducing potential loss of audio. Tempest900 is available in the United States and Canada, while the existing Tempest2400 is distributed worldwide.

For further details: http://www.clearcom.com/

Alcorn McBride

This year’s NAB show saw Alcorn McBride rolling out upgrades to their SetPlayer line.

The new MediaFlow simple encoding software is preconfigured to produce video 100% compatible with Alcorn McBride products. It steps you through the process and quickly readies your content for use. After your material is encoded, MediaFlow’s built-in FTP capability can automatically transfer files to your device (SP1000). It accepts all of the major video formats and outputs H. 264 or MPEG2 video (MPEG or AAC audio). MediaFlow supports PAL and NTSC.

Visit www.alcorn.com to learn more.


Why buy a light that is LED only when you could have one that is halogen, HMI and LED? The Paglight does it all, all you need to do is switch the back cap. You don’t even need to take the light off your camera. The LED version keeps in line with an excellent output of 78FC @ 6’.

Have a collection of batteries from several manufacturers, and seem to be running out of space for all your chargers? The new PAGlok parallel charger is your answer.  This 4 position simultaneous fast charger can handle your Li-Ion, Ni-MH and Ni-Cd batteries from any manufacturer, you pick the mount.

16×9 Inc

Bebob has developed a small dimable LED light source for on camera use. The new LUX LED-4  is available in d-tap or AA power options. The light uses less than 4w of power while producing 23 FC @ 3’.

Bebob has also developed new toys for their Akkus battery line.  The Coco Battery Adapter powers small camcorders with the flexibility of powering up to 5 additional accessories from power ports built into the adapter plate.  Now you can power your light, monitor, audio, etc. from one adapter plate.  Available in V-mount or 3-stud style.

Looking to go even smaller? They have added the Coco features directly into their A75 & V75 Plus battery case. Plug directly into the battery.

The new ML-120 hot swap adapter allows you to run you battery dry then power your rig up to 2 minutes without interrupting the power while you swap batteries. It then recharges itself once you get the fresh battery in place.


Zylight is an innovator in the field of LED lighting for television and film. Their Z90, palm-sized LED lighting fixture combines superior brightness and flexibility in a small package.  It is a lifesaver on location with the ability to adjust between 2,500K to 9,000K and a variable +/- green correction via built-in controls and digital display to handle those unpredictable color shifts.  You would never imagine that a light so compact could include such powerful control features.  Here are just a few; factory defined pre-sets for tungsten and daylight or user-defined pre-sets to recall a special color temperature.  Wireless control allows users to link together fixtures wirelessly so when adjusting controls of one they all adjust.  They also have on-board dimming. The Z90 runs on 7-24V DC and comes with a AC adapter (100-240V, 50-60Hz) and is 30 watts.

The IS3 is a panel style lighting fixture that is extremely bright for it’s size (18.5” x 10.75” x 2”).  It utilizes twenty-two, high-brightness, four-color LED modules.  This give it four color mixing ability for greater color control for more accurate color rendering.  Like the Z90, the IS3 has wireless control capability.  Unique to this product, it has an optional hand held remote to access color temperature and intensity output.  Through an integrated USB port, the IS3 can be field updated and upgraded.  The IS3 runs on 48V DC and comes with a AC adapter (100-240V, 50-60Hz) and is 220 watts.  As an added feature, Zylight has worked directly with Chimera to create a softbox specifically for the IS3.

These are impressively engineered fixtures.


After 3 years in research and development, Desisti released a new line of LED fresnel lighting fixtures at the 2011 NAB.  It was definitely worth the wait.  These well built and cleverly designed fixtures are a welcome addition to the increasingly crowded LED market.  They show quality in every respect.

Because these fixtures are based on the world renowned “Leonardo” exterior shell, this new LED line capitalizes on a proven workhorse in the television and film industries.  That is the launch point from which the LED Leonardo takes off.  As you can imagine, the internal workings are unique, allowing for truly energy efficient operation while offering a similar spot to flood focusing control to that of its tungsten brethren.  In fact, DeSisti has made available a retrofit kit that can convert existing 1kW and 2kW tungsten Leonardo fresnels into a LED Leonardo fresnels.  Great idea!  That’s nice on the wallet as well as the environment.

The LED Leonardo is available in three models; 40 watts, 90 watts and 120 watts, which are equivalent to 500, 650 and 1,200 watts of tungsten light output, respectively.   Each model has the option of either a 3,200K or 5,600K color temperature light output.  All models have light intensity control via a built-in DMX control card.

Whether you are considering a tungsten to LED conversion for your facility, looking to add to an existing inventory or just starting a lighting package from scratch, the LED Leonardo line of fresnels deserves to receive your very serious consideration.  They are winners.


Dedotec USA, Inc

Leave it to Dedotec and it’s award winning namesake, Dedo Weigert, to design a finely crafted and well engineered LED lighting instrument for video production.  The Felloni series of LED panels are just that.  At first glance they look much like their competitors offerings, yet upon closer review the Felloni has some unique characteristics.

Little talked about, but unquestionably important, is the CRI of 84 that is offered.  This color rendering ability is much improved from the more common CRI of 74 available on most other “white” LEDs.  Although this doesn’t match the CRI of 100 that tungsten-halogen sources possess, it is significantly higher than the competition.   Since image is king, higher color rendering is key to creating truer and more accurate image quality.

There are three models of the Felloni available: Standard, High Output and Low Profile.  Each model has three color temperatures available:  Tungsten, Daylight and Bicolor (continuously adjustable from 3,200 K to 5,600 K).  All models come with an on-board dimmer that is detachable for use as a hand held dimmer or can be upgraded to use DMX control.  Beam angles for each model are available in 50 degree, 30 degree and 15 degree. They are also rainproof.  With a 324 LED array (24 watts) on standard versions and 576 (42 watts) on the high output versions, these 12” x 12” panels provide 31fc and 50fc respectively with the 50 degree bean angle.  All models can accept the Distance Diffuser accessory, which reduces glare noticeably without sacrificing a large amount of output.

Many more details on the Felloni LED series are available on the Dedotec website.  I invite you to visit www.dedolight.com to gain more knowledge on this fine new entry in the LED lighting instrument category.


Barco presented exciting products in the areas of Projectors, Image Processors, and LED Displays.


HDX-W14 – the world’s first event projector to combine active three-chip DLP® 3D and both wired/wireless control options in a single unit. This large-event projector features crisp, vivid imagery on any screen thanks to WUXGA resolution and 14,000 lumens light output. A built-in LCD screen enables image preview and quick control through smartphones and tablet computers.

RLM-W8 – featuring superior image quality, 33% less power consumption and 10x quieter operation than its nearest competitors, the RLM-W8 is a three-chip DLP® projector for a single-chip price tag. It features 8,000 lumens, saturated colors, and built-in blending and warping technologies.

DP2K-P – the world’s only cinema projector designed for post production, the DP2K-P features superior contrast, brightness uniformity, and expanded color gamut. A special version of Barco’s Communicator software enhances accuracy.

Image Processing

FSN with *NEW* remote control panel – the FSN combines advanced multi-format production and presentation switching of multiple video and graphics inputs in one common, highly integrated unit. A brand new remote control panel (RCP-120) enables users to remotely route sources to the FSN AUX outputs. The RCP-120 is fully integrated with the FSN system through dedicated setup and configuration menus.

Encore with *NEW* 3G capability – Encore, the industry’s leading widescreen presentation system, is further strengthened with the introduction of new models supporting 3G-SDI standards. The new models provide full 1080p HDSDI output signals supporting Barco’s new HDX-14 and RLM-W8 projectors. With the same high image quality as DVI, 3G-SDI signals eliminate the need for costly DVI fiber cables. The new 3G-SDI output card is form/fit/function compatible with the original Encore design. Field upgradable kits are available for existing Encore VP and VPx models.

LED Wall and Displays

OL-521 – this LED-lit 50” HD video wall features high image quality and low profile in a rugged, yet elegant package. Providing an excellent viewing experience, the OL-521 delivers the sharpest, most saturated colors in full HD. Barco’s Sense6 software automatically ensures consistent, stable color and brightness across the entire display.

C7 – the industry’s first truly environmentally friendly display, this 7mm pixel pitch LED display features 2,000 nits of high contrast, superior color reproduction, and calibrated output for indoor displays. Utilizing a fraction of the power consumption of competing products, the C7 is cast in an ultra-thin, fanless enclosure which is easy to install and maintain.


Sennheiser set a new professional standard for film, television and broadcast applications with the introduction of two new shotgun models.

MKH 8060–the compact, lightweight option
The MKH 8060 lives up to its name as a short gun: the microphone measures just 5.7 inches and weighs a mere 4 ounces (with XLR module), making it ideal for use as a camera or boom microphone. Its range of applications includes outdoor recordings, studio applications for film and television or as an audience microphone for mixing audience reactions. “We are setting a new industry standard with this microphone,” Lange explained. “It is compact, light, easy to handle and really has an exceptionally natural sound.”

MKH 8070–the specialist for distant sound sources
The MKH 8070 features an extreme directivity that enables even very distant sounds and events to be reliably recorded. For broadcasters, this microphone will be ideal for sports events, as well as for film and television recordings, both in the studio and outdoors. It is also especially useful for nature and wildlife recordings.

SeaChanger / Ocean Thin Films

The Ocean Thin Films booth (C6146) was very busy this year.  People from all areas of Broadcast were interested in the SeaChanger Wash & Profile, as well as the Nemo fixture with the Plasma (LiFi) source, and the new CTE plasma wash.  The CTE Wash utilizes the successful Plasma (LiFi) source and  will include variable color correction and dimming.

Coming soon from SeaChanger is the next-gen version of the Color Bug.  Rumor is it’s going to be called the SpectraBug.  It will be able to calculate illuminance and color temperature and send it back to any iOS device.  There’s discussion too that it might be able to show the individual color spikes of a given device.


Manfrotto 055 Hybrid Head Q5, new tripod head for photo and video allows you to experience the best of photo and video shooting in one, with one single head!
The Photo-Movie head has been developed simply to be the best and most ideal solution for the new HD DSLRs with embedded video functions. With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary Photo Head and a fully featured Video Head. The unique Photo-Movie selector makes switching from shooting photos to videos quick and immediate, experiencing the best of both worlds. In Photo mode the head provides speed and maximum freedom in all directions, like a ball head combined with an incredibly precise, smooth and controlled movement never experienced before thanks to the fluid cartridges and friction control. In Video mode a fully featured Video Head allows precise and fluid movements for pan and tilt and includes all standard video settings, including an adjustable counterbalance control. The pan bar is reversible for right or left handed users and it can quickly be removed and fixed on a tripod leg thanks to the rest clip that’s included.

Also released at NAB were the 509HD systems that are the result of an important technical evolution – the perfect synthesis between an innovative “bridge architecture” and Manfrotto’s cutting edge engineering: Bridging Technology – an exclusive Manfrotto patent. Thanks to the 509HD’s bridge design, the PAN friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. Movement around the PAN and TILT axes is smoothed by ball-bearing units which remove all unwanted vibration, no matter what the operating temperature. Friction control combines with a step counterbalance system (covering the full weight range of video equipment) to allow the 509HD to be fine-tuned with extreme precision for the exact in-shot movements you need. The 509HD’s FDS (Fluid Drag System) is variable and directly controls action and resistance on both axes; the ergonomics of the controls have been noticeably improved to make use of the FDS even easier. All of this guarantees ultimate control and excellent video camera support, no matter what the situation, the shooting style, or the equipment setup. The load capacity has also been improved: the 509HD supports kit up to 13kg (28,8lb) at 55mm c.o.g and two 3/8” threads on the top plate allow accessories, such as monitors and arms, to be fitted straight to the head, thus eliminating the need for extra clamps, saving set-up time and freeing the video camera’s hot shoe for other components.

Looking a lot like tinker toys the Dado is the universal Manfrotto Dadojunction that connects every kind of device from monitors to cameras, and from lights to supports that allows you to create your own professional set up in the most intuitive way.  DADO is a small, versatile and sturdy solution that provides a multiple attachment point for lights, cameras and accessories through a single junction. It perfectly fits the needs of videographers, photographers and hobbyists who want to simplify their equipment and travel as light as possible without giving up their attachments to all their hardware.
DADO is a junction made of 18 threaded holes (3/8), 3 tubes with both female 3/8 threadings and male 5/8 attachments. It’s compatible with all the best selling items in the Manfrotto Lighting range. Dado is available in two kits: one with 3 tubes, 3 threaded pins and 1 sphere and the second with 6 tubes, 6 threaded pins and 1 sphere.

Lastly – the Snake Arm is a compact, versatile, sturdy and extremely flexible solution that provides an alternative support for lights, cameras and accessories. It perfectly fits the needs of BI videographers, photographers and hobbyists who want to simplify their equipment and travel as light as possible without giving up to their hardware. Snake Arm is made of 4 curved tube sections that are completely free to move in any angle and it can be mounted at one end using two spigots with 3/8 threadings and 5/8 attachments, while at the other is a 5/8 attachment. It is compatible with all top selling items in the Manfrotto Lighting range (eg. 035, 026 and babylight stands). Also available is the Snake Kit edition which includes the 035 Super Clamp.

• 4 independent curved tube sections for enhanced flexibility
• 2 spigots on one end (3/8 male and 5/8 male)
• 1 spigot on the other end: 16mm male – 5/8
• Frictionable locking system
• The Snake Arm is available also with 035 Super Clamp (MA050ASC)


New from GoPro is the 3D HERO System that allows you to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras into a single housing to record 3D video and photos while simultaneously recording in 2D. A synchronization cable plugs into the rear HERO Port on both cameras to join them together, enabling both cameras to record video and photos in perfect synchronization. This is a requirement for professional quality 3D and is available only from GoPro. 

The included 3D editing software—GoPro Cineform Studio—makes it easy to convert your 3D HERO System footage into viewable 3D files you can watch on your computer, online at sites like YouTube, and on your 2D or 3DTV at home. For more information visit http://gopro.com/


Amongst all of the camera support equipment and LED monitors that Houston based IKAN brought to NAB this year, also featured were their line of LED lights.  The iLED One is a small, versatile camera-top light with interchangeable LED “bulbs”.  Lamp choices are 3200 and 5600 deg., in either spot or flood configurations.  It can be powered by your camera’s battery pack or belt pack with your choice of battery adapters.  Perfect for HDSLR applications due to it’s small size and light weight.

Also shown were their range of field/location LED lights, including the ID Series in different sizes and color temperatures.  All of the IKAN lights are available in multi-fixture kits with a myriad of accessories and options.


A prototype of the yet to be released Joker Bug 1600 was in K5600’s booth and the release date is to be before the end of this year.  Looking like a machined aluminum Joker Bug 800 on steroids, it will have all the utility and accessories of the smaller versions, but with a lot more punch. There will be both fresnel and Joker versions.

Kino Flo

Available this fall from Kino-Flo are the new Imara S6 and S10 DMX controlled fluorescent studio fixtures.  Using the popular 55w compact lamps, the S10 has the same output of the VistaBeam 600 while drawing a little more than half the amperage.  Their new hi-beam reflector design concentrates the light evenly on both the horizontal and vertical axes.  They are available in either yoke-mount or pole-op mount, and can be controlled through manual or DMX lamp switching, and manual or DMX dimming.

Also shown was the new Tegra 4Bank which redefines the evolution of light by combining the Academy-award winning features of the 4ft 4Bank portable system with on-board control features of the Diva-Lite 401. The fixture produces as much light as a 1,000W tungsten softlight, using only one tenth the amount of power. The built-in barn doors and center mount system make the lightweight Tegra ideal for hand held shots, rigging in tight locations or mounting on a light stand.


American Grip

In cooperation with Kino-Flo, American Grip introduced the Image 80/85 Vertical Hanger.  This nifty piece of hardware allows the large fixture to be hung from a pipe or grid in either a vertical or horizontal fashion, keeping the weight of the fixture perfectly balanced, and eliminating twisting loads on the yoke and the mounting pipe itself.  Perfect for a large chroma-key set shooting subjects head to toe where fixtures need to be oriented vertically.

Mole Richardson

Mole Richardson has developed what they have defined as the first film friendly LED. The MoleLED 12 pack weighs 12 pounds and has been designed in collaboration with Osram, utilizing their KREIOS stage light modules using high-output blue LED’s with phosphor domes to create an excellent spectral distribution suitable for film work.  Available in both Tungsten and Daylight color temperatures, the The MoleLED 12 pack comes with a yoke with 5/8” receiver and a 15’ detachable cable with Neutrik connector.  This fixture can even operate on a 12 volt car battery and is available in a kit with a gel frame, shield, power supply and case.

Coming soon, Mole has developed a MoleLED SINGLE fixture available for installation in or on podiums, lecterns or anchor desks.  The SINGLE will be available in kits and powered through its 3-channel controller.  Each fixture weighs less than a pound and each kit contains (3) fixtures- either daylite or tungsten, a controller, power supply, extension cables and case.

Mole Richardson’s Daylite and Tungsten PAR fixtures are sturdy and come in a variety of wattages ranging from 575W, 800W, 1,200W, 2500W, 6,000W and 18,000W.  These fixtures are compatible with standard accessories (based on size) and are ruggedly constructed.

The new 24,000W Daylite Fresnel offers rugged construction and an innovative cooling mechanism that maximizes simplicity.  The light beam is smooth, versatile (can move from spot to flood) and the large output makes this fixture perfect for a large studio or location.  Mole says that it has worked to coax longer life from a standard lamp- designing a large floating socket that reduces vibration and allows the lamp to cool more effectively through ventilation.  Standard Mole accessories are available for these fixtures.



ARRI L-7 LED Fresnels:

One of the highlights of the NAB show this year was the Arri L-Series LED Fresnels.  Available in Tungsten (L7-T 3200K), Daylight (L7-D, 5600K) and L7-C (color tuneable 2700-10000K Green – Magenta Adjustment, Full Gamut Color Mixing) all at a CRI of >90 . These fixtures have a standard 7” Fresnel lens on all models and include a 15 – 50°, continuously focusable beam angle as well as other expected functionality of a conventional Fresnel. Additionally, the L-7’s provide even lighting with good barndoor framing ability, features that have been proven lacking in many previous LED fixtures.   The low energy consumption makes them an excellent fit for both studio and location lighting applications. The L7’s draw only 22% of a traditional Fresnel unit’s power: 220W versus the traditional 1000W.  These fixtures are also rated for IP54 weather resistance and offer easy maintenance and cleaning.  Smooth (0-100%) dimming is accomplished by way of integrated 16 bit (2 channel ) DMX. On board control and upgradeable soft and firmware are great options for a customer looking to make a onetime investment.  To satisfy the rigorous sound requirements of modern broadcast studios, the L-Series passive cooling system incorporates no moving parts or fans and is therefore completely silent; it can be used in ambient air temperatures of up to 95° F. An alternative is to select the active cooling system option which uses an extremely quiet (<20 dB) fan and provides a compact and lightweight option for location work in temperatures of up to 122°F The L-7 fixtures list for under $3,000.00 and are available with standard barn door and color filter accessories, as well as 5-pin DMX control.