Kino Flo Debuts 360-Degrees of Colour
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Kino Flo has expanded freedom of expression for image-makers. The company’s new 360-degree colour system unlocks millions of colours to express mood and feeling frame by frame, shot to shot. New Diva-Lite LED and Select LED fixtures come loaded with professional cine swatch book presets plus full hue and saturation colour control.
The new software 2.71 release adds a layer of colour lighting choices to Diva-Lite and Select LED white light menus. From intense reds to deeply saturated violets, production designers and lighting technicians can sample the full chromatic spectrum at the turn of a dial, and recall favorite colour gel settings at the touch of a button.
“The 30 years of colour management expertise we’ve honed designing our full-spectrum True Match lamps directly translates to a standard of excellence for Kino Flo LED luminaires,” said company president and founder, Frieder Hochheim. “The new Select and Diva-Lite LED’s are the best of Kino Flo’s lightweight, portable location designs that our customers have come to expect from us, combined with the improved chromatic and lumen control features of LED technology.”
Diva-Lite and Select white light menus come with built-in variable green/magenta filters to colour balance to any professional or practical light source on the set. Using the same green/magenta settings, cinematographers are able to map the light quality onto the spectral sensitivity curves of all makes and models of digital cameras, and save the customized profiles in the Diva-Lite and Select LED fixtures.
The new 360-degree colour options pile creative value onto Kino Flo’s award-winning True Match white light, lauded for its >97 colour rendering and large, soft spread. Users can easily control both the white light mode and the new colour mode manually, or remotely via wireless and standard DMX lighting consoles.
White Light Mode: Open, unfiltered white light shapes and models subjects for the camera, and reproduces real world colours faithfully. In the white light mode, the mired shift is 2,700K to 6,500K, and the variable green/magenta control settings eliminate the need for corrective gels.
360-Degree Colour Mode: The new colour mode unlocks seemingly endless creative choices to express the character of a visual narrative, such as red for anger, or fear; pink for love; blue as sullen, etc. The extended Kelvin range travels from 2,500K tungsten to 9,900K daylight, and users can select from an exhaustive menu filter color presets or from a colour-wheel of RGB values. In addition, Kino Flo has supplemented the standard filter categories with its own proprietary gel colour presets, such as candle flame, green screen, and sodium vapor.
“Cinematographers and lighting pro’s are telling us that the intuitive, straight forward menu features on our new Select’s and Diva-Lite’s have expanded their creative choices on the set, and streamlined their set up time,” said Hochheim. “As we move forward, Kino Flo will be able to offer additional operating features with new software upgrades.”
Combined with an advanced “smoothing” feature, board operators can rely on stable, flicker-free control from high output, to the lowest light levels. Simply turn off the smoothing feature to achieve lighting special effects such as a dancing candle flame or the pulsing light of a television screen. The new 2.71 software also boasts a pair of dimming curves, with the square curve providing fine adjustment control at the low end of the dimming scale, and a linear curve to ensure a one-to-one translation of the intensity throughout attenuation.
Kino Flo has partnered with LumenRadio wireless DMX for the most stable, reliable wireless control systems in the industry. Kino Flo Diva-Lite and Select fixtures have built-in receivers and support up to 512 channels. The fixtures are also compatible with W-DMX transmitters.
Full control via on-board manual or DMX cable inputs are still available on every fixture as well, as is the auto-terminate feature. The last fixture in a row of DMX fixtures will automatically terminate the DMX return signal.
In the DC mode, the portable Selects and Diva-Lite LED’s operate completely free from an AC power cable.
Outfitting and shipping a production lighting package can be rough on LED fixtures without well-built kit options to protect the equipment. Kino Flo Select LED’s and Diva-Lite LED’s are available in a number of kit configurations, and case options. The Select 30 has a couple of different kit styles. The lightweight soft case version includes the complete Select 30 System, and a soft carry bag with tote handles and shoulder strap. The system also comes as a kit with a rolling flight case.
A Select 20 System is available in a soft case kit and a flight case kit, and a pair of Select 20’s are combined in a two-light kit with rolling ship case. The Select 30 System kits come with a choice of soft case, flight case, and two-light ship case.
There are five kit options for Diva-Lite LED’s: soft case, travel case or two-light flight case for the Diva-Lite LED 20 fixtures; and soft case or flight case options for the Diva-Lite 30 fixtures.