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14/09/2017

Litepanels Gemini Is Unveiled

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Litepanels has unveiled the Litepanels Gemini – a next-gen LED panel.

The 2x1, RGB-WW soft panel combines daylight, tungsten and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver flexible and precise color adjustment. The panel produces true, full-spectrum white light and an extensive choice of control options designed to suit professional lighting applications.

Until now, users of most 2x1 panels have achieved white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create color spikes. Gemini addresses this issue by giving users a daylight-to-tungsten light foundation and then enabling them to finely adjust color throughout the full, 360-degree color wheel. This means that users can match a range of ambient lighting conditions quickly and simply. One example might be shooting in an old warehouse with florescent lighting, where accurate white balancing could be achieved by adding or removing green.

Gemini offers this through its easy-to-use, intuitive menu interface with LCD screens in three lighting modes:

• Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Mode, for bicolor (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment
• Color Mode, offering hue saturation and intensity (HSI) control for full color and saturation control
• Gel Mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels.

Each mode offers users complete intensity control with smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero without any color shift. Users can define presets to save their favorite lighting attributes, including intensity, for quick and convenient recall.

Gemini offers remote control through DMX (5-pin XLR or RJ45), Wireless DMX (both using standard 512 protocol), or Bluetootht. It can be remotely controlled using the Litepanels SmartLite or SmartLite Director apps for Apple devices.

With its on-board power supply, the panel is significantly more agile, allowing it to be transported easily and rigged 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.

"When we introduced our original 1x1 panel, we altered the lighting industry landscape forever and fundamentally changed the way DPs choose to light film and television projects," said Pat Grosswendt, Co-founder of Litepanels and professional gaffer. "Our customers have been asking for a wide, soft light source like the original, but in a 2x1 form factor. We have delivered with Gemini, and we've raised the bar for professional lighting once again. Now, users not only have the convenience of achieving their desired lighting setup without having to gang together multiple lights, but they can also rest assured that Gemini, as a true RGB-WW panel, will light their talent with the industry's most accurate white light."

Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors. 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.

The Litepanels Gemini 2x1 panel is now available at a suggested retail price of $4,440 (€4,200).

Gemini will be on show at IBC2017, Stand 12.E65.

Image: Litepanels Gemini 2x1 panel.

www.litepanels.com
VMI.TV Ltd

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