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12/12/2019

Kino Flo 2ft Tubes Fill LED Niche

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Kino Flo Lighting Systems has answered the calls for a new, 24-inch lightweight LED tube system you can tape next to a matte box or build into multi-tube arrays.

Cinematographers and lighting techs have been pushing Kino Flo for a 2ft version of the popular T44 LED System since the line of premium LEDs made their mark on production lighting sets earlier this year.

The FreeStyle T24 LED System comes with the power of advanced white light controls and millions of color options. Weighing in at 8 oz., each FS-24 LED tube in a T24 System is half the size of Kino Flo’s four-foot LEDs. Built to Kino Flo’s rigorous standards for durability, the compact T24 System’s size and versatility add more options to Kino Flo’s chest of FreeStyle light tools (currently at 10 models and counting).

Camera and lighting crews are choosing the power of versatile portability and camera sensor matching T24's over brute power lights. The slim, compact profile earns the 2ft tubes a place next to the camera for close-ups, tucked into the dashboard for moving car shots, and as a preferred source alongside other FreeStyle Systems in production designs both small and large.

T24 LED Systems work as a complete fixture array or they can be removed and controlled remotely from a separate light engine: The FreeStyle 140X Controller, an AC/DC driver, can run up to four FreeStyle tubes as far as 50 feet from one another. Kino Flo's unique twist-on mounting system with Kino Flo grip handle comes with each T24 System, for easier hand-held shots or for removal when rigging the tubes into tight spaces.

Like the longer LED lamps, Kino Flo's 2ft versions display a very broad beam spread from a 310-degree tube circumference. Not only are they feather weight, but Kino Flo 2ft LEDs produce very little heat for easy of handling during long hours of operation (unlike heavier and hotter half-dome LED configurations).

The 24-inch LED tubes come with another unique feature: a narrow built-in rail to mount grip hardware such as baby pins, nylon strap plates, wall plate attachments, ceiling hanging wire systems and single-tube floor stands.

Myriad Light Control Features
T24 LED softlights share the same industry leading TrueMatch® technology as all Kino Flo LEDs, such as:

• The only HD camera profile matching technology on the market.
• Gamut selection—Kino Flo (default) color space, rec 709/sRGB, P3 D65, rec 2020, or ESTA E1.54
• CIE x/y and RGB Color Matching
• A 5-Color LED pallet anchored by Kino Flo's proprietary TrueMatch® Tungsten (warm white) and Daylight (cool white) emitters.
• Upgradable TrueMatch® firmware.

LUT: Matching Light to Camera Sensors
The FreeStyle T24 System comes pre-loaded with camera profiles users can choose from in the LUT mode. Once the camera profile is selected, Kino Flo LEDs will lock onto the camera spectral curve, a >99 match on the photo rendering index (PRI).
The LUT table currently includes the following HD Cameras:
• Alexa
• Sony Venice
• Panavision DXL
• Panasonic Varicam

"Color matching to the HD camera's sensor is the single greatest advance in LED lighting I've seen and a ground-breaking achievement for Kino Flo," said John Schwartzman, ASC. Schwartzman used the new True Match 4.1 features on The Highwaymen (Netflix) and Last Christmas (November release).

"At the end of the day, cinematographers get paid to make the subject look good; we live and die by the close ups," he said. "Once I selected the Panavision DXL setting from the Celeb and FreeStyle menus, lighting in the camera profile mode took our images to a whole new level."

Color Gamut: CIE x/y and Color Space
The CIE xy determines the color displayed by its X and Y space coordinates. For example, with a hand-held, color meter like the Sekonic C-800, users can obtain a CIE xy reading from any light source, on location or in a studio, and input the CIE xy coordinates into the Kino Flo LED fixture to match colors closely.

The Color Space defines the RGB color space (white point and RGB primary colors) as a means of matching color points between manufactures. Defining the color space takes the guess work out of post-production workflow and color grading. Included are: Kino Flo’s default color space, plus rec 709/sRGB, P3 D65, rec 2020, and ESTA E1.54

RGB-TD Five Color LED Light Engine
Kino Flo achieves balanced light through advanced color science programming that blends seamlessly broad spectrum white light emitters, one balanced to Tungsten (warm white) and one balanced to natural Daylight (cool white). The resulting spectrum matches closely HD cinema cameras and film stocks, and can be tuned to HD sensors to map onto their spectral sensitivity curve without falling into green or magenta color contamination.

In the Camera LUT mode, the white light control exceeds >99 PRI even when adjusting from the warmer whites at 2500 Kelvin to the cooler whites around 6500 Kelvin. The Red, Green, and Blue emitters further enhance control over color gamut, reaching deeply into the color space with millions of hue and saturation combinations.

Software Upgrades
True Match® firmware inside each Kino Flo LED driver ensures a growing list of feature choices and other enhancements with every update. Kino Flo’s most recent update, True Match® 4.1, includes LUTs, CIE x/y and Color Space features (above), plus enhancements to Kino Flo’s popular White Menu, Dimming, tunable Kelvin from 2700K to 6500K and Green/Magenta control channels.

A Gels/Hue Menu boasts an extended white light range, 2500K Kelvin to 9900K daylight, 115 cinema gel color presets, plus millions of color combinations in the Hue Angle and Saturation mode.

The RGB Menu can dial in specific red, green and blue values and call up colors remotely via a DMX control center. An FX (effects) Menu generates lighting effects such as Candle, Fire, TV, Police, Lightning, Paparazzi, Pulse and Scroll.
For more information and to download the new True Match® , please go to:

www.kinoflo.com/Products%20Button/LED/TrueMatch_Firmware/TrueMatch_Firmware.html
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