Batteries and Lighting at the 2013 NAB Show
Battery makers continued to make
strides in Lithium Ion battery development,
providing long camera run
times in a lightweight battery pack.
Anton/Bauer introduced its PowerCharger
3000 series, with dual or quad models. In
addition to simultaneous, fast charging capabilities,
they are also available with Wi-Fi
connectivity, which allows remote monitoring.
|Daniel Hidalgo of Spirit Juice Studios gets some practice mounting an Anton/Bauer Dionic HD battery.
BHV showed an updated version of its Video
Ghost, a low-cost alternative to batteries
that brings phantom
power to digital video.
The new Ghost provides
65W of power at 12 volts
for camera headends and
remote monitors using
existing serial digital video
Boxx TV introduced their
26-volt camera battery
for high-current cameras
such as the ARRI Alexa
and the Vision Research
Frezzi debuted its PB-65
14.8-volt Lithium Ion battery,
designed for Sony
EX1 and EX3 camcorders.
It provides power-remaining
metering and a built-in
Power Tap connector to power a light and
IDX introduced its DUO-95 and the DUO-
150 lithium battery packs, which include a
pair of D-taps and a USB power port.
PAG USA demonstrated its PAGlink Lithium
Ion battery and charger products. Up
to eight PAGlink batteries can be linked
together, combining capacities for longer
camera run time. The PL 16 charger allows
up to 16 PAGlink batteries to be charged at
the same time.
|Nigel Gardiner with PAG attaches a PAGlink power hub to a camera battery.
With few exceptions, the new
product news continued to be
dominated by LED technology.
Aadyn Tech presented its JAB
Hurricane LED fixture, which
draws its name from its weatherproof
design. It is available in
daylight, tungsten and variable
ARRI premiered a new 9 kW
HMI, filling a slot in the company’s
HMI range. Also from ARRI
is the L7-TT (tuneable tungsten)
LED fixture, 20 percent
brighter than the L7-C (color
adjustable) Fresnel at the same power draw.
Chimera introduced LED Lightbanks, designed
specifically for diffusing LED lighting
fixtures. Also new was a collapsible
litebox for on-camera LED lighting fixtures.
Dedolight showcased its range of focusable
LED fixtures, utilizing the company’s
aspheric optical lens design.
DeSisti unveiled a new LED Fresnel fixture
design that increases the amount of
light from the fixture while using the same
amount of power.
Frezzi introduced its high-output HyLight
LED fixture, drawing 75 W of power with
the ability to fill in face shadows in bright
HIVE showed its plasma technology lighting
PAR fixtures. Plasma provides flickerfree
daylight illumination with a full spectrum
IKAN premiered its Feather Lights, the
IFB576 and IFGD1024 LED fixtures, considerably
lighter than their predecessors. They
are available in bi-color or daylight.
K5600 introduced its Alpha 200, flexible
to accept either HMI or quartz lamps. The
drop in Fresnel lens provides a focusing
range of 10–60 degrees.
|Scott Stueckle explains features of the Kino Flo Celeb 400 DMX LED soft light to Tng Siew Moi from Tiffen.
Kino Flo debuted its Celeb 400 LED fixture,
with twice the output of its Celeb 200. It
can vary its color temperature from daylight
to tungsten balance.
Litepanels unveiled its 12-inch Fresnellensed
LED lighting fixtures, available in
both daylight and tungsten color balance.
Anton/Bauer’s new Dionic HD is a 183Wh
battery that delivers up to 10 amps of
power, has 25 percent more capacity and
will run a 30 W camera, monitors and multiple
accessories for more than six hours.
Lowel-Light debuted its Lowel Prime Power
LEDs, touted as brighter than many similarly
sized production LEDs, with a 50-degree
beam angle. The lights are DMX controllable.
Lowel also unveiled its Blender 3-Light
Kit, with fixtures that can vary from daylight
to tungsten color balance.
Manfrotto introduced its Spectra series 1
x 1 LED fixtures, available in daylight spot
and flood versions and as a bicolor fixture
for variability from daylight to tungsten
|Beth Nardin adjusts the new K5600 Alpha 200 light.
Mole Richardson unveiled its first LED Fresnel
fixtures, a 100 W 4.5-
inch TweenieLED, 150 W
6-inch BabyLED, and 200 W
8-inch JuniorLED. They use
Mole’s Quantum Dot LEDs
and are available in daylight
or tungsten balance.
Nila introduced its remote
phosphor technology in
prototype Boxer and Varsa
fixtures. The company’s NH
series will be replaced with
a new fixture using fewer,
but more powerful LEDs.
Photoflex unveiled the
NorthStar Lite, a 100 W
single LED with the equivalent
light output of a 1K
Tungsgten source, while
maintaining a standard daylight
The light has an integrated
continuous dimmer that
dimes from 100 percent
down to zero percent with
minimal color shift.
Photon Beard unveiled its
Square One fluorescent
lighting fixture that includes
eight 5/8-inch diameter
fluorescent tubes that deliver colorcorrect
quality illumination using Osram
Prime Time Lighting Systems showed its LED
fixtures utilizing holographic spread lenses
for beam angles of either 11 or 48 degrees.
Rosco presented its Miro Cube LED lighting
fixture, available in tunable-white, colormixing
and ultraviolet (black light) models.
The 4-inch unit uses 48 watts to produce
3,000 lumens of light.
Videssence introduced a 100 W Fresnel LED
lighting fixture, with 6-inch glass lenses and
available in both daylight and tungsten color
balance. Also new is a 200-watt LED soft
light, and a new range of LED fixtures for
Zylight debuted an LED Fresnel, with an unusual
design that moves the lens forward
and back for beam focusing, with the fixture
body expanding and contracting like a
bellows. It is available in both daylight and
tungsten color balance.