NOW IN STOCK: The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 LED Soft Panel
25 July 2018 | Category: General News
The Litepanels Gemini — an all-new 2x1, RGB-WW soft panel combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise colour adjustment. The Gemini soft panel produces true, full-spectrum white light and an extensive choice of control options designed to suit any professional lighting application.
“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. 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,” said Pat Grosswendt, Co-founder of Litepanels and professional gaffer. “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.”
Until now, users of most 2x1 panels have achieved white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create undesirable colour spikes. Gemini eliminates this problem by giving users a daylight-to-tungsten light foundation and then enabling them to finely adjust colour throughout the full, 360-degree colour wheel. This means that users can match a broad 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 easily achieved by adding or removing green.
Gemini offers this unmatched flexibility through its easy-to-use, intuitive menu interface with LCD screens in three lighting modes:
– Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) Mode, for bicolour (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment.
– Colour Mode, offering hue saturation and intensity (HSI) control for full colour and saturation control.
– Gel Mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels.
All three modes offer users complete intensity control with smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero without any colour shift. Users can define presets to save their favourite lighting attributes, including intensity, for quick and convenient recall.
Gemini offers flexible remote control through DMX (5-pin XLR or RJ45), Wireless DMX (both using standard 512 protocol), or Bluetooth, an industry first. Gemini can be remotely controlled using the Litepanels SmartLite or SmartLite Director apps for Apple devices.
With its on-board power supply, Gemini is significantly lighter than competing panels that require an external ballast. Without the need for external power components, the panel is significantly more agile, allowing it to be transported easily and rigged rapidly 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.
Recent independent testing demonstrated that Gemini delivers outstanding photometric performance, measuring TLCI/CRI levels of 97 in daylight and 99 in tungsten. This means that lighting professionals can reliably achieve exceptional colour and realistic skin tones — ultimately eliminating the need for colour correction and saving postproduction time and money.
“The colour quality of the Litepanels Gemini allows me to precisely match existing tungsten lighting sources in a variety of applications, especially when dimming. I can dim all the way to zero, which is incredible,” said award-winning cinematographer Andrew Dunn, BSC. “My gaffer, Jose Ruiz, and I find rigging the Gemini incredibly easy. Its output compared to its weight makes it even more extraordinary, giving us on-set versatility that is a tremendous time-saver.”
Dunn added, “Gemini works well as a bounce, and it’s soft enough to be used as a fill for our talent. For one particular film, we were able to use Gemini to bring out the inner beauty of our leading ladies and make them feel (and know) that they were being lit in the best possible light. Plus, the ability to dial in a range of unique colours and smash them into a background so easily brought depth, texture, and interest to the scene."
Here we see behind the scenes with Cinematographer George Mooradian ASC, using Litepanels Gemini:
It’s safe to say that we’re all pretty keen to get our hands on these new panels to try them out for ourselves! You can hire the Litepanels Gemini 2x1 Soft Panel, complete with Manfrotto 008BU Cine Stand, HERE.