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Rotolight NEO

Rotolight, the multi-award winning British LED Lighting manufacturer has announced an innovative set of features for the Neo on-camera lighting system that has been lauded as the “next …


Rotolight, the multi-award winning British LED Lighting manufacturer has announced an innovative set of features for the Neo on-camera lighting system that has been lauded as the “next industry standard” by highly experienced lighting cameraman and British Guild of Television Cameramen member Simon Edwards. He was granted the privilege to have the first test pilot of the Rotolight Neo. “I think that Rotolight has moved the world of portable LED lighting on again with the Neo. It is a feature rich lamp with excellent output in terms of both colour and power. The Neo differs from other systems not only in the trademark form factor but also its flexibility, build quality and consistency of light,” says Edwards. Designed for the most demanding of professionals, the Neo features Bi-Colour LED lighting technology with ‘Accu-Colour’™ Technology for best in class colour rendering and is the world’s first on-camera lighting system with accurate electronic colour temperature display (CCT) to enable fast, tuneable colour on location. Neo delivers a powerful 1077 lux at 3 feet (twice that of competing LED on camera lights), whilst providing a gorgeous soft light source, along with industry leading on-camera battery performance and Rotolight’s signature ‘Ring-light’ Effect. The Rotolight Neo was developed at Pinewood Studios UK, after years of extensive feedback from leading cinematographers and photographers around the world as to what they would most like to see in the next generation on camera light for professional television, film and photographic use.

In focus: A look at Neo’s new key features: Designer Fade™ Mode: Broadcast video cameras typically feature an auto-fade button, whereas DSLR cameras do not. Neo for the first time allows DSLR cinematographers to create and design unique custom fade up / fade down production effects for your Video, or to seamlessly transition between scenes.

True Aperture Dimming™: NEO features a world’s first ground-breaking feature. Neo uses exposure information from the camera (Shutter speed and ISO) plus distance to the subject and data from the light to accurately calculate the correct aperture (F-Stop), whilst also compensating for skin tone contrast. This allows the cinematographer to work intuitively with the light, and no longer need to meter every shot saving valuable time. As you adjust the distance from your subject, or the brightness of the Neo, you would simply re-enter the relevant settings and Neo would display the updated recommended aperture accordingly (F-STOP).

Accu-Colour™ Technology: Best-in-class LED technology features an Overall CRI = 95 / 100 and near perfect skintone reproduction R15 Skintone = 99 / 100. TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index) = 85 / 100, which makes it ideally suited for professional television use.

“Tuneability was crucial to both projects I worked on. Being able to accurately match the additional lighting (ANOVA 2, HMI, fluorescent and tungsten) made it really useful. I think that we are now at a stage with LED lighting where tuneable colour temperature is becoming an increasingly usable option rather than a gimmick,” adds Edwards. Featuring an intuitive dual rotary encoder control system for rapid brightness and colour temperature adjustment in the field, and Rotolight’s ‘Dynamic Drift Compensation’ for smooth dimming from 0%-100% with no colour shift, Neo can be powered by 6 AA batteries for up to 5 hours (or 3 hours at 100% power), using a AC adapter or D-TAP cable, drawing only 9W at full power.

“Not many years ago we were used to lugging battery belts around us for our battery lights. Thankfully we no longer need to do that. I used the Neo primarily as a battery powered light, either on AA batteries or using a D-Tap adaptor from the output on the camera. Obviously it draws very little power and makes no difference to the running time of my camera. The AAs certainly seemed like an economical option and being a universally available battery there would be no problem sourcing extra batteries in the field,” says Edwards.

“I think Neo offers so much to so many people; stills and moving pictures, experienced camera people and those at the start of their careers, DSLR or full size cameras. Neo truly is a light for everyone and with Rotolight’s pro-active approach to customer feedback and development I can see this being the beginning of the next generation of LED lighting coming from their Pinewood manufacturing base. I can’t recommend Neo highly enough – I see it becoming an industry standard unit,” says Simon Edwards GTC. The Rotolight NEO is now available to pre-order from www.rotolight.com, retailing at just £299.99 / $399.99 the NEO will be shipping in April 2015!Visit Booth C-8845 / 46 at NAB Show 2015 for a demonstration of Rotolight’s revolutionary product range.”

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