At IBC 2017, popular LED panel maker, Litepanels unveiled the Gemini – their next-generation LED panel that delivers precision colour control and flicker-free light in a highly portable new form. The Litepanels Gemini is an all-new 2×1, RGB-WW soft panel that 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 1×1 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 2×1 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.”
The good folks at Abel Cine have prepared a neat first look video at the new Litepanels Gemini panel:
Most common 2×1 panels achieve white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create undesirable colour spikes. The Litepanels 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 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
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.
Litepanels are posting TLCI/CRI levels of 97 in daylight and 99 in tungsten through independent testing. 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.
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.
Like all Litepanels products, Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors, to offer users extra creative lighting control. 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.
Those of you who are currently attending IBC2017 in Amsterdam, can get an exclusive first look at Gemini’s high-quality light output on the Litepanels stand in Hall 12.E65.