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Litepanels LED Lighting

Litepanels has changed the way people think about LED (light emitting diode) production lighting.  With Litepanels 1×1 and Miniplus lighting fixtures, we see the highly mobile, yet powerful output that makes Litepanels an ideal option for everything from studio setups to documentary shoots and beyond. Available in 5600K and 3200K temperatures, the Litepanels 1×1 is an absolute workhorse.  Whether you’re key lighting a news anchor or filling the shadows on a daytime exterior, the Litepanels 1×1 is a friend you can rely on.  Lightweight and capable of running on Anton Bauer batteries or AC power, the 1×1 is a convenient and efficient answer for long hand-held sessions and static shoots.  Easily dimmable via a toggle on the back, the 1×1 can also be adapted via drop-in gels (CTO, CTB, etc). Small and powerful, the Litepanels Miniplus kits are ideal for everything from running and gunning to functioning as an eye light.  Fully dimmable, these lights can mount directly on-camera via an articulated arm or hot shoe mount.  Emitting heat and flicker free light, the Litepanels Miniplus kits are available in flood and spot configurations.  The Litepanels Miniplus batteries will power your light for hours at full capacity – this efficiency and adaptability makes the Litepanels Miniplus systems optimal for low-light shooting (night clubs, concerts, etc) where you need a rich fill light without the hassle of generators, stingers or stands. Rent Litepanels LED lighting from Moving Picture today!  We’re here to give your next production a professional edge! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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TYE Studios and Moving Picture – Canon/Broncolor Event

Moving Picture recently had the pleasure of participating in the TYE Studios Canon/Broncolor event.  TYE owner Donna Peplin and her staff of seasoned professionals opened their doors to local, South Florida still photography enthusiasts for an informative day of equipment demonstrations and artistic discussion. With a full range of grip and lighting equipment available for rental, Moving Picture was there to demonstrate our broad selection of continuous lighting.  To provide hands-on experience with our gear, we constructed a full studio lighting setup for event-goers.  This lighting arrangement consisted of two Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 kits, an ARRI 150w Fresnel, a Litepanels 1×1 LED, a California Sunbounce, and a few C-stands and sandbags.  The full dimmer controls of the Kino Flo lights and Litepanels LED make this setup extremely versatile and unintimidating to jump into.  This photographer’s lighting package was also assembled with portability in mind – the entire setup will break down in ten minutes and fit into your average sedan. The day was a success thanks to the fantastic crew at TYE Studios, including Keary Cunningham, Julius Gregario, and Zack Hughes.  Special thanks to Donna Peplin for hosting this wonderful event! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Blackmagic Design HDMI to SDI Mini Converter

Blackmagic Design’s HDMI to SDI Mini Converter makes HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) workflow easier than ever.  Popular DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7D feature HDMI ports that allow for seamless integration with the latest audio/video devices.  This relatively new digital alternative to analog connections has added to camera versatility but also limited options for video playback.  The Blackmagic HDMI to SDI converter widens the possibilities for DSLR cameras, creating SDI outputs from an HDMI source.  This gives DSLR users the opportunity to connect to SD-SDI equipment without any headaches. The Blackmagic HDMI to SDI Mini Converter fits easily on top of a camera with the hot shoe adapter.  Moreover, you can also Velcro the Mini Converter to a Zacuto or Redrock Rig when full mobility is needed. The beauty of converting HDMI with the Blackmagic Mini Converter is that the only cable coming from camera is HD-SDI.  This allows for a full video assist setup that features Panasonic BT-LH1700 17” LCD monitors, among others, integrated seamlessly into a DSLR workflow.  A package like this is perfect if you have a client (advertising agency, perhaps) who needs to see what’s being shot. In order to add mobility and function to the Blackmagic converter, we include with every rental a Nebtek battery adapter that uses standard Sony L-Batteries.  This avoids all the issues that come with depending on an AC power source when in the field.  The Blackmagic HDMI to SDI Mini Converter is available for rent with Moving Picture, your answer for DSLR cameras and accessories! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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ARRI Alexa Showcased at CSC Florida

ARRI CSC Florida opened their doors to unveil the new ARRI Alexa this past weekend.  This great event showcased the stunning engineering and versatility of ARRI’s latest addition to the film and video market.  Garnering the attention of South Florida’s seasoned film industry professionals, many experienced camera assistants and directors of photography came out to catch a glimpse of the Alexa at work.  Veteran first assistants Andy Fischer and Steve Ciffone, along with luminaries like Bart Tau (DP), were among the crowd. The Alexa promises to be the next big thing in digital cinema.  When you see the image quality produced by this compact yet robust camera, there’s little doubt that this promise will be fulfilled.  Weighing just 18 pounds, the Alexa is extremely ergonomic and is easily integrated into a comfortable hand held configuration. The LCD display features menus that are simple to remember yet still allow for quick modification.  The Alexa exemplifies technical prowess without intimidating complexities – seasoned pros won’t experience a steep learning curve (it feels like an old analog friend).  Even the menu font size can be seen by older eyes, German engineering at its best! The Alexa workflow is revolutionary, a feature that is the basis of much buzz surrounding this release.  Employing the convenience of Sony SxS cards, the ARRI Alexa offers a seamless workflow from shooting to editing. Television commercials and music videos will undoubtedly reap the time saving benefits of recording native Final Cut Pro codecs direct to SxS cards.  This is a workflow the entire world has been waiting for.  With this new setup, you can record ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444 direct to camera, eliminating the painstaking and time consuming process of encoding files prior to editing.  DITs will love the array of video outs that allow for custom video output selections.  With three video outs and numerous time code options, this camera will be a dream on multi-camera “former film sets.” Moving Picture will have the ARRI Alexa available in August, 2010.  We are very excited about the rental potential of this camera – there have been murmurs that the Alexa could be a “RED Killer.”  Heavy hitters in the industry have already started integrating the Alexa into their productions.  Martin Scorsese’s latest effort “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” is using the Alexa in a 3D workflow while Michael Bay’s “Transformers 3” began shooting on the Sony F35 with plans to shift to the ARRI Alexa upon its release.  It’s certainly too early to tell whether the RED camera’s popularity will wane but it’s undeniable that the ARRI Alexa will soon become a new contender in the world of digital cinema. Visit...

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The California Sunbounce Pro

The California Sunbounce Pro is a convenient and efficient solution for many lighting situations.  Consisting of tightly stretched fabric with two variant sides, zebra (a herringbone pattern of silver and gold) and white, the Sunbounce Pro can function as a reflector, diffuser, or shade.  Reflection of light from the zebra side reduces temperature by 400 degrees Kelvin (5000 Kelvin light is reduced to 4600 Kelvin when reflected).  Especially helpful when filming outside, the Sunbounce Pro can easily be handheld or c-stand mounted. With a collapsible frame, the Sunbounce Pro can be constructed or disassembled in minutes and will fit inside an extremely compact travel bag. Rent a California Sunbounce Pro from Moving Picture today! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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