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Manufacturer Spotlight: Kino Flo Lighting Systems


Kino Flo Lighting Systems have been the manufacturer of high quality LED and fluorescent soft lighting equipment for over 30 years and have been a fixture in the worlds of cinema lighting, television, video, and photography. Located in Burbank, CA, Kino Flo expansion of services and operations are worldwide in which the company provides distribution support for the local studios, or even productions that are remote and on location.

In 1995 Kino Flo received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the development of color-correct lamps for film. The Tru Match lamps which were well known across the industry as compact fixtures with high frequency, flicker-free ballasts took the industry by storm. This story began in 1987 as Gaffer, Frieder Hochheim together with his Best Boy, Gary Swink, were asked to get creative in a small set space while shooting the picture “Barfly”. Hochheim and Swink worked tirelessly, as they put together fluorescent lamps in hollowed-out foam blocks and stuck them to the ceiling. This was the first of many ground breaking creations for Kino Flo (“Kino” means film in German and “Flo” is short for fluorescent).

Today, Kino Flo Lighting Systems are manufacturing some fantastic products. Provided below are just some of the products that are benefiting industry professionals. From Kino Flo:  www.kinoflo.com/index.htm

The Celeb® 850 LED DMX joins Kino Flo’s family line of LED soft lights. One of the largest LED’s in the industry, the Celeb 850 measures 45” x 26” (114cm x 66cm). Light output is 111FC at 10ft (1251 LUX at 3M) but only uses 5.0A (120VAC). The Celeb 850 has three Menu options, one white and two color menus. Those who prefer to work with white light can use the “white menu” that gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight. In the color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor and over 100 well-known lighting gels. In addition, there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where you have white light in the center, and the Hue angle determines the color along a 360-degree range, and Saturation determines how much color is applied. The second color menu provides individual red, green, blue (RGB) control. The RGB menu is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels. Kino Flo’s Celeb 850 LED also comes with standard DMX and wireless DMX (Lumen Radio®), and universal voltage input  100-240VAC (4.1 Amps at 120V). We also recently added new SnapBag Softbox and SnapGrid accessories. With the SnapBag, the surface area increases in size to 72” x 49” (183cm x 124cm).

Kino Flo adds another layer of versatility with the FreeStyle LED family. The new stand-alone Gaffer Tray (FIX-F31Tor FIX-F21T) is an accessory for the FreeStyle 31 & 21 LED. The Gaffer Tray holds the removable LED panel. With the built-in mounting plate, the KinoGrip center mount can be attached. The LED controller can also be attached with Velcro or operate remotely with a 25ft head extension. The tray allows for a smaller profile fixture without having the need to bend the plastic barn-doors back. When the mount and controller are removed, the tray can be screwed into the wall or ceiling through its screw points.
The latest KinoGrip Mounts is a twist-on family of universal mounts, featured at NAB 2017. The KinoGrip mounts provide a grip handle for easy to transport and hand-held applications. They also feature new wing knobs for simple lock down and adjustments. The new mounts come with a choice of 3/8” pin, 5/8” Baby Receiver and 5/8” Baby Receiver Short. New mounts are available June 2017. The newer KinoGrip models MTP-KG41, MTP-BG41 & MTP-BG41S will work with new and old fixtures that have the Twist-On mating plates.
The FreeStyle 31 & 21 LED unleashes your creative side by using a newly designed quick-release system to remove the LED panel from the plastic housing. The smaller form factor and lightweight LED panel combined with four corner bumpers add further rigging versatility. The LED panel also includes an additional mating plate so it can still be mounted on a stand. Kino Flo’s new FreeStyle 31 & 21 LED’s include three menu options, one white and two color menus. Those who prefer to work with white light can use the “white menu” that gives the user access to Dimming, Kelvin and Green/Magenta control channels. Kelvin range is from 2700K tungsten to 6500K daylight. In the color menu, the Kelvin range travels from 2500K tungsten to 9900K daylight, and Kino Flo has set up a fourth channel called Gel. The Gel channel includes Kino Flo presets such as blue & green screen, sodium vapor, mercury vapor and over  100 well-known lighting gels. In addition, there is also a fifth channel called Hue Angle and sixth channel, Saturation. These two channels behave similar to a traditional color wheel, where you have white light in the center, and the Hue angle determines the color along a 360-degree range, and Saturation determines how much color is applied. The second color menu provides individual red, green, blue (RGB) control. The RGB menu is a great way to work with apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels. Kino Flo’s new FreeStyle LED’s also come with standard DMX and wireless DMX (Lumen Radio®), 24VDC input, and universal voltage input 100-240VAC (1.25 Amps at 120VAC). We also recently added new SnapBag Softbox and SnapGrid accessories.
About Kino Flo lighting Systems
Located in Burbank, CA, Kino Flo Lighting Systems was founded in 1987 and is a manufacturer of high quality soft lighting equipment for use in motion picture lighting, TV broadcast, video and photography industries. In 1995 Kino Flo received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the development of color-correct lamps for film. Manufacturer of LED and FLO soft lighting systems providing professional equipment for HD Cinematography, Television and Video entertainment industry since 1987.

 

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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over twenty years. He specializes in the areas of digital media project management, broadcast engineering and media production. Matthew has extensive knowledge in digital post production, digital asset management, digital cinema production, and broadcast facility integration. Mr. Harchick actively researches state of the art broadcast, cutting edge digital cinema and smart audio visual technologies for client implementation and is available for your consultation needs.

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