Sekonic Corporation, an leader manufacturer of light meters, shared some exciting news recently of a unique collaboration with UK based manufacturer, Rotolight (if you are attending IBC in Amsterdam this year, Rotolight will be at Hall 11. Stand G77).
A world leader in studio and on-location LED lighting solutions, Rotolight set out earlier this year to create a new advanced on-camera LED system called NEO.
Using the new SEKONIC C-700 SpectroMaster extensively in their phosphor chemistry design process, Rotolight was able to develop an advanced formulation, which delivers exceptional color rendering results (AccuColour™ LED lighting technology) in the award winning Rotolight ANOVA and the latest NEO LED luminaires.
We're huge fans of both the ANOVA and the NEO LED lighting solutions from Rotolight over here at Visual Impact, as they produce lovely accurate and reliable light providing lighting cameraman and DP's with the confidence to rely on pleasing and naturally truthful skin tones.
SEKONIC Corporation, global specialists in engineering and manufacturing of precision design and advanced technology metering systems, recently launched the sophisticated C-700 SpectroMaster series gaining immediate worldwide interest. Optimized to measure LED lighting in addition to all types of light sources, the C-700 measures, analyses and reports the true colour temperature and specular characteristics of a given light source including LED, HMI, Tungsten, Florescent, Electronic flash and Natural light spectrums.
When Rod Gammons (Chairman and Inventor of the Rotolight Products) discovered the Sekonic C-700, he knew he had finally found the tool he needed to accurately measure and monitor his development of the AccuColor™ LED Lighting System.
In a recent online video interview Rod stated “NEO achieves outstanding color reproduction with an overall CRI (colour rendering index) of Ra=95.6, skin tones at CRI=99 and TLCI of 91 (Television Lighting Consistency Index). NEO’s exceptional performance has been designed for today’s Cinematographers, DOP’s and Photographers who are capturing both HD and 4K, and who demand the greatest control and accuracy of color. Now this type of control is possible with great tools like the Rotolight NEO and the Sekonic C-700”.
Colour reproduction is paramount for both photographers and videographers and with today’s emerging new light sources, the ability to measure them and accurately control them is more critical than ever. Utilizing lighting systems that offer true color results enables photographers and videographers to focus more on the art and less on the technical side of the business. However, with so many claims from lighting manufacturers, that their light sources are the best it’s a daunting task to separate fact from fiction. Now, with the release of the Sekonic C-700, and working with colour accurate lights like Rotolight NEO, it is possible to achieve true colour results on set, quickly and accurately, with ease.
Stefan Lange, DP and Visual FX Artist (credits include: Batman / Notting Hill / 7x Bond Movies) was recently interviewed whilst on set at Sony's Digital Motion Picture Centre in Pinewood Studios London, and said :- “Throughout my career I have measured light with Sekonic equipment. The new Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster takes the guesswork out of measuring colour temperature on set. Using the clever graphic interface of the C-700 I can easily read and manage the array of hues in a scene and then dial in the colour to my Rotolight NEOs and ANOVAs, it’s a great combination. The C-700 is really valuable in a controlled studio environment - priceless on a ‘run & gun’ location when the camera just can’t tell you everything you need to know.”
“Rotolight NEO is my new ‘go-to’ choice of lighting. Small enough for tight spaces but powerful enoughfor a multitude of situations. With the built in CineSFX functions, it can replace otherwise time and budget consuming equipment and bring to the set sophisticated lighting effects which would often have been unaffordable. Cable-free, cool to the touch and light enough to easily hang or hold, the Rotolight NEOreally speeds up lighting on-set or on location.”
Rotolight and Sekonic are collaborating on mutual sales & marketing to develop a wider awareness of the importance and need for color control and accuracy. Yasuko Kuroi (Sekonic Product Manager) was quoted at a recent trade show “We are very excited to work with Rotolight and we are honored to be an important part of helping to create better lighting systems”. Sekonic is focused on developing future Photo/CINE/Video products including the recently released C-7000 SpectroMaster for industrial colour analysis and monitoring.