Godox has announced its new KNOWLED line of RGBWW Pixel Tube LED lights. Coming in three sizes, we’ve got the TP2R, TP4R and TP8R, measuring around 2ft, 4ft and 8ft, respectively. The first two are already available to pre-order. However, no price has yet been announced for the latter of the three, and the Godox website simply says “8′ to be availble” (the typo is theirs).
Also announced is the Godox TimoLink wireless DMX transmitter and receiver system. This essentially converts a wired DMX console to wireless by sending and receivings signals to and from CRMX-compatible fixtures or transmitters/receivers. The system employs frequency hopping to eliminate interference, even in busy location and complex setups, to provide wireless control up to a distance of 300 metres.
The Godox KNOWLED TP2R, 4R and 8R are the latest RGBWW tubes from Godox, with “pixel light” levels of control. Basically, this means you can have different colours displayed on different parts of the tube. This makes them extremely versatile for a wide range of lighting options and shooting scenarios. They have a colour temperature range from 2,000K up to 10,000K in 100K increments, with hue adjustment from 0º to 360º for millions of potential colours.
Godox says the TP series LED tubes offer a “superior pixel density”. They say this allows them be able to more accurately separate pixels and the spread of differently coloured light along the length of the tube. Naturally, this is going to be a far more valuable feature on the larger 8ft and 4ft tubes than it is on the 2ft, but for lighting up small scenes, you might find it an invaluable feature.
They’re also potentially useful for light painting. If you’ve got an animation sequence programmed into one of them, there’s no reason why you couldn’t hypothetically use it to “paint” an image onto a long exposure. Godox even has an animation of several tubes ganged up together, operating as a basic display screen on their website.
The Godox KNOWLED TP2R and TP4R are available to pre-order now for $399 and $569, respectively. The longer TP8R is currently not yet available to pre-order and no price has been released, but Godox says it’s coming at some point in the future.
Godox TimoLink DMX Transmitter & Receiver
The Godox TimoLink DMX transmitter and receiver are designed to provide wireless remote control functionality to lights who have none – but do have regular wired DMX control. About the transmitter, Godox says:
Built with CRMX modules from LumenRadio for filmmakers, broadcasters, and others, the TimoLink TX Wireless DMX Transmitter from Godox converts a wired DMX console to wireless by sending signals to CRMX-compatible fixtures or receivers. The TimoLink TX supports automatic frequency hopping and has a CRMX transmission range of up to 984′. The male, five-pin XLR connector rotates up to 270° for wider compatibility with different interface designs. The unit also comes with a test feature that detects whether or not a DMX signal is successfully outputted, and to simplify operational logic and enhance efficiency, the set and reset button were designed separately.
The description is similar for the receiver, except that it works by receiving signals from CRMX-compatible fixtures or transmitters. As far as I can tell, there’s no requirement to use these with Godox lights, either. Just about any LED light out there with DMX control should be able to go wireless with these adapters.
Godox boasts a range of around 300 metres with frequency hopping technology to ensure minimum interference and maximum connectivity. The Tx and Rx feature connectors that can be rotated a full 270°, allowing maximum clearance options with whatever gear you choose to plug them into.
The Godox TimoLink Transmitter and TimoLink Receiver are both available to pre-order now for $199 each. You do appear to need to buy the transmitter and receiver separately. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a kit containing both, but I expect bundles will eventually become available. I can see this becoming a very popular kit for those wishing to eliminate more cables in their studio!