Lighticians lets you control you DMX lights wirelessly from your phone with full colour control
As LED lights have gotten more powerful and colour accurate, they’ve pretty much become the new standard for continuous lighting, replacing the more traditional tungsten lights on-set. One of the things LED lights have now started to incorporate more often is DMX lighting control. Conceived in the 1980s, DMX allows the remote control of one or multiple lights from a single control base. Lighticians lets you do this, too, using existing DMX systems, all from the screen of your smartphone. We chatted with Lighticians at IBC 2019 to find out more.
Although Lighticians was designed primarily for use with RGB lights, and the Litepanels in particular, the software will operate with any dimmable DMX compatible lights, even old tungstens. The base software will be available free, with the full-blown version costing a mere $40. The software allows complete colour, brightness and saturation control over your lights using intuitive colour wheels.
But you don’t have to use the colour wheel. You can set up all kinds of presets, as well as pick from a large selection of gel presets right in the app. And you can tweak these gels to give you exactly the look you’re after, too, offering a very wide range of control.
As for the hardware, Lighticians will be releasing their own control box at some point in the future, offering dual-band WiFi, although an exact release date and pricing haven’t yet been confirmed. But they say that the software is compatible with many wireless DMX controllers already on the market.
Keep an eye out on the Lighticians website for more information.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.