Westcott’s new Flex Cine lights add full RGB colour to their flexible LED lighting range
Westcott has today announced a new Flex Cine lighting system. Carrying on from the popular Flex system launched in 2014, the new Flex Cine line gets full RGBW capability. Westcott says they haven’t just added RGB LEDs to their old lights, though. They’ve redesigned them from the ground up. There’s also a wireless DMX Dimmer.
The Flex Cine LED mats are designed for travel and lighting in small spaces. Westcott says that the new mats are equipped with full colour spectrum RGBW leds and are also available in 2800-6000K bicolour or 5600K daylight flavours. They come in sizes from 1’x1′ (30x30cm) up to 2’x2′ (60x60cm) and boast flicker-free video up to 960 frames per second – although flicker’s more dependent on shutter speed than framerate. But I’m guessing they mean a 180-degree shutter so around 1/2000th shutter speed.
The Flexi Cine mats are operated by what Westcott calls the industry’s first smart dimmer designed for flexible LEDs. It offers both DMX512 input/output 5-pin male/female XLR and wireless DMX capability. You’re able to control one or multiple dimmers simultaneously over WiFi. The DMX dimmer offers complete control over the colour and includes 120+ pre-loaded colour gel presets.
The unit can be powered via V-Mount batteries, and the appropriate fitting is built right into the DMX controller, for maximum portability and life on location. But it also comes with an AC power supply for when working in a more civilised environment.
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.