Astera, the german-based firm behind the well-known AX1 and Titan LED tubes, launched a brand new product: the PixelBrick. Just like its siblings it options RGB+Mint+Amber, a built-in battery, and a bunch of connectivity choices.
The obvious first: It’s just one pixel in comparison with the AX1’s 8 or the Titan’s 16. The corporate already produced different merchandise just like the AX3 Lightdrop which had been extra widespread in occasion know-how than in filming tools, however the PixelBrick looks as if an optimized unit with extra features.
Astera claims that the sunshine places out round 15W of sunshine output and achieves 450 Lumens / 1700 Lux at a distance of two meters. It makes use of the identical RGB + Mint + Amber LEDs discovered of their Titan tubes, which permits them to attain a excessive CRI of 96 (at 5500K) and 98 (at 3200K) and a TLCI of 97 (at 5500K) and 98 (at 3200K) with a variety of colour temperatures. It includes a built-in battery lasting as much as 20 hours, however I suppose that at full brightness it is going to be nearer to five hours.
Astera PixelBrick connectivity
PixelBrick makes use of the identical LED Engine discovered within the Titan tube lights. So not solely can you utilize it with the IR distant, Lumen Radio, and wired or wi-fi DMX (CRMX is built-in, wired solely works over the non-compulsory PowerBox), however their AsteraApp is feature-rich and allows you to management a number of lights without delay.
The wi-fi vary is rated at 300 meters or 330 yards. With built-in Bluetooth, you possibly can immediately join your smartphone with the sunshine for management, which wasn’t the case with the AX1 tubes, which you had to connect with an AsteraBox which was then speaking with a cellular machine. Moreover, you should use the PixelBrick as a substitute of an AsteraBox and join different lamps over UHF and management them as properly, though Astera recommends utilizing it just for quick distances.
After all, the sunshine may be operated immediately over the buttons and show discovered on the again. The unit weighs 1.12kg and is held inside an aluminum housing with an IP65 ranking.
Lots of mounting potentialities and equipment
The beam angle is fairly centered at 13°, however Astera gives attachable mild modifiers: A 30° Flood Filter, a 17° Beam Softener, and the BrickDome, which I may think about may make this mild look cool as an summary sensible mild within the scene.
Moreover, there’s a bunch of non-compulsory mounting equipment you may get: BrickConnect (attaches two PixelBricks proper subsequent to one another), BrickHinge, and BrickTilt (locations two PixelBricks at an angle with a Hinge or Tilt mechanism in between), and extra. The lights are in all probability meant for use in a cluster for lighting results. The equipment get mounted to the AirlineTrack on one in every of 4 sides.
In addition they provide an adjunct case and a charging case. The latter doesn’t cost wirelessly just like the Aputure MC-4 Light Kit does, however makes use of a conventional 1.5mm jack to cost, very like the Titan tube circumstances.
PixelBricks additionally provide a couple of software program options, two of them which I discover attention-grabbing: Seamless Runtime allows you to put within the size of your taking pictures day. It calculates the utmost brightness so the lights don’t flip off mid-shoot. Scheduled StandBy is sort of a timer, you possibly can set a time when your lights ought to get up from standby, like after lunch break or earlier than an occasion. These options aren’t new nevertheless, the Titan tubes provide them as properly.
Pricing and availability
The Pixelbrick can’t be present in inventory but, and there’s no information about when it is going to be or how a lot it should price. I suppose, nevertheless, as a result of related dimension and energy to the AX3 LightDrop it may function the same value level of round 340€/380$.
Astera in contrast to Aputure isn’t purely centered on filmmaking, however covers occasion lighting as properly, like with the AX5 triple PAR. However we all know how widespread the AX1 and Titan tubes have change into for making music movies. I may think about the PixelBricks may come in useful throughout video shoots, particularly with the variety of options, mounting potentialities, and portability.
Discover extra in regards to the PixelBrick on their web site: Astera
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