Kino Flo plays with fire

Kino Flo has announced the new TrueMatch® Firmware 3.0 which introduces eight new lighting effects (FX) modes, including a version of Lightning called Frankenstein.

TrueMatch 3.0 transforms Kino Flo LED's into Candle, Fire, TV, Police, Lightning, Paparazzi, Pulse and Scroll effects simulators with the press of a button. Each special effects mode comes with a choice of FX types. Lightning, for example, has Storm and Frankenstein – the Storm effect is modelled on the rate and amplitude of thunderstorm strikes, while Frankenstein displays brighter, more cinematic light flashes. There is also rate control and a cue feature using the power button.

The official online link to the free upgrade has bee available since 1 June 2018.

Kino Flo has taken its time coding intuitive, hands-on software to ensure it's like having an FX lighting console built into every LED controller. Presets in the TV setting, for example, are the result of hours measuring light and colour variations on TV monitors throughout a programming day. The TV mode also comes with Movie and Music Video pre-programmed lighting scenarios.

All eight of the FX modes have four memory buttons to store custom lighting effects, making a total of 32 FX presets.

"We wanted to take some of the same lighting effects that board operators program remotely for motion picture or television productions and make the effects accessible onboard our Celeb, FreeStyle and Diva-Lite LED products," said Frieder Hochheim, president and founder of Kino Flo Lighting Systems. "We will continue to add features like FX lighting to our LED lighting systems to ensure customer's Kino Flo lighting tools stay sharp."

More modes

Read on to find out about the settings and customising tools on the other six FX modes:

  • Candle – simulates a candle flame and has Interior and Breeze settings. Interior is a typical, small candle flicker. Breeze flickers as well, but with larger jumps in brightness
  • Fire – light mimics an open fire. Pre-programmed under Fire is Firepit and Gas Fireplace
  • Police – simulates police and emergency vehicle flashing lights. The five types are Blue + RedRedYellowBlue + White + Red and Blue
  • Paparazzi – simulates random still photo camera flashes. Comes with Red Carpet and Stalker. Red Carpet has very quick, frequent and random flashes. Stalker flashes less frequently, with longer pauses between bursts. You can also use the Power button to cue flash effects
  • Pulse – repeats colours, like a flashing neon sign. There are no pre-programmed types for Pulse. Parameters are set by using the Hue, Saturation, Rate and Length (LEN) controls in the Pulse mode menu
  • Scroll – light changes over a period of time. Like Pulse, there are no preset FX lighting types, but parameters are set using the Time and Saturation (SAT) controls in the Scroll mode menu.

In addition to the exciting new FX features, Kino Flo's True Match® 3.0 firmware comes with other light control enhancements, such as an adjustable Frequency setting, dual Antenna controls for DMX wireless reception, colour value sharing and refined DMX dimming.

The default frequency setting on Kino Flo LED controllers is 30kHz, which is generally flicker-free for most productions shooting on HD or film cameras up to 240 frames per second. However, with the new firmware, the frequency can be dialled up to 300kHz when shooting at higher frame rates and shutter speeds.

For clear, stable DMX wireless reception, Kino Flo LEDs come with two built-in antennae. With TrueMatch 3.0, users can either manually select the smaller, internal #1 PCB (printed circuit board) antenna or elect to stay with the #2 EXT (external) antenna, the more powerful of the two antennae.

New mode features within the General Menu allow users to translate RGB values to Hue and Saturation values, and to make other settings changes that take effect only after exiting the General Menu.

Dimming and colour consistency

Kino Flo has refined further its LED dimming and colour controls. Already the leader in smooth, flicker-free dimming systems, the new firmware profile ensures colour compatibility from fixture to fixture even when light levels vary widely.

The industry has been asking for LED fixtures with a consistent, controlled dimming curve that doesn't affect the colour saturation when moving between 100% and 1% light output. The latest firmware update to the Kino Flo line of fixtures ensures a superior level of consistency.

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GTC sponsor Cirro Lite (Europe) Ltd is a UK distributor of Kino Flo products.

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