Soft Lighting | Redefined
Soft Lighting | Redefined
SkyPanel is a compact, ultra-bright and high-quality LED soft light that sets a new standard for the industry. With a design focused on form, color, beam field and output, SkyPanel represents the culmination of more than a decade of research and development of LED technology at ARRI.
Incorporating features of ARRI’s successful L-Series LED Fresnels, SkyPanel is one of the most versatile soft lights on the market, as well as one of the brightest. The SkyPanel ‘C’ (Color) versions are fully tuneable; correlated color temperature is adjustable between 2,800 K and 10,000 K, with excellent color rendition over the entire range. Full plus and minus green correction can be achieved with the simple turn of a knob. In addition to CCT adjustments, other control options are available such as: hue and saturation, gel selection, RGBW, source matching, x,y coordinates, and 16 professional lighting effects programmed into every fixture.
The remote phosphor versions of SkyPanel are also available and have a lower price point. Different color temperature panels are available, including 2,700 K; 3,200 K; 4,300 K; 5,600 K; 6,500 K and 10,000 K. A chroma green phosphor panel is available for green screen lighting.
With the latest Firmware version FW4.2, SkyPanel supports six color modes: CCT (correlated color temperature), RGBW (individual channels control), HSI (hue saturation intensity), x,y Coordinates, Source Matching and Gel Selection.
Furthermore SkyPanel has a wide range of lighting effects. With SkyPanel Lighting Effects users can choose and manipulate 17 effects without the need for a lighting console or hours of programming. Each effect has several parameters that allow for customization of the effect to fit your needs.
The aim of calibration is to have uniformed performance between different fixtures. The fixtures are built from different LED chips, they are not all exactly the same in color or output behavior. By calibrating, the LED chips are driven slightly different to ensure uniform color and output performances within all fixtures.
ANSI/ESTA E1.54 standard color space is used as calibration standard. It is a PLASA standard for color communication in entertainment lighting. This standard specifies a standardized color space, and defines the locations of the RGB primaries for the purpose of facilitating the communications between lighting controllers and color changing luminaires.
Material recorded in Rec 709 (short for ITU-Recommendation BT.709) has a display specific encoding or a, in other words, "what you see is what you get" characteristic. The purpose of a display specific encoding is to immediately provide a visually correct representation of the camera material, when it is screened on a certain display device. This is achieved by mapping the actual contrast range of the scene into the contrast range that a display device can reproduce. Examples of display specific encodings are Rec 709 for HDTV screens or DCI P3 for digital cinema projectors. On the downside, a display specific encoding puts some limits on the options for a colorist.
Rec 2020 is a wider color space than Rec 709, which is the current industry standard for HD. Rec 2020 promises more brilliant images, though only new display technology is able to show these. Traditional Rec 709 displays (like TVs or ordinary computer displays) can’t display Rec 2020.
While Rec 709 (short for Recommendation ITU-R BT.709) is the encoding color space for HDTV, Rec 2020 is the encoding color space for UHD. The primary colors lie on the spectral locus and it is thus possible to have more saturated colors in images. (It does not mean, however, that all colors look more saturated. When properly converted, a Rec 709 image will look exactly the same when displayed on a Rec 2020 display.)
Rec 2020 is an encoding standard. A TV or display may not support the full gamut. Nevertheless, it will correctly display the colors within its physical gamut. To get the “Premium” logo of the UHD Alliance, for example, a TV needs to support a minimum of 90% of the P3 gamut.