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Header image for article NAB 2016: Litepanels ASTRA 1x1 Soft Bi-Color

NAB 2016: Litepanels ASTRA 1x1 Soft Bi-Color

I visited the Litepanels booth today and spoke with Alan Ipakchian about the latest offering in their Astra family. The new Astra 1x1 Soft Bi-Color uses the same LED technology found across the Astra line, but where this light differs is the inclusion of a built-in diffusion panel.

The panel creates a very flattering light for your on-screen talent, which compliments the existing series of Astra lights, as well as LED Fresnels. These lights are bi-color, so in addition to being able to control light intensity, you can also adjust the color temperature.

With the use of adapters, the Astra 1x1 Soft can be used with the whole host of Astra accessories for shaping your light, like grids and barndoors. For powering the light, Litepanels provides battery plate options from Anton Bauer in either Gold Mount or V-Mount. Optional DMX and Bluetooth communications modules are offered for controlling the light. If you don't have a DMX controller, the Bluetooth module is a great option as it allows more than 10 Astra lights to be controlled by their SmartLite App, available for iOS on the Apple App store. Watch my video above for a closer look at this exciting new offering from Litepanels.

Megan Donnelly
Director of Production Services, AbelCine

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