LiteGear will be introducing their new LiteMat Spectrum at IBC 2018. This latest addition to the family takes the best features of the LiteMat line and introduces the ability to add accent color through the patent-pending color mixing process developed through Project Stardust.
If you aren’t familiar with how this technology works I got a sneak peek at Project Stardust from Litegear at IBC last year. The LiteMat Spectrum maintains the same unique functionality of the LiteMat series, being thin, lightweight, and easy-to-rig while gaining the addition of TrueHybrid white light that follows the Planckian locus exactly.
Project Stardust has been years in the making and LiteGear wanted to simplify and get the complexity of cinematic color mixing exactly right.
So how does it work?
When you mix just two colors to change the Kelvin temperature you can get a shift towards either magenta or green. By adding extra color information from color LEDs you can correct for this so no matter what Kelvin temperature you set your light at, it will keep the results consistent.
LED lights traditionally have big dips in the color spectrum, but with their new technology LiteGear are able to help fill in some of those missing areas.
MATCH LIGHT TO CAMERAS AND COLOUR SPACES
LiteGear uses their LED technology to adjust color reproduction to map to certain color spaces such as Rec.709 and Rec.2020. With RGB LED technology becoming all the rage, LiteGear wanted to tailor their lights to particular camera sensors to try and get the best possible results.
Often the colors you see with your eyes are not the same as what the camera is seeing. All camera sensors react differently, and how a RED interprets the color green is going to be different from that of an Arri.
This is the technology that will be in the new LiteGear Spectrum. The LiteGear Spectrum will be able to accurately reproduce any Kelvin temperature of white light between 2000K and 11000K with +/- 8 points of tint correction. It can also augment this white light with 360 degrees of color accents. Saturated color can be delicately added with 100 shades of depth. This unique and patent-pending color processing also provides alternative desaturation by using TrueHybrid white light to desaturate the color accents.
LiteMat Spectrum also improves post-production workflows as it is the first lighting system to be Certified Color- Space Compliant. By setting the recording format in the dimmer (Rec. 709, Rec. 2020, etc.), LiteMat Spectrum will only produce color within that color space. That means no color noise and no data outside the specified gamut.
These new LiteMats will all resemble their predecessors in almost every way, and all LiteMat Spectrum units will be interoperable and compatible with each other. LiteMat Spectrum will start shipping in Q1 of 2019. There is no indication yet about pricing.