Matthew was showing its newly announced Litemover at NAB 2023. Litemover is the the first automated, universal system for remote light adjustment. This is well thought out and clever solution that solves a real-world problem.
Litemover is claimed to be the first off-the-shelf automated universal remote head made for adjusting light or reflector fixture positioning from the ground. It was designed with the sole purpose of increasing accessibility, saving time, and adding safety on set by eliminating the need to climb high ladders to adjust a light.
Essentially it is a system that you attach to a light stand that then can independently adjust various controls and the angle of the light.
It was designed by working gaffer Erno Das, and it is a component-based system that can accommodate light fixtures and reflector boards weighing up to 220-lbs/100 kg from brands such as ARRI, Cineo, Creamsource, Lightbridge, FilmGear, K5600, etc.
Litemover is said to feature an easy and familiar interface and intuitive controls. It works with gaffers and lighting technicians to provide smooth remote pan, tilt and spot/flood focus control. It can easily be operated via a manual hand control and it is fully compatible with DMX, RDM and/or wireless DMX with its built-in CRMX.
Litemover features three motors that are claimed to be able to quietly respond directly to the operator’s input even while the fixture is actively in use on a stand, crane, jib arm, or other set hardware. To accommodate various working conditions,
Litemover may be set up in standard or inverted underslung configuration, so it’s not only convenient when working on stands but also with a studio lighting grid, aerial lift or telehandler.
Power is supplied by either a battery for wireless operation or may be cabled to suit the setup. The system features a V-Lock Battery unit and V-lock PSU to support most popular batteries. For regional input adaptability, the kit features a 110/220 AC inverter to 14.4 Volts and all essential cables.
The kit also includes three mounting adapters that cover a vast array of today’s fixtures in standing or underslung modes. Additional adapters will be available.
The Litemover system comes complete in a hard rolling case to rig a light fixture or reflector board. Each component is housed in rugged safety-orange high impact molded polycarbonate.
Included in the kit are three quiet motor units, hand, pin, and clamp connectors, a 90-degree coupler, assorted support rods, and a manual push-button hand control.
Price & Availability
The Matthews Litemover will retail for around $10-11,000 USD. You can place a $100 USD pre-order deposit to secure one.