ETC’s fos / 4s are available in panel or Fresnel versions and have similar features. Source Four is also introducing Series 3 lights.
If you’re thinking about the amount of time it takes a gaffer or cameraman to set up lights and adjust them to properly look and feel of the scene, the ability to remotely readjust the color and temperature of the lights via smartphone is now a must for everyone Content creator. The ETC fos / 4 lights, as well as the new line of Source Four Series 3 lights, not only eliminate wasted time, but also solve the complicated problem of in-mail repairs by providing you with tools right on the set.
Source Four LED Series 3
If you’ve never heard of ETC before, you’ll love it. They’ve been around since the 1950s and their Source Four games are utterly iconic. If you’ve worked, or been to a studio or amphitheater, you’ve most likely seen a Source Four light under the rigging. The company has launched the Source Four LED Series 3, which combines the profile and light quality of Source Four with the in-demand functions of fos / 4 lights such as wireless control, effects, an intuitive user interface and much more.
The Source Four LED Series 3 is available in a Lustr X8 array or a Daylight HDR array. The Lustr X8 will deliver a maximum of 10,889 lumens, while the Daylight HDR version offers 14,214 lumens. You can also increase the brightness of both versions with XDLT lens tubes.
But what stands out about the Source Four is their deep red. The full-color Lustr X8 array contains a mix of green, lime, blue, indigo, cyan, amber, red, and deep red LEDs. The deep red captures the subtle colors at the very edge of the visual spectrum to enhance skin tone, sunsets, and fire lights with vivid details. The Daylight HDR array contains the same deep red while providing the best white light.
As we are used to from modern luminaires, Source Four LED Series 3 supports wireless control via DMX / RDM via the Multiverse of City Theatrical as well as contactless programming and control with NFS and their free ETCs Set Light Appwhich is available for Android or Apple devices.
The devices themselves are compact and lightweight, making them easy to assemble. Better still, they have a voltage range of 100-240V.
More information about Source Four Series 3 can be found here Here.
fos / 4 panels
Designed for filmmakers and creators, the fos / 4 panels take over the functions of the Source Four LED Series 3, adding 12 preprogrammed effects in a compact design.
There are three panels to choose from: an 8×24 “, a 16×24” and a 24×24 “version. All three are available in the Lustr X8 or Daylight HDR array. ETC’s dedicated research and development department has made it through Precision to provide a high level of lumens Remote control color for nuanced colors regardless of the production location. The wireless control uses Near Field Communications (NFC) to convey the complex information and setup data of the devices using an intuitive user interface and its mobile Set Light app manage.
By using the NFC band, productions do not have to deal with overcrowded WLAN or cellular bandwidth and are not restricted by the range of Bluetooth. Like the Source Four series, the fos / 4 panels support wireless DMX / RDM control. Not only does this give a lighting director enough bandwidth for the most complex lighting designs, but the built-in quiver with twelve different lighting effects means that a scene can offer anything from a multiple alarm initial reaction to convincing fireworks.
fos / 4 Fresnel
Like the fos / 4 panel series, the fos / 4 Fresnel also has the same functions, but in a 7-inch Fresnel. The device has an adjustable zoom of 13-55 °, an adjustable egg yolk that powers third-party USB devices and supports 24-36 VDC battery inputs, DMX / RDM control and optional 8-leaf barn door. Like the Source Four Series 3 and fos / 4 panels, the Fresnel fixtures have a user-friendly interface and are available in Daylight HDR or Lustr X8 Array.
Further information on ETC devices can be found on their website website.
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