Quick questions about on-camera video lights?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by peter, May 5, 2006.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    I'm looking for on camera video lights for events like wedding reception.
    Since the place is lighted, the video light only need to supplement the
    ambience light or to fill shadows.

    How many watts is enough? 20? 50?

    Is there such thing as zoomable video light like on camera flash?

    Do I have to worry about red-eyes like on camera flash?

    I saw LED based lights bank but they cost $700!

    Any other alternative light source? Any florescent light based (obviously
    with the right filter) light?
     
    peter, May 5, 2006
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    washer Guest

    I highly recommend the NRG Varalux Proffessional. It has a varible
    "pot" that goes from 'off' to '100%'. I use the lowest power to tape
    my close-ups. I can crank the power to 100% and tape people (guests)
    probably 50 feet away with good results. It is great to adjust the
    power of this light for my needs to get a good picture.
    I also recommend the Bescor Battery model BES018 12v / 18amp. You
    should get the package deal that comes with the charger that works
    great and doesn't overcharge the battery. I did buy an extra battery
    (by itself) at a latter time for backup for extra long weddings etc.
    The battery does last for a considerable lenght of time (use) depending
    on the amount of power needed for your shots. Total price for all is
    around $300 I think. I have used this combo for many years with no
    problems and still using the same original lamp (bulb). I know you will
    be happy with this package as others I've told, also like this and use
    this same package. Shop around for the best price!
     
    washer, May 6, 2006
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  3. peter

    washer Guest

    I highly recommend the NRG Varalux Proffessional. It has a varible
    "pot" that goes from 'off' to '100%'. I use the lowest power to tape
    my close-ups. I can crank the power to 100% and tape people (guests)
    probably 50 feet away with good results. It is great to adjust the
    power of this light for my needs to get a good picture.
    I also recommend the Bescor Battery model BES018 12v / 18amp. You
    should get the package deal that comes with the charger that works
    great and doesn't overcharge the battery. I did buy an extra battery
    (by itself) at a latter time for backup for extra long weddings etc.
    The battery does last for a considerable lenght of time (use) depending
    on the amount of power needed for your shots. Total price for all is
    around $300 I think. I have used this combo for many years with no
    problems and still using the same original lamp (bulb). I know you will
    be happy with this package as others I've told, also like this and use
    this same package. Shop around for the best price!
     
    washer, May 6, 2006
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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    Washer's suggestions will work well if used properly...how much light
    you use depends largely on how close you are. One thing to watch is
    that when you use a dimmer you will alter the color temperature of your
    light. I recommend using no more than 50 watts for closeups and using
    filters rather than dimmers. That prevents you from getting that
    washed-out look you see when news photographers blast their 100-watt
    lights in somebody's face.

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    Mr. Tapeguy, May 6, 2006
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    Bill Fright Guest

    In the pro world some of us use frezzis and with proper diffusion you
    can simply tilt the angle of the light to reduce or increase intensity.

    The one I use is 50w and I have daylight scrim and gradiated diffusion
    for indoors. It's permanately mounted and switching takes seconds. I
    also can add a NP1 to power solo or with camera power. I recommend
    having solo power so you can use it away from the camera. ie Under the
    dash for night car scenes.
     
    Bill Fright, May 6, 2006
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  6. If I am not mistaking, every video-camera has a white-balance switch ;-)

    cheers

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    Martin Heffels, May 7, 2006
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    washer Guest

    To Peter:
    I have a Canon 3 chip camcorder that I use when taping Weddings.
    The light source I recommended in previous reply on May 6 works very
    well with no complicated actions on your part. I gather from your
    comment on the $700 figure is too much (cost) in your budget. I agree
    with you! I can view my shot using the 2.5 LCD screen on camera to
    adjust the light intensity for a good shot. The colors are great and
    there is no washout with my video. Of course, if I use too much light,
    I can see the unacceptable picture in the LCD. It doesn't take a rocket
    scientist to look at your picture to adjust the amount of power needed
    for a good picture. With a little common sense, anyone can get a good
    picture using the NRG Varalux Professional Light Source. There most be
    others that use this LIGHT that could back up this statement. The cost
    of this package is the the neighborhood that all could afford it for
    the excellent results you will have. All wedding receptions normally
    dim the hall lights to get a warm (?) atmosphere which is not what your
    camera wants or needs. A light source is a "must" for all Wedding
    receptions as well as in the 'old dark' churches that have insufficent
    light available for good video. I always use the least amount of light
    when taping in order to get an acceptable picture. I don't have the
    time to fool around with filters or other means to get a good shot. You
    will lose good footage as these good shots come and go fast and don't
    wait for you to 'get ready' to catch the 'action'. Good luck Peter in
    your endeavors to make those "good video" productions. I hope I was a
    little help with your good question.
     
    washer, May 7, 2006
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    doc Guest

    i use something similiar but less money and also 100W and large battery belt
    pack that lasts for hours. check 'em out at B&H Photo that's where i got
    mine and worked great, let alone adjustable with 4 barn doors for light
    control and even a soft flip gel for intensity control. love it.

    drd
     
    doc, Jun 16, 2006
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  9. peter

    doc Guest

    btw mine was Luxman MPL-645 at B&H and a lot less than $700, in fact
    probably less than $300 with the cam mount, large (heavy) belt pack and
    charger. but works absolutely great!

    drd
     
    doc, Jun 16, 2006
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