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SoftPanels LED lights with Autocolor for Cine/Video/Photo Lighting. Made by experts, with a LED COLOR METER built into every light!
SoftPanels LED lights with Autocolor for Cine/Video/Photo Lighting. Made by experts, with a LED COLOR METER built into every light!
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                                               A color meter built into every light™

WE CALL IT SOFTPANELS. YOU'LL CALL IT A REVOLUTION IN LIGHTING:  

In short, SoftPanels™ are a completely new approach to LED lighting utilizing a built-in color meter and intelligent color management technology in every light, thereby providing unprecedented color precision and smart control over the emitted light. In other words, by utilizing the built-in integrated digital color meter along with the proprietary Autocolor matching technology, these new innovative fixtures can instantly read the current ambient color conditions, and then exactly color-balance their LED color output to match that of the scene’s ambient conditions:

With this new level of control, you can instantly color-match other lights, as well as ambient conditions, thereby enjoying far more color consistency in a variety of studio and location applications.

These new lights also offer a new breakthrough Precise Manual Color Mode with verified color temperature accuracy, a feature that even today’s highest-end professional production LED lights lack. Specifically, conventional variable-color LED lighting fixtures often provide a numerical readout of the color temperature that the fixture is supposedly producing. In addition, these traditional LED lights can also provide pre-set buttons to ‘approximate’ a fixed color temperature [e.g., 5500ºK, 3200ºk, etc.]. In either case, these are only estimates, which are often off by as much as 1000º to 2,000º degrees Kelvin, which introduces substantial color errors that can greatly affect the quality of your work:

Although the preset indicates 5500K, the actual light output is 6615K – a blue color-shift error of over 1000K
Although the preset indicates 5500K, the actual light output is 6615K – a blue color-shift error of over 1000K

These color errors are only magnified when you mix multiple legacy LED lights on the same scene [each having a different color temperature]. This lack of color precision using multiple conventional LED fixtures greatly increases the time required to color correct in post, and further creates a problem when correcting for one portion of the image, other areas of the image go undesirably in the opposite direction [i.e., color crossover due to multiple color mismatched conventional LED lights].

Conversely, SoftPanels enables precision on-set color workflow where you can instantly dial-in one or more SoftPanels to a precise and verified fixed color temperature, anywhere between 2700ºK and 6500ºK using its built-in LED/ambient color metering system. Thus you completely avoid the color mismatch issues found with conventional LED lights, and can rest assured that the color you've manually set, will actually match the color coming out of the fixture. This real-time verified color system gives you far more color-consistency from scene to scene.

Furthermore, with the provided Skin Tone Enhance feature you can improve skin tones with a push of a button to give a warmer and more cinematic feel thus substantially decrease the time required to do primary color corrections in post:

Importantly, many times video produces unhealthy looking skin tone, but with SoftPanels new Skin Enhance feature this is easy solved.

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As for the SoftPanels specifications, each unit provides a variable color adjustment from 2700K to 6500K, along with true full-range 100% ~ 1% dimming, and a 95 CRI using high color fidelity LEDs that have extended red color spectrum range coverage for great skin tones.

The SoftPanels units come in three familiar soft box sizes – 3x4ft (90x120cm), 2x3ft (60x90cm), and 1x2ft (30x60cm) respectively, yet have a ultra-thin slimline 5 in. (130mm) 'fit anywhere' depth. The 3x4ft version has a powerful 600 watts of LED output, which is equivalent to the output of a 5,000-watt tungsten soft light, yet plugs into an ordinary household power outlet. On top of that, the light emitted by SoftPanels is flicker-free, each unit runs silently, and the 2x3ft and 1x2ft can both be run off camera batteries. In addition, all SoftPanels panels come with a honeycomb grid, gel frame, and soft case [all at no additional cost], and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally.

SoftPanels brings you a breakthrough level of lighting precision and new features, all at a fraction of the price of legacy soft lights:

 

 

3x the size, and 3x the power for less money
3x the size, and 3x the power for less money
SoftPanels cost one-fifth the price of Skypanels, and produce a better quality of light!
SoftPanels cost one-fifth the price of Skypanels, and produce a better quality of light!

 

    

Better Color for one-fifth [1/5] the Cost

 

SoftPanels with Autocolor technology are the culmination of over 30 years experience designing and building lighting fixtures for Film and Television industry, including dozens of industry awards for LED lighting innovations.

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                                                  BACKGROUND

With dozens of awards for LED lighting innovation, including two primetime  Emmy awards "for fundamentally changing the recording of Television", Kevin Baxter [SoftPanels' chief tech guru] is the recognized expert in LED lighting for film and video. He's engineered, built and delivered tens of thousands of LED lighting fixtures to cinematographers, videographers, and photographers. This innovation continues as SoftPanels swept up the Innovation awards at last month's 2016 NAB TV Broadcaster show:

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2016 NAB Show Update | SoftPanels sweep innovation accolades with Three Best of Show Awards:

Awarded by TV Technology Magazine, Digital Video Magazine, and Government Video Magazine, the "Best of Show Award" is judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

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But lets talk about you. You are looking for the very best LED lights. You want them to be smartly designed, extremely accurate, powerful, easy to use... and affordable.

Imagine a radically new line of intelligent production lighting fixtures called SoftPanels. These large slim-line panel lighting sources fit anywhere, are cool to the touch, portable, self-contained, and offering infinitely variable color output from 2700ºK to 6500ºK.

MORE PRECISE LIGHTING WITH THESE RADICAL NEW FEATURES:

 

 

 

AUTOCOLOR™ 'Button': Plus let’s suppose that every SoftPanels light has a built-in color metering system, which at the touch of a button, instantly measures the ambient room color temperature, and then automatically color-balances its own color light output to match those ambient conditions.

In the past, Imaging professionals had to depend on eyeballing the color temperature when using conventional LED lights due to the inability of legacy handheld color meters to properly read the color of LED-based lighting sources. This imprecise technique becomes particularly problematic when there’s a mix of cool daylight and warm indoor practical fixtures affecting the scene.

Now with the push of a single button on the SoftPanels fixture, an exact color temperature is read and then automatically and precisely matched by the lighting fixture’s LED metering and variable color technology. Such precision greatly speeds up lighting on set, and further reduces the time needed for color correction in post production.

ON-SET EXAMPLE: Looking at the photo above, with a simple push of the 'AUTO' button, the SoftPanels fixture [located on camera right], first measures the color temperature of the traditional tungsten table lamp [located on camera left], and then using that color reading [2940ºK warm-white in this case], the same SoftPanels fixture then instantly and automatically sets its own LED color balance to 2940ºK], so as to precisely color match the warm-white tungsten balanced table lamp - all at the touch of a button!

Conversely, if the table lamp were to have a daylight florescent light bulb instead [e.g., now a cool white 5780ºK], a single button push on the same SoftPanels fixture would instantly reset its own LED color output to 5780ºK, again precisely matching the now much bluer florescent cool-white daylight balanced table lamp.                                          

Importantly, SoftPanels new integrated LED/ambient digital color metering system also helps you in a multitude of other ways:

 

 

SKIN TONE ENHANCE 'BUTTON': “Not only do the patent-pending SoftPanels deliver a perfectly matched color temperature,” said Kevin Baxter, Softpanels’ CTO. “There’s also a Skin Enhance button. You simply press this second button, and instantly the light color warms up, giving skin a much more pleasing and healthy 'suntan' look [via what is essentially an instant electronic warming filter].

In addition, on-camera subjects that have a more pale-white toned skin, also look even better on video when utilizing this feature. This becomes readily apparent when you view before-and-after images of subject’s skin tone using the breakthrough Skin Tone enhance feature. Users can further fine-tune the exact degree of warming by simply adjusting Softpanels ergonomic color balance dial.

In addition, the Skin Tone enhance feature does not just throw in a rigid fixed amount of warming, but instead its advanced color management system first determines the exact color position on the black body line for the current conditions, and then determines just the right proportional amount of warming needed so the skin tone is consistent from scene-to-scene.

By using Autocolor and Skin Tone sweetening on set, your imagery is great right “out of the gate”, thereby freeing you to focus on other elements of the shoot, and also allowing more shots in a day-- all with consistent, matched color [saving many hours of post production work].

In addition to the automatic options, SoftPanels also provides a Precise Manual Color mode, where the integrated digital color meter continiously measures color in real time as you manually adjust the variable color to insure the displayed color temperature matches the actual light output from the fixture. Many legacy LED lights do not match their color preset buttons, and can often be off by more than 1000 kelvin.

OLD vs NEW: Legacy LED lights without SoftPanels integrated color metering technology can simply be inaccurate, as illustrated below where the control panel says the light is 5500K, but in reality, the light is actually outputting a much bluer 6615K:

Color Indicators and Fixed Presets on conventional LED lights can be off by a thousand Kelvin or more
Color Indicators and Fixed Presets on conventional LED lights can be off by a thousand Kelvin or more

 This lack of color precision greatly increase the time required to fix in post These problems are magnified when you mix multiple legacy LED lights on the same scene [each having a different color temperature], as when colorist attempts to correct for color shift in one portion of the image, other areasof the image go undesirably in the opposite direction [i.e., color crossover due to a mix of imprecise and mismatched legacy LED lighting fixtures].

As compared to conventional LED lights, SoftPanels instead offers a new breakthrough Precise Manual Color Mode with verified color temperature accuracy [using its built-in LED color metering system], where:

SOFTPANELS:  5500ºK DISPLAYED = 5500ºK LIGHT OUTPUT

So the color temperature you see on your new SoftPanels, will actually be color temperature coming out of the light. 

With this new level of control, you can instantly color-match other lights, as well as ambient conditions, thereby enjoying far more color-consistency in both studio and location applications than ever before!

With SoftPanels many innovations, you'll enjoy unprecedented color-precision and control with your lighting.

SOFTPANELS ARE THE SIZE OF YOUR FAVORITE SOFT BOX, BUT MUCH THINNER:

ROAM FREE WITH ON-BOARD BATTERY POWER!

On location, you run wirelessly on batteries with SoftPanels on-board battery plate for fast, on-the-go filming! Importantly, this is something not possible with traditional soft lights, who tie you down with power cables and hard-to-find power outlets.

SOFTPANELS 95 CRI LEDs HAVE EXTENDED RED COLOR-SPECTRUM COVERAGE FOR EVEN BETTER COLOR RENDITION AND SKIN TONES

SoftPanels High-Fidelity LEDs have even and smooth color distribution, especially in the red spectrum as illustrated in the spectral graph [upper right above], allowing SoftPanels to produce great skin tones and achieve high overall color fidelity

WHAT ABOUT PRICING?:

Pricing is a dream come true are at a fraction of the price of the price from other manufacturers! That's like finding the perfect LED light for less than half price... (which is, actually, exactly what you are doing by backing this campaign).

             SoftPanels - Built by Emmy Award Winning Designers

Too good to be true? Not anymore. It's a whole new kind of precision lighting system, at a price which is a fraction of traditional soft lights - The choice is clear.

UPDATE: Own a 3ft x4ft SoftPanel [the “BigBoy”]: We've added a new reward offering for our 3ft x 4ft [90x120cm] at $3,789 – this is truly a great price, as you’d pay over $4,500 for a 1x4 conventional LED soft light that has only one-third the power, and is one-third the size of the Big Boy.

Also by participating in this campaign, you'll be one of the first to own your chosen SoftPanels at a price is less than half of the conventional LED soft lights, and which will be 25% less than SoftPanels future post-Kickstarter price [e.g., after this campaign ends, the 1x2 will be $1600] - so you can simply own one or more at the best possible price now. You could even buy two SoftPanels 1x2 now for less than the price of one conventional soft light.

SOFTPANELS LARGE AND ULTRA-EVEN OUTPUT ARE ALSO GREAT FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS:

SoftPanels bright, ultra-even soft light output also makes them perfect for photographers as ultra thin solid-state softboxes, which can easily be used as the main lighting source for photographing people, or for tabletop product photography.

Such an approach also allows the photographer to use same large cool-running ‘continuous’ light source to shoot both stills and video at the same time [which clients are now requesting more and more]- which is something not possible with conventional strobe lighting. Of equal importance, SoftPanels’ have ultra high light output - including the new 3 ft. x 4 ft. model, with its 600 watts of LED! [equivalent to a 5,000-watt tungsten soft light, yet runs on a standard household power outlet]. SoftPanels thus provides you more than enough light to easily freeze action shots using SoftPanels with action-freezing higher shutter speed [always a problem problem with legacy lights].

Now, photographers can also benefit by viewing and adjusting their soft wrapping lighting in real-time and at full brightness levels, vs. the non real-time and guess work required when lighting with non-continuous strobes.

BONUS- THREE ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES AT NO EXTRA COST

HONEYCOMB LIGHT GRID, GEL FRAME, AND BASIC SOFT CASE ARE ALSO INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA COST:

SoftPanels included Honeycomb Light Grid installed in front of the light
SoftPanels included Honeycomb Light Grid installed in front of the light

SOFTPANELS PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND COMPONENTS

1x2 SOFTPANELS LED soft light [all-in-one design]

  • 1x2 ft [30x60cm] LED Light, including honeycomb grid, gel frame accessories, and soft case
  • Built-in digital LED/ambient Color Meter
  • AUTOCOLOR matching feature
  • SKIN ENHANCE Feature
  • Variable Color: 2700K to 6500K
  • 95 CRI Ultra High Color Fidelity LEDs, with extended red spectrum coverage [for great skin tone rendition]- SEE UPDATE #1 FOR DETAILED LED SPECS.
  • 60,000+ hour LED lamp life
  • Full range ultra smooth 100% to 0 Dimming
  • High light output - equivalent to a 1000w tungsten soft light - 2900 lux/269 FC at 4ft [.8m] - with broad light dispersion/coverage
  • Absolutely silent operation [no fan]
  • Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
  • 100 Watts - Runs on AC or one high-current Battery [chose either V-mount or Gold integrated battery mounting plate]
  • Universal AC input 90-260 volts
  • Very energy efficient, less than 1A, 120VAC
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs  [7.5 kg]  [all-in-one - no separate ballast]
  • 20 ft. AC Power Cord - choose USA, UK, or Euro plug [or bare wire]
  • Light mounts in both Vertical or Horizontal position
  • DMX built into every light for remote control of color and dimming
  • Soft wrap around light quality  - great for HD imagery

2x3 LED SOFTPANELS  [all-in-one design]

  • 2x3 ft [60x90cm] LED Light, including honeycomb grid, gel frame accessories, and soft case
  • Built-in digital LED/ambient Color Meter
  • AUTOCOLOR matching feature
  • SKIN ENHANCE Feature
  • Variable Color: 2700K to 6500K
  • 95 CRI Ultra High Color Fidelity LEDs, with extended red spectrum coverage [for great skin tone rendition] - SEE UPDATE #1 FOR DETAILED LED SPECS.
  • 60,000+ hour LED lamp life
  • Full range ultra smooth 100% to 0 Dimming
  • High light output - equivalent to a 3000w tungsten soft light - 5500 lux/510 FC at 4ft [.8m] - with broad light dispersion/coverage
  • Absolutely silent operation [no fan]
  • 300 Watts - Runs on AC or two high-current Battery [chose either V-mount or Gold integrated battery mounting plates]
  • Universal AC input 90-260 volts
  • Very energy efficient, less than 3A, 120VAC
  • Weight: 30.3 lbs [13.8 kg] [all-in-one - no separate ballast]
  • Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
  • 20 ft. AC Power Cord - choose USA, UK, or Euro plug [or bare wire]
  • Light mounts in both Vertical or Horizontal position DMX built into every light for remote control of color and dimming
  • Soft wrap around light quality - great for HD imagery

3x4 LED SOFTPANELS  [all-in-one design]

  • 3x4 ft [90x120cm] LED Light, including honeycomb grid, gel frame, and soft case
  • Built-in digital LED/ambient Color Meter
  • AUTOCOLOR matching feature
  • SKIN ENHANCE Feature
  • Variable Color: 2700K to 6500K
  • 95 CRI Ultra High Color Fidelity LEDs, with extended red spectrum coverage [for great skin tone rendition]- SEE UPDATE #1 FOR DETAILED LED SPECS.
  • 60,000+ hour LED lamp life
  • Full range ultra smooth 100% to 0 Dimming
  • High light output - equivalent to a 5000w tungsten soft light [7500 lux/700 FC at 4ft [.8m] - with very broad light dispersion/coverage
  • Absolutely silent operation [no fan]
  • 600 Watts - Runs on AC
  • Universal AC input 90-260 volts
  • Very energy efficient, less than 6A, 120VAC
  • Weight: 45.5 lbs [20.7 kg] [all-in-one - no separate ballast]
  • Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
  • 20 ft. AC Power Cord - choose USA, UK, or Euro plug
  • Light mounts in both Vertical or Horizontal position
  • DMX built into every light for remote control of color and dimming
  • Soft wrap around light quality - great for HD imagery

In addition to that, with each SoftPanels backer level that includes a light, you'll be getting our custom grey/white balance card. The SoftPanels grey/white balance card is perfect for further speeding up your precise color post-production workflow.

We Need You!

Remember, we need to raise the full amount of $30,000 by the close of this campaign to complete the final tooling and initial production run of your SoftPanels.

By backing this campaign, you will receive the latest technology and innovations in LED lighting for film and photography backed by years of industry leading experience at an unheard of price.

                                       Prices $1195-$3,789 [before the early backer discount]

Choose your backer reward now!

Check the Kickstarter rewards to see what SoftPanels LED light (or lights!) will work best for you. We can only complete this goal with your help. In addition, members of the Original Backers Club will receive additional discounts on all future products - It's our way of showing that your support is greatly appreciated!

With the SoftPanels™ LED lights, we've combined brilliant engineering, with exacting production standards, and expert film industry experience to bring you a REAL solution, with highly innovative features like AutoColor, Skin Tone enhancement, and Precise Manual Color modes.

 

Risks and challenges

With many years of experience in bringing tens and tens of thousands of LED lighting fixtures to the Cine/Video/Photo industry the risks are relatively low.

But of course each project carries some inherent risks. Whether it be a slight delay in delivery time due to a late arrival of a component, or a need to further tweak the tooling a bit, rest assured that with our vast experience and contacts, the new advanced SoftPanels light that you order is EXACTLY what you'll be getting.

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    NEW OFFER! GET TWO 1x2 PACKAGE - SUPER EARLY BIRD COMBO SPECIAL: Yes, you can own TWO SoftPanels 1x2 LED lighting fixtures for less than the price of buying one conventional LED soft light. This pledge gives you an ADDITIONAL $115 off the already discounted single-unit Super Early Bird Special above.

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    NEW OFFER! BACKER APPRECIATION FINAL WEEK OFFER - 1x2 + 2x3 COMBO PACKAGE - Yes, you can own ONE 1x2 SoftPanels AND ONE 2x3 SoftPanels. This pledge saves you several hundred of dollars! and you'll own a great lighting combination.

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    NEW OFFER! BACKER APPRECIATION FINAL WEEK OFFER - Own the 3ft x 4ft BIGBOY, [90x120cm] for $3,789 – this is truly a great price, as you’d pay over $4,500 for a 1x4 conventional LED soft light that has only one-third the power, and is one-third the size of the Big Boy.

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