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Michael Hurwicz
Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:31:52 am

I'm considering using two Interfit Super Cool-lite 5's (fluorescent floods with softboxes) to light a greenscreen.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/500422-REG/Interfit_INT117_Super_Cool...

Reading the reviews on the B&H site, one customer says:

"The only drawbacks to this type of fluorescent lighting is that wide shots are basically impossible to light. This kit needs to be pretty close to your subject in order to get proper lighting."

I'm working with a 15x15 greenscreen in a fairly small space, so I expect lighting the greenscreen to be challenging anyway and don't want to add to my troubles with lighting that really only works close up. But then again I don't really know what the reviewer means by "wide" or "pretty close."

Does anyone know how well suited this particular product is for lighting a greenscreen? Any reason to think it would be better or worse for that application than similar products?

Finally, I am open to suggestions for alternatives (under $500).

Thanks!

Mike


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Rick Wise
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Mar 30, 2013 at 6:26:28 pm

I bought a slightly earlier version of the Cool-Lit 9 for a very low-budget project. It's OK, has a decided green spike that you need to gel out with 1/4 minus green for normal applications, but for green-screen that's no problem.

Rather then get the 5-light version with a soft box, I'd go for two of the 9's, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569816-REG/Interfit_INT216_Super_Cool.... The heads are heavy. You need a beefy light stand for each. If you end up having too much light, then you can progressively switch off some of the lights.

However, working with a 15'x15' screen in a tight space is going to cause you a lot of trouble. I suspect the 9-lites backed off as much as possible might get you there but it will be tight all around. You will have trouble both lighting the screen evenly and keeping the lights for the screen off your foreground. Perhaps you can make it all work.... hope so.

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Michael Hurwicz
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Mar 31, 2013 at 3:40:13 am

Thanks, Rick. I think I will go with a pair of 9's, as you suggest:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569815-REG/Interfit_INT217_Super_Cool...

I'm also thinking I should get some 1/4 minus green gels so I could use the lights for normal applications, too, if the occasion arose.

How would you attach the gels to something like this? Is there a way to do the job with a 20" x 24" gel? Or maybe you need two sheets held together with clear tape and clipped to the outside of the octobox?


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Rick Wise
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Mar 31, 2013 at 7:40:43 pm

I'm not sure with your model. I jury-rigged some small Lowel clip-on barndoors to hold a piece of flexible bamboo I bent into the right size circle, to which I stapled both light diffusion and 1/4 minus green. Not a great solution since the rig looks pretty micky-mouse and likely to not stay in place. But the bulbs need to breathe, so you need to leave an air gap. For my simple gig this do-it-yourself system worked OK, just as the light works OK. I wouldn't buy it again unless I was really, really pressed for cash -- which you are.

I'd suggest you look at the light after it arrives and then start thinking about how you might rig the 1/4 minus green. For your green screen you obviously don't need the color correction.

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Michael Hurwicz
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:26:44 am

Thanks again, Rick. I really appreciate getting the benefit of your experience!


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Todd Terry
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 4:22:39 am

[Rick Wise] "I jury-rigged some small Lowel clip-on barndoors to hold a piece of flexible bamboo I bent into the right size circle..."

I've done that too, Rick... but I'm lazier than you and didn't build that from scratch myself.

At Hobby Lobby (or similar stores) you can find bamboo hoops made for embroidery work in various sizes, from tiny to pretty big. I've bought several of them and used them to hold gels inside softboxes and some other rigging as well... and since they are a ring-locking-within-a-ring you can just sandwich gel in them. Best of all, they are so cheap they are practically free...

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/10-embroidery-hoop-642231/

T2

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Todd Terry
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Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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Mark Suszko
Re: Interfit Super Cool-lite 5 to light greenscreen?
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:30:38 pm

magnets?


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