WATCH: Every Lighting Solution from NAB 2016

Our NAB coverage this year was certainly illuminating.

We pumped out 106 videos for you this year at NAB 2016, there were 70 up on YouTube with accompanying articles in the first four days alone. As a reader, we understand this must've been a little overwhelming. To make things a little easier for you to digest, we're breaking our content down by category.

Is it possible that, in terms of technology, lighting products have made the greatest leap from 2015-2016 out of any of the major gear divisions? We saw ARRI release a firmware update that completely eradicates the need for gels, a massive 10k fresnel LED that can plug simply into any standard household outlet and a tiny light ring capable of making green screens obsolete.

Below is a list of all our lighting videos and articles from NAB or, alternatively, just click play on the playlist up top and let it ride.

No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2016 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Shutterstock, and Blackmagic Design.

No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2016 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Shutterstock, and Blackmagic Design.

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There were only 14 lighting solutions at NAB?

May 13, 2016 at 6:52AM

Joe O

-ahem- "And there is no new thing under the sun" -Ecclesiastes 1:19. This idea of using retroreflection for bluescreen happened in (if memory serves) the 1980s, using screens made with 3M retroreflective material. Essentially an ultra-simplified application of the venerable technique of front-screen projection, simply using monochromatic light instead of background plates. If you do a little research, you can find an American Cinematographer article on the Blue Max process screen, which employed this exact core principle. The LED technology is new, of course - but the concept has been around for nearly a third of a century.

May 13, 2016 at 7:48AM

Rick Garbutt
Unit DoP / Film school instructor

I was very interested in the reflective green screen solution. However, after some research It shows some major flaws:
1. The screen is extremely expensive, at least 10X the price of a regular green screen. Plus the LED ring is 300-1000 depending on the size.
2. In the demonstration, the character is purposely positioned very near the screen, to show the ability to eliminate the color contamination. Actually it is also to cover its natural flaw: you can't be too far from the screen, otherwise there will be big blurry shadows on the screen, due to the people obstructing the light emitted from the LED ring. This will result issues with clean contour extraction.

No wonder why this technology is still not popular, since it's only suitable for certain environment like news anchors.

May 14, 2016 at 1:15PM

Sha Zhu