From blockbuster franchise movies in Hollywood to emerging production centers around the world such as Atlanta, Eastern Europe and China, Kino Flo lighting has played a starring role in production lighting for the motion picture, television, TV broadcast, and photography communities. Kino Flo has earned an Academy Award for technical achievement and continues to advance the art and science of soft lighting with a ground-breaking family of LED based lighting systems.
Gaffer Frieder Hochheim and best boy Gary Swink start Kino Flo after inventing a fixture for the comedy drama Barfly that was small enough to tuck into little alcoves in a bar location, without getting hot and causing damage
4Bank makes its debut, as well as the high frequency ballast, giving lights greater intensity and eliminating flicker commonly found in off-the-shelf fluorescent tubes
Kino Flo has developed a line of LED portable systems with the same award-winning elements as the 4Bank, but with Kino Flo designed LEDs and Kino Flo programmed light controllers. The FreeStyle Tube Systems can be dismantled and assembled quickly to adapt to changing production challenges. The four basic components, an LED controller, head cable (25ft), modular fixture head and removable mounting system have been advanced with LED technology.
Kino Flo makes another leap forward in color management firmware and color rendering. The company is pioneering a new generation of LED softlights that include camera look-up tables for harmonizing. Kino Flo lighting with cinema cameras and a suite of upgradable color and special effects features via Kino Flo’s proprietary True Match® firmware that are pushing the color space to new artistic levels. Like the great European art masters of old, cinematographers can select and mix their own LED “pigments” to control the look of their image.