I had a chance to shoot a prototype/experimental video light product. This video light produces about 38,000 lumens and had a FLASH FUNCTION! It could put it in Flash Mode and used like any strobe in Manual Mode! So you could approach a setting with the Video Light Heads "off" but then fire them just like a strobe, no pause, no waiting for them to "power up".
Experimental video light with two 19,000 lumen light heads, Olympus OMD-EM-5, Lumix 8mm 3.5 fisheye lens, Nauticam housing and 4.33” port and a pair of Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes for comparison. The Sea & Sea strobes were attached alongside the video light heads with a triple clamp.. The video light had a battery pack and two power cords running to the light heads.
- Visibility about 10ft
- Camera set for stills and settings kept same for both video light and Sea & Sea YS-D1s
- Camera White Balance set to 5500 degrees
- Video lights were set to a very warm temperature for video shooting vs. the very white light of the Sea & Sea YS-D1s
General premise was to use the video lights in their “Flash Mode” in the same manner as using a pair of strobes. Settings were to compare power of the strobes not to get perfect exposures.
The Video Lights on Full are on par with the Sea & Sea YS-D1s on a power setting of 0.7 (according to their dial) or just over ½ power.
A very non-scientific judgment would put 38,000 lumens on par with a Guide Number 20 strobe for wide angle or CFWA shooting.
Maybe a lighting system that can do it all is not too far off in the future.
S&S Strobe YS-D1 @ ½ Power, 1/125, f6.3, ISO 400
Video Light at Full, 1/125, f6.3, ISO400
S&S Strobe YS-D1 @ Full power, 1/125, f6.3, ISO 400
S&S Strobe YS-D1 @ 1/2 power, 1/125, f6.3, ISO 400
Video Light Full Power, 1/125, f6.3, ISO 400