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08-19-2008, 05:39 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Broncolor 1200W HMI? I just bought one from ebay. It puts out a lot of light, unfortunately, it's way too noisy to record sound anywhere near.
Anyone know how to quiet the light down? It sounds like an industrial mercury vapor lamp.
08-19-2008, 10:21 PM
Get an electronic ballast?
I'm assuming there's no "Normal / Flicker Free" switch - also know as the "Normal / Noisy" switch. Flicker free is only for off-speed filming. (ie 24, 23.98, 25, 29.97 should be fine on normal.
08-20-2008, 06:38 AM
There is a normal and a "flicker free" switch. The head is still noisy in the normal mode. If I use the dimmer knob I can lose a lot of the noise, but I also lose a lot of the light.
08-20-2008, 08:10 AM
oh you bought that...hmm.. I was looking at that... however I've been pretty happy with my cool lights HMIs they're relatively quiet. Man I did wonder how much of a bargain that was.. I was watching it for sure.
08-20-2008, 08:58 AM
I've got a call in to Broncolor and see what they say. I'll post what I find out. One thing I CAN say is that this light sure beats lugging around the Desisti Mag ballasts I've been using!
08-20-2008, 02:44 PM
The Broncolor is a bit more loud with "head noise" than our hot restart version electronic ballast.
08-23-2008, 04:54 AM
I had Broncolor also, I couldn't use it in a tight space; I returned it.
08-23-2008, 07:38 AM
Kenn, I hope you will forgive me for the slight detour ahead...
Hey Richard, I've been monitoring DVX User for any reviews on your 1200W HMI, but still no word I can find. Do you know of any published anywhere yet? I'm also looking forward to the arrival of your 575W par on the slow boat from China in a month or so.
By the way, I just returned from a three-day tour in a private six-passenger aircraft for a political video/spot with your three location flouros and 150W CDM and was very happy with how they performed.
I was thankful that I had what I needed and could still get the plane off the runways in some small rural communities. And I was also thankful that I had the light I needed without baking the subjects to a crisp and raising temps on set the way tungsten instruments would have, especially in mid-August.
08-29-2008, 10:33 PM
Thanks for your comments. Ｉjust sent you an email.