One particularly exciting aspect of the meter is the fact that it is app-driven, which allows for a lot of possibilities in the future. For instance, by tying the app from illuminati to the app from Hive Lighting, you could potentially do a day exterior shoot where your key light automatically adjusted its kelvin balance and brightness to match the background. Or you could sync it to a camera through an app like FoolControl to automatically adjust your daylight balance every time you hit record.
Since the meter is Bluetooth, its range is limited, and it would be complicated to set up some sort of Bluetooth repeater or hub, even if that were possible. The range in limitation won’t be a problem on a small set, but on a big day exterior when you might be wandering around hundreds of feet taking readings, you’ll lose connection quickly. As a Bluetooth tool, this really makes the most sense on small to medium stages and controlled outdoor shoots. However, when within range, the ability to have a meter on standby to alert you to changes is very useful.
For instance, when doing a green screen shoot, there is a constant worry that your foreground lighting will spill onto the green and mess up your green screen key. By mounting an Illuminati to the green screen (where it could potentially even serve as a tracker marker), you’ll be able to see immediately if any of your foreground lighting affects your green. You could potentially even set it up for your wristwatch to alert you the moment you need to set another flag on your foreground light to keep it off the screen.
While the Illiuminati isn’t likely to become your primary, single meter, it does make a great addition to your kit, for small productions all the way up to the biggest ones. Gathering more data, faster, without having to run around, is going to help you make better decisions on set, more quickly, and more precisely, and that is well worth the cost.
The Illuminati Kickstarter is already fully funded, and as they are imaging industry veterans with a working prototype, we feel confident that they’ll be able to deliver, so check out the Kickstarter now to lock in pre-release pricing.
- New way of thinking about light metering
- You’ll likely buy multiple units to work with a single home base
- Spring loaded meter dome will prevent accidental damage
- Limited Bluetooth range is the major limitation