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Creamsource Vortex8 – Interview with CEO Tama Berkeljon

December 23rd, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 2

In this interview, we had the chance to talk with the CEO of Creamsource, Tama Berkeljon, about its latest 2×1′ RGBW waterproof LED light: the Creamsource Vortex8. Let’s learn more about this exciting fixture for cinema applications!

The Creamsource Vortex8 is a 2×1′ RGBW waterproof LED fixture that was announced back in July 2020. We had the opportunity to speak with Creamsource CEO Tama Berkeljon to get to know this light source a little better.

In this in-depth interview we learn about the light itself, the company behind it and the quite unique features of the Vortex8.

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Creamsource Vortex8 features

In order to get you started, here is a short sum-up of the Creamsource Vortex8 features:

  • Size: 2×1′ (60.96 x 30.48 cm).
  • The Vortex8 is an RGBW system with CCT ranging from 2200K to 15000K. Also, thanks to the full RGBW spectrum LEDs, you have complete control over hue/saturation parameters.
  • You can dim the Vortex8 from 0 to 100%, and it has a CRI/TLCI of 95.
  • The light features an array of 512 LEDs in 128 groups. There is a series of SPOT lenses in front of the LEDs, which result in a tight beam angle of 20°.
  • It is a bright fixture at 650W with an output (at one meter/3.3′) of 73.500 lux at 6500K and 68.200 lux at 3200K. According to Creamsource, it has a light output “equivalent some 1200W HMI systems.”
Image credit: Creamsource
  • The Creamsource Vortex8 is IP65 rated, and there are three variable-speed fans that are rated at IP67 to protect the internal electronics from moisture and keep the light cool.
  • The power supply is built-in inside the light, so no need for a separate ballast. To power it, it uses a powerCON cable and connector.
  • In terms of connectivity,  you have access to a built-in LumenRadio TimoTwo, Ethernet, Bluetooth, 5-pin DMX, Wi-Fi, USB Type-A, and a Creamsource Accessory port.
Image credit: Creamsource

During this conversation with Tama Berkeljon, we learned more about the light itself, how it is constructed, and even get an impressive demo of the waterproofing!

Price and availability

While the Creamsource Vortex8 is an incredibly well-made light with tons of features, it is aimed mainly at rental houses with a price of $4,999.

However, while it can seem like a lot of money, the main competitors of the Vortex8 are fixtures like the Arri SkyPanel S60 that retails for $6,550, or the Rotolight Titan X2 – that we talked about here – that costs $4,699.

What do you think about the Creamsource Vortex8? Do you think it would be a good light for you on some projects? Do you consider trying it on a shoot? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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