The Creamsource CreamTeam will be in full force at Cine Gear Expo New York to demonstrate the latest Creamsource technologies including Vortex8, Vortex4, SpaceX, LNX and CreamOS. Visit booth 221 and discover the new LNX Mounting System and how you can connect as few as two units or a large array of Vortexes together. The only limit is the ability to lift the rig.⁠ ⁠ Plus, learn how to get creative with the enhanced lighting effects using FrameSync on the Vortex Series. ⁠ ⁠

Visitors to Cine Gear will have the chance to win a Vortex4⁠. Simply take part in the FrameSync demo and you could win a Vortex4 with Dome and Flashbandit. To enter, stop by booth 221 to find out more.⁠

Creamsource Standardizes LED Rigging with LNX

Designed to safely streamline rigging and cabling for Vortex series LEDs, LNX ushers in a new era of efficiency and convenience for Rigging Gaffers

Creamsource, developers of artisan-quality cinema lighting, today introduced LNX (pronounced Lynx), an entirely new rigging system for its Vortex series LED fixtures. Designed to bring consistency and cohesiveness to a historically disordered aspect of lighting, LNX simplifies rigging and cabling with a series of purpose-built clamps and pins for the Vortex Series. LNX enables Rigging crews to quickly assemble uniform/aligned arrays of Vortex fixtures with minimal gap between units with multiple latches and auto-locking features that ensure the safety of operators and anyone under the rig at all times. Designed to withstand heavy usage, relocation, high levels of vibration and wind loading, the system is a perfect complement to Vortex series fixtures which are known for their durability and flexibility.


“Rigging presents crews with differing, unique challenges every day,” says Creamsource CEO Tama Berkeljon. “For all the improvements in hardware and software over the last several decades, Rigging Gaffers have had to take a hodgepodge approach to rigging multiple fixtures, relying on their own ingenuity and creative solutions to get up and running. With LNX, we’re streamlining and standardizing that process among all Vortex fixtures so that Rigging Gaffers can rig quickly and safely while focusing on the creative aspects of lighting.”

All current Vortex8 owners are eligible to receive a free hardware upgrade to equip their fixtures with the LNX system via an authorized Creamsource service center. Additional information on the Vortex8 upgrade program can be found here.

Pricing & Availability

LNX Kits are now shipping

Creamsource introduces the all-new FrameSync function which enables creative effects for directors, DPs and gaffers

CreamOS 1.2.0 firmware for its Vortex8 650W high-power 2’x1’ and Vortex4 325w 1×1 LED fixtures includes several improvements for usability, stability, and performance including sACN: DMX control over ethernet, and introduces FrameSync, an innovation that enables enhanced effects and creative applications.

With FrameSync, the Vortex Series can be triggered from an external source, such as a sync generator (e.g. Ambient Lockit ACN-CL), or the genlock output of a cinema camera, to ensure that it is synchronised with the camera shutter. This is especially useful when using effects such as strobe, where a lack of synchronisation between the camera and the lights can cause issues like frame tearing and flash banding. This feature alleviates the problem that most digital CMOS cameras can have with any flashing or strobing light source. It can also be used for frame-accurate strobing for advanced special effects, for frame rates up to 5,000fps.

Shoot Multiple, Differently-Lit Scenes at Once for Dramatic Creative Effects

Using FrameSync, users can set up a group of synchronised lights, an individual light, or a sub- group of lights, and can run a sequence of pre-programmed changes. For example, a light to the left of the talent can be set to red for every second frame, and a light to the right of the talent can be set to blue for every other frame. With CreamOS 1.2.0, there is effectively no limit to the number of fixtures that can be synchronised at the same time.

BEHIND THE SCENES: FrameSync In-Camera Music Video Effects

What this means in practice is that if you shoot at a higher than normal frame rate and then edit for a lower frame rate, there will be spare frames in the sequence. You could, for example, drop all the blue frames and the scene would look red. Drop the red ones and it would look blue. So for exactly the same scene, you can shoot two versions: a red one and a blue one – but at the same time. Then, you can use the two creatively – even blending multiple individual framestreams in post production. Because it’s all created in-camera, the colours are rich and fully-saturated.

FrameSync on Vortex8 has the most creative latitude when paired with a high speed camera such as the Phantom Flex 4K. With more frames, there are more options and combinations possible for creative lighting effects. Creamsource says that while their patent pending technology is already extremely useful in its current rendition, there’s a lot more coming in terms of expanded tools and functionality in the future on their FrameSync Platform.

 Industry-Unique Five Year Registered Warranty

To demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction, Creamsource offers an extended five-year registered warranty on all fixtures. Customers need only to register their products within six months of purchase and Creamsource will be in touch to approve the extended warranty.

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Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.