Best Video Lighting Kit? — Fovitec StudioPRO Bi Color LED Pannels Review

Best Video Lighting Kit? — Fovitec StudioPRO Bi Color LED Pannels Review


– So in this video I’m gonna review the Fovitec StudioPRO Bi Color LED panels and shoot some test footage, comin’ up. (chill techno music)
(camera shutter clicking) Hey what’s up guys? Sean here with THiNK Media TV, helping you go further faster in media. And on this channel we do
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consider subscribing. And hey, at any point during this video, I’ll list out all of the show notes and links and details of
everything I talk about in this video in the YouTube description. Let’s jump into the review. So I’ve been looking for and
researching LED light kits for quite a while now,
looking for really the best budget LED light kit,
specifically for the studio that I’ve been building out for
videos that is behind me. And I’ve used some battery
power like mini LED lights, and I’ve hacked some
different things together, but I wanted to kinda jump
into a good lighting kit that is more of an investment but
that doesn’t break the bank. Now what’s interesting is
a lot of LED lighting kits at this level, I go to NAB, I go to CES, which is the Consumer Electronic Show and a broadcast show here in Las Vegas, they are a lot of times 1,000
dollars or 2,000 dollars to get this level of LED light kit. So I’ve been researching
and I was super excited when I was able to come across the Fovitec StudioPRO Bi
Color Lights on Amazon. So let’s jump into the features of these lights specifically and
have a look at them. So one of the cool things
about this light kit is that it is a kit, so this
comes with two lights and it comes with accessories and
we’ll go through them all. Everything is available separately, but you even get a better
deal when you get in the kit. So the first thing that you have is the LED lights themselves, and these are 600 bulb lights. And so that means there’s actually 600 of these LED lights
inside of the light panel. In addition to the light,
you get the barndoors, you get the light
stands, which are on here and you can see the other light over here. You get a power cable. You can also put, it
doesn’t come with batteries, but you can get Sony V-lock batteries and use these portable with battery power. These are the bicolor ones, we’ll talk about that more in a second, with two different nobs to
do 3,200 Kelvin lighting, as well as 5,600 Kelvin
lighting, on and off button. And then you also get a
travel case so you can just pack these up and you can
take them on the road. And you also get some diffusion plates. Right now on there is kind of just like a clear plate and you can swap that out and this one diffuses
it a little bit more. Now first of all, why LED lights? A couple reason why I wanted to use these in my studio here is
number one, LED lights, they put out a lot of light,
they are extremely low heat. I’ve been doing video production
for almost 15 years now, we used to use these halogen lights that would literally just make you sweat. And then they’re also low power, and back in the day when we
were using those halogens, we would blow breakers,
especially if we shot at home or were shooting YouTube videos. And so you can plug a ton of
these into one power strip or one outlet and you’re
good as far as power goes. And then one thing to look
into which is great about these Fovitec lights, is that
the CRI is greater than 90. And that’s just something
you should always research when you’re
looking at LED lights, ’cause that’s the color rending index. And what that just means is that on video, when you use this
lighting to light subjects or light objects, it’s
how accurate the color is gonna be when it lights those objects. So lower quality LED lights
are gonna have a lower CRI. The second thing for me was
that these are great for travel. A lot of times we’ll jump in
the car, we’ll do LA tour, we’ll do these different things, and very easily throwing these in the bag and having some light stands, you can take these on the road
with you, even fly with them. So having a portable kit that’s great for a permanent set up studio, but that I can also take with me, was a huge point. And then as far as what you
can practically use these for, a lot of people will use these
for shooting music videos, they’ll use them for shooting interviews and a lot of professional
video production work. For me, they’re for YouTube videos. I wanted something that’s
gonna be solid, consistent, as I move into cranking out
videos with this setup here, with this kind of studio
that I wanna build out, this was like the perfect kit for that. Next, I was looking
for bicolor LED lights, and so let’s talk about what that means. I was kind of on the search for what is the best bicolor LED lights. At NAB this year I was looking
around from booth to booth, and I wanted to find something that was quality that wouldn’t break the bank. So what’s really cool about these is they’re totally flicker-free,
the LED quality, the quality of the light is really good. But what bicolor means
is that half of the bulbs on these particular
lights are 5,600 Kelvin, which means the color temperature is very similar to outside daylight sunlight. So actually during the day, I have natural lighting around the house, so I would use that color temperature in combination with daylight or even outside to match up with that. The 3,200 is gonna be more of that amber, kind of more of an orange
hue lighting that’s actually perfect for matching
with your house lights. So if I turn the lights in this room, if it goes pitch black and
I turn on our house lights, then the amber lighting
is perfect for that. If you get other light panels, they do have the 600 panel
that is 56 across the board, it’s not variable at all. You can slide in an
amber color temperature filter so that you could match
it with those amber lights, but what I wanted was I
wanted the flexibility to be able to move into those
different lighting settings. And then what you can do is you can do a combination of both. So if you turn on 5,600
Kelvin and then you add in the 3,200, then you’re
gonna be kind of in the mix. So on a Canon 70D, you could
set the white balance with, one second, a gray card like this. And so you could always set
the white balance there, or your auto white balance,
or you can actually set it to the exact Kelvin setting. But what’s cool about this is
I also will sometimes combine these with a ring light, which
happens to be 5,400 Kelvin. If this is too much
math for you, I’m sorry, but I think some of these tips
are actually pretty helpful. This is 56, so if you add
in a little bit of the 32, then you could bring that
down and then have it match with those ring lights that I use as well. So specifically, I wanted
to get bicolor lights and I like them for that flexibility. And then the last thing
that I love about this kit is that it’s just super easy to use. Basically just came in
the mail, opened it up, put them on the light
stands, and it was ready to just flip the switch
on and start shooting, and so that’s super cool. Okay, so as far as the cost for this kit, the bicolor set where you get two lights and the travel pack and the
barndoors and everything, that comes in at right
about 480 dollars U.S. And then the non bicolor
set that is all 600 bulbs are 5,600 K, that comes
in at 450 dollars U.S. So again, pretty crazy. I mean, I really was like
scouring all of NAB this year, trying to find a deal this
good, this well-built, a kit that was this dependable that was also this affordable. So it might be a stretch
for some, but this is a kit that I’m gonna use for
years that’s gonna help me produce the next 100
to 500 YouTube videos. And so if it’s the right time, this would definitely be a kit worth looking into for whatever kind of content you want to create. Alright, are you ready? Let’s go check out some test footage. Okay, so I’m just kinda getting
used to these right now, but my first impressions
are this is a lot more light than I’ve ever had
before, which is awesome. I actually have the aperture
set to 6.3 on the camera, ISO at 200, and so there is more than enough light to light the set here. And I’m also gonna definitely still work on the adjustments,
and so I’d love to hear from you how it looks
in the comments below. But I’m gonna work on where
the light placement is as I continue to sort of build this out. But definitely my first
impressions is the set is lit. Okay, so as far as my
final thoughts and kinda first impressions,
actually I’ve been using these lights for a couple weeks now, but I think that they’re solid. I mean, this is such a great kit. You also can definitely,
even just one of these LED panels could make a big
difference in YouTube videos. But I think the kit is
an incredible value, love the bicolor and
excited because right now it’s daylight behind me and that’s working as far as this window light behind me. But you know, I shoot at all times, sometimes I shoot in
the middle of the night, so having that flexibility
of color temperature to match the house
lights is super valuable. And then I also love the fact
that they are continuous. I was shooting on some
battery power lights, so as I would shooting here,
sometimes I would forget when these battery powered
LED lights would just turn off and all the sudden half
of the scene was dark. So I am pumped to crank out some major YouTube content with this light kit. Questions of the day, what lights are you current using for your YouTube videos? Let me know in the description below and remember that some of the best tips and recommendations comes from you, the THiNK Media TV community. So make sure to connect with everybody in the comments section. Thanks so much for
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100 thoughts on “Best Video Lighting Kit? — Fovitec StudioPRO Bi Color LED Pannels Review

  1. I actually don't have enough money to buy better lights but I am saving up. Currently I just use a standard lamp with some ambient lighting, but it's not 100% great since I don't have much control over how things look. I am saving up either for a ring light or panel lights, but I'd prefer to get LED loghting since they last longer, use less power and look better. Again, something for me to save up for

  2. Great review but how about the Yongnuo YN300-III? They're great. Bi-colour, really bright and they're very cheap in comparison. Great build quality too! Only drawback: 300 LEDs but seriously, really really good for the price.

  3. do you happen to know of any like this thats good for travel especially for someone that does lowlight on location i.e. events such as weddings

  4. Hi, Nice work. What would you recommend for a 3 light setup using a background cloth? I'm going to shoot instructional videos and need to light someone standing with either a green screen or white background (not a set like your setup). I'm looking at the 3000 watt, 3 light softbox kits vs LED. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

  5. Hey great video! These looks great for studio lights. Do you think these lights would be bright enough to light up a dance floor for reception coverage at a wedding? thanks man love your channel.

  6. I'm currently using the IKAN 500 (two of them) and one IKAN 1000 as my full set fill (for the front of our bar, as it was a bit dark on the labels of the bottles). My biggest issue is the lack of depth to the light, my old halogens (may they rest in piece) threw light so much further. The LED's definitely have to be right up on your grill 🙂

  7. Sean!! Question: I wear glasses and I've been digging in your channel (already subscribed lol) looking for ways to not have so much light reflection and still get quality lighting for my shots. Suggestions?

  8. I would lower the panels a bit. The way they're set up now, there are quite harsh shadows in your eye sockets and below your chin. The light seems harsher than your ring light. Just my 2 cents.

  9. Looking for a lighting kit, LED…just using some old school tungsten bulbs now…those ones that blow the circuit 😉

    Like this kit, I'm up in Canada though so shipping from Amazon.com is usually an issue…might not be able to help you out with the commission.

  10. Yongnuo YN300 video lighting is a lot cheaper than this… But they don't come with the stands though. I imagine you could just buy that separately and end up spending half the amount. The Yongnuo set also comes with the battery instead of a power cable… Pretty odd if you ask me but it works.

  11. I don't like the fact that you are next to a very wide lens, you keep moving around so you are disorted and changing sizes all the time. Great video content, though

  12. Great video, just one thing to add:

    Angles look better, so a straight up shot against a wall isn't the best. Even a slight angle against a background adds "depth." Keep 'em coming 🙂

  13. I usually use the sun for light, actually! Run-n-gun indie promo work doesn't leave much room, time, or hands for extra lights.

  14. My setup 2 YN 300-III and 2 CN-160s for motivational lights if necessary.. both YN300s are remote controlled from app or remote control device grouped on 2 different channels each. All stands are Neewer. I have 2 FNP-750 as backups just in case ( the YNs use 1 each) and a 16 pack AAs in stand by… for the CN-160… but mostly all of them are run in AC adapters.
    Everything fits in a backpack and the stands in a small tote bag. Very portable.

  15. Hey thanks for the vid most helpful. Do you think This lights will be good enough for slow motion video specifically with flickering issues i couldn't find much info regarding that issue. Thanks in advance

  16. I read thousands of reviews, finally ended up buying Neewer CN-304 and tried it at home. It was amazing, seriously, extremely bright (too much maybe!!) and it's not expensive. It won reviews thanks to it's ability to be plugged apart from using batteries and portable sony batteries, which gives the light a big advantage. I recommend it for dslr video filmmakers

  17. I'm just about to start producing weekly videos, I have no prior experience in photography or video making, in fact I'm a model, so quite the opposite perspective. My point is, I watch a lot of your videos to help make decisions and also for general info/techniques and you have genuinely helped me go "further faster" and I thank you!

  18. Hey thanks for the detailed review. Do you think if I wanted to light a white background, these would work well? I need to shoot on a white background and light my face at the same time. Thanks!

  19. Hey man great video,

    I have a question for you and whoever will be able to answer, but is it a photo/video faux pas to use different forms of lighting. For example could I use an LED and umbrellas in the same video? just wondering.

  20. Really nice video. I am in the process of buying lights just like this and it came in very handy. Question: How to these compare with the lights that allow a digital adjustment, such as CAME TV?

  21. I was sold until I read PeglegMedia's comment. Can you respond? Also, are these usable for outdoor shooting as well? Thanks!

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  23. I noticed that someone else commented that the ring light is unavailable. Can't seen to find if any one else has suggested an alternative to the Halo LED Ring Light. Can anyone make such a recommendation?

  24. I use umbrella and daylight bulbs from canadian studios. before that, all I had was some cheap led lights that were unmovable.

  25. I was watching this review and once he turned the light I saw a Magenta Cast. Sorry for video these lights will be awful.

  26. Would people recommend the bicolor yongnuo yn300 iii? Or maybe the unicolor one? I was thinking I could buy two and get a stand kit and soft boxes with them. Is the bicolor bright enough?

  27. Other than speed of set up, why not just get the brighter full color 600 bulb, all on, 5500K light? Wouldn't that be a brighter light at 5500k than having half of them actually be mixing at 3200K?

  28. wow and again someone who doesnt know anything about led lights…when you think you are such a pro, why is your face green and the background magenta? dont recommend stuff when you dont know anything about it! all the lights you are using have a color fault obviously. the only cheap leds without color fault are those from aputure. the cri is pretty good with these. but your lights are definitely garbage.

  29. Love your stuff. We're torn on whether to go with the bi-color or the non-bi-color. What's the difference between going with the bi-color vs. non-bi-color with the orange diffuser?

  30. BOI I JUST BROUGHT A LED LIGHTING STAND WITH THE LIGHT FOR $13 AND THAT'S AFFORDABLE NOT A DAMN $400

  31. I just bought the Fovitec StudioPRO Bi
    I need to know which battery pack should I buy. you mentioned in your video "Sony" is it possible to get n Amazon Link? Thanks Bro great Job.

  32. I'm reading the negative comments here that indicate the lights are purple, etc. Are they referring to the first portion of the video where the lights are turned on behind him? Because during the actual test footage from 8:26 onwards, the lighting looks fine to me. What am I missing here?

  33. Just bought these lights via your aff link, because your videos ROCK!…What picture style do you use for your "course" style videos?

  34. Awesome! Thank you so much for this review, you’ve help me make a decision and I’ll be getting one of this 👍🏾

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  37. Hello… I am getting a Canon 80D camera and wanted to know what is a good Flash Kit set for photography (BUDGET OF COURSE)….

  38. Impressive video! You really made sure that the important points reach loud and clear to the viewer. Thanks uploader will return back to see more such videos.

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  39. I purchased these after watching this video and I'm so happy with the quality, especially for the price, thanks!!!

  40. Damn son.. It's down to $309 now… I'm pretty stoked.. although.. I do see a 1200 bulb.. does that just mean brighter?

  41. They might work for indoors, might? – [ notice how they have two lights on end tables pointing down at the sofa to make it seem brighter] however, they would never work outdoors on a bright sunny day when you need to cut harsh shadow, they don't have close to the power needed to accomplish this oh so important task. That is why real pro lighting cost 2-3k for a decent kit! They are powerful –

  42. Great video and great light set! Small question: What would be the downsides of using the daylight only with a tungsten defuser vs. buying the bicolor set if one does not intend to use anything apart from 3200 and 5600k specifically?

  43. Hi. Thanks for this great resource. Can I use these for a tv production but in a small studio more like a talk show? Howmany of these sets would I need at a time?

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