Litepanels Launch Apollo Wireless DMX System

Litepanels, a global provider of professional broadcast and cinematic lighting solutions and a Vitec Group brand, today announced the launch of its new powerful and stable dual-band wireless DMX system. Litepanels Apollo Bridge uses advanced dynamic frequency hopping technology to instantly create a robust wireless DMX network anywhere.

Optimized for use with Litepanels Gemini RGBWW LED panels, Apollo is designed to work with a wider range of lighting fixtures than any other system. The Apollo Bridge and iOS Lighticians Apollo Control app give lighting operators complete freedom to control and change lighting settings, DMX addresses and control modes on the fly for precision lighting control at a level not previously possible on time-short productions.

“The consistent signal strength and range of the Apollo Bridge is outstanding,” said Michael Herbert, product manager, Litepanels. “It means that Lighting Technicians, Designers and Gaffers can move freely around large sets knowing that they are always connected and in complete control of their lighting.” Adding, “The app is simple enough to pick up and start painting with light immediately; users can see their light settings on an iPad or iPhone and adjust in real time for instant results.”

Apollo Bridge can also be used with any control software or console including Blackout, Luminair, ETC, GrandMA and Chamsys to send commands, using the sACN DMX protocol, wirelessly or via the LAN ethernet port. Single DMX512 universe boards can also be used by connecting them through the Apollo Bridge 5-pin XLR I/O port.

Apollo has been designed to operate any fixture with a DMX input, as well as DMX networking and wireless DMX equipment. Users can now create just one system for centralized control of their lighting with no restrictions on which lights they use. Built-in dynamic RF transmission, supporting both 2.4 and 5GHz, automatically avoids network interference and creates a dependable signal with no latency for complete reliability. With full sACN capabilities, multiple

Apollo bridge units can be added to provide wireless DMX control to as many lights and universes as required to scale up on larger productions. Simultaneous CRMX and wired DMX output can be used to provide a built-in fail-safe or to quickly add more fixtures without needing to reconfigure a DMX network. IATSE Local 52 Lighting Console Operator, Daniel Choy Boyar, tested the Apollo system.

“I put the Apollo through extensive daily use in studio environments, dense interior locations and the harsh conditions of winter NYC exterior locations,” said Boyar. “I discovered that Apollo Bridge is not just a LumenRadio transmitter, it’s a new feature-rich class of CRMX base stations with the latest LumenRadio TimoTwo chip, unique new abilities like dual-band enterprise-class WiFi, DMX out, advanced network management, USB expandability, and a WAN port.” He added, “Apollo is a bulletproof hub for an entire lighting network with more capability than anything else currently on the market.”

Apollo Bridge is available to buy now from Litepanels authorized retailers. The free Lighticians Apollo Control iOS app is available from the Apple App Store.

More information about Apollo can be found at https://www.litepanels.com/en/products/apollo

Wireless Networking: Enterprise Grade WiFi 5 (802.11ac Wave2) Access Point

Wired Networking: Dual Gigabit Ethernet with Routing Features

Wireless DMX Module: Integrated LumenRadio TimoTwo CRMX

WiFi Frequency Bands: Simultaneous Dual Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

WiFi Standard: 802.11ac Wave2 with MIMO

Range (line-of-sight): CRMX up to 500 m / 1,640 ft WiFi up to 100 m / 263 ft Lighting Control Protocols: E1.11-2008 DMX-512 (on XLR-5) E1.31 sACN (supported on all thernet an WiFi interfaces)

DMX Connector: XLR 5-Pin Female

Power Supply: USB Type C (9V/2A)

Platform Compatibility: Apollo App, Luminair App, ETC (including Nomad), GrandMA, Strand DMX, sACN consoles and controllers Cinetenna, Evalux, Skynode and any other LumenRadio/CRMX receivers

Weight: 620 grams (1.3 lbs)


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