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#1 Micah Van Hove

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Doing night shoot in some remote roads, having trouble finding a power adapter or a way to power a 1k off a car. Is this possible?
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

There are 1K inverters which you'd have to power onto the battery under the hood of the car. I would recommend renting a small 2K put-put genny and powering off of that rigged to the car (possibly in trunk?) depends on the shots you want.
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#3 Kevin W Wilson

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

It is possible, but probably more trouble than its worth and honestly not a good idea. Get a generator and save yourself a headache. Car batteries aren't designed for prolonged output of continuous power, especially not a 1K Arri. Do you really want to take the chance of stranding yourself out in a remote location with no vehicle power and no lights?

Get a little HONDA generator or something. You probably know somebody who has one already, if not they can usually be rented for $75/day. Your local rate may vary though, that's what they cost here in Atlanta.

Good luck, stay safe out there.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

You can buy small portable gennies for a few hundred bucks too; might be a worthwhile investment just to have on hand. they're nothing to write home about; but could be just the thing if you're shooting a lot at night in woods--- keep that and a Pa4 64 handy for whenever you need that on light right over there
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Thanks guys. Adrian, didn't quite understand that last bit. What's a Pa464?
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:35 AM

Par64, also known as a Par Can or a Rock and Roll par is a very cheap, very powerful 1K PAR Tungsten light. I think they go for like $139 or so for the whole thing. It's a broad stroke light, but has a decent throw, and you can soften it up nicely with a silk on a c-stand if you'd like.
I find them most useful to mimic street-lights (rigged up high) or to create shafts of light, let's say, in a forest at night. For the price, it's hard to beat.

Unlike a focuable light, PAR 64s rely on the bulbs. So you have a Wide Flood (WF) Medium Flood (MF) NarrowSpot (NS) and Very Narrow Spot (VNSP) and you change the bulb out to change the light throw. Kinda a pain in the rear; but for the price I don't mind it.
You'll often seen them at concerts.

http://en.wikipedia....iki/PAR64#Types
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