Rotolight debuts the ‘world’s first’ electronic smart softbox

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The Rotolight SmartSoft Box is a $499 accessory for Rotolight’s AEOS 2 lights. Rotolight

British light manufacturer Rotolight has announced the SmartSoft Box—the “the world’s first intelligent electronic softbox”—as an addon for its AEOS 2 lights, according to Amateur Photographer. It’s got some neat technology that will allow photographers to adjust the diffusion, focus, and spread of their lights without having to use any other modifiers. It can even be controlled from Rotolight’s smartphone app. 

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SmartSoft Box tech

The SmartSoft Box is a $499 accessory for Rotolight’s AEOS 2 lights, which offer high-speed flash and continuous RGB lighting with 2,500 digital filters in a portable, battery-powered package. 

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The SmartSoft technology is compatible with the company’s Titan line of cinema lights.
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The SmartSoft Box adds 1.5 stops of adjustable “electronic diffusion” which photographers can use to create hard or soft light without having to use physical modifiers. They’ll be able to adjust the diffusion, focus, and spread to dial in exactly the effect they want, either with the controls on the SmartSoft Box or the Rotolight app (which also lets them adjust the color and filter of the AEOS 2 lights). 

Rotolight developed the SmartSoft technology for its Titan line of cinema lights. It’s been used on production for movies like the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, and the latest Batman film, The Batman, and TV shows by Netflix, Amazon Studios, and the British broadcaster Sky. 

It works using “crystals” (yes, really) that are naturally cloudy but turn transparent when an electric current is run through them. 

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The SmartSoft box eliminates the need for physical modifiers.
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