Handy Cool-running LED Lights for your Video Studio
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The GVM 880 RS Multifunction LED Light Kit is a set of 2 led lights that are designed for video and film content creators. With this kit, you get the perfect lighting setup without needing to spend hours setting it up.
Recently, I've been on a quest trying to learn lighting techniques to make my videos and my B-Roll LOOK better -- especially to improve my B-Roll shots. Lighting is not my strong suit and I was looking for something that would be easy to set up and would help me be more productive.
The good folks over a GVM sent me these lights and asked if I would review the product. They sent me the two light kit. These are multi-function L. E. D. lights designed for video content creators and filmmakers.
I want to disclose right up front that GVM sent me the lights in consideration for making this video. But I am otherwise not compensated by GVM, they have no input on what I say, and they won't see this video before you do. My only goal is to help you decide if these lights might be right for you.
\Now, normally I don't say yes to review lighting products for video as it isn't my strong suit -- I'm no expert, but since these seemed beginner friendly and pretty affordable I thought I would see if these could solve my needs as I make my videos. The kit comes in a semi rigid case that has everything you need for basic two point lighting. There are the two lights, of course, that each come in a protective bag. The lights come pre-mounted in these U mounts , and each light has these barn door flaps all preinstalled. That's cool! They're pretty much plug and play! No installation or configuration is required. Very beginner friendly.
The kit includes power adapters for wall power! So, these can be your front lights for your Youtube setup -- you don't have to worry about changing batteries, or recharging all the time.
But they are not limited to wall power. There are battery slots on the back. You can get compatible batteries separately from the GVM website. There are two slots on the back and you need to flip the power switch to choose between wall power or battery power. You do need both batteries connected at the same time, if you pull one out, the light will go out, so you can't hot swap the batteries.
Adjusting the Lights
If you've tried to use other LED lights that were not made specifically for video, you may see them flicker or otherwise make stripes in your video. These GVM light suffer no such flicker. they're for all intents and purposes continuous at any brightness or color. That's part of what separates these from the inexpensive lights, and why you'll pay a bit more. They d on't flicker.
They're also way more color accurate than the cheap lights, or lights that try and combine RGB into a white light. Having dedicated white lights that you can control the temperature of is essential in my book, especially when filming people. and the color accuracy I find here is pretty good.
If I had any complaints about the lights themselves, they're pretty minor. First the design of the u stand here limits the range of motion when the barn doors are installed. It would be nice if you could actually rotate the unit with the barn doors installed, in this configuration I can only really tilt the light, up, when in most cases I want to turn the light in a downward direction to light me, or the product I'm filming. So, being able to rotate the lights a little more freely in both directions would be nice. In the long run I'm going to suspend these from the ceiling so it wont be an issue for me. But think about how you might want to position the lights.
The lower barn door is removable if it is a problem for positioning the light correctly, BUT I NEEDED A HEX DRIVER TO LOOSEN THEM THE FIRST TIME.