The recent Hybrid LED video light and strobe concept, allowing video and stills to be produced at the same time with the same S-type modifiers and lighting set up, appears to have struck a chord with a number of people.
Though the format many people would obviously also like to see is all in one solution.
The main challenge with that though is always going to be creating something that’s not too big and heavy, without compromising the output of either the video or the flash.
So a way to work around the limitations may possibly be to have a modular system.
The main body of the unit could then still be an uncompromised 60+ watt COB LED video light, with quiet fan. And a separate flash module could then be added and removed as needed.
And alternatively you could also connect your current flashes as suggested previously, instead of using or purchasing the dedicated flash module.
So now the all in one cordless light can be used in its most compact form as a dedicated constant LED light.
Or with the flash module attached for video and strobe use at the same time.
Though the flash module and battery could also be attached remotely, providing a lighter weight head unit for booming etc.
And this configuration would also allow for larger batteries, or strobe modules to be used without adding significant weight to the head unit.
A number of people have asked why can’t you just squeeze both LED and strobe into one regular sized light?
And the main issue currently is cooling of the COB (Chip On Board) LED light.
The LED light itself is just a very small thin chip. Though to keep a 60+ watt LED running continuously, cool enough not to damage your modifiers and overheat the light itself, requires a quite large heat sink unit and fan.
And basically the larger the heat sink and fan are, the quieter the fan can run while keeping the unit cool enough.
So inside dedicated COB LED video lights most of the case is filled with large radiator style heat sinks, and large “silent” fans.
Most of the body of our concept hybrid light would also be filled with the heat sink and fan.
A separate removable flash module could then contain the majority of the strobe unit.
And just going by what is currently available, I can see it would be possible to fit the capacitor and internal of an AD360II for example into a reasonable space.
The weight of the AD360II strobe would be quite reasonable as well. Though larger flash modules could also be an option.
And just as with the original concept, you could also use your existing strobe (up to 600Ws) instead of using or purchasing the dedicated flash module.
And although its not all in one solution, I personally still think this is the major key to the system.
The main concept I was originally suggesting was just to add a remote flash tube option to the LED video light.
So its acting just like a regular remote extension head for another strobe.
This is literally just passing 3 wires through the strobe, and adding sockets for the flash tube and cord.
Which would be a very small change / addition to the light, if taken into consideration at the design stage.
So I would have thought this in particular would be a no brainer for the functionality it would allow for.
Even a compact strobe like the EVOLV / AD200 provides many times more light (in a still image) than a powerful LED video light.
As well as the short flash durations etc, people like using strobes for in still images.
And all the lights could then be conveniently controlled through the same radio system, transmitter units, and smart device APPs.
So for owners of corresponding strobe lights, this would make a very easy decision of which LED lights to look towards when needed.
The convenient thing about S-type mount COB LED lights, is that the one light can use numerous different shape and style modifiers, many of which you may already own.
Also following on with the example of the Godox / Flashpoint system, a smaller compact hybrid light, based on the AD400 PRO format and battery, could be a possibility as well.
I would imagine around 40 watt continuous LED, with an AD200 sized strobe module would also be handy for wedding and event photographers.
Again this could allow people to use primarily with the one system of batteries where that convenience is a priority.