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Old May 10th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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easiest way to emulate police lights?

We did a class exercise in my lighting for camera class where we had a person rotate lights with gels on them on two arms clamped onto a c-stand, which bounced off a mirror.

I could be remembering the exact specs wrong but is this the only way to do it?

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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #2
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re: easiest way to emulate police lights?

Lee,
you described lights in the post but the title of the thread is sirens so if you want a siren wait by the firehouse til they make a run then capture it, watch for clipping. If you want lights the way you did it works or rent a couple of strobes, 1 red, 1 blue, turn 'em on and adjust to taste. They should be on a tilt swivel so you can aim them up or down, if not mount to a small board and tilt that to get the desired effect.
Since my oldest son is a 13 year veteran of the fire department when I did training vis for them they obliged my every whim and fantasy with lights and sirens but alsa, that was a few years ago and appearently that footage has gone to raw footage heaven.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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ah thanks yeah i meant police siren lights
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:55 AM   #4
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Re: easiest way to emulate police lights?

Moderator note: title changed from "sirens" to "lights."
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Old May 19th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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Re: easiest way to emulate police lights?

1. Buy this:
https://www.speedtechlights.com/prod...catid=5&id=126
2. Wire it up to a car battery.
3. Use it.
4. Sell it after the production

Any computer geek can tell you that sometimes, emulation is more trouble and expense than just using the real thing.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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Re: easiest way to emulate police lights?

Or there's this:

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 06:27 PM   #7
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Re: easiest way to emulate police lights?

In San Francisco there's this magical place called The Prop Co-op. In this magical place you can rent one. Perhaps there might be one near your shoot?
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