Aputure (/ˈæpəər/) is a global designer and manufacturer of cinema lighting fixtures, light-shaping accessories and lighting software. Its products are used in studio and on location film sets along with in photography and live production.

Company producing lighting fixtures etc. for the film industry
Not to be confused with Aperture.
Type Private
Industry Cinema technology
Founded 2005 (as Emgreat Group Inc)
Founders Ian Xie, Polo Zheng
Headquarters Shenzhen, China
Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Ian Xie (Chief Executive Officer, Founder)
Ted Sim (President, Founder)
Hellen Liu (Chief Operations Officer, Founder)
Polo Zheng (Founder)
Products Lighting fixtures
Number of employees
400 (approx)
Website www.aputure.com

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Aputure was started by Ian Xie, Ted Sim, Helen Liu, and Polo Zheng.

As high school peers, Xie and Zheng first began the company as an online electronics store where the duo used their hobbyist knowledge to keep up with camera-related trends and technology. With the growth of their online business, Xie started creating small camera accessories like monitors and adapters before moving on to light-emitting diodes also known as LED. Xie travelled to Los Angeles where he met with Ted Sim and other Los Angeles filmmakers to develop his initial designs. Within three years, the team was contracted by several large cinema manufacturers to begin producing light fixtures under their own in-house brands, many of which became the first-ever companies to introduce LED lighting to studios and production houses.[1]

The early team joined Xie, Zheng and Sim with color scientists from Fujifilm and cinematographers from Los Angeles. Together, they engaged in product development of high-fidelity LEDs instead of low color renditioning diodes which were common at the time.[1]

In 2012, Aputure was founded. Its name was a play on combining the cinematography term “aperture” with “future.”

Originally, Aputure continued to create light fixtures for other brands. However, the design and manufacturing company soon began developing a product of their own to bring to the market. The early team joined color scientists from Fujifilm with cinematographers from Los Angeles. Together, they engaged in product development of high-fidelity LEDs instead of low color renditioning diodes which were common at the time.

The result was Aputure’s first lighting product, the Amaran series of LED panels.[2][3] Amaran panels were lightweight fixtures that differed from traditional cinema lighting that was almost always heavy and intended exclusively for use by studio crews.

In 2016, Aputure created the Lightstorm series, their first studio-grade line of lighting fixtures.[4] By 2017, they introduced their flagship lights—the Lightstorm 120d and Lightstorm 300d.[5] The Lightstorm 300d has won several awards such as “Best in Show” at major trade shows like NAB.[6][7]

Aputure has offices worldwide, including stages and local support in Los Angeles, Shenzhen, Amsterdam, Singapore, Beijing, Mumbai and São Paulo. Through its in-house design team, the company has been able to design and produce products in other areas of cinematography such as light-shaping accessories[8][9][10] and microphones.[11][12]

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