20. June 2008

Unpacking the Red One

A Red One with accessoires - stuffed into three large shipping boxes

In case you always wondered how a 35’000 dollar camera is shipped, here’s an interesting article by Mike Curtis. Mike has recently bought a Red One and documented the unpacking process a little. :)

What he is unwrapping there is the Red One number 417 with a bunch of accessoiries. Worth about 35k$. He believes that one could manage with less accessoiries and get away with just 25-30k$.

The central message of the article: This is a whole lot of stuff in a whole lot of packaging. Better schedule a lot of time for the process. :)

» Red One Unboxing – Part 1

The report has over five pages and doesn’t even reach a completely assembled Red One. :) I’m curious for the sequel…

(via EXTReeeME.Org)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: camerafilmpackagingRedshipping

9. June 2008

Red’s 5k Camera: Red Epic

Red Epic

Besides announcing the Red Scarlet, Red also announced a 5k camera called Red Epic. Again, a fascinating announcement. As far as I know there is no digital camera, yet, that can record in 5k resolution.

To put things in perspective, here a comparison of different resolutions, taken from a Red leaflet:

Red Comparison Chart

The small rectangle in the lower right is the common TV resolution. 720p, the next level, is what Erik and I are currently using for a project. The dark gray rectangle is full HD resolution, the highest resolution of the new TV standard and also the resolution that most other current digital movie cameras are recording in. 2k, sharp above full HD, is what most current digital cinema projectors can handle. 2k-3k is what most ordinary analog films have in the local cinema.

To see a movie in 5k, you probably would have to visit a film festival and hope to see a especially good copy (film festivals are usually supplied with better copies than normal theatres).

In short: A 5k camera is pretty impressive. :)

Here a few specifications:

  • Full Frame S35mm new Mysterium X Sensor
  • 1-100 FPS
  • Up to 100MB/s recording to Redflash
  • Full size dual link HD-SDI, 2 XLR audio inputs and HDMI
  • Wi-Fi control
  • Firewire 800 and USB2
  • compatible with most Red One accessories
  • fully upgradable sensor, body, boards and mount

As usual: Specifications are subject to change.

The price is rumoured to be around 40’000 dollars. That’s quite a lot, but compared to many other digital movie cameras with only a fraction of the resolution still very cheap.

» Red Epic Website
» another, more extensive article about the Red Epic

(via digitalredvolution)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: 5kannouncementcameraEpicRed

Red’s "Small" Camera: Red Scarlet

Red Scarlet

After creating quite a buzz with the Red One, Red is doing it again: They announced a small camera. A small camera with a 3k resolution. It is going to have a 2/3" sensor, a built-in LCD display and a zoom lens. The release date of the Red Scarlet is expected to be in the beginning of 2009.

According to rumors the price tag will be around 3000 dollars. That would (once again) be a phenomenal price for that kind of resolution. It would be cheaper than most cameras that I used in recent years and those had at best a resolution of 1920×1080. :)

The only pity is the sensor size. Many hoped that the Red Scarlet would have a full 35mm sensor. With 2/3" you’d still need a 35mm adapter for the 35mm feeling.

Here some of the announced specs from the red website:

  • 2/3" Mysterium X Sensor
  • 1-120 FPS (180 FPS Burst)
  • up to 100 MB/s recording to dual compact flash
  • 4.8" LCD
  • 8x T2.8 Red Zoom Lens
  • HDMI and HD-SDI
  • compatible with many Red One accessories
  • Wi-Fi control

The website also contains a thick warning that all specifications, release dates and designs are subject to change… and that you should count on it. :)

» Red Scarlet Website
» Fotos from the NAB

(via digitalredvolution)

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: announcementcameraRedScarlet

24. May 2008

Experiences Shooting with a "Red One"

A new camera is causing quite a stir in the market for digital cinema cameras. The Red One is a digital video camera with a 4k resolution (~12 megapixels) and a 35mm sensor. These specs are good enough for use in cinematography. It gets much attention because it is impudently cheap for a movie camera. You can get a Red One for about 20’000 Euros – a fraction of the cost of other cameras in this class.

The Red One is quite new, so it is yet hard to say how well it’ll work in practice.  The creators of the indie movie 3 Days Gone wrote an interesting report of first experiences with the camera and it’s digital workflow:

» Red Digital Workflow in Progress on Indie Films

Director, DOP and cutter report some trouble, but are overall enthralled by the Red One. Supposedly, many problems which they faced have now been solved through updated revisions of the Red One and its software.

Well, for now I can only dream of using such a camera on my video projects, but it is still interesting to read about it. :)

(via Extreeeme.Org)

Update

Another report, a little older as it seems:

» First Look: Red One

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: camerafilmRedvideo

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