RED Shows 1st HDRx Footage From the Epic-X
RED has released the first HDRx motion footage (right click and save as to download) and it looks amazing. RED has measured HDRx to at least 18 stops on the chart. HDRx is recorded as two streams (twice the data rate) of footage that are then combined in post using Redcine-X. HDRx manipulation will also be in the SDK so we should see it in pretty much every NLE. There is another version called EasyHDR which is done in camera with no hit to the data rate.
RED also has a new motion mode called “Magic Motion“. The effect of Magic Motion is to basically get rid of the stutter in fast pans that is inherent to all digital cameras. Objects that have motion blur also appear more “present”. You really get a sense of this in the “blonde twirling rod” video. A “More Normal Motion Blur” (MNMB) will also be available with HDRx and easyHDR. MNMB is being developed in co-operation with “The Foundry” (the guys who make “Nuke”).
HDRx motion clips. Right click and “save as” to download:
Adam Wilt got a personal demonstration of HDRx from Jannard and has done a fantastic write up here: www.provideocoalition.com/red_visit_21_september_hdrx
Here are some of the details of the HDR motion mode:
- HDRx max framerate: 48fps
- HDRx can record to RED drives up to a certain REDcode
- When shooting HDRx you can chose to use only one of the two streams if you decide you don’t want HDR
- HDRx is not blending disconnected images
- No data rate hit for EasyHRD
- Extra boards are being added to the Scarlet line so that they can do HDRx as well. Each brain will now be $1,000 more.
Here are some stills pulled from HDRx footage. Click images for higher resolution:
Here are some more examples of HDRx RED has posted. The first image in each sequence is the normal exposure, the second is the X track, and the third is the two combined into an HDR image.