RED Announces the RED ROCKET

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UPDATE 10/10/2009:

Dino Georgopoulos has posted some pictures on of a device called Launchpad that enables the RED Rocket to work with a laptop. It looks to be about 2 inches thick and is designed to be the same dimensions as a 17″ Macbook Pro so it can be placed inconspicuously underneath.



UPDATE 08/29/2009:

Ted Shilowitz talks about the bus bandwidth required to save 4k DPXs in realtime with the RED Rocket card on the FX Guide podcast. He recommends a RAID array with 500-600 MB/second. Go to 50:50 for info on RED Rocket:

Michael Cioni demonstrates the RED Rocket running on a Quantel Pablo system:

Red Rocket from Ted Schilowitz on Vimeo.

Ninja Brook Willard shows how fast the RED rocket renders out a 4k DPX sequence using “ER” season 7 footage on a Mac Pro.

Brook’s original post here:

UPDATE 07/31/2009:

  • RED has 2k and 4k REDCODE playing back realtime on a Macbook Pro using the RED Rocket card and express card expander.  We now have the option of realtime 4k playback on the run.    Read more here:

UPDATE 07/16/2009:

  • The first RED Rocket cards are arriving to customers.  Check out these unboxing pics:

UPDATE 07/02/2009:

  • RED Rocket no longer requires auxiliary power and draws all power from the PCI-E slot.

UPDATE 06/01/2009:

  • RED Rocket board with Quad DVI and Dual Link HD-SDI- $4750
  • Decode and debayer 4K R3D files realtime. Hyper-accelerated transcode to any system codec. Specs to be posted upon completion of testing.
  • Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from DVI output. Plays full quality 2K/1080P scaled from 4K footage out the Dual Link HD-SDI from RED Rocket card.
  • Plays full quality 2K scaled from 4K footage realtime through system graphics card and monitor.
  • Optional Breakout box with Quad HDMI and Quad Dual Link HD-SDI- $1200
  • Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from QUAD HDMI/HD-SDI RED Rocket breakout box output.
  • Delivery schedule is now 1st week of July 2009.


Here is the official thread:


Jim Jannard has just announced a realtime 4k/5k debayer PCI-E card for your Mac or PC. You get 30fps at 4k and 25fps at 5k.

Available for purchase here:

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