Jarred has just posted the 1st couple images from RED’s new 6k Dragon sensor and it looks amazing! Click on images below for full 6k JPG:
RED has just posted the first image from the new Dragon sensor showing it easily handling a 21 stop DR Chart from DSC. Jannard says later in the thread that very conservatively Dragon has 18+ stops of dynamic range. Quite a nice new years surprise!
Jarred also announced that RED will offer a trade in program for Scarlet owners who want to upgrade to a Dragon Epic.
It turns out RED’s 6k Dragon sensor coming in the next few months will actually be HIGHER resolution than Sony’s F65 “8k” sensor. How is this possible?? I detailed here how Sony uses a whacky method of counting pixels to claim their F65 has an 8k sensor. If you calculate the F65 sensor’s resolution like you would with any other camera, it comes out to 5782 x 3060. Remember that number.
When RED announced their 6k Dragon sensor they didn’t give the exact resolution but a couple posts in the reduser forums give us enough info to figure it out. The sensor will be 30mm x 15.8mm with a pixel size of 5 microns. Do the math and we can deduce that Dragon will be 6,144 x 3,160 or 19.4MP. That is 1.3 million photosites MORE than the F65′s supposed 8k sensor! RED has always advertised the active sensor area of their cameras and there is no reason to assume it will be any different this time.
It’s no wonder RED has so many fans when for $6k we can upgrade our cameras and have the highest res motion camera in the world again.
RED showed off the 4k laser projector they announced at NAB 2011 today. Ridley Scott and his son Luke shot a short film “Loom” on Epic cameras and the 3ality Technica Atom rig that was shown in RED’s NAB theater in 2k passive 3D (engineers were in a hotel room working on the 4k boards). The laser projector will be able to do simultaneous 4k for each eye very soon.
We attended the very first screening at 9am on Monday morning and were blown away. Being a Ridley Scott production shot by Darius Wolwski, 10 seconds in we forgot about 5k, lasers, simultaneous 3D and were just drawn in to the great story and beautiful images. It really hit us when we walked out of the theater, we can have THAT for $10k. Amazingly a REDray player is built in.
The RED Laser Projector is natively stereoscopic meaning all you need to view 3D is a polarized silver screen and passive 3D glasses. Due to the lasers providing the projector a very stable light intensity per primary color it can auto calibrate itself. For 2D a standard white screen or just a wall will suffice.
- Price: $10k (good for up to a 15 foot screen)
- Input: REDray player, also accepts HDMI or HD-SDI input
- Rez: 4K, 12 bit
- 24 foot lamberts
- Simultaneous right eye/left eye
- 3D and 2D up to 120fps
- Laser lasts more than 25,000 hours
- No calibration necessary
- Add laser modules to scale up to a big theater
Traditional designs place the lamp in the projector head, it gets hot, and hence you need to put substantial cooling (fans) there too. In our modular design, the “lamp” is in a rack mount chassis that can be located a considerable distance from the optical head. So no “projection box” needed.
The laser is modular. Replace the projector head. Replace the Laser engine. Replace the RedRay player. It even has a RED MOUNT to replace the lenses.
Jarred just announced the Meizler Module which ships this summer. It was co-developed with 3ality Technica. Look like the only thing it’s missing is a lemo port so you can run the EVF and LCD at the same time. www.reduser.net/MEIZLER-MODULE-Sneak-Peak
- Base has 3 lemo powered outputs for Focus/Iris/Zoom for Heden or Preston lens motors. Plug in your motor of choice and you are set.
- Has full wireless lens control built in for 3ality Technica, Preston and eventually other lens controls. No more MDR hanging off your camera. Just show up with hand control of choice.
- Has built in wireless timecode receiver. – Jam camera timecode wirelessly from sound cart etc. No more Lockit box via velcro hanging off the side of camera.
- Has wireless Audio receiver built-in. – Send audio wirelessly to camera from anywhere….. audio is embedded into clips on the R3D file on your REDMAG.
- Has wireless 1080p Video transmission built-in. – You heard that right.. We finally figured it out. less than one frame latency.. with a healthy working distance.
- 3rd front lemo can power Cinetape if Zoom control is not needed.
- V-LOCK plate on back. One REDBRICK powers everything including the camera.
Physical ports ( on right side angled backwards )
- 1x 2B Lemo DSMC standard input power
- 2x 2p 1B accessory power output
- 1x 9p 1B Gig-E
- 1x 10p 1B 232/422
- 1x 4p 0B CAN
- 1x HD-SDI video BNC
- 1x genlock BNC
- 1x timecode BNC
- 1 x D-Tap output
Tonaci Tran just picked up the very first Scarlet-X from RED headquarters! More Scarlet-Xs with PL mounts (instead of the aluminum Canon mount) shipped out yesterday so we may see more Scarlet unboxing later in the day.
Scarlet is finally ready to ship. Some will actually be ready to ship on Nov. 17th if you don’t need the aluminum Canon mount but the regular packages will start shipping on Dec. 1st.
- Scarlet is now a 4k S35mm camera that ships with the electronic Canon mount for $9,975. It can also shoot 5k stills at up to 12fps.
- You can read a lot of the details about Scarlet here: http://www.scarletuser.com/showpost.php?p=90187&postcount=4
We have made quite a few posts about when Epic was supposed to ship but now it looks like the actual moment has come. Jim Jannard just posted on reduser that Epic-X will finally start shipping next week with large quantities going out by the 2nd week of Sep.
“Always late but worth the wait”… at some point “late” turns into “now”. “Now” is next week.
The RED Epic camera brain now weighs under 4 lbs. RED just announced they made some changes to the heat sink and were able to shave half a pound off the weight of the Epic brain.
We haven’t posted any updates on Scarlet recently because there really wasn’t much to report. The current situation for both Epic and Scarlet is that RED is just waiting for parts to replace the ones made by factories that got swept away in the Japan tsunami.
Some good news is trickling in, however. Jarred Land just posted an image of an army of fixed lens Scarlets that they are testing internally.
Jim Jannard announced that James Cameron just bought 50 Epic-M cameras. That is a $3 million dollar vote of confidence from a guy who can buy any camera in the world. Cameron joins the trend of high end directors buying hordes of their own cameras: Peter Jackson recently bought 30 Epic cameras for his 3 year Hobbit shoot.
The first Epic-M camera just shipped out to Mark L. Pederson of Offhollywood! more…
This means our Epic-Ms will be available any day now. We will have 3 of the first 10 shipping from RED. Contact us to get on the rental reservation list.
RED and Element Technica are building a 3D rig specifically for the Epic camera called the Atom. It is designed to work with the minimalistic style of the Epic brain and will have an AJA Hi5 multiplexor and Gen10 units built in negating the need for on rig cables.
Tonaci Tran and I got to play with the 8x fixed lens Scarlet at RED Studios Hollywood today. Jarred confirmed that Tonaci was the first non-RED employee to hold a working Scarlet.
Check out the video below.
The fixed Scarlet had a CF module, side handle and 5″ touch screen LCD attached. Everything was functional, Tonaci was zooming in and out using the rocker on the side handle and focusing with the ring on the lens.
The brain has an HDMI output but no HDSDI unlike the Epic.
The Scarlet definitely felt lighter than the Epic we got to play with (with a Canon 85mm) even with the fixed zoom.
RED has decided to move the S35 Scarlet into the Epic lineup. The features of the S35 Scarlet were too close to the Epic so RED decided the lineup would make more sense if Scarlet referred to the 2/3″ cameras and Epic to S35 and up. The features and price will change and RED will announce exactly how in a couple weeks. Jim has said it will ship in 2011.
The Epic lineup now consists of the Epic-S, Epic-X and Epic-M. Epic-S (for standard, or S35 Scarlet) will be the Epic with basic features. Epic-X is now the high end Epic anyone can buy (it used to be a special package deal for RED One owners). Epic-M has the exact same features as Epic-X but is being hand machined while RED builds up it’s production capabilities. It comes with hand machined modules and will be the first Epic to ship.
This does not effect the 2/3″ fixed Scarlet or interchangeable. Jim has said they are both right on the heels of Epic.