Paid, free digital resources for coders, game creators now available
Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types.
Barnes & Noble discount Nook HD, HD+ for Mother's Day
Barnes & Noble has dropped the price of its Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets as part of a Mother's Day promotion. For the next week, the retailer will be selling the 7-inch Nook HD from $149 for the 8GB and $179 for the 16GB models, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is priced at $179 for 16GB of storage and $209 for 32GB. The discounts, varying between $50 and $90 depending on model, will apply until May 12th.
RED's 6K Dragon sensor is said to be ultra-clean, offer high dynamic range, more
RED's teased 6K resolution Dragon sensor is exceeding the company's expectations after internal testing, CEO Jim Jannard revealed on the official forums. He promises the sensor will be "the cleanest" ever seen and will be the resolution and dynamic range king. At ISO 2000, Jannard said, the images produced look better than the company's current MX sensor at ISO 800.
RED Dragon and REDray Projector tipped at NAB
RED's Jim Jannard and Jarred Land gave two previews of two high-end technology upgrades. The Dragon will upgrade both the EPIC and Scarlet lines to a maximum 6K resolution. In the process, they also get 120FPS shooting even at 5K, and over 15 stops of dynamic range for better handling of highlights and shadows.
Samsung Epic 2 slider may return after all
Samsung's seemingly abandoned Epic 2 for Sprint might still see the light of day after leaks saw it resurface. The Android QWERTY slider is now in Cellebrite's device tracking system, ACSyndicate found, usually a sign that it's getting close to release. The SPH prefix in front of its D705 model number suggests that it's intended for a Sprint-related carrier, which given Sprint's own absence could mean Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile instead.
Captures imagery at 2xthe normal rate
Producer and director Peter Jackson may claim one of the first high frame rate movies to reach theaters. Jackson, best known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is shooting The Hobbit using his RED Epic-X cameras at 48 frames per second, or twice as fast as the industry standard. Shooting at this faster rate reduces the blurring effect referred to in the film industry as strobing. The effect is most noticeable in action sequences, or when a camera pans and moves down a long hallway.
Sony returns fire by shipping its first 4K pro cam
Sony followed up on its promises at the start of the week by shipping its first CineAlta F65 pro video camera. Movie camera rental firm Otto Nemenz International picked up the 4K-capable camera. About 400 pre-orders had lined up, with "at least two" large studios planning to start using their F65s almost immediately on projects.
High-end camera already backordered
RED's Scarlet-X camera has been reviewed by the team at Cinema5D, after the first limited production units began shipping to a select group of customers in November. A video post provides an early look at the professional camera, which starts at $9,700 and is already on backorder.
Red says Arri took ultra HD camera secrets
Red took its accusations of Arri hacking further in the past week by suing Arri directly for claims of corporate spying. Based on a plea by former Arri veteran Michael Bravin, Red argued that the rival beyond-HD video camera designer had used technical details Red was sharing with Band Pro during talks over a possible deal. Bravin's hacking allegedly led to Arri getting unfair help developing its Alexa camera, a direct rival to Red models like the Epic-X.
RED Scarlet shown in final form at event
RED at its own camera event showed its long-delayed, finished version of the Scarlet. The new version has gone from a complete camera to a central body and sensor that fits into the RED modular system. While not ambitious as the Epic system, it's now one of the least expensive 4K cameras, costing $9,750 despite shooting at its full 4096x2160 at a slightly more than film-grade 25FPS.
Red Epic X with 5K resolution ships in quantities
Red has announced that it is now shipping its latest and ‘most sophisticated’ film camera, the Red Epic X, in bulk. The camera incorporates a 5K sensor and a 27 layer ASIC processor which combine to give the camera the ability to shoot at up to 120 frames per second at a full 14-megapixel resolution. Although a digital camera, its resolution is so great that it exceeds the resolution of 35mm motion picture film.
Sprint summer roadmap slips out
A new Sprint roadmap uncovered Friday has shown the carrier planning to carry a slew of new higher end hardware. The Epic 2 would be an update to the Epic 4G but would be a less ambitious upgrade than the Evo 3D. It would still have a four-inch display but upgrade to the Infuse 4G's 1.2GHz, single-core processor rather than a dual-core chip. This is my next also heard it would have an eight-megapixel camera that would put it on par with both the Infuse 4G and the Droid Charge.
50 RED EPIC-M cameras for Avatar 2?
The chief of RED Jim Jannard has revealed that Academy Award winning director James Cameron has ordered 50 RED EPIC-M cameras. The cameras are a modular design and can be used to shoot in 3D, as two EPIC-Ms can be placed on the same mount and linked. This would deliver two 5k-resolution images at once.
Crytek hiring for iPad and iPhone games
Crytek revealed its plans to get into iOS gaming this week with a listing for an iPad and iPhone game developer. The Crysis and Far Cry team is looking for a veteran for its Frankfurt office that would take control of nearly all of the process. Few clues exist in the code as to the project, but the aim would be to produce "high performance" code and ideally have experience with OpenGL ES, pointing to a full 3D game in the works.
RED Scarlet becomes EPIC-S with details
RED started the new year with details of the EPIC-S, the newly christened production form of the Scarlet. The name shift reflects a change from the cheaper original body to the same body as the EPIC-M and has the promised upgrade to HDRx (high dynamic range) recording. EPIC-S is focused on "pro, not prosumer," company founder Jim Jannard said.
RED EPIC cam arrives in custom builds
RED this weekend confirmed that the first custom-made EPIC-M cameras were shipping to the earliest members of the program. Camera number 6, the first not headed to RED chief Jim Jannard, was shipped on Friday to OffHollywood studio co-founder Mark Pederson. The 5K resolution camera is already being tested in a live shoot at Niagara Falls and initial impressions of how it works compared to earlier RED cameras, including a RED ONE MX sporting its upgraded sensor.
ooVoo launches mobile app for Android phones
Free video chat provider ooVoo detailed launch of the ooVoo Mobile service for Android devices on Wednesday with a tease of Apple plans. The app allows up to six users to participate in a video call at the same time, even with high video quality. This is also the first time desktop ooVoo users can video chat with mobile users.
Spider-man reboot being shot with RED's EPIC cams
The RED user forum is afire with news of the RED EPIC camera being used to shoot the next Spider-Man movie, due for a release in 2012. The filming with four of the high-end devices started on Monday, and the cameras are also being used to film The Hobbit, as reported earlier, though 30 EPICs were purchased for this purpose. This movie is also due for a 2012 release, but Spider-Man started shooting first.
RED Epic-M to sell early and shoot The Hobbit
RED founder Jim Jannard this weekend revealed that his company would deliver the Epic camera early in the form of a limited pre-production run. The Epic-M will use the new 5K Mysterium-X sensor in a hand-built chassis with a bomb electronic viewfinder, a five-inch touchscreen, an SSD module, a remote and four 128GB SSD cards. Each bundle will cost $58,000 and, with less than 100 to be made, won't necessarily guarantee that every order is fulfilled.
Console-level gaming on iPhone, iPod touch
Epic Games has unveiled its upcoming game for iOS devices, Infinity Blade. The game delivers console-level graphics that were featured in the proof-of-concept demo Epic Citadel, which show-cased its Unreal 3 engine ported to work on the iOS platform. A video trailer (included below) will whet the appetite of iOS gamers.
RED Scarlet climbs in cost for HDRx support
RED today said it was raising the price of the Scarlet pro video camera by $1,000 to add in a high dynamic range feature, HDRx. The new feature needs a new ASIC chip and extra development but would turn out "incredible" results according to founder Jim Jannard. It would invoke a slight delay but was partly the result of user voting in favor of the upgrade.
RED EPIC, Scarlet back on track
RED's Jim Jannard late last night updated videographers on the status of its next generation greater-than-HD cameras. He now says the company has overcome the major bug that had kept the EPIC and Scarlet back, and at least the 5K-capable EPIC will be made in the US. The delays have pushed back the cameras by an unspecified amount of time, but the founder was adamant the development time was also to ensure the camera was completely stable when it shipped.
RED cameras set back twice
RED's EPIC and Scarlet cameras have been dealt double blows, company founder Jim Jannard said today. A significant firmware bug is now known to have been holding up both of the greater-than-HD cameras for at least two months. Jannard wouldn't describe the bug but was determined to have it fixed.
New player distributes 1080p in 4 quadrants
RED on Monday provided a wide range of updated information on several upcoming products including the Ray Pro, Scarlet 2/3", Redmote Pro, Redcine-X, and new lenses. The company's engineering team is still working overtime to develop a new layout for a manufacturing revision that should help resolve the ASIC chip issue disclosed last week. 'Fire Chief' Jarred Land admits, however, that there are still hurdles to overcome.
RED EPIC X bundle
Camera-maker RED has detailed the specifications of its upcoming EPIC X bundle, and outlined pricing information for the basic Scarlet kit with an 8X optical lens. The EPIC X package, built on the 30mm by 15mm S35 sensor, will include a CF recording module, I/O module and battery module, bundled in a package that carries the same $28800 price tag as the sensor alone. As a bonus, the X package data-rates will be higher than the individually-purchased EPIC S35, featuring REDCODE 250 instead of REDCODE 225.
RED Big Change Coming
RED already has a second major announcement due early next month, company head Jim Jannard says in a community teaser. Having just launched the EPIC and Scarlet revisions and the DSMC system earlier this month, the greater-than-HD camera maker now promises a "big change" on December 3rd and calls the earlier announcements "insignificant" by comparison. Details of the new announcement itself remain a mystery and are unlikely to be provided until the announcement.
RED EPIC and Scarlet DSMC
RED today formally uncovered the full remakes of its EPIC and Scarlet cameras. Now considered part of the Digital Stills and Motion Camera (DSMC) system, the two are designed both to serve as extremely high-resolution DSLRs as well as RED's staple greater-than-HD video cameras. The two use the REDCODE RAW format to produce both still shots and videos, and introduce a unique modular system to either category: users pick the EPIC or Scarlet as a core unit and then choose displays, eyepieces, grips, lenses, mounts and more depending on the exact need.