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.
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.
Tonaci Tran gets first shipping RED Scarlet
Cinematographer Tonaci Tran has become the first person to receive a shipping unit of the RED Scarlet 4K camera. Tran is a known in the industry as a RED product specialist and is often hired on film sets as RED camera supervisor or operator. RED has posted an image of Tran with his new Scarlet unit on its company blog.
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 promises Scarlet ship dates, specs on Nov. 3
Red company founder Jim Jannard announced on the company's forums that the Scarlet pro-oriented digital camera will be finally unveiled on November 3. The reveal will include technical specs and shipping information, so prices are also expected. The date coincides with Canon's scheduled Hollywood announcement, leading many to guess that RED may be using a similar 4K Super 35mm sensor as Canon, though other are quick to shoot these rumors down.
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.
Launch time-frame still remains unclear
Red has finally allowed a member of the general public to try out a prototype Scarlet camera that will arrived on the market in fixed-lens form. Company representative Jarred Land reportedly showed off the upcoming camera at Red Studios during the Santa Fe 3D Workshop. Aside from the fixed 8X lens, the camera was outfitted with a five-inch display.
Scarlet future becomes unclear
RED founder Jim Jannard has admitted that his company should not have attempted to engage the consumer market with its upcoming Scarlet camera. The comments come just days after RED announced that it would raise the price of the Scarlet video camera by $1,000, which was said to be necessary to integrate a high dynamic range feature.
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 teases with working Scarlet digital camera
On the company's official forums, RED has shown off a working version of its long-expected and delayed Scarlet. There is also a link to a movie (MOV) that illustrates the fast autofocus function of the camera, as it's controlling an 85mm Canon lens in Single Shot AF mode. Despite these teasers, the camera is still not ready for a mass-market release, but the team at RED is still committed to the project.
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.
LG XD1 External Hard Drive
Normally making just PCs and their displays, LG today expanded into external hard drives through the XD1. The notebook-sized disks are designed to be stylish with a unique, gradiated color scheme in black or red that mirrors the look of the company's Scarlet HDTVs. All the hard drives are completely bus-powered but are still thin enough to slip into bags or to an optional leather case.