by Richard Lackey | 9th June 2016
Last week I introduced a fantastic new tool called REDCamAssist from Phil Holland on his site PHFX. Well if you found it useful, you’ll love LensData too. Again the PHFX LensData tool is for RED camera users, and it matches up a range of lens types with either RED Dragon or Mysterium-X sensors to produce a useful data sheet of lens data and sensor coverage. If you find yourself wondering what is the maximum resolution a 20mm Ultra Prime will cover on your RED Dragon, this tool will immediately tell you it will cover up to 5.5K WS on the 6K Dragon sensor. The currently listed lenses for PHFX LensData are below: Arri/Zeiss Master Primes Arri/Zeiss Ultra Primes Leica Summilux-C Primes Leice Summicron-C Primes Zeiss Compact Primes Zeiss Compact Zooms Zeiss Otus Primes Zeiss Milvus Primes Schneider Cine-Xenar III Primes Schneider Xenon-FF Primes Cooke 5/i Primes Cooke S4/i Primes Cooke Mini S/4i Primes Vantage One T1 Primes Canon CN-E Primes Luma Tech Illumina S35 Primes RED Pro Primes Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Primes Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses Zeiss Super Speed MK III Primes Canon K-35 Primes Zeiss Standard Speed Primes Cooke Speed Panchro Primes Panavision Primo Primes XEEN Primes Hanse Inno Tech Celere HS Primes Arri/Zeiss Ultra 16 PrimesRead more
by Richard Lackey | 31st May 2016
PHFX’s new REDCamAssist is a powerful free online tool for all users of RED Digital Cinema cameras and R3D REDCODE RAW workflow. For anyone unfamiliar with RED cameras, the myriad possible combinations of resolution, associated crops, aspect ratios and R3D REDCODE data rates can be overwhelming to say the least. Phil Holland of PHFX has created a simple online tool called REDCamAssist that generates a comprehensive data sheet for any and all possible combinations of settings on all RED camera bodies. REDCamAssist is accessible from the PHFX website. With six simple input criteria, REDCamAssist generates a full blown datasheet that will prove more than useful to DIT’s and post production teams when planning post workflow especially. All you need to know to generate a full datasheet are: RED Camera Model Resolution Format Anamorphic Modeely Frame Rate Enable HDRx (Yes/No) The datasheet includes: REDCODE RAW Resolution and Format Details Film Format Relative Crop Factors Selected Camera Body Specifications Supported Recording Codecs REDCODE RAW Data Rates It’s very easy to use and makes it look like you’ve done all the hard work while in actual fact PHFX’s Phil Holland has done your homework for you. I can also see the tool being useful for anyone wanting to see what functionality they will get from various RED camera bodies before making a purchase decision. Phil has hinted that more amazing functionality is in the pipeline so REDCamAssist is definitely a page worth bookmarking.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 11th December 2015
Last night RED announced the new RED Scarlet-W camera, featuring a 5K RED Dragon sensor they introduced two years ago and implemented with the new higher end RED Weapon and lower end RED Raven cameras earlier this year. The new RED Scarlet-W can shoot 5K 60fps and 4K up to 150fps RAW for about $16,000 – $17,000 (working package). The camera brain alone is priced just under $10,000. After a few years of silence it’s exciting to see RED hasn’t been sleeping and release so many new cameras this year. With this third announcement RED presents a completely new line-up of cameras surrounding the new RED Weapon Design and powerful Dragon sensor that has a reputation in cinema productions to offer high dynamic range and high resolution, organic RAW footage, imitating the look and feel of analogue film. This has been and continues to be the strength of RED cameras. In comparison to the RED Raven, announced in September, the RED Scarlet-W features a 30% larger active sensor area (10% wider) and shoots at 5K vs. 4.5K maximum resolution. The frame-rates at different resolutions are the same. The RED Scarlet-W body itself is 40% more expensive than the RED Raven ($10k vs $6K), but has some of the features of higher-end models, for example an interchangeable mount, and a minimum of 4:1 RAW compression, and a physically larger sensor. Another difference between the two is that the RED Scarlet-W has an interchangeable Optical Lowpass Filter which can be used to enhance the image at higher ISO’s and prevent image degradation. RED Scarlet-W Camera fully equipped. The more expensive high-end RED Weapon camera has the same sensor as the Scarlet-W , but uses the full 6K sensor area and shoots up to 120fps in 5K and 100fps in 6K. On top of natively recording RED RAW, which is a compressed RAW file format, the RED Scarlet-W, just like the RED Raven and RED Weapon, can also record ProRes 422 HQ in 2K at up to 60fps, but uses a smaller portion of the sensor in that mode [Update: Though not stated in the press release, proRes 2K seems to have the full frame option]. It records RAW simultaneously. Alongside the normal RED Scarlet-W they are also introducing a Scarlet-W Monochrome, that gives you a monochrome-only sensor with higher actual resolution and higher dynamic range. RED Scarlet-W Brain While the RED Scarlet-W Camera Body itself will only cost $10,000, the accessories needed to get a full working package will cost $16,000 – 17,000. I know this from my experience reviewing the RED Scarlet-X back in 2012. Here’s what you need to get started: RED Scarlet-W Basic Package – $14,500 2 V-Mount Batteries and Charger – $1450 (you can always save here and get third party v-mounts) At Least One Additional 120GB SSD – $850 (because the camera shoots RAW) The SSD Reader Mini Mag Station – $195 (to transfer your footage to a computer) The new RED Scarlet-W is scheduled to ship in March of 2016. more info on the RED Scarlet-W Promo PageRead more
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