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
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
RED Digital Cinema announced a new camera body, the RED Weapon. They presented all the new features and displayed the camera at NAB 2015. Unfortunately RED did not give interviews or talk about the camera on video. In a vulgar booth with artificial human body parts and corpses RED showed off their new camera design the RED Weapon. It seems the camera will work for non-horror productions too though. Essentially the new camera is a rehousing of the 6K Epic Dragon Sensor that they released last year and it will run for $34,500 for the lower end version and $49,500 for the premium version with full 120fps (body only). Apparently users will be able to upgrade the sensor output to full-frame 8K for another $20,000. The new design is said to be more ergonomic and more lightweight with the additional benefit of a better positioning of the in- and outputs at the back and new XLR-inputs. The new RED Weapon camera will support ProRes alongside the RED RAW codec. It records both formats at the same time. Up to 60fps for the standard version, 120fps on the carbon fibre body. It seems like some of the previous accessories, including the standard storage media REDmags will not be compatible with the new design, but many accessories are still supported. There has been discussion about the name RED Weapon that might lead to security problems at airports especially. RED will offer an unbranded version of the camera for those concerned. The camera is said to ship at the end of 2015. For more information visit the RED website.Read more
Thing’s are heating up in the “dragon’s lair” that is the Red User Forum. Jim Jannard has posted a series of ambiguous posts suggesting an update of the Red Dragon is imminent.Read more
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