You may remember that Blackmagic Design recently announced shipping for the URSA Mini 4.6K, but it seems RED had a card up their sleeves on March 17th, as well. Coincidentally, RED RAVEN is now shipping, too. RED RAVEN is shipping Buried in the depths of reduser.net are several announcements concerning the delivery of RED RAVEN cameras, with the latest being made by Jarred Land on March 10th: “Raven – Still right on track, We will be shipping our first batch of Ravens at the end of next week. This is a completely new line so it will take them a few weeks ( as it always does ) to get everything dialed in so expect a few dozen to come out of the oven at the first then jump to a ramp up in the first few weeks of April. Also, just a heads up, the price for Raven will be going up at NAB… so if you are planning on jumping in it would probably be a good idea to get your place in line before that announcement as we will honor the existing price up till then.” He is backed by Brent on March 17th, making the promise a reality: “Want the good news or the GOOD news? Good = RAVEN packages will ship in same case as SCARLET-W. But black instead of grey… Good = First RAVEN blast being prepped.” So, it seems that the RED RAVEN is finally shipping—at the same time as the URSA Mini 4.6K. We’re a long while from back orders being fulfilled and both cameras being available to everybody, but it is certainly nice to know that the time is near. Now, what does this simultaneous shipping announcement tell us about the companies and the competition between the two? Let’s take a look. RED RAVEN vs. Blackmagic Design URSA mini 4.6K URSA mini 4.6K ($5,495.00 PL body only) vs. RAVEN 4.5K ($5,950.00 Brain only) Nearly twelve months ago, at NAB 2015, Blackmagic announced the Ursa Mini. With a little over two weeks to spare before NAB 2016, Grant Petty announced that the camera would be shipping; albeit with some changes that weren’t to everybody’s liking. In all honesty, many customers—especially those that pre-ordered—are quite vocal in their disappointment due to both the delay and the changes that have been made. On the other hand, RED RAVEN was announced in September 2015. A month later, RED gave us some exciting news—the new camera was the be upgraded from 4K to 4.5K, with no change to the price tag. It now looks like they’re ramping up their delivery lines to fulfill pre-orders. They’re also throwing in a free hard case. Sadly, however, the price is set to be increased at NAB 2016. There’s an ever so slight canyon between the two cameras regarding price—you can’t shoot with a brain only RED—but they’re both sub $10,000 ready to shoot. Feature wise, they are in a similar ballpark and actually, both companies are a little closer than it may appear at first glance. RED Digital Cinema vs. Blackmagic Design Both companies are relatively new to the game when compared to the likes of Arri, Sony, and Canon. They’re disruptive companies—underdogs with a penchant for aggressive marketing and innovative (perhaps slightly maverick) ideas on how to build a cinema camera. Personally, I like that attitude and would love to see more of it. It’s awesome watching the new kids on the block deliver great, affordable gear. Remember NAB 2007? A 4K cinema camera for $17,000? You wouldn’t see that from anybody else back then! As much as I love to see the two companies make a stir in the industry, and feel that they will improve the market for end consumers, there’s one thing I don’t like as much; Blackmagic’s lack of communication. Changing specs and manufacturing processes to get production running is fine; they just need to be more open with their customers. Wrap-up Developing excellent cameras for an affordable price is great, but when you’re a community-driven company, then you need to adapt your marketing and communication style to fit. Perhaps the golden path is in the middle, a combination of the two: fewer cryptic rumor-like announcements (RED) and a little more communication with paying customers as we head into the future (BMD). How do you feel about the two companies and their marketing and communication efforts? You can preorder the cameras here: RED RAVEN 4.5K / URSA mini 4.6KRead more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Our lead sponsor for ON THE COUCH is B&H – a camera and accessories retailer everyone knows, in fact the largest in the United States. In this special episode, I talked to Gabriel Biderman from the marketing department of B&H, to hear about his impressions from this year’s NAB and the big trends that they notice (and which they have a lot more insight in as they know what sells best). Be it 4K, octocopter drones or camera movement – Gabriel knows exactly what their customers like.Read more
I received an exciting email this morning from the Digital Bolex team, The D16 camera is ready for release and they will start taking fresh pre-orders next week. This news has been eagerly awaited since completion of the Kickstarter campaign in March 2012. Backers of the project will be excited to know that their orders will be processed as earlier as this week. Here’s what Digital Bolex has announced: “We’re pleased to announce that the Digital Bolex D16 will be shipping to backers starting this week. If you are a backer, we will be contacting you shortly to verify your shipping addresses and contact details, so please make sure that emails from digitalbolex.com will clear your spam filter. For those of you who are not backers but are interested in purchasing a camera, we are also announcing our first official pre-sale for the next 500 cameras! This pre-sale will open on December 16th at 10am EST through our website with a retail price of $3,299 for the 256 GB camera, and $3,599 for the 512 GB camera.” The announcement also marks December 16th as the opening to their online store. So if you’re interested in the brand outside of a camera purchase head over on this date. Purchase requires site registration as a member; you can do so now via the Digital Bolex website. We look forward to obtaining the camera to provide you with our own thoughts, as well as the steady flow of user footage we’ll see in the public domain over the next few weeks. The specification and focus on aesthetics has raised a lot of eyebrows; it’s a camera that’s taken a unique approach to image reproduction and how it prioritise specific aspects, straying from the current trend of pushing resolution as a main focus. Here’s the specification list one more time: 2k Cinema DNG RAW Digital Bolex Global CCD Sensor 24bit 96kHz audio with phantom power via XLR Enterprise Class SSD HDMI output Interchangeable Lens Mount Removable pistol gripRead more
We’ve got another nice deal for our European readers: Canon’s new flagship cinemaeos camera the EOS C500 started shipping today we’ve got a nice discount code to get a little of that priceload off. As far as I know this is the cheapest offer in the EU from a trustworthy seller. A. F. Marcotec, based in Germany, gives us an exclusive 500€ discount for the C500 (does 120fps and 4K RAW). A. F. Marcotec sells professional filmmaking equipment in Europe and has some of the most competitive prices in the market. They have the EOS C500 listed for 19995,00€ (excl. VAT) (CVP sells it for roughly 20030€) and the cinema5D discount code will give you -500€ off: Discount CODE: 311212C5DC500 SHOP link: Canon EOS C500 PL/EF Enter the code at checkout. The camera starts shipping now and they have some pieces left. American cinema5D readers can pre-order the camera for $25999 at B&H: There’s a PL version and EF Version.Read more
In September we’ve received information that due to production problems the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are delayed once again. New information reveals that the wait may be even longer. Kristian Lam from Blackmagic Design posted a statement on the Blackmagic forum concerning the current status. While it’s certainly positive that the company is so open regarding the situation, it’s frustrating for quite a lot of people who have bought the camera half a year ago and can download software updates for a device that’s not here yet.Read more
Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design posted a detailed explanation about their delay in delivering the much anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Apparently there is a problem with the glass surface of the Camera’s sensor that caused blemishes. This glass is now being replaced and should provide an up and running production soon. The following was posed in the Blackmagic Forum:Read more
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