Camera support and accessory manufacturer, Wooden Camera, announces a range of new products including a Wi-Fi Side Plate & V-Lock Wedge System. Wooden Camera is known for its flexible rigging, cage and accessory products. Today it has announced a barrage of new tools for use with their existing tools: The Wooden Camera Wi-Fi Side Plate: First up is the Wi-Fi Side Plate, which attaches to your RED Weapon, Scarlet-W or Raven and replaces the built-in antenna with an external, improving the signal range when controlling the camera via FoolControl. The Wi-Fi attaches to the right side panel, meaning it doesn’t block any access to other controls or products like the side handles or the included cover plate. The Wi-fi Side Plate comes in at $499 and is available from Wooden Camera for pre-order with shipping estimated at the end of July! The Wooden Camera Pass Through Top Plate: Next up is the Pass Through Top Plate, which attaches to the top of a RED Weapon, Scarlet-W or Raven, expanding its mounting capabilities with an array of 1/4″ and 3/8″ screw holes. The killer feature is a 26pin LCD Connection so you can mount your monitor, controls or viewfinder on it, as well as a 3pin trigger handle interface for when shooting with a grip arm. The Top Plate is available for pre-order now at $350, also with an estimated shipping of late July. The Wooden Camera V-Lock Base Station and Wedge Kit: Also announced is the V-Lock Base Station and Wedge Kit, a quick lock and release device that can hold accessories to the side of the camera. Also known as V-Dock, it’s deal for use with control units or other removable accessories. It also includes 1/4″, 3/8″ and accepts ARRI accessory mount pins for adding and combining a variety of equipment. The Base station and Wedge Kit can be purchased for $135.00, with extra wedges available for $55.00 if you’re using multiple accessories. Estimated shipping at the end of July. The Wooden Camera Smartphone Clamp Lastly is the Smartphone Clamp. It’s a holder for a range of phones up to the iPhone 6s in size, very useful if you’re also using the FoolControl app. It can be easily mounted on the plates by a magic arm, or with the V-Lock Base Station by attaching a wedge to the clamp. It comes in at $95, shipping is the same as above. So there you have it. Wooden Camera certainly introduced a multitude of accintroduce at CineGear to keep those RED beauties dressed nice and sexy for the summer. Stay tuned for a number of product news videos from CineGear which we’ll release over the course of the coming week.Read 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
In typical RED fashion, the camera manufacturer has announced their upcoming camera upgrade for their DRAGON system in their REDUSER forum. Not many technical details have been shared about the new system at all, other than it will be called WEAPON and that upgrades can only be done from Dragon sensors – Weapon seems to be a body upgrade. Like many replies from people on their REDUSER forum, I can’t help but wonder why on earth they picked such a name. As usual, the name will be engraved on the side of each body in huge letters … imagine the discussions with airport security personell around the world explaining something in your hand luggage called “RED WEAPON”. Telling them that you will only use it to “shoot” won’t help either. All joking aside, RED’s Jarred Land replied that people shouldn’t worry and simply put some gaffer tape over the name if there is a concern about getting into trouble purely because of the camera’s name. However that won’t really help with carnets and other import paper required by most countries around the world. If you haven’t upgraded to DRAGON yet, Land recommends doing that before NAB as the upgrade path will end mid-summer for MX users, and also become significantly more expensive after NAB (however no prices were announced). That’s supposed to be the first image out of the Weapon camera: As for the actual technical enhancements in the new upgrade little is known. Our friend Joe Marine over at NoFilmSchool speculates about the shape of the body changing and says that RED might be introducing better electronics to enhance the sensor output (which allegedly is limited by the processing power of the current camera body). He also makes a good point about RED’s modular approach which really never got where they wanted it to be in the beginning – only requiring shooters to purchase accessories to actually be able to use the camera at all (audio and monitoring modules, etc.). They indeed should take a lesson from the competition for once and give users more out of the box performance. Personally I love the image coming out of RED cameras, I have shot with EPIC and DRAGON as well as the RED ONE on various higher end commercial productions. However the cameras are definitely more prone to malfunctions (than others), which can spoil your shoot – as can the massively fanboy-ish attitude of many RED owners and the company itself – but the price/performance ratio is still great if you compare to other high end cinema options. Another teaser image of the camera tweeted by our friend Shane Hurlbut, ASC: They have definitely had a huge impact in making cinema quality affordable, but it’s not 2006 anymore. It’s really time to do things differently and more professionally in both business and technical terms. Once again, not a single movie nominated for this year’s OSCARs was shot on a RED camera … It’s really Arri Alexa everywhere, with the odd Canon C300 and C500 as well as some movies shot on 35mm film. Clearly time for RED to change some of their practices. I also read an interesting comment by “HOUSE M.D.” Director of Photography, Gale Tattersall on Facebook, in which he mentions that he was forced to shoot on Red Dragon instead of Arri Alexa in a recent shoot for Netflix “because of their 4K mandate”, adding “and for me … it just didn’t cut it.” Ouch. via RedUser, NoFilmSchool & IndieWireRead more
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