It’s all happening again, Red has made a cryptic announcement of an announcement coming on July 6th.
Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema posted on RedUser “July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone you know to be online. Have your credit card ready. This is a new product category. It does not impact your RED camera.”
Jim Jannard later posted its “Much bigger than a codec and much smaller than curing cancer.”
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Red Epic covers different genres
Five Red Epic cameras were used to shoot the Hi-5 movie, Some Kind of Wonderful. Shot over just five days in Sydney, the film follows the audition process to find three new performers to join the one of the world’s best loved preschool children’s entertainment groups, Hi-5.
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It was lauded as one of the biggest films to be released in 2013, starred the highest paid actor in Hollywood, was largely shot in Australia – plus some of MindsEye’s Red Epic camera gear was used to film this major feature film.
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This TVC is a great example of the power of shooting 5K. By choosing such a high resolution to shoot in enabled an extremely flexible outcome in post. The camera was mounted vertically to make the most use of the resolution, and the shot was framed head to toe with just enough room to allow a few hand gestures. While all the shot sizes had already been decided prior to the shoot, we didn’t have to worry about shooting anything besides the one shot size, knowing that it meant we could get a shot from an extreme close up all the way to an amazing wide shot if needed.
The shoot was a fun day. The director loved the freedom as he knew a shot take could be used in any size in the end TV commercial.
One note for this approach of reframing in post is that I would not recommend this for anything other than a chromakey shoot or white limbo background, as with reframing in post you loose all advantages of being able alter your depth of field with your shot size changes.
The next Red Epic is Epic Dragon and it is now out and about. Red has released a few Epic Dragons for testing and evaluation of the new sensor and electronics. So far the word is great. Added dynamic range of some say 3 stops over what the current Epic has makes this truly stunning.
One test was shot by Aussie Director/DOP Mark Toia and he was quoted as saying that now the Epic Dragon see what his eye sees. Anyway proof is in the pudding so heres what he shot. Please remember this is a camera thats in beta and still has not got all the colour science and post work out, so if you like the pics now remember they will only get better and better as Red releases camera updates and Redcine software updates.
I shot a green screen shoot yesterday for a TV commercial. We approached this slightly differently than the usual as we decide to shoot with the Epic camera mounted at 90 degrees shooting 5K HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
By setting up this way it meant that then we would shoot the talent head to toe and just wide enough to accommodate any hand movements for the whole shoot. Because of the 5K resolution of the Epic camera combined with the added resolution boost by shooting with the camera mounted at 90 degrees meant all the reframing could be done in post with no loss of quality. The finished TVC will have shots ranging from close ups to very wide shots where the talent will be about a quarter of the screen height.
This all enabled us to shoot very efficiently without sacrificing quality.
So on your next greenscreen shoot think about mounting your camera at 90 degrees.
One of the most often asked questions is “How much is this gonna cost us to use 4K ?!” Well a great article from AbelCine goes through the costs on a multi camera shoot for both 4K and 1080 (HD) production.
The rumours that shooting 4K are way more expensive are busted. The cost for shooting 4K is the same as shooting 1080. The costs of the post are explained by Juliet McNally at AbelCine.
They have worked out the its a 55% increase in cost, but think of all the advantages. From an audience perspective, it starts with improved quality: unprecedented levels of resolution and contrast and, ultimately, a much more dynamic, engaging and immersive entertainment experience. If shoot and finish in 4K you are future proofing as 4K Tv sets are being sold in the states for $1200 also youtube streams 4K footage today.
To read the great article http://blog.abelcine.com/2013/05/21/the-cost-of-4k-from-acquisition-to-archiving/