Red Sue Sony

Red_vs_Sony

Red Digital has started to sue Sony Corp for patent infringement. The Red’s complaint claims that three cameras made by defendants Sony Electronics and Sony Corporation “all embody the subject matter claimed in Red’s asserted patents without any license.” The federal court filing adds that “Red is informed and believes and thereupon alleges that the sale of Sony’s unauthorized, infringing cameras has resulted in lost sales, reduced the business and profit of Red, and greatly injured the general reputation of Red.” Alleging two instances of “willful and wanton” patent infringement on technology used in its Red One camera, Red is seeking a court order that its patents are “valid and enforceable” as well as an injunction against Sony’s F65, F55 and F5 cameras to stop their further sale and have them destroyed.

Jim Jannard, founder of Red says “This is a REDCODE RAW issue… one that many have acknowledged for years as a core invention of RED and incredibly important to what we all are doing…… REDCODE RAW is not “rounded corners”. It is fundamental to recording high resolution images on camera to small media. It is brilliant. And it is no surprise that others have finally figured out (several years later) that the only way to get where they need to go is through this path.”

This will probably take along time going through the courts, but may just make people reconsider their purchase of a Sony F5, F55 or F65 as if Red wins they may all have to be destroyed.

Atomos Samurai now uses Red Epic file names

epic file names

The latest firmware for the Samurai recorder now allows uses to select a new file naming option. The Samurai’s new option is to be able to use the Red Epic/Scarlet file names, making the Samurai an instant ProRes or DNxHD backup copy of your footage as well as allowing you to use the Samurai’s files for offline edit. Because of the matching file names now it will make re-conforming to the R3D files a breeze.

This update makes my Epic a more versatile camera, meaning what ever post production you have planned for your shoot myself and the Red Epic now provide answer.

Well done Atomos ! Thank you.

Epic & Scarlet cameras shoot reality TV

Today’s the final gear prep day before we start shooting a reality TV series. I can’t name the show yet, but I am really looking forward to shooting it on my Epic camera. We have mainly Epics, but have one Scarlet camera in the mix.
Keeping on top of the data backup is going to be one challenge, but I am told that’s in good hands with plenty of on set computing power at hand.
There has been a great crew brought together for this show, so will be great fun to shoot!

Cinematography tools online by Red

Epic and scarlet tools

Red has just added some tools for Cinematographers and Photographers that use Epic or Scarlet cameras to their web site. The new tools are 1. Crop Factor 2. Recording Time 3. Flicker Free Speeds 4. Depth of Field.

You can find the tools at http://www.red.com/tools/crop-factor

At the moment they are online but its rumoured that there may be an app version in the pipeline. I see the record time tool as the best as no other app seems to be able to do what this tool does.

Thanks you Red!

Epic online tool

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Inspirational people

I have filmed thousands of people over the years, but just recently I filmed Professor Graeme Clark, a very inspiring man who invented the cochlear implant which enables at least 95% of deaf people to hear again. Not only is he a humble friendly man, he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Prof Clark was derided by the scientific community, with many saying ‘it’ll never work.’ Well, the cochlear implant has transformed the lives of close to 200,000 people. And I had the pleasure of working with this brilliant Australian. Its meeting amazing people like Prof Graeme Clark that keeps me loving my job!

The project was for the 30th anniversary of the world’s first commercial cochlear implant. The world is truly a better place because of him!

Red Epic Pro I/O arrives

Epic Pro I/O ModuleThe latest module for the Red Epic has just arrived. Its the Pro I/O or professional Input output module. This module allows for many advanced configurations and attaches to the rear of the Epic to provide a central hub for essential I/O connections. Professional I/O support for audio and video is critical for large productions and the PRO I/O MODULE bundles them conveniently into one module.

Connections Include:

1x Genlock / PGM / Preview (BNC)
1x AES
2x 3-Pin XLR Input
1x 5-Pin XLR Output
1x Timecode (5-Pin Lemo)
1x GPIO (4-Pin Lemo)
1x Power (4-Pin Lemo)
1x AUX (10-Pin Lemo)
1x LCD/EVF Output (RED Display)

 

This module makes our Epic truly versatile and now is all you need to shoot anything from Web video through to a feature film.

Red formats & dimensions

This chart shows the resolutions of the various RED formats and their corresponding dimensions in millimeters. Created by Danai Chutinaton. Thank you for the great information.
High Resolution Download: http://www.bluepano.com/hostedfiles/…ons-Key-LG.jpg

New Epic Firmware

Red EpicA new version of the firmware has just been released for the Epic – version 3.2.16. As always Red is ironing out bugs and improving with each release. They also add new features on most firmware updates.

The one major fix in my opinion with this build is that now the Epic outputs the correct size frame via HD SDI. This means that external recorders can now be used to enable direct to edit shooting with a recorder like the Samurai or the Pix 240.

The major new feature of this build is the addition of 5K HD, 3K HD, 2K HD, 1K HD formats. These new formats mean that you can easily shoot any resolution with Epic in a 16:9 aspect ratio making post simple.

The rest of the updates are :

Added 1K WS format (Epic 400fps, Scarlet 120fps)

Added Target REDCode feature

Added Post Record Fan Delay (max 1 minute)

Added 1-camera to multiple REDMote support

Added Slate Information Dialog

Added User RGB curves capability

Added RMD file import/save/apply

Added Gyro support

Added Side Handle Key Lock Feature

Added Audio Gain/Limiter Controls

Added Phantom Power Support(Hardware Rev Dependent)

Added External record mode

Added Force Restore Feature using Power Button

Added HD-SDI Format controls

Added 9″ LCD Touchscreen support

Added Dual Battery Module support

Added Rear SSD Module support

Added OLED EVF Brightness support

Added Playback Frame, Title and Action Guide status

Added PL Lens short circuit detection

Added HDMI 1080p/720p refresh rates of 24,25,30,50,60

Enhanced Keys assignment dialog

Enhanced Preset dialog

Enhanced Playback load notifications and error handling

Enhanced UI usability

Enhanced AF capability

Camera Name defaults to camera type (i.e., SCARLET/EPIC)

Fix for Playback using EVF

Fix for Playback support of 5K and 5K ANA

Fix for Zoom Rocker +/- Mapping

Fix for HD-SDI output scaling

Fix for LCD image ‘stutter’ when panning

Fix for camera freeze when changing AF/MF with Focus dialog open

Fix for Zebras disappearing after disconnect/reconnect of RED monitor

Fix for scaling of 5K clips during Playback

Fix for HD-SDI test pattern output levels

Fix for record error 0×00001E seen on some cameras

Fix for multi-clip load issue in Playback

Fix for audio in HDRx mode

Fix for frame drift with Sensor Sync = Genlock on some cameras

Fix for camera not completing clip recording to end of media

Fix for camera hang mapping actions to rocker switch

Fix for LCD w/half white screen on start-up

Fix for RED EVF connection problems

New Audio gear

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I have just added a few things to my audio kit. I have added a Countryman B3 lapel mic and windscreens and accessories. This mic I can use with my radio mic transmitter as well as being able to have it as a wired mic too. The capsule (head) is tiny so will be less visible than most mics, as well as it offering a great sound recording. The little windsocks are rated to winds up to 30Km/h, so will offer a great option in tough conditions.

Samurai and Tim Bradley work together

www.sydneycameraman.net.auThe Samurai recorder is a great piece of gear. I bought this pro res and Avid codec recorder for two main reasons.

First it will let me offer 10 bit recording with my Xdcam F800 camera. This will be great for any green screen work, or work where there is high detail in the back ground. The advantage of 10 bit of 8 bit recording is that in simple terms the editor has alot more information to work with, therefor can push the limits further.

The second reason is to be able to offer a direct to edit option with my Red Epic camera. When the Samurai is used this way it will eliminate the need to transcode the Epics camera files (R3Ds) means a far faster post solution. Another use is to make proxy files for offline editing. I recently used the Samurai on a shoot with my Epic as a great, quick replay device. The director could replay any shots while I was setting up the next shot with the camera.

The Samurai is a leader in its area. It is small, easily operated and has the  lowest power consumption. It is a great addition to my extensive range of gear.