External recorder or monitor-recorder: why do I need one?

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Deciding on new camera gear is always tough and you have to focus on which product is right for you.

I have owned and used on camera monitor-recorders for a long time. I originally bought a Atomos Samurai when I bought one of the first Red One cameras in Australia. The reason this was a great option to add to the Red camera was because it allowed me record a video stream with matching file names and timecode (to the RAW recording) the Red camera was doing. This allowed more options in post production as well as allowing for playback on set. This was in the very early days of the Red before the cameras could play back the footage. These two features alone were more than enough reason to buy the Atomos.
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Atomos Samurai now uses Red Epic file names

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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.

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