6K shooting

With Red’s new sensor coming out now, its about time to have idea what you are getting with 6K shooting.

So what is 6K, well it is 6144 x 3160 pixels or 19.4 megapixels at a 1.94:1 aspect ratio.
6K is 9.36x more pixels than 1080p.
6K is 8.78x more pixels than 2K.
6K is 2.2x more pixels than 4K.
6K is 1.4x more pixels than 5K.
6K is 14% more resolution than 5K for a pristine full debayer down to 4K. Meaning it’s a 66.7% down sample/debayer to 4K.

What does all this mean to me?
Well if you’re thinking about a 4K finish it gives a bit more freedom for creative re-framing, cropping, or leveling. Fine and high frequency details will actually down sample into 4K and benefit from that extra resolution. There are many ways to work with and finish REDCODE for screen and print use. Over sampling and the use of a debayer pattern help eliminate aliasing artifacts. If you want crisp and detailed images there’s options. If you want a smoother feel there’s options. Just depends on what you’re after and the workflow you choose.

So we’re now in some new exciting territory!

Many Thanks to Phil Holland for all the numbers and great chart.

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NAB, Red and lots of new products

NAB Vegas 2012Well NAB the huge TV gear / software show in Vegas has opened with lots of new gear announcements. Red has announced an upgrade to the only still very new Epic camera. The upgrade is a new sensor that will be available from the end of this year. The new sensor will have a higher resolution (increase from 5K to 6K) smaller pixels (for finer detail) and increased dymanic range ( from 13.5 stops to 15 stops) Red also announced a lot of other new accessories see red.com

Black magic has entered the camera market with an odd looking camera. This I see as an interesting move for a software company to move to making cameras.

Sony have brought out 3 new lowish cost large sensor cameras – great to have choices, but we have too many for some post houses to keep up.

Canon has announced a new camera, the C500. This would make me very unhappy if I had just purchased the C300 as that is now outdated. This must be one the fastest cameras to ever become outdated as they have only just hit the market about 3months ago.

So all in all there are today a heap of new options for production and post. Its exciting times !!

Red Epic Camera …..

Big news, my new Camera from Red (Epic X) is due in the next couple of weeks. I packaged up my Red One camera and sent it back to Red last week, so the amazing new Epic camera should be on its way anytime soon.

I have already have most of the accessories I need with it. Including :

– a new Follow Focus unit – Oconors CFF1 – the Rolls Royce of follow focuses

– a couple of Canon zoom lenses – 24-70 and 70-200 F 2.8 lenses for run and gun shoots

This plus the gear I already have will make my Epic package an outstanding camera kit. To find out more about my camera kit www.redcam.com.au or www.epiccamera.com.au

For those of you that don’t know much about the Epic camera a short list or projects its currently being used on may give you an idea of just how good it is. This camera can be used on any shoot all the way up to huge feature films. Its the first choice camera for the biggest name DOPs shooting the biggest budget projects today.

Its being used on  The Amazing Spider-ManBryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant KillerRidley Scott‘s PrometheusPeter Jackson‘s The HobbitJames Cameron‘s Avatar 2David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon TattooMåns Mårlind‘s Underworld: AwakeningPaul W. S. Anderson‘s Resident Evil: RetributionMichael J. Bassett‘s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, and Ajith Kumar‘s Billa 2 :