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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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

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.

Red One, Epic and Scarlet resolution and frame sizes

The latest Epic camera from Red is unbelievably versatile. It can shot stop frame work all the way to 300 frames per second. This allows you to do shots that just weren’t possible on almost any other camera ever made.

This chart shows currently support resolutions for Red cameras – Red One, Epic and Scarlet, as well as the maximum frame rate and compression for the resolutions.  Its amazing being able to shoot 300 frames per second on my Epic(at a resolution of 2K – which is higher resolution than most Broadcast TV cameras)

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Epic – New Firmware V3.0

The New Firmware for the Red Epic has been released. The latest version is Version 3.0 for the Epic cameras. The major new addition is the new colour and gamma spaces of Red Colour 3 and red Gamma 3. These two give better skin tone rendition than the previous colour and gamma settings.

I am amazed how fast Red releases new updates for the camer and also for the post software like the free Redcine X pro software which has also just been update to version 12 to make use of the new colour and gamma setting too.

Its like getting a new better camera every few weeks !

Epic X shoots Furniture TVCs

Just finished working on a series of commercials with my new camera – Epic from Red. The Epic is the latest and by far best camera out in the market today. Its being used to shoot movies such as Spiderman, The Hobbit and Avatar to name a few. The Epic has features such as HDR which let you shoot scenes with 18 stops of Dynamic range. The next best camera can only get to 14 stops. This camera is what we all have been waiting for !