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What's the Difference Between the ARRI ALEXA and RED Cameras? One Humorous Explanation

02.20.11 @ 1:19PM Tags : , , , , ,

The ARRI ALEXA and RED EPIC (and RED ONE M-X) are cameras that we’ll be seeing hundreds of features shot on over the next several years. What’s the difference between the two? Check out this amusing video from Inspiration Studios, whose comparison of the ALEXA and RED cameras includes a none-too-subtle suggestion about the fading utility of their DSLR rental package:

Click the image at left for a nifty virtual simulation of the ALEXA’s menu, which is very straightforward indeed. It does make one wonder about the conspicuous lack of many physical buttons on the RED EPIC, which relies on an extensive menu system and/or touch screen controls. For cameras that are priced well above $50k (once you included lenses and required accessories), it certainly makes sense to design a menu system that’s friendly to renters (who may or may not have adequate time to explore everything in-depth prior to the first take).

Also, since the video creators have gone to the trouble of explaining the difference between how each camera handles reel numbering, here’s another humorous video on the Subtleties of the Slate:

[via FreshDV]


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  • I love how it’s promoting Alexa, but was shot on RED

  • Hilarious, but so true on the subtleties of slate. Nothing’s worse than a tone-deaf AC who slams the slate – KRACK!! – right in the face of an actor before you’re about to shoot the tender love scene.

    My personal favorite is the tail slate. When I was an editing intern on a big feature I got to watch how the AC’s would add a little flair to the most demanding and technically complex of slate maneuvers: bring it in upside down, flip it, clap it right-side up. He’s so right, no two takes are the same!