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RED Introduces Significant Updates in New Firmware Version 3.3

07.6.12 @ 10:18AM Tags : , , , , , , ,

If you’re a RED owner or you’ve been following the company, you know that they’re constantly updating their hardware and software to add more functionality as well as fix bugs. One of the bigger releases recently was an update to their color science which included a new color preset that supposedly can give great results without much fiddling. It should be noted that the other cameras competing in the high-end cinema space, the Sony F65 and the Arri Alexa, have both also been receiving a steady stream of firmware updates that also add functionality. For example, the F65 added playback in-camera not too long ago — so it’s clear that these high-resolution cameras require a bit more engineering since they are basically computers with lenses. For what’s new in version 3.3, check out the video below:

Here is a partial list of everything that is new in this version:

  • Added Pro IO Support (Video, Audio, Timecode, Sync, Genlock, GPIO and PWR)
  • Added Pro IO Power Control
  • Added Pro IO and Camera Audio Output Mix Control
  • Added Audio Playback
  • Added HD-SDI and HDMI Audio
  • Added Pro IO HD-SDI audio on PREVIEW and PLAYBACK
  • Added Overlay Menu on left/right side of touch screen (Soft Keys)
  • Added Preset RUN on internal actions (Startup, Preview->Playback, Playback->Preview)
  • Added Yellow GEN icon on cross-locking
  • Added Frame Guide Menus
  • Added Lookaround support
  • Added higher frame rates 312,325,330,336,350,360,375,384,390
  • Enhanced Camera/Pro IO Overlay Selection
  • Enhanced Camera/Pro IO Video Output Format Selection
  • Enhanced UI usability
  • Enhanced AF and Iris control capability

Obviously some of the bigger improvements are the compatibility with the new Pro IO box, and the ability of the camera to send out audio through both HDMI and HD-SDI, as well as during playback. As always, they have also figured out a way to squeeze out a few more frames from the firmware, and the camera is capable of even higher frame rate options. Keep in mind if you’re a Scarlet or Epic owner that this is a beta release. You can download the new versions as well as the latest stable release using the links below.



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  • Of course the touch screen gets short key functionality after everybody bought a side handle, if the touch screen short cuts work well, so long side handle

    • Lliam Worthington on 07.7.12 @ 9:33AM

      Why? It’s not just a mean of controlling the camera. And even then, it’s still about modularity and what best suits different shooting needs. It’s almost like saying because the resolution of the new Bomb is so improved, bye bye touch screen.

  • Whats with he creepy blue guy on the cage in the background the whole time?

  • I would like to see the following items in the list:

    1. Enhancements on stability and power management.

    2. More enhancements on stability and power management.

    3. Lots of enhancements on stablity and power management.

    • I’ve shot eight days in a row with an Epic-X and stability and power management hasn’t been a problem at all.

    • john jeffreys on 07.6.12 @ 11:55PM

      i figure that with reds, if you are around a power outlet (i.e shooting indoors or close to/around a building), you should just plug the camera in. and keep an extension cord around.

      • Or just use the old RED brick batteries. They last a lot. We had five of them with us and never had to recharge them during the day.

        • The anton bowers really are best for red usage imo. Last way longer than the volts and bricks, and don’t add much weight to the camera.

        • Lliam Worthington on 07.7.12 @ 9:29AM

          Yep there’s a range of Vmount solutions and easy to power for long periods.
          Better power “management” will be great though, especially when it comes to REDvolts. But we know it’s coming.

          As to stability. Had no issues myself. I don’t use the beta firmwares. I just wait a little longer. So I’m sure that helps.

  • Harry Charnock on 07.8.12 @ 9:51AM

    Might be a dumb question, but what is “Added Lookaround support”?

    • Daniel Mimura on 07.13.12 @ 8:54AM

      Isn’t lookaround where you shoot at 5k, knowing your film will be 4k, so you shoot 20% wider like Fincher did with the Epic footage of GWDT? (and like 10% with the Red One) Sometimes called overscan?

      I hope it means that, and I hope it means it will generate framelines for you for whatever overscan you chose, either as a percentage, or with a frameline of where 4k will stand inside of a 5k frame…etc…. I’m just now in the process of trying to print out some charts with a 20% crop so that I can mark framelines.