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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Out With the Old Sensor, In With the DRAGON: RED EPIC Exposure Comparison - No Film SchoolWith DRAGON now available for purchase or upgrade in RED‘s EPIC and SCARLET cameras, it’s about time to see how well the new sensor outperforms its predecessor, the Mysterium-X. Cinematographer Ryan Walters has recently done just that at Indie Cinema Academy. His battery of tests compare everything from overall latitude, highlight handling, recoverable underexposure, low light performance, IR pollution, and more between two EPICs — one old and one new. Needless to say, if you’re thinking of upgrading or simply wondering how all the DRAGON hype stacks up to reality, you definitely want to check out his results.
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CineVerse Camera Comparison ChartDiscerning cinematographers know that different jobs and projects often require different tools. With digital cinema technology proliferating at an incredible rate, cinematographers now have such a wide variety of camera systems to choose from that the process of deciding which one meets the technical and aesthetic needs of any given project can often be entirely overwhelming. If only all of the relevant technical information for each high-end digital cinema camera could be aggregated into one place, maybe into the form of a well-organized chart –Luckily for us, Tom Fletcher over at CineVerse, a nationwide rental house, put together just such a chart with all of the major digital cinema cameras on the market today (the high-end ones, at least), and it’s an insanely helpful graphic that puts our top-of-the-line digital cinema technology into perspective. More »

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Dale McCready Atlantis Season 2 Camera TestCamera technology has come a long way in the last 5 years. Dale McCready, the DP on the TV show Atlantis, normally shoots on 35mm for the show, but wanted to see how newer solutions stack up and could be intercut with the film material for Season 2. Since he already knows the ALEXA well, he took the 6K DRAGON from RED and his Canon 5D Mark III shooting Magic Lantern RAW and tested all sorts of different combinations of filters on the cameras. More »

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Photos Printed from 6K RED DRAGON FootageSince RED is still trying to deliver a few of the products they’ve had in development for some time — including the new 6K RED DRAGON sensor upgrades — there weren’t any earth-shattering announcements at NAB 2014. The newest products are about adding functionality to the cameras as they exist today, including the new Switchblade-M side panel and the 4K broadcast module which sends out an uncompressed 4K signal over four 3G-SDI outputs. They did however, have some interesting news for those looking at getting a SCARLET DRAGON, and for those who like to shoot native black and white. Check out our video below with RED for more. More »

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1396867330What would the NAB show be without some sort of announcement from RED? This year we’ve got a slew of news from the company, including Scarlet Dragon shipping info, a 4K broadcast module to send out up to 4K 60fps over 4 3G-SDI ports, Epic-M Monochrome details, new color science and even a handy RED-specific multi-tool. Hit the jump for the details. More »

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davinci-resolveRED has held back for quite some time letting other manufacturers use 3rd-party hardware acceleration in their software with RED’s proprietary .R3D codec, but that time has now passed. In the new 10.1.3 update for Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, GPU acceleration is now supported with RED files, which will mean faster workflows for anyone not already using a ROCKET or ROCKET-X card from RED. More »

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RED DRAGON Hero ImageDxOMark, a “comprehensive RAW-based image quality measurement database and a set of scores to evaluate and compare digital cameras and lenses,” recently evaluated RED’s new 6K DRAGON sensor since it has the ability to pull extremely high-quality still images from video. The result, which probably comes as no surprise to RED themselves, measured the DRAGON as the best overall sensor they’ve ever tested, breaking 100 points on their scale. Considering that DxOMark has tested all sorts of cameras (some even more expensive than DRAGON like the medium format Phase One IQ180), the results are indeed impressive. More »

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RED Dragon with New Top PlateNo, it’s not the A.D.D. you’re thinking of. RED has developed something new for RED CINE-X called Advanced DRAGON Debayer to squeeze even more quality out of the image in post, which is in addition to the new Optical Low Pass Filter on the DRAGON that gets rid of an ugly flare and in the process helps increase dynamic range. There is word more improvements are coming, but if you’re wondering about actual cameras, the general upgrades for all EPIC users is almost here, which will mean DRAGONs for every EPIC owner that wants them. More »

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NEW DRAGON OLPFThere is little doubt that RED’s DRAGON sensor is a major step forward for digital cinema, at least in the resolution and dynamic range departments. However, like all new digital sensors, there are some kinks that need to be worked out before the cameras are 100% ready for action. In the case of DRAGON, the optical low pass filter originally designed for the sensor was causing some issues, chiefly some strange magenta flaring when the camera was pointed at bright sources. A brand new OLPF, and a bit of sensor calibration, has not only fixed this issue, but it has improved upon the sensor’s colorimetry and dynamic range even more. Check out the details below: More »

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Freefly CineStar 6K RED EPIC DRAGON AerialFreefly, who makes all sorts of stabilized aerial copters for cameras (and who is now better known as the creator of the MōVI), just got their hands on a 6K RED EPIC DRAGON, and the first thing they did was take the little guy into the sky. The team put the camera on one of their 8 rotor CineStar copters, and the resulting footage is about the smoothest you’re going to see with an unmanned vehicle. Check out the gorgeous video below, which was filmed with the Tokina 11-16mm lens: More »

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RED DRAGON Aerial Axiom ImagesWe’ve already seen some terrific aerials from RED’s EPIC DRAGON camera, and a new aerial video of Los Angeles from Axiom Images — not to be confused with the Apertus Axiom camera — really shows off the strengths of the new sensor. With its small size, 6K resolution, excellent dynamic range, and better low-light performance than the MX sensor, it may just be the perfect camera to take up into the sky. Check out the video below: More »

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RED DRAGON Carbon FiberThese days our cameras are like fine wines — they just keep getting better with time and, well, firmware downloads. Today RED is kicking off the new year by dropping firmware 5.1.34, a significant release build over the their current 4.0.18 release build (Beta releases have given us some of these features, but release builds are theoretically far more stable). Notable on the feature list is the addition of HDRx (which was announced late last year) and Speed Ramp for the DRAGON sensor, as well as major UI enhancements and additional lens support. Read on for the full feature list and download links. More »

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RED 512GB MINI-MAG-Side-SSD-ReaderRED teased newer mags for their cameras back in November, and now they have finally arrived, starting with a 512GB MINI-MAG. The biggest change from the old cards is that these are much cheaper and faster, so you can get better compression ratios than the older cards. How much better you ask? A chart has been posted showing exactly what kind of compression improvements you’ll be looking at, and we’ve embedded it below. More »

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RED Store NYCRED might have started in California, but they have been slowly expanding their presence around the globe. This is especially important as more and more new users are getting into their ecosystem (with deals like the $4,000 Battle-tested RED ONE MX). Now it looks like RED is finally opening up shop in the other filmmaking center of the country, New York City. Even though it won’t be ready until sometime next year, you’ll be able to order online and pick up in person at their temporary location starting next week. Click through for more details. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video RED DRAGON 6K Goes Airborne in These Gorgeous Aerials - No Film SchoolWhile 6K from RED DRAGON is going to make for better-looking 4K footage because of resolution loss due to debayering, there will likely be times when it’s overkill for the project you’re shooting. Aerial footage is not one of those situations, however. Dynamic range and resolution are both important, as is the rig you’re actually using, but the results from the following videos speak for themselves. Luke Neumann recently got the chance to test the GSS C520 Gimbal along with Doug Holgate and Nathan Garofalos, and they’ve posted some DRAGON samples for us to drool over. More »

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RED MiniMag Reader and Side SSDWhile they aren’t technically new, RED has quietly taken the wraps off of new capacities for their MiniMags, which were originally designed for the Proxy Module to record DNxHD and ProRes. Even though it was announced at NAB, that module has not been released yet, but RED has decided to take the same kind of cards and use them inside a brand new Side SSD to record RAW. In addition, RED has also increased support for a number of Canon lenses in Beta firmware v5.1.29. Read on for more on the Side SSD and Canon lens support. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Who Wants a Carbon Fiber Camera? New RED DRAGON Carbon Being Used on 'Game of Thrones' - nofilmschoolWe’ve already got some 6K footage to mess around with, but just as I was mentioning RED’s delays along with the positive news from Digital Bolex, RED has given us the order in which they will be shipping out upgrades, along with some new color science work and the development of HDR-X for DRAGON, which will give the sensor even more dynamic range by combining multiple exposures in post. We knew that some people would be way ahead in line because they are considered early adopters, but it wasn’t completely clear how things would go after that, and more importantly, when all of these upgrades will actually be happening. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video First RAW Footage from RED DRAGON is Now Available for Download - nofilmschoolIf you’ve been having some trouble seeing what all the fuss is about with RED DRAGON footage on Vimeo or YouTube, and you’ve been itching to get your hands on the camera to see what it can do, we’ve now got the next best thing: RAW footage. Phil Holland, who shared with us some great photos on the set of a DRAGON shoot, had a few hours with the camera himself and has been kind enough to share RAW frames and actual footage for the first time. Check out the RAW samples and the video below from Phil. More »

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Diamond Bros RED DRAGON 6K Anamorphic 1Tired of RED DRAGON footage yet? Well we’ve got some you’ve never seen before: Anamorphic. That’s right, for the first time you can feast your hungry eyes on some video shot in 6K anamorphic. The Diamond Bros. — Josh and Jason — had only 6 hours to play with a RED DRAGON before a scheduled shoot, so they threw some Elite Anamorphics (32mm, 50mm, 135mm) on the camera and shot some available light footage guerilla-style around NYC. Check it out below: More »

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John Marchant - KipperTie - DRAGON 6KAt this point RED has beaten the drum very loudly regarding higher resolution, and when you’re dealing with single sensor cameras that lose resolution due to interpolation (not every pixel represents red, green, and blue, thus it has to be created), it does make a lot of sense. But that’s not all that’s important in image quality (not by a long shot), and the DRAGON is beginning to prove that you’re getting more than just 6K with the new sensor, you’re also getting a great image that is tremendously malleable. John Marchant of KipperTie already showed off a little bit of his footage playing around with DRAGON, and now we’ve got even more, including his thoughts on the situation. More »