Good riddance ... MP3 is a garbage format, totally robbing music of its magic. Its the ultimate sellout format for people who value convenience over quality. FLAC or Vinyl is the only way to go if you actually care about getting as close to the Master as possible.
There is really no point in comparing the two systems since there are so different from one another. I'm not bashing Arri. They make a stellar product that I would use in a heartbeat. If I needed to crank out something fast, I would probably go with Alexa Pro Res since it looks great out of the box and is super easy to use. However, If I was able to take my time in post and wanted to tweak my image to my hearts content, I may go with the Weapon because it does offer a lot of flexibility that the Alexa frankly doesn't have. Its a tough call for sure but I feel most of the people bashing Red really don't understand the system. You have to understand where each camera has its strengths and weaknesses. I frankly don't see much of a color difference between the two cameras. If Arri has a slight edge, its just that, very very slight. With a bit more care in post, Red can be just as strong. Red has a definite advantage in resolution, this is pretty evident even of the big screen. I happen to like the sharpness. Played on a proper 4K projector. The images have a clarity that is pretty impressive, Arri is softer, it is a different look, closer to the resolution we saw with film projectors. Red seems like the future while Arri seems more in line with the quality standard we came to expect from film. I do think Arri has an advantage in low light, the Dragon is certainly not a low light king, any time you need to cram smaller pixels on a sensor, low light will take a hit. Still, there is no denying the fact that Red has made a ton of progress with each successive generation of sensors and they will continue to improve and push the tech. Arri is far more conservative and doesn't push the tech development quite as hard, its just in their nature.
Oh God, here we go with this crap again. There are two reasons why this is the case. 1. The word Arri is printed on the side of the body. 2. The menus and buttons are a little easier to navigate. I don't care what anyone says about "Arri colors or whatever look better to my eyes", its the placebo effect. Side by side tests have shown that the Red Dragon sensor is capable of producing colors identical to Arri. The fact that many productions intercut the two systems seamlessly proves this fact. Arri gets props because it seems to be a little nicer to faces out of the box but really this is only the case because it is a 3K sensor. I always judge cameras by how they look on the big screen, not on my computer monitor. Arri does look nicer on smaller screens but I'll be honest, I find the picture to be a tad too soft on a 4K projector, it just doesn't have the same pop that Red does in theaters. This is of course subjective but I really don't think there is any magic sauce that Arri has that the Epic Dragon can't recreate.
Think the Dragon is too sharp for faces? Drop a light diffusion filter in the mattebox or use one of the new low con drop in OLPF's. Or do what Fincher does and shoot with a 20% look around area (crop the sensor) which takes some of the sharpness away while giving you plenty of space to perfect your framing in post.
Here is the list of directors who are currently shooting with Red when they could have easily gone with any camera they want: David Fincher, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott, Bryan Singer, Michael Bay, Steven Soderbergh, Tom Hooper, F. Gary Gray, Roland Emmerich, Robert Zemeckis, Neill Blomkamp, Stephen Frears.
So yes, I think most of this is the placebo effect. If your good, your good. Any skilled DP could cut Red and Arri together and you would never know the difference.
These drones are great and all but the best remote controlled aerial work is being done by a bunch of guys in France called Soul Cam who use miniature blips instead of Octocopters. The grace of their work is pretty much unmatched but they can only do it when the wind is just right.
Pretty mind blowing stuff.