Guest post by @Jonah_Kessel
IBC 2013: New Wooden Camera Accessories for RED Epic and Sony F55 from Dan Chung on Vimeo.
Ryan from Wooden Camera talked with Newsshooter.com’s technical editor Matt Allard about new accessories for the RED Epic and Sony F55 at IBC 2013. Unveiled at IBC 2013 included a new SDI splitter module for RED Epic as well as a new view finder mount for the Sony F55.
By site editor Dan Chung:
RED EPIC DRAGON – ITS THE REAL DEAL ! from Mark Toia on Vimeo.
DP Mark Toia has posted some stunning test footage from the much anticipated Dragon sensor. It is a $9500 US upgrade for the sensor in the Epic-Mysterium-X, has a 6K resolution and is said to have greater dynamic range than any other digital cinema camera on the market – which looks to be borne out by Toia’s testing. Availability is still unknown and there are many users waiting in line for the upgrade. Hopefully RED won’t keep them waiting too much longer. It seems like a new round has truly begun in the battle for supremacy in digital cinema – one wonders what Arri and Sony will do next?
Here is what Toia had to say in a post on Reduser: “The Red Dragon sensor has 3 F STOPS more than before. 1 in the highlights which rolls over wonderfully !, 2 solid extra stops in the darks…. maybe 3 once the colour science has been perfected.
“But there is still noise, but nothing like before. I ran some 250d 2k film rushes next some of my 4000asa stuff, And silly as it sounds, it looks like film grain, not noise. Don’t ask me how, as I wouldn’t have a clue. But it looks great!
“Red Dragon now has the best highlight fall off I have ever seen from any digital camera. Beating film! Big call I know, but after shooting film and pushing it around in telecine chains for more than a decade, I can categorically say that this new sensor has a better range than film ever had.
“Single still frames compared to a top of the line professional 35mm Digital stills cameras, I’m going to say that the EPIC matches, if not betters most. Don’t ask me how they do it, but every single frame from the DRAGON is 109meg !! @16bit when saved as a tiff from RCX. and at 100 Frames per second.”
Head over to Reduser to read Toia’s full report.
Reported by Chuck Fadely:
NAB 2013: New Arri accessories for the Sony F5/F55 cameras from Dan Chung on Vimeo.
Arri shows off their new accessories for the Sony F5 and F55 cameras, which include a quick-release plate with rosettes for handles, along with a top rig with a microphone mount. Also new is a 6in matte box and a cage system with built-in rod mount for cameras like Red and Canon 1D C. Jonah Kessel talks to Arri at NAB 2013.
Video shot by Chuck Fadely and Rick Macomber.
By Features Editor, Mat Gallagher
NAB 2013: Ted from Red installs a factory on the NAB show floor from Dan Chung on Vimeo.
Ted from Red provides NewsShooter.com’s Rick Macomber with details of their on-site lab that has been set up to convert Red cameras to the new Red Dragon sensor. He also explains the $4500 replacement lens mount module for the Epic, that gives the camera a global shutter and built-in ND filter.
Interview shot by Jonah Kessel and Chuck Fadley.
Reported by Mat Gallagher
The Sony F5 and F55
Red Digital, maker of the Red One, EPIC and Scarlet, has started proceedings in the Southern California District Court against Sony Corp and Sony Electronics Inc, alleging infringement of two of its patents. As reported by Deadline, Red Digital claims that Sony’s F55, F65 and F5 cameras ‘unlawfully embody the claimed subject matter of US patent numbers 8174560 and 8358357’ without licence. Soon after the launch of the Sony F5 and F55 back in October 2012, Red Digital CEO Jim Jannard took to the Reduser forum, stating ‘these two camera announcements are significant… While I do not see them as a threat to EPIC or Scarlet’ Jannard continued, ‘I do see them as a threat to the conventional and outdated thinking of the industry that tried so hard to cling to “1080P and 2K are good enough”. However, Red Digital’s Complaint that was posted on Deadline, states that ‘Sony’s unauthorized infringing camera sales has resulted in lost sales, reduced the business and profit of Red, and greatly injured the general reputation of Red’.
According to Deadline.com, if Red Digital is successful in persuading the US court that its patents are “valid and enforceable” it wants Sony to stop sale of the cameras and have the destroyed. It is unclear at this point what would happen internationally if a US court rules in Red Digital’s favour.
Sony has not responded to our enquiries at time of writing.
The patents are available to view below.
Patent 1: http://www.google.com/patents/US8174560
Patent 2: http://www.google.com/patents/US8358357
By site editor Dan Chung:
Following on the heels of Leica’s M monochrome digital stills camera, Red have surprised me with the announcement of a black and white version of their flagship Epic cinema camera. By removing the need to de-bayer the sensor data Red have managed to achieve a much higher quality black and white image than a standard Epic.
Here is what Red’s Jarred Land announced on RedUser:
Newly Developed Mysterium-X Monochrome Sensor.
Native ASA 2000.
Increased net resolution ( Removal of the debayer process, so every single individual pixel is used for luminance / image data )
New Low Pass Filter with to accomodate the reduced pixel pitch ( 1×1 vs 2×2 Bayer )
$42,000 ( brain only ) includes upgrade to Dragon Monochrome Sensor spring 2013.
David Fincher is shooting his current project solely on Epic-M Monochrome cameras as we speak.
Pre-orders open on RED.COM Monday.. Ships October 1st.
By site editor Dan Chung:
BIRTV 2012 – Movcam rigs for Sony FS700, Canon C300, KineRAW S35 and Red Epic from Dan Chung on Vimeo.
Movcam are one manufacturer who has done a lot to dispel the myth that all Chinese camera accessories are of poor quality. Their new 2012 line of camera supports seem well made and are highly customised to specific camera models – with plenty of bespoke parts. Earlier this year reputed US dealer Abel Cine started selling the Movcam line – a testament to their quality. Pricing is competitive with the Abel selling a Sony FS700 baseplate/cage/shoulder pad and top handle for $1244 US.
The Movcam FS700 rig
At BIRTV they showed all their latest models including their popular FS700 and C300 rigs. The attention to detail and uniqueness of some of the designs really impressed me. Moving from shoulder to tripod configuration with the FS700 rig was very quick and easy – something many rigs fail to do. The $645 US Canon C300 top handle uses multiple attachment points to the camera’s top plate – giving you not just a handle but an EVF mount and twin 15mm rod attachments.
A Movcam C300 rig in action on the show floor
As with many other manufacturers I do feel that some of the Movcam kits are slightly over engineered for run and gun work. They could be done better with slightly fewer parts – hence making the rig lighter. Hopefully Movcam will recognise this and bring out some more streamlined kits to go alongside their full cine ones.
Movcam are also the first manufacturer to make a dedicated support system for the upcoming Chinese KineRAW S35 camera. The baseplate and top handle will be offered direct from Kinefinity as part of an optional extended camera package. The KineRAW when fully rigged out starts to look like a serious cinema camera.
The KineRAW S35 dressed to impress in Movcam rigging
Some accessories like this EVF/Small Monitor mount are nicely engineered
For more details on the Movcam range check out their website or Abel Cine.
Video shot by Shan Shan Wang and Sun Shaoguang.
By technical editor Matt Allard:
Since their announcement last week we have been keen to check out just how the new Zacuto recoil rigs with Tornado remote focus actually work. Steve Weiss of Zacuto was kind enough to give us a look at the system before the show opened.