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RED announces the 5K SCARLET-W Camera

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RED have today announced a new addition to their camera line up, the SCARLET-W. The SCARLET-W features a RED DRAGON sensor, interchangeable lens mounts, simultaneous recording in REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes formats, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs. The camera can capture 5K at up to 60 frames per second in 2.4:1, 4K at 150 fps, or 2K at 300 fps with REDCODE RAW. According to RED, it’s wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color.

SCARLET-W also offers an upgrade path to WEAPON and uses the DSMC2TM line of accessories, making it compatible with both RED RAVEN and WEAPON cameras. This gives RED shooters the option to move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.

SCARLET-W comes along just after the recent 4.5K RED RAVEN announcement, and places the camera between the RAVEN and RED WEAPON where there was a big hole in the line up. The SCARLET-W offers slightly more resolution than the RAVEN, an interchangeable mount and OLPFs, and can do slightly higher frame rates. It is unfortunate that the camera will be limited to capturing 2K resolution if you want to record in ProRes. There is also no option to record in anything higher than ProRes 422 HQ. If you want to monitor via an SDI or HDMI monitor, you’ll have to get the package deal or add a module with outputs separately. The SCARLET-W does not come with any external outputs.

The old SCARLET MX is a 3 year-old camera using 5 year-old technology, and was long over due for a replacement. The new SCARLET-W beats it out in just about every category. Unfortunately for current SCARLET DRAGON owners who haven’t had their cameras very long, RED won’t be doing a trade-in, but they will have a $2,500 package discount available for current SCARLET DRAGON owners.

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As well as the SCARLET-W, RED is also introducing a SCARLET-W Monochrome. This camera will feature all of the same specs, except the sensor is a 5K black and white version from the DRAGON. This gives shooters the ability to capture black and white images that contain enhanced resolution and heightened light sensitivity

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The SCARLET-W will cost $9,950US for the camera BRAIN® and $14,500US for the complete Base I/O V-Lock Package. According to RED, customers that have placed RED RAVEN pre-orders can easily change to a SCARLET-W pre-order. The camera is estimated to begin shipping in February 2016, and deposits will be accepted beginning today.

The SCARLET-W looks to be a good addition to the RED line-up and I can see the camera being very popular with indie filmakers and as a B camera to be used alongside the more expensive WEAPON. SCARLET looks to be taking over where EPIC left off, and at a much more affordable price.

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Price and Inclusions:
SCARLET-W BRAIN ONLY – $9,950 – estimated to ship February 2016
SCARLET-W BASE I/O V-LOCK PACKAGE – $14,500 – estimated to ship March 2016
Includes a SCARLET-W BRAIN, AI Canon Mount, Base I/O V-Lock Battery Mount, RED MINI-MAG® 120GB, DSMC2
RED Touch 4.7” LCD, DSMC AC Power Adaptor, and DSMC2 Universal Handle.

Specifications:

SENSOR
SENSOR TYPE: RED DRAGON® 13.8 Megapixel CMOS
EFFECTIVE PIXELS: 5120 (h) x 2700 (v)
SENSOR SIZE: 25.6 mm (h) x 13.5 mm (v) x 28.9 mm (d)
DYNAMIC RANGE: 16.5+ stops
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE-RATIO: 80 dB

RECORDING
MAX DATA RATES: Up to 140 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG®
MAX FRAME RATES: 48 fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700) and 8:1 REDCODE
60 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160) and 8:1 REDCODE
120 fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160) and 13:1 REDCODE
150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728) and 13:1 REDCODE
160 fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620) and 10:1 REDCODE
200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296) and 10:1 REDCODE
240 fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080) and 7:1 REDCODE
300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864) and 7:1 REDCODE

PLAYBACK FRAME RATES
(PROJECT TIMEBASE) 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.96, 48, 50, 59.94 fps, all resolutions
REDCODE® COMPRESSION 1
SETTINGS RANGE FROM 2:1 UP TO 22:1 4:1 REDCODE for 5K (5120 x 2700) at 24 fps
8:1 REDCODE for 5K (5120 x 2700) at 48 fps
3:1 REDCODE for 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24 fps
7:1 REDCODE for 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps

REDCODE RAW
ACQUISITION FORMATS 2 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
4.5K Full Frame (4608 x 2412), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
APPLE PRORES: Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 422 up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 422 LT up to 2K (2048 × 1080) and up to 60 fps

TYPICAL MAX RECORDING TIME

USING RED MINI-MAG 120GB 5K (5120 x 2700) at 24 fps and 11:1 REDCODE: 41 minutes
5K (5120 x 2700) at 48 fps and 14:1 REDCODE: 26 minutes
4.5K 2.4:1 (4608 x 1944) at 120 fps and 15:1 REDCODE: 17 minutes

GENERAL
CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum Alloy
WEIGHT: 3.5 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE: –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)

FEATURES
COLOR MANAGEMENT: Supports 17×17×17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with Expander Modules
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing
AUDIO: Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
Optional 2 additional channels with Expander Module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
REMOTE CONTROL: Built-in Wireless.
Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with Expander Modules.
MONITOR OUTPUTS: 3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with Expander Modules
1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2
480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI Only)
SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio
MONITOR OPTIONS DSMC² RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC² RED Touch 7.0″ LCD and
DSMC² RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection.
RED Touch 9.0″ LCD, RED Touch 7.0″ LCD, RED Touch 5.0″ LCD,
RED PRO 7″ LCD, BOMB EVF (OLED) and BOMB EVF (LCOS)
compatible with DSMC² LEMO Adaptor and LCD/EVF cable.

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