Apr 27

CHOOSING YOUR RED CAMERA: RAVEN, SCARLET-W, OR WEAPON

NOTE: This article was written on 4/27/16 and has not been updated since then. Please note that some of the information is out of date and hasn’t been updated with the new RED cameras/sensors that have been released since then.   One of my most commonly asked questions is: “which RED should I buy?”   RED has opened up the doors to all levels of filmmakers with the introduction of their latest and cheapest Raven body. As good as the Raven is though, the question of upgrading is always there: should I upgrade to the Scarlet-W? Should I just get a Weapon? Is the Raven good enough for me? Is the Raven even an upgrade for me?   I always answer all these questions with a preface: it depends. It depends on what you can afford, what you’re shooting, and what you need in your production. I don’t think that one-body-fits-all works for everyone because each person has their own unique set of circumstances. In this comparison, I’ll try to break down the main differences between the 3 bodies in a simple, clear, and concise way.   BODY AND BRAINS First off, I want to start off by clearing RED’s nomenclature which […]

RED Standard OLPF vs. RED Skin Tone-Highlight OLPF – Dynamic Range and Color

VIDEO   One of the great features that I find in RED cameras is the ability to swap OLPFs on-the-fly. It really gives you another level of flexibility in choosing the right tool for your shooting condition. In Red’s new DSMC2 bodies, swapping OLPFs is even easier than before, and I find it to be another step in their commitment to keeping the Red as modular as possible. I would have no problem swapping OLPFs on set in the middle of shooting; it’s quick and very easy to do — even you’re 2nd AC could do it!   Currently, Red offers 4 OLPFs, which have pretty descriptive names. You shouldn’t have a hard time figuring out what each one is good for. Standard – Red’s newest OLPF that combines the characteristics of Skin Tone-Highlight and Low-Light Skin Tone-Highlight – Helps preserve skin tones and highlights in bright conditions Low Light Optimized – Helps reduce noise and retain detail in low light situtations H2O – For underwater   In this particular test, I wanted to see how the Standard OLPF compared to the popular Skin Tone-Highlight. I’ve been told it has “Alexa-like” highlights, but can it make that much of a difference?   Testing Methodology and Parameters   […]
Apr 01

RED Scarlet-W Dragon // Extreme Low-Light Test – 2000 ISO

YouTube Link:     Just a very quick and simple test by the fireside. This is basically straight out of camera, with the same in-camera settings. No post-production, coloring, or noise reduction done. Shot 5K downscaled to 4K UHD for YouTube.   The DSMC2 system is something very special, it’s by far the cleanest image I’ve been able to get from Reds. This is also with the Standard OLPF, so it can get even better and cleaner with their Low-Light OLPF.   Shot with a variety of Leica R lenses wide open at a F/2.0 or F2.8.   UPDATE: 5K RAW R3D Files I’ve been asked for the RAW R3D files and provided a few shots for you. Opening wide shot, Leica R 19mm shot at f/2.8: http://www.mediafire.com/download/a6sxa6m1a7rhab1/A002_C027_0330PU_001.R3D ECU, Leica R 19mm at f/2.8: http://www.mediafire.com/download/vnrs12rzqinv7z9/A002_C024_0330NV_001.R3D Bonus, the shot right after the ECU: http://www.mediafire.com/download/l2c94zkukczfq97/A002_C025_03300E_001.R3D Enjoy!   Higher quality Vimeo link for those who are interested: