Movie Making Manual/Cinematography/Cameras and Formats/RED

From Wikibooks, open books for an open world
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Related Sections
Table of Cameras Table of Formats
Model number RED ONE
Manufacturer Red Digital Cinema Camera Company
Intro date Late 2006
Category Film-style digital
Price $17,500
Format(s) RAW 2540p, 4k, 2k or REDCODE wavelet compression for 4k, 2k, 1080p, 720p
Sensor resolution 4900x2580
Aspect ratio s35 (16:9)
Sensor tech "Mysterium" Custom CMOS/Bayer Pattern
Sensor manufacturer RED Digital Cinema Camera Company
# sensors 1
Sensor size super35 - 24.4x13.7mm
Recording res & fps 2540p, 4k, 2k, 1080p, 720p @1-60fps
Shutter mechanism
Shutter speeds
Luma sampling freq.
Chroma subsampling 4:4:4 & 4:2:2
Colour model RAW, RGB
Colour depth 10bit log
Low light performance
Available sensitivities
Lens Standard 35mm PL Mount & 2/3" B4
In-built filters
Adjustable gamma
LCD size
Dynamic Range >66db (12-15 stops)
Signal to Noise Ratio
Video outputs
Video inputs
Audio inputs 4x XLR
Audio Compression Uncompressed
# audio channels 4
audio sample rate 16/24bit
audio quantisation
Digital IO Dual HD-SDI, High Speed Serial Interface
Weight 8lbs (body only)
Notes This camera is not available to the public till early 2007

History of the camera

[edit | edit source]

The Red One Digital Cinema Camera was unveiled at the NAB Exhibition 2006 in Las Vegas. An "Ultra-High-Definition" digital camera, it has a custom Bayer Pattern sensor array (the "Mysterium") with a resolution of 4900x2580 (4700x2540 active image area, 4520x2540 maximum recordable image area). It was designed as a replacement for traditional 35mm film cameras and has a number of recording resolutions including 2540p, 4k, 2k, 1080p, 1080i and 720p, though production models are limited to recording in 4k, 4k 16:9, QHD, 3k, and 2k, through sensor windowing. It is targeted specifically at the retail market and has a base price (without lenses or recorder) of $17,500. A number of RED accessories were simultaneously revealed, including two initial lenses, a 300mm prime and a 18-85mm zoom (though the camera will take standard PL and B4 mount lenses). Recording is done through a mirrored RAID-0 array of 160 GB hard drives, totalling 320 GB, through a 128 GB Solid-State Drive, or through a Compact Flash Module, which records to 8 or 16 GB cards produced to RED's specifications.

The RED One records in a compressed RAW Bayer format which the company claims to be visually lossless, though filmmakers have discovered certain reproducible artifacts of the encoding mechanism. While this allows the camera hardware to be produced at a reduced cost, comparable to other digital camcorders, which encode video onboard to an easily usable format, it also significantly complicates and extends post-production. Native support of Redcode in Non-linear Editors is not widespread, or mature, so RED's post-production workflow relies on company provided software for online editing, such as Redcine, and Red Alert, to encode to a digital intermediate format, such as ProRes, or DNxHD.

  • First 4k footage of the camera was shown at IBC 2006 in Amsterdam [1]
  • A provisional date of early 2007 was announced for retail to the public.

David Stump ASC has tested a "Red" lab prototype for exposure and on a greenscreen[2] but as of January 2007 development is not complete, and no stand-alone Red cameras exist yet. Many dp's that have invested in this technology have yet to figure out how they are going to edit with camera.

The above information is outdated; the Red camera has since been released and several movies were shot using Red camera.

Tech Specs

[edit | edit source]

Tips and tricks

[edit | edit source]


[edit | edit source]
  • Recording Media (more info)
    • RED-RAID
    • RED-RAM

Films made with the camera

[edit | edit source]
  • "Bookaboo" (2009)
  • "Flow" (2008)
  • "Leverage" (2008)
  • "Unnai Pol Oruvan"(2009) [Tamil Movie]
  • "LIVE - seedha sachh" (2010) (Hindi movie)
  • "The Social Network"(2010) Directed by David Fincher
  • "Saluda al diablo de mi parte" (2011) - Directed by Juan Felipe Orozco
  • "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (2012) Directed by David Fincher
[edit | edit source]