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DEMA 2007: Gates
By Jason Heller, November 6, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

Although we specifically wanted to discuss the specifics of the DEEP RED housing that is currently in development, this was another booth that we weren’t able to get to spend enough time in due to our crazy show schedules.

Gates had on display their solid-built mechanical housings for the high end Canon XH-A1/G1 cameras, as well as housings for the more popular prosumer Sony HC-7. The Sony HC-3 was a very popular cameras and housing combo, and the successor HC-7 may be even more so.

Personally, I’m curious about the DEEP RED housing, as I am contemplating purchasing a RED camera next year as more become available. The RED ONE camera can record resolutions up to 4520 x 2540 using a Super 35-sized CMOS sensor. With an initial price tag of $17,500, producing high-resolution digital cinematography is attainable without totally breaking the bank. To put it in perspective – renting a Sony HDW-F900 HDCAM for one week, will set you back about $7,000. As a photographer looking to make the move to video and cinematography, I am now realizing how significant a budget shock comes with this process! I am however looking forward to getting into video in 2008.

Here’s a recap of the DEEP RED Press Release:

In collaboration with Howard Hall, Gates ‘bulletproof’ housings extend to 4K digital cinema imaging.

San Diego, CA – September 28th, 2007 – Gates Underwater Products, the global leader in reliable underwater housings, formally announces DEEP RED, an underwater housing for the Red One camera. DEEP RED represents a watershed in underwater imaging, providing the means to capture 4K resolution (or 4 x HD resolution) motion imaging, suitable for digital cinema.

DEEP RED will be classically Gates: reliable fingertip mechanical controls, durable ‘bulletproof’ machined aluminum, depth rating to 300 feet / 92 meters, and 2-year renewable warranty.

DEEP RED will be also developed with the collaborative support of Howard Hall, a 30 year veteran of underwater imaging successes in TV, feature film and IMAX productions.

“Development of the RED camera is a landmark in motion picture capture, as different from video as video is from film and better than both.” remarks Mr. Hall. “The Gates DEEP RED housing will be a “no-compromise” solution to taking this technology underwater. Working with Gates I plan to create a housing that incorporates all of the control and practicality I have always required for professional underwater motion picture cinematography.”

Gates expertise in precision optics and ongoing partnership with Fathom Imaging will produce the clearest, sharpest undersea images from DEEP RED – an absolute requisite with 4K, a format with 4 times greater resolution than HD, and 24 times more than SD.

For further information on this and other Gates products, contact Gates directly or visit our website www.GatesHousings.com.

About Howard Hall: Howard Hall is a natural history film maker specializing in marine wildlife films. Working with his wife Michele, they have produced numerous films for television including three episodes of the PBS series Nature and a National Geographic Special. Howard has also directed several IMAX films including Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks, and Deep Sea 3D. Howard is currently directing a new IMAX 3D film due for release in spring 2009.

About Gates: For over 38 years Gates Underwater Products has produced the world’s most reliable underwater housings. Using ‘bulletproof” machined aluminum, 100% mechanical controls, time-proven design methods, and state of the art manufacturing, Gates housings are built to satisfy the most demanding recreational divers, imaging professionals, marine researchers, salvage operators and military personnel.

 

 

 

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