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Update From RED On Ray Pro, Scarlet 2/3, New Lenses And More
By Matt J. Weiss, December 2, 2009 @ 12:29 PM (EST)
RED recently announced new product updates for several new models being set to release soon.  Red was having some chip issues that has delayed the release of some cameras, but this latest announcement should keep people pretty satisfied for a while.

Red Ray Pro

One product RED introduced was the RED Ray Pro. The RED Ray Pro is now being introduced before the consumer version, the RED Ray. RED Ray Pro is set be released in January- February of 2010 and the RED Ray Consumer will follow in Spring- Summer. Pricing has not been announced yet for either model.  
 RED Ray Pro
The feature list of the Ray Pro is long and impressive:

  • Decode .R3D RAW files to 5K 30 fps
  • Decode .RRD (RED RAY Distribution format) 4:4:4 files up to 4K @ 30 fps
  • Up to 12 channels of compressed or uncompressed 24-bit audio
  • Optional media and local link encryption
  • Gigabit and Wireless 802.11b/g/n Ethernet
  • Local Touch LCD UI and dedicated transport controls
  • 4 x DVI-D Program Outputs (four 1080p / 2K image quadrants, A B C D)
  • 4 x HD-SDI 3G Program Outputs (four 1080p / 2K image quadrants, A B C D)
  • 1 x HDMI Preview Output with Audio
  • 2 x DB-25 Digital Audio Outputs
  • Rack mount
  • Redundant power supply possible
  • 4 x USB-2 ports
  • e-SATA port
  • GPIO and automation support
  • FireWire 800 port
  • 2 x Customizable front storage slots
  • Compact Flash support

Scarlet 2/3" Camera

The update on the Scarlet 2/3" Camera was probably the most anticipated announcement.  Since we last heard about the Scarlet 2/3" an additional ASIC and four additional boards have added to accommodate many new features. As a result, the price has gone up, but so has the feature list.
Scarlet 8x and Scarlet 2/3" removable

The Scarlet  2/3" will be able to shoot 1080p video at 60fps and now has a data rate increase to REDCODE 100 (more on REDCODE here). It has independedn stills and motion modes that record full resolution REDCODE RAW onto either CF cards, 1.8" SSD, RED-DRIVE or RED-RAM media.

The modular system is completely interchangeable with RED's Epic camera and now utilize the new FLUT color, Gamma and Sensitibity Science as Epic.

Other features of the scarlet 2/3" include:

  • Interchangeable lens mounts including focus and iris control of electronic RED, Canon and Nikon lenses.
  • A RED touchscreen LCD
  • Remote camera control and file transfer via Gigabit Ethernet
  • The very impressive 3K REDCODE RAW recording at 120fps with a 150fps in burst mode.
  • 3-axis internal motion sensor
  • GPS data recorder
  • Remote Camera control through either 802.11 WiFi and REDlink wireless interfaces
  • HDR still mode
  • Many more

The Scarlet can be purchased either as a full Scarlet 8X Fixed that includes the Brain/Lnes, Side CF module, REdmote, 2.8" Touchscreen LCD, REDVOLT battery and travel charger for $4750 or the brain only for $2750.

Scarlet 8X next Nikon D3 to show scale

Scarlet 8x Fixed

Prime Lenses

Red also announced new Prime Lenses including a 18mm Pro, and a 6mm, 8mm, 16mm, 25mm and 50 mm mini primes.  The mini primes lenses are designed specifically for the 2/3" Scarlet and are priced at $950.

Red Mini Prime Lenses
Red 25mm mini prime lens

RED Accessories

The BOMB electronic viewfinder is apparently being beta tested in the field and has a release date of January 2010. They recently added an internal heater to the BOMB EVF so it can be used in much colder temperatures than most EVFs. You can add a BOMB EVF to any RED camera for $3,200.

Red Bomb EVF

The new REDmote Pro interface module had a few announced upgrade including wireless follow focus.  Also, the Redcine-X software got a ton of upgrades.

REDmote Pro

RED announcements are always exciting, but they warn that everything is subject to change. This gives us plenty to drool over though until the next announcement.



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