New Gear: RED WEAPON DSMC2 OLPF

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The newly released, redesigned DSMC2 OLPFs for RED WEAPON DRAGON are now available for rental at 3GR. A redesigned, one-screw system allows for easy OLPF swapping in the field. The RED WEAPON automatically recognizes and adapts to the specific attributes of each OLPF.

DSMC2 OLPF’s are now available for rental with RED WEAPON DRAGON.

The DSMC2™ Standard OLPF (optical low-pass filter) offers the perfect balance of light gathering and protective qualities for most shooting environments. With optimal colorimetry, IR protection, and optical glare reduction in a wide variety of lighting conditions—the DSMC2 Standard OLPF is the ideal solution when your shooting schedule demands that you’re always ready to capture the perfect shot.

The DSMC2™ Skin Tone-Highlight OLPF (optical low-pass filter) captures and preserves color quality in highlights, bright colors, and well-lit environments.

The DSMC2™ Low Light Optimized OLPF (optical low-pass filter) provides excellent color and tone reproduction in dim to dark environments. Use this OLPF to capture and preserve color quality in mid-tones, darks, and shadows.

New Gear: RED MINI-MAG 512GB + 1TB

Our first shipment of RED MINI-MAG 512GB and RED MINI-MAG 1TB arrived today. Available to rent immediately.

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From RED:

The RED MINI-MAG® is the smallest, fastest, and most powerful media option available. Compared to their predecessor, the REDMAG® 1.8”, RED MINI-MAGs have faster read/write speeds to support higher frame rates and resolutions with minimal compression.

RED MINIMAG data transfer speeds are up to 50% faster on WEAPON, compared to their speeds on EPICDRAGON. Capable of supporting simultaneous R3D and Apple ProRes recording on DSMC2™ camera systems—RED MINI-MAGs offer the ideal media solution—whatever your workflow might be.

Manufactured from robust aluminum, RED MINI-MAGs offer rugged reliability in a compact form factor. Available in multiple capacities, standard grey models provide maximum read/write speeds up to 225 MB/s—while the turbo-charged red models can achieve up to 300 MB/s for even lower REDCODE® compression.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to shoot on RED 8K WEAPON

Red and Marvel Studio announced today that the second installment of the successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will be the first feature film shot on the new 8K Vista Vision WEAPON.

From RED’s Press Release:

” WEAPON 8K captures 8K at 75 frames per second (fps), 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps with REDCODE® RAW; and its wide dynamic range produces cinema-quality images rich with natural color. Additionally, WEAPON 8K features interchangeable lens mounts, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs.

‘RED’s 8K WEAPON is the little big camera. Perfectly counterintuitive. And perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2,’ says Henry Braham, BSC, Director of Photography. “

 

8K Weapon, 4K on Screen:

Though theaters “only” have the ability to project in 4K, the 8K sensor allows for more finesse in post before outputting to exhibition resolution.

RED and Braham haven’t yet announced if the whole film will utilize the WEAPON’s 8K capabilities, or if they’ll only bring out the big guns for a few key scenes.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy film featured a few IMAX scenes, and over an hour of IMAX footage made it into Interstellar – (on film, of course. Because Nolan…) He’s generally been the director “most likely to…” really do it up on the IMAX, but as these new digital mega-sensors come into play, it should be interesting to compare looks.

However, the next two movies in the Avengers franchise are slated to shoot entirely on digital IMAX cameras. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

And a significant portion of The Revenant was shot on 6K Alexa 65, and RAW, upping the ante for ridiculously indulgent detail in the data. We’ll see what the GALAXY team will do here.

No Film School posted a great writeup about 8K technology and the benefits of shooting 8K -> 4K if you wanna get into it.

Let us know if you’ve heard any other rumors or have some tech nerdery to add to the conversation in the comments below.