robert duke Posted January 31, 2008 Share Posted January 31, 2008 So I had my first shoot using the Red Cam. I was really kind of taken aback. I knew it was bigger than a HVX, but D@#$%N! That thing is HUGE with all the bells and whistles on it. The Dp had Ordered a New Oconnor head but was still using his older Satchler head and it was more than the Head could really handle. I am not sure all of the Digerati out there were really expecting this camera to be so big and HEAVY. I was worried that when this thing came out all my full size camera gear would be mothballed, but No not anymore. I am actually worried that my ballhead may not be big enough( not really). But really most people expecting to be able to use a Bogen head will be in for a serious upheaval in that it wont work. All the lightweight DV heads will not cover this thing. We had to strip off the mattebox and some of the rail system to use the satchler head the DP had been using since beta SP's were the poop. As for the camera I was impressed the image and managablity of the controls. I liked that the look settings ( white balance etc) were more or less metadata not applied to the recorded image, leave that for those pesky editors and CC guys. ( more like film work flow). I was impressed at the range when dealing with F-stops. We shot in a school hallway using a single Diva, the overhead practical Fluoros, and some windows. we looked straight at the windows and had an image beyond that was legible and still could see details in the shadowed faces. Pretty Darned good! I can't wait to see this thing run through the paces in a much more studio style narrative setting. Overall the camera was great, we had a couple small glitches, the camera would kind of stall if you pushed the record button and another button too fast. It would give a POSTING message and stutter between a couple frames. we discovered that if a little patience was given it operated just fine. I think that this tool is a Professional Device, The price, size and workflow requirements really do push this above the DV range. The Dp was stunned at the sheer data Volume that was being recorded and had to be dealt with in Post. More than your standard NLE and CPU, so more than a person who has a FCP system. I think that we will see a lot of new owners having to shell out more money for heavier duty sticks and heavier duty computers ( another Hidden cost to the $17000 camera). There is some room for improvement. The cage for the harddrive (reddrive) was lacking in some areas. It didnt seem to fit the drive securely. I would worry about the drive on a feature shoot falling out. The v-lock battery had some play, and didnt feel secure either. I was impressed at the LCD screen and its functions. although it had a really narrow field of view. That made it hard for the client to see the screen. It seemed like going back in time before Video assist, which is odd for a new technology. It was awkward having the client watch over my shoulder while I did dolly moves. I am so used to the client having their own monitor far far from the set. I think once all the bugs, software upgrades and some of the long term usage hardware (mostly the periphials) problems are sorted out this will be a great tool for shooting. I have a Warning to all the DV guys who ran out and bought one. If you think hauling a HVX around all day was tiring just shoulder this thing all day. No more Glidecam shots using those cheap steadycam systems, no more cheap Jib arms, no more suction cup car mounts. It is time to use the professional stuff. hope to use the camera again soon, A grip. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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