Do you want to use the RED One with ease without feeling overwhelmed? Right now is the perfect time to download a copy of the RED One Pocket Guide to help you use the camera — as of today it’s been updated!
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You get the most essential information about the ARRI Alexa onto one sheet of paper that can fold up and fit in your jean pockets. I even went the extra mile this time around by making a mobile-formatted version perfect for smartphones.
With the advent of HD and digital cinema technology, camera assistants have been accustomed to checking the back focus of a camera and servicing it as well. But what about film cameras? How do you service those?
NAB 2011 was this week and brought a slew of announcements, but one in particular has been bagging headlines left and right — and no, I’m not talking about Final Cut Pro X. I’m referring to the announcement of Sony’s new 8K sensor digital cinema camera. The Sony F65 camera outputs in true 4K resolution and is future proofed for the next wave of digital cinema.
Just like Arri’s hand built cameras, lenses rely on significant manpower working in tandem with machines to deliver a crystal clear image. A quality lens is no small feat to manufacture and here’s a video showing how lenses are made to prove it. If you don’t appreciate the precision optics of lenses already, this video should convince you otherwise.
You don’t want to be caught shooting RED with no inclination of how much footage can fit on a drive. So, I’m going to share with you the formula I use to determine how much data is pumping through the camera.
Believe it or not, ARRI makes more than the Alexa and cool internet web-apps. The company built its reputation on precision film cameras and even though most their press comes in the way of digital offerings, celluloid is still ingrained in ARRI. Now you can watch a cool video about how one of their cameras, the Arri 435 Xtreme, is built courtesy of “How It’s Made” and YouTube.
Why do we spend so much time these days discussing RED vs. Alexa or DSLR vs. 4/3, when the real discussion piece should be about evoking emotion, capturing the soul of audiences, and ultimately, injecting a film with heart. It’s not about the camera or the lens, it’s about the idea, the story, and the passion that drives the filmmaking process.
Have you ever been curious how many hours a RED One camera has logged in the field? Well, me neither, but when I found out it was possible I suddenly became interested. There definitely are some buggy RED cameras that I’ve worked with and wanted to know what they’ve been through over the years to make them so troublesome. Maybe this will help tell part of that tale.