Pro Moviemaker Spring 2019



The future is bright for Red

Brite LCD has tough Gorilla glass optically bonded to its 1920x1200 touchscreen and boasts 2200 nits of brightness and a 1200:1 contrast ratio to make it more visible in bright sunlight. It mounts directly to Red’s cameras or other ¼-20 mounting surfaces, and provides a direct LEMO connection to a Red camera, making it an idealmonitoringoption for gimbals. To make Red’s DSMC2 camera moreuseableas anall-roundcamera ideal for broadcast, streaming or documentary use, there is also a new Production Module, hitting the shops soon at £3800/$4750. It mounts to the camera body and provides a V-Lock mount with integrated battery mount and P-Tap for 12V accessories, and has an array of video, XLR audio, power and communication connections, including support for three-pin 24V accessories. It’s smaller and more lightweight than Red’s current Redvolt Expander unit. It will also be available in a kit with a top handle and matching plate for £5200/ $6500.

Cinema camera pioneer Red has revealed a new Dragon-X S35 camera and a module to make all its cameras more useful for documentary use, as well as a new super-bright and super-tough seven-inch monitor. The latest DSMC2 Dragon-X 5K Super35 camera uses the same sensor technology found in many of Red’s legacy cameras but with an evolved sensor board to enable the latest IPP2 processing in camera. The Dragon-X provides 16.5 stops of dynamic range, 5K resolution up to 96fps in full format, and 120fps at 5K 2.4:1. Like the rest of the line- up, it offers 300 MB/s data transfer speeds and simultaneous recording of Redcode Raw and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR. The new camera body costs £12,100/$14,950 but is also available as a kit for £16,150/$19,950, which includes a 480GB Red Mini-Mag hard drive, Canon lens mount, 4.7in Touch LCD Monitor, Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens plus batteries, charger, card reader, side grip and V-Lock expander plate, all in a Nanuk case. The new £3450/$3750 DSMC2 Touch Ultra-


The consumer-level Sony A6400 may not have got professional filmmakers overexcited, but it does pack some incredible new autofocus technology that could find its way on to the next generation of Alpha-series cameras or even cinema cams. The APS-C £949/$898 camera does shoot in 4K and have a tiltable screen, but its biggest new tech is a huge increase in AF speed along with the much-improved real-time tracking, Eye AF and Eye AF for animals. Initial tests show a huge improvement in hit rate for sharp stills using the Eye AF and real-time tracking of moving subjects, as well as a big improvement in use for filmmaking. Sony says its subject recognition and tracking algorithms now include eye and pattern detection, in addition to the distance, colour and face detection information they previously worked with. These improvements will be coming to the flagship A9 sports camera in a free firmware update in the summer and could potentially be included on a new A7S III, which is overdue a revamp.



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