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DEFINITION’S CAMERA LISTINGS

TINY CREATURES’ CAMERA RED HELIUM 8K BASED ON:

normal speed – you have a bit of creative licence. We played around with the 50/60 frame rate or we were at the 500/600 mark. Bear in mind that some of the animals, like the flying squirrel in Louisiana, are some of the hardest animals to film, because they will not sit still. If you make a scratch noise on the floor, it darts and tries to find a place to hide. We had to work so carefully and creatively that all the portraits are shot at around 1000fps.”

Jonathan Jones and his company Ember adopted the Red camera a few years ago, and have never looked back. The company has a Helium 8K model, which was used for its part of the last Planet Earth programme. As Netflix requires HDR for its deliverables, the effect on Tiny Creatures was to create a cutting- edge look for the staged behaviour. “We never shot anything in 4K, only 8K, except when we shot with the Phantom Flex for slow motion. Although Red’s slow motion is part of why it has been so popular in natural history, we didn’t want to slow it down that much, because the ultimate resolution was perhaps more important,” explains Jones. “So we were around 36, 40fps. Real time doesn’t read with animals like it does with people – when you film insects, for instance, you can film them at 60fps and they look

SPECIFICATION SENSOR –

Helium 8K 8192×4320, 35.4 megapixels, 29.90x15.77mm CMOS

FORMAT AND SIZE

60fps at 8K full format (8192x4320), 75fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192x3456). 120fps at 4K full format (4096x2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096x1728), 240fps at 2K

FRAME RATES

EF, F, PL, Leica M

LENS MOUNT

Redcode Raw, ProRes 4444 XQ, 422 HQ, DNxHR HQX

RECORDING OPTIONS

16.5+ stops

EXPOSURE LATITUDE

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