Recent thoughts on shooting with a RED camera.

So I’m a bit of a skeptic about the “amazing” RED camera. I’ve tried to avoid it in the past, but I just directed a music video and we shot on a RED. First off, thank God the shoot was MOS, because that camera fan is L.O.U.D… not so bad that it won’t work, but as a sound person, I can just smell the headaches in post on this one. Definitely going to use RED again, but if I shoot with audio, it’s going to be in a camera blimp. One the good side, the images are excellent and I shot in 3K for a bit of extra “zoom” potential in editorial. The entire shoot was green screen so I wanted that option for visual effects. One of the things I do like about the RED post process, which by the way is still painful… is that you can use the REDCINE-X app, which is free. REDCINE-X has ome very nice exporting tools to get your material ready for editorial in AVID, FCP and ADOBE. It’s kind of a good news / bad news thing. There are so many options in setting the output hue/gamma/brightness/contract/color/format size/framing/speed/ you can really screw up a project if you don’t do manage this correctly right out of the box. On top of this you can create various file types on the output including QT files and QT wrappers addressing the actual red footage. All in all. I’ll use it again. BUT, I do see a lot of issues in post and in production that have to be address carefully before just grabbing a RED and shooting. One last thing that needs to be mentioned is the RED requires a lot of “extras” to be purchased before the camera package is really shoot ready. Additionally, the camera package is HEAVY… We used a 15 foot Jib with a pretty standard RED package including a Zoom lens and it took close to 60 lbs to counter weight the camera, not the jib arm weight, just the camera weight…
Would I recommend it. sure, its not a bad camera, but you need to go into shooting with a RED with some thought.
anyway just saying…
cheers
geo