New Rental-Only Large-Format Camera From RED

RED Digital Cinema has started the year by launching a new rental-only, large-format camera, plus additional features for the existing DSMC2 range. The Ranger was shown in China and the US before making its European debut at the BSC expo in London at the beginning of February, while high-end inputs and outputs, among other accessories, have been added to the Monstro, Gemini and Dragon-X.

Operating at 60 frames per second (fps) at 8k, the Ranger is based on the DSMC2 camera system. RED Digital Cinema sees this as a universal body into which different sensors can be installed. "This negates the need for third party accessories," commented Gareth Daley, a stereographer and camera supervisor who demonstrated the camera at BSC expo.

Further uniformity is provided by a shimmed PL (positive lock) lens mount designed to be fully compatible within the industry, enabling it to be used over a whole shoot. Working with the 35.4 Megapixel Monstro CMOS sensor and recoding on to R3D (Redcode Raw Video Image File) media, as do other cameras in the DSMC2 range, the Ranger can record at data rates of up to 300MB/s using the 480GB and 960GB MINI-MAGs and up to 225MB/s on the 120GB and 240GB models.

Other features include wireless control, SMPTE timecode, genlock, GigE for camera array work, three SDI outputs (two mirrored, one discrete) and a number of power options, including 24V and 12V outputs (two of each) and options for 11.5V to 32V input voltage. The Ranger will only be available for hire from authorised RED rental houses.

Also on display during BSC expo was a Monstro full cinema camera with a range of new features that can also be installed on other DSMC2 models. Among these are a variety of high-end inputs and outputs, 12V auxiliary power, a XLR mic connection for mic or line and many of the same I/Os found on the Ranger. There is additionally a multi-direction handle and an ultra bright display for working in sunny conditions.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Data Recording and Transmission: RF

In part 8 of the series “Data transmission and storage”, consultant John Watkinson looks at some of the intricacies of RF transmission.

How Live Production Benefits From Software-Defined Switching

As the myriad of live competition television shows continue to attract new and ever larger audiences for TV networks, producing them live has become so complicated that a second technical director (TD), often called a “screens TD,” is now often bei…

Field Report: Canon EOS C200

When a company markets two products that seem similar, both targeting much the same task, but one costs significantly less, it’s reasonable to assume the less expensive product will offer significantly fewer features.

TV’s ‘Back to the Future’ Moment?

Philo T. Farnsworth was the original TV pioneer. When he transmitted the first picture from a camera to a receiver in another room in 1927, he exclaimed to technicians helping him, “There you are – electronic television!” What’s never been quoted but lik…

U.S. Transportation Agencies Ban Lithium-Ion Batteries from Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have announced a new Interim Final Rule banning the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in passenger aircraft cargo.