View Full Version : Scarlet X Frame Rates Question
11-09-2011, 02:58 PM
First off I have to say to that I am very happy with the announced Scarlet X. I am simply wondering one little thing. The 2/3" version of the Scarlet was coming out at a cheaper price, and was able to shoot 120fps at 3K. The fact that the new Scarlet X has a bigger sensor and perhaps Epic's features, justifies the price. Therefore I still cannot figure out why at 3K, the Scarlet X can't shoot at 120fps, and also why it cannot burst to higher speeds like the old Scarlet.
11-09-2011, 03:28 PM
Because it uses boards that were taken from the R&D of Epic because they couldn't get 120 fps at 5K. Basically, Scarlet-X is the first attempt at getting EPIC to work...
I think Jim stated something like this soon after the announcement, can't find the quote, though. Anyhow, it's amazing we're getting so much that I forgot about the 120 fps already!
11-09-2011, 03:41 PM
They traded off frame rates for 16bit capture, better image quality and a much more expensive higher resolution sensor. Fair trade and probably a wise one given the thundering herd stampede to the large sensor video cameras.
11-09-2011, 03:53 PM
plus if they had 3k at 120 fps. hypothetically you could do 60fps at 4k and then 30 or 24 at 5k...which steps on epic m and x owners toes...
11-10-2011, 01:50 AM
Well that's true:)
11-10-2011, 03:16 AM
Do you really think RED would purposely cripple the Scarlet in fear that it would make the EPIC less attractive? I don't know but I'd really hope not. I've always had the impression that while RED's a business, they're a consumer-orientated one. Thus this suggestion contradicts RED's motives. If RED can give EPIC capabilities at 1/3rd the cost, then they shouldn't hesitate. There will still be a large customer base for the EPIC, Scarlet will just steal a little bit of that market share, though Scarlet would also gain a lot of new market share given that many more people would by a Scarlet if it did have 120fps @ 3k and 24/25fps @ 5k, which is what RED wants isn't it... to make fully professional cameras more accessible.
Though I'd think that the Scarlet would probably need to be another $2000 - $3000 more expensive to fulfil those targets, and that would end up making it even less accessible. That's my theory anyway, and I hope it's true.