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    Quote Originally Posted by Björn Benckert View Post
    Anyone that can give a brief update. I got 5 orders and live outside of the US. What is the options? Cancel the orders or wait? Wait until when? Any new set date for delivery?

    As I understand the company delivering has changed, who is the owner / owner of that company?
    Björn, they are doing a system upgrade over on h4vuser and I can't sign in ATM, so I've got some time to answer your questions as best I can.

    Though Jim hasn't said so, many who are in the know about these things suggest that the pre-orders can't be shipped overseas until they are certified by countries other than the U.S. Hydrogen has to pass certification first in the U.S., the country of origin, then certification is applied for in the countries it will be sold to.

    For that reason, Jim is offering U.S. pre-orders the option to have their pre-order converted to one called Houdini. (I think his goal is to get more tools in the hands of those who will create content with it as soon as possible.) The Houdini model, while hardware will be complete, will need to have software updated frequently. Probably because of our commitment to a "not totally finished" state, he is offering a free 128 mSD card, an engraved number on the Houdini (it will be a once in a lifetime production model) an extra year's warranty and a signed box by anyone requesting it.

    (You didn't hear this from me, but there are already many work-arounds for those in other countries to participate in the Houdini program, by getting a trusted person in the US to get it to them, or for some they will fly to the U.S. and take delivery in person from Jim. Lots of helpers to get this done on h4vuser. RED cannot ship a non-certified phone to a country where the certification is not yet complete.)

    Of course, you can wait for all certifications to be complete and that's when the remaining Al and Ti pre-orders will be shipped out legally.

    As for this being a new company, well, Jim Jannard. nuff said.

    Still no set date for delivery. The Hydrogen was going through certification when one something or another did not pass. Jim had to go back to the supplier and re-tool the out-of-spec part. Then re-certification has to be done again with the new manufactured part in place. Once that is done, then the Houdini can be shipped to a U.S. address.

    Hope that helps get you up-to-date. Let me know if you have other concerns.

    Oh, forgot to mention. Jim is considering re-opening pre-orders for Houdini Aluminum models only. They will not get the free 128 GB mSD card that long time held pre-order Houdinis will get.

    As for cancelling, they'll only take mine from my cold dead hands!
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    I understand nothing, there is no release date finally? (EU)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remington Chase View Post
    Is the new model Houdini going to have the new snapdragon? Can we change our orders to the new model? I heard the company is restructuring will our orders from a year ago still come first or will new Houdini orders get priority?
    Hi Remington! I have no relation to the company, but I have released a phone previously (for Amazon) so I can describe the difference between a PVT phone and the production version. The PVT release is a small batch release, with all of the final components, and most of the production process in place. Some elements may be soldered by hand. There are three things I find to be true about PVT models 1) they are much more expensive to make than the final run. This is because parts bought in small batches are way more expensive than parts bought in bulk. 2) The fit of the outer casing is sometimes a work in progress at this stage, so the PVT unit doesn’t quite come together the way the final unit does. Different glues may be used between PVT and final, and the machines making the casing are tweaked between PVT and final. The difference is usually minimal, but if you compare unit #1 to a production unit, you will notice a slight difference. The production unit will seem a bit more refined. This is because putting a bunch of parts together is an art, and the artists get better a couple thousand phones into the run. 3) The PVT run is used to determine if the parts all actually work as spec’d. In the phone production process your suppliers give you the best possible parts for your beta unit, because at that point you haven’t purchased anything from them. So they make sure you get the best part they can produce. When you commit to the partner, then you actually see what comes off their production line. The PVT run is the first time you actually see what your partner is going to deliver. Sometimes you get a big shock, and find a partner has not been honest about what their part can do. The partner spec may say “deep rich sound”, and the beta part may have sounded OK on a test harness, while the first batch of parts may sound like they were stripped from an AM radio. Often the unit has some change between PVT and release. It may even be the same part numbers, but in the interval the partners have fixed issues that were found in the PVT run. In my experience there are noteable part improvements over the first 6 months of any phone release. The one thing that does not change is the processor, since that part is well built and manufactured from the start.

    So to answer your question, no, I do not believe you will get an upgraded processor (between PVT and release). I have never seen such a thing occur. But I do believe the final release will be improved in minor ways. And for the poster that suggested the PVT would be worth “thousands of dollars” at a later date, you are nuts. There is no museum of early production line models. If anything the early run can have one or more substandard parts that requires it to be re-worked (or shredded). That is the risk you take with a PVT model. At my office we need to do early verification testing of our own, so we’ll probably take one of our units early. But I also expect to not use that model in 6 months, as it will be clearly deficient compared to the production model at that time.
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    It seems like the assumption is that everyone who pre-ordered is such a fan that they'll obsessively check reduser and h4vuser every day for updates, and Jim/the team don't need to expend any more effort than that to keep people updated.
    I agree. Having opened four accounts each with an order for family members, who are not redusers nor Media professionals, they are in the dark about product developments.
    A more comsumer style of communication aka email (!) would not be a hardship for the Hydrogen team?
    Or does mass email create a shit storm of replies and questions that would cost a fortune to answer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael J Brennan View Post
    I agree. Having opened four accounts each with an order for family members, who are not redusers nor Media professionals, they are in the dark about product developments.
    A more comsumer style of communication aka email (!) would not be a hardship for the Hydrogen team?
    Or does mass email create a shit storm of replies and questions that would cost a fortune to answer?
    Michael, as per Jim they are splitting Hydrogen off into a new "sister" company to RDC. Makes perfect sense, since they are totally different markets.

    But that meant they had to assemble a whole new support group and system they are just now getting in place. Plus, I don't remember getting email updates before the release of any of the RED cameras... Jim communicated to us through REDuser as he is doing now through h4vuser.net, so maybe that is just policy.

    He has said that he will email when pre-order decisions have to be made, with our options. I'm guessing he figures anyone wanting to know the nuts and bolts of the BTS goings on will go to h4vuser.net to keep up with the latest, just like we come to REDuser to learn bits and pieces of news.

    This is just my take on things.
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    It is obvious that there is no productive discussion or response to be expected from a lot of people here, I am really sick of some of the responses, some of you guys write some really ridiculous things. I would like to hear what some of you guys would have to say when ordering from some other companies and not being notified about delays or any updates by mail when you have already put down all your money a year ago. It's common business practice people!

    I am a paying customer and expect to be notified and not chase the seller! It is called customer service!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malik Tigrine View Post
    I understand nothing, there is no release date finally? (EU)...
    Malik, let me break it down for you:

    1. Hydrogen has been delayed because they didn't get certification for something in the phone (cell phone related I take it)... new date not announced
    2. Because of these certification issues all pre-order customers outside the USA will not be able to get a Hydrogen at the beginning but we have to wait until Hydrogen has been certified for other countries, that's what I have gathered on this issue so far


    My answer to those who suggest to fly to the States to pick it up personally is... are you mental?! Even a budget flight to the States will be easily USD 600 to 700, besides taking time off work, losing more money...
    Also having it shipped to another person in the States to then ship it to another country is not an option. Shipping anything with lithium batteries is not possible anymore without getting a license to do so, which is not feasible for a individual person.

    So right now it looks like having pre-ordered on day 1, putting down the full amount for a whole year has not given non US customers any advantage. We will have to wait until anyone can buy a Hydrogen. So it was meaningless to pre-order..

    What I'm really pissed off about is that Red knew about cell phone certification from the beginning, they could have told us that non US customers will have to wait until they work out certification with other countries from the beginning. With that knowledge I would not have pre-ordered....

    in the meantime I have mailed Red customer service since I still have not received any email from them about this, despite Jim stating that they would do so. This will be a simple generic formulated email with the options to ALL pre-order customers, no reason for it to take so long.

    This is not how to do business.
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    Thanks for your answer Marc, it's difficult to find informations here, there is a lot of fanboys responses that lead nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Oberdorfer View Post
    Malik, let me break it down for you:

    1. Hydrogen has been delayed because they didn't get certification for something in the phone (cell phone related I take it)... new date not announced
    2. Because of these certification issues all pre-order customers outside the USA will not be able to get a Hydrogen at the beginning but we have to wait until Hydrogen has been certified for other countries, that's what I have gathered on this issue so far


    My answer to those who suggest to fly to the States to pick it up personally is... are you mental?! Even a budget flight to the States will be easily USD 600 to 700, besides taking time off work, losing more money...
    Also having it shipped to another person in the States to then ship it to another country is not an option. Shipping anything with lithium batteries is not possible anymore without getting a license to do so, which is not feasible for a individual person.

    So right now it looks like having pre-ordered on day 1, putting down the full amount for a whole year has not given non US customers any advantage. We will have to wait until anyone can buy a Hydrogen. So it was meaningless to pre-order..

    What I'm really pissed off about is that Red knew about cell phone certification from the beginning, they could have told us that non US customers will have to wait until they work out certification with other countries from the beginning. With that knowledge I would not have pre-ordered....

    in the meantime I have mailed Red customer service since I still have not received any email from them about this, despite Jim stating that they would do so. This will be a simple generic formulated email with the options to ALL pre-order customers, no reason for it to take so long.

    This is not how to do business.
    Marc, you either need to take a chill pill or a dump... because your post is mostly shit. In re: your "are you mental" remark for people who will willingly fly to the states to pick up the Houdini Hydrogen, if this doesn't fit your budget doesn't mean it isn't within that of many others who recognize the Hydrogen is the beginning of a new industry... a new way of communicating, doing business, creating content, all in one device. And shipping li batteries without a license? Heh, well, I don't have to dwell on that since everyone here knows that is BS.

    And no, pre-orders outside the U.S. do not have to wait until everyone can buy a Hydrogen. Jim has said original pre-orders will ship about a month before carriers begin selling them.

    "What I'm really pissed off about is that Red knew about cell phone certification from the beginning, they could have told us that non US customers will have to wait until they work out certification with other countries from the beginning. With that knowledge I would not have pre-ordered...."
    RED is not your Nanny, Boo Boo. If you didn't check out International Law before buying, that's on you. Take responsibility for your own failings rather than trying to shift blame to Jim.

    "in the meantime I have mailed Red customer service since I still have not received any email from them about this, despite Jim stating that they would do so. This will be a simple generic formulated email with the options to ALL pre-order customers, no reason for it to take so long."
    There is every reason for it to take so long... They first have to get the out-of-spec part retooled, tested, then get that part certified. When you are dealing with govt certification you are on their time table, not Marc Oberdorfer's. When Jim has everything nailed down, I suspect that's when we get the options email. Too much can go wrong in the meantime to put out something that may have to be changed.

    Oh, and very likely you are right. It will probably be a simple generic formulated email, but I betcha they will have your name in the greetings part, so that should satisfy your deep need for personal contact... from the Billionaire himself more than likely.

    This is not how to do business.
    Well, it is how RED Digital Cinema began doing business and look where they are now!

    Adding a personal thought about the Houdini early option... it is my belief that Jim is anxious about getting Hydrogen Media Machines in the hands of content creators as quickly as possible. The Houdini is a one-off release with extra perks to get as many pre-orderers as possible to accept the finalized hardware/beta-type software models so they can begin creating content. Dave Graham, someone who works in the cell phone industry, says in his estimation the Houdini will likely be nailed down in respect to acquiring content...

    I get all this stuff off of h4vuser.net. It's available to anyone over there.
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