the refinements in industrial design are what are most impressive. Everything you guys are making is truly getting better and better and exceeding expectations...
Im super excited for EPIC, no doubt, but the fixed Scarlet seems the most incredible innovation... I also cant wait to own one or two of those too.
I have very recently developed an interest in movie making and know next to nothing about it, if this question offends anyone in its lack of background knowledge let me apologize upfront.
1a) Will the Scarlet 2/3 be capable of making cinema quality output?
1b) Will the Scarlet S35 be capable of making cinema quality output?
Specifically I am interested in 1080p or 2k resolutions with a overall picture quality that with optimum lighting during filming and some post production will not look offensive on a big movie screen 2k digital projector or 3d 2k digital projector.
I ask this because I did some research into the GH1 and 7d and initially the quality of those cameras seemed reasonable but after watching more and more video it became clear that the limited data rates seems to make them unable to produce consistent HDTV level output.
2) If the answer to number 1 is no it won't, will it be capable of making HDTV quality output all day every day, again indoors in optimum lighting?
3) I think scarlet touch focus/touch zoom can be programmed to function without a focus puller and automate zoom, iris and focus please correct me if this is wrong. Are there any drawbacks to the touch focus, touch zoom system, can it do 3d ie synchronize 2 or more cameras so they start their profiles at the same time?
The project I am interested in is making a 3d movie with just me. I would be the camera man, I would be the only actor. The touch focus, touch zoom abilities of the Scarlet seem to be a massive boon to anyone thinking about this type of project. Being able to synchronize the zoom/focus/iris between multiple cameras would likely be interesting to others as well.
4) Am I in the right ball park on total camera budget?
I am thinking that a 3d Scarlet configuration based on the old .pdf (2 brains, 2 lenses, etc etc) is somewhere around 10-15k. Almost all my shooting will be indoors 5 to 15 feet from the actor. I would love to be able to remotely zoom/focus and would have plenty of time to figure out the right settings for each shoot, will this require expensive lenses or additional hardware that make my budget unreasonable? If the official voices need to duck this question can one of the unofficial voices set me straight if I am way off base here.
5) What is the lowest budget workflow for 1080p or 2k that doesn't sacrifice any noticeable quality at HD or 2k? I can afford to be VERY slow time wise.
I have seen some people say that if you buy a red-one you need to buy a RED Rocket™ custom computer with some software attached to use it. In my situation time is free and I have the ability to do reshoots without any big issues but money is very limited as it exceeds the <15k I am looking to spend. Can I get semi professional results with just FCP studio on my mac pro?
6) For 2k or 1080p does S35 really matter?
If the final output is going to be 2k or 1080p does shooting in 4k/Quad and down converting to 2k/1080p really add anything? If so does this require additional Hardware/software/money?
Thanks for your patience. =)
3)sounds like something you should be able to pull off
4)you should really wait to see if they release final pricing on Nov. 30th, but for 15k you're looking at 2 fixed lens kits i would think, then lighting, tripod and anything else you need
Intel 2.0 dual core or better
ATI graphics card is ideal however I have run tests on NVIDIA in the new MBP and MacPro and it seems to work fine.
OSX 10.4 or newer.
7200 RPM Hard Drive
Intel 2.0 dual core or better
NOTE: you can use AMD processors but they need to be MODERN AMD, which would have to be a fairly recent release as I believe they are behind just a bit on Intels.
NVIDIA graphics card, this is important on the PC as ATI cards are known to cause conflicts. 8600GT or better will work.
XP with SP2
7200 RPM Hard Drive.
6) I'm just gonna go out and say that while I am not 100% sure, I would bet a lot that there is no way you can afford 2 scarlet s35 setups and everything else you need anyway for 15k, also read up on depth of field and how it changes with sensor size, that is where the difference will come in when comparing it to 2/3" stuff also scaled to 2k
Hey Darrin, welcome to REDUSER!
You'll find lot's of speculations about that in the Scarlet folder of this forum.
When will the Canon mount be available?
Question 1: As to whether the Scarlet 2/3" or S35 cameras will be "capable" of producing cinema quality output I would say: absolutely. The cameras are capable of shooting 3K and 5K respectively so there is certainly enough resolution and the 2/3" chip is roughly the same size as S16mm film; and there have been many projects shot on S16mm, scanned to 2K and printed on 35mm for distribution to theaters. If your interest is in trying to shoot a film for theaters, I would first and foremost shoot that film on a cinema camera. DSLR's that have video capabilities are not cameras designed for motion picture photography. Others may disagree, but these are my feelings on the subject.
Question 2: Not necessary because the answer is yes.
Question 3: I don't know that anyone other than someone from the RED team can answer all of those at this point. Jim and the team have promised more information on November 30th. What we do know is there is an autofocus function and we know that zooms can be programmed (to what extent remains unclear). Beyond that only time will tell.
Question 4: I would wait until more details are released before speculating as to prices. We do know that the prices for Scarlet will have gone up by the time they are officially released because RED has been busy adding a host of new features. Where they will end up is only conjecture by anyone on this board at the moment.
Question 5: That depends on what you have already. In your response you mention FCP so I'm going to assume that you have an updated version of Final Cut Studio. If so, I think an FCP/Color workflow will be your most cost effective solution. There is plenty of documentation about this workflow so I won't go into detail here, but you would have the capability to do a very nice 2K finish with these tools. RED Rocket is really designed for real-time playback of full 4k footage. Since you will be staying at 2K or 1080p it is not necessary.
Just remember that the tools are not going to make a great film for you. My personal feelings about Paranormal Activity aside, the fact is it currently stands at $86m domestic and still climbing. This film was shot on a Sony FX1 and looks like it. Did that stop the film from becoming a huge success? My point is that Scarlet will give you an image that is of an exceptionally higher quality than an old FX1 but it won't make a successful film for you. Take your time, learn the tools and continue to ask for advice. This will ensure you get the best quality you can and if you make a good film, it will find it's way into a theater.
EDIT: Wow, a lot of people already responded in the time it took me to write this... Anyway:
For either camera, you will get good results as long as you light the set properly, and expose it right. Also, remember that acting and sound are at least as important in any narrative.
I see the price for the battery module with two batteries, but no price for the individual batteries themselves. Any idea what the standard batteries will cost us? How about the XL batteries?
Also, is the Redmote included with every brain purchase, or is it something to be bought (and budgeted) separately?
Fixed Scarlet lens looks awesome, can't wait to get my hands on one.
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