First of all, this is the first chance I've had to get to a computer. I was going to write something up yesterday but I lost my mobile at Heathrow (Managed to retrieve it on my return) and as such couldn't get online to post.
Anyway. The tent as you can see in Anders post in OT is quite a bit smaller than NAB. Just outside it is two working cameras on O'Connor heads with a few of the production accessories inside the lit displays. Inside the tent they were displaying the workflow of RedAlert! and RedCine.
Initially I have to say I was a little disappointed, no exciting news, very few accessories or lenses (Only the 18-50mm was there) and unfortunately there wasn't a working LCD or EVF, though Ted did tell us it would be updated over the weekend so for those visiting today until Monday hopefully you will be able to get an idea of monitoring using the EVF. As it was we had to look at what was being recorded through a couple of monitors the guys had picked up in Holland. There was no new printed material than the stuff available from NAB either.
We got there first thing and listened to the talk in the tent. There was a small crowd but everyone could see well enough, it was certainly no repeat of the NAB queues due mainly I suppose to the lack of 'Crossing the line' being shown in the tent but also because there was probably less people attending the venue.
All in all the most of the day was fairly unexciting I must admit. The only really interesting point that I had clarified by Ted is that Redcine will be a freely distributed program for none owners of the camera. Something which I for one was unsure about.
In truth having been messed about by meetings on Wednesday and Thursday I had had to drive 160 miles at 1.30am get, on a plane at 6.30am and then make my way over to RAI and wait about, I was really tired and frankly forgot most of the things I wanted to talk to the team about. I'd only had 2 hours sleep the night before.
The real buzz came later in the day with the talk from Ted which (Sorry Ted) I could hardly keep myself awake for, not because it was boring but because it was dark and my body was giving up the chase!!! However I was soon woken up by the showing of 'Crossing the Line'. I believe it was the first time it has been shown 4K on a large cinema screen and even Ted said it was awesome to watch it that way even though he'd seen it a dozen times or more. The cinema at RAI is very good and the place was packed (And they have a tonne of seats there so it's saying something, about 5 times the amount of people that attended the Genesis lecture beforehand). If memory serves, the viewers at NAB watched on a large 4k display, correct? Anyway watching the first showing in that environment was a great moment and my impressions of the performance of the camera was very good. Frankly it was as though you were watching a movie and that at the end of the day is what it's about, it does the job, of that there is no doubt. Even Stephen Williams, whom I spent a lot of the day being dragged from pillar to post with (My legs aren't happy with you lol!), was happy with the results, I'd even go so far as to say pleasantly suprised perhaps!!! :)
Frankly I'd say that most people that frequent this forum, more often than they should - like myself :), will find little information they didn't know (unless they ask any of the questions I forgot too lol), other than having the ability to get up close and personal with the camera or two. But watching Crossing the Line in that surrounding was a true gem to behold and well worth going just for that.
I flew out of amsterdam and than had to drive the 160 miles back from heathrow returning at 1.30am - It was a very very long and tiring 24 hours. I only woke up an hour or two ago at just before 12pm!!
Anyway cheers Red Team and to all those going, make sure you're wide awake for the CTL showing!