After dreaming about underwater RED 4K since November of last year - today it was finally accomplished by GibCor with invaluable assistance by Pam Gibby, John Friday, Mike Hastings and the vessel The Wild Swan. Outstanding team effort.
We shot at 10-100 feet ambient light in REDCODE 4K RAW recording to RED 8GB CF cards in a custom housing built by Aquavideo. 180 deg shutter, 24 fps, 320 ISO with fstops ranging from 8 to 16 1/3 with a RED LCD as the monitoring solution underwater (no ND's). The housing and RED ONE camera worked flawlessly. The RED ONE camera's sensor indicated "OK" at all times during the dives. The look on Gibby's face when he handed the housing with his camera to me in the water - priceless.
I'll let Mike Hastings describe his underwater housing and lens solutions when he posts the finalized info on reduser since it is proprietary at this point - but it worked like a charm! Thanks Mike for all the tech support and your herculean effort to make my deadlines.
Viewing the dailies on the boat in RED ALERT on a 17" intel macbook pro straight off the CF cards with no tweaks was absolutely FANTASTIC! We were all blown away by the footage from the cormorant flying underwater to the schooling fish shots. Did I say fantastic yet? The entire crew was laughing hysterically watching me jump up and down.
A special thanks to Jim Jannard and the RED team, Gibby for trusting me to take his camera underwater and to Mike Hastings of Aquavideo for the "all nighters" in building the first housing and to John Friday for his amazing efforts to get us to Catalina Island plus his in-water expertise as a shooter. The underwater RED 4K footage is shot by both me and Johnny. He kept surfacing with the camera saying, "Can I have another CF card?"
FYI - images are 2K DPX frame grabs from RED ALERT scaled and saved to JPG in photoshop. We are planning on screening the footage in 4K next week for clients - it's that amazing.