I'm looking to put together a quote for my school in an attempt to get a Red One for student use. Since I've never used one I have a few questions on what I need to get one up and running..
First, I don't see a RED-DRIVE anymore? So the RED STATION REDMAG 2.5".. Does this mean I can just insert any 2.5" SATA hard drive? SSD or spinning? Or do I need to make sure it meets some other specs?
What's the purpose of the RED STATION BASE? Just to allow multiple REDMAG/Compact Flash to be used in conjunction? ie auto switching when one fills up w/o cutting? That sort of thing?
The specs say it can output HDMI. Does that mean I can use our existing monitors? Do they require a specific resolution to function? Or must the primary display be HD-SDI?
Any cheaper alternatives exist than the base production pack? It's going to be a hard to sell the school on a $1300 for a rail setup and a $600 case. I know these are actually reasonable prices but if there are any cheap (even DIY) solutions that I could go with now and then in the future get more funds for rails/cases..
Last, Just to make sure I have this right.. What i need to get up and running is
MEDIA - RED STATION CF or REDMAG
POWER - Charger+batteries
DISPLAY - VF or LCD
Anything else I should be aware of?