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  1. #1 An Epic First Day :) 
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    Today was Epic, Monday December 6 marks the first day the Red Epic camera was used to shoot a major studio motion picture. I can say for certainty the camera does exist and boy is it ready for primetime, as a matter of fact it's a true game changer. We shot in 3D with 4 Epics mounted on 2 3ality TS-5 rigs today, we did 22 set ups, including running high speed and the images look stunning! I do believe the sensor is iso 800 minus 1 stop for the mirror in daylight and iso 640 in tungsten light but that is really for every dp to determine for themselves, Brook Willard and I figured 640 tungsten but that's just a number. For the first time in digital cinematography, small size doesn't come with a resolution penalty, as a matter of fact there isn't a higher resolution camera available other than IMAX, and this one weighs 5lbs with an ultra prime on it, suddenly 3D isn't a 100lb beast! We had the cameras on dollies and a libra head today and we flew the 3D rig like it was an Arri 435. You guys told me you could do it in September and here we are today, Congratulations.

    I am lighting by eye except that I've had to re-train myself to work at lower light levels because the camera is so sensitive. The images we made today were stunning, rich beautiful color and the resolution of a vistavision camera all in a package the size of a Hasselblad 501. We are shooting 2.40 at 5K, there wasn't a hiccup from the cameras all day, the data was flawless, and there was a lot of it. I can tell you without these cameras it would be impossible to move a 3D rig in the ways that THIS story demands, if Jim and the crew hadn't made these cameras available to us I don't think we could have shot this movie the way our director envisioned it in 3D. Guys you've trusted me to take these out on their maiden voyage and I can tell you that after today I won't let you down. I will have the members of my team, most of whom are familiar to the REDUSER site post about things about sub-menu's and stuff my camera assistants won't let me touch. I would like to thank Nate, Brook, Michael, and Deanan as well as my regular camera crew for an unbelievable first day, and Brook thanks for the Tiff's they look amazing!

    Mazel Tov RED!
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    Wow, great to hear. Looking forward to some more Epics shipping.
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    It has begun! I get excited everytime I see you post, John.
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    so, so great to get these updates from EPIC cameras being pushed hard on a major production. I appreciate it so much and look forward to the delivery of mine.
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    I thank you for sharing that with us an I love when you post so please keep them coming. Hope all continues to go well with the shoot. Thanks You!
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    Thanks for the post and update John. I can feel your enthusiasm and I can't wait to get mine. Good luck trying to sleep tonite.
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    Congrats!!! Can't wait to see what you do with that camera.
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    Congrats, great to hear the cams out in the wild and performing so well. would love to hear any post info as well about lockup between the cams for stereo and slippage (if at all) with the files. Can't wait to hear more!

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    no sync problems at 24 and 48fps, 3D is perfect on the 3ality rigs, we have to color-correct for each eye because the reflected eye is a different density than the through eye but that is true for all 3D systems.
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