Really who cares what camera you use?
Its a free world.
However that does not diminish from the fact that a) the Epic is vastly superior camera than the Alexa an almost every front. and B) Cannot even compare to DSLR's.
Masseratti might say our cars are superior to ford . I'm not going to get butthurt on that obvious fact. That masserati can't build their cars for half the price of a ford is about the only difference.
You might like this one.
I have been in similar situations on multiple shoots where editorial had to begin immediately on set literally feet away from the camera to make extraneous deadlines. ( absolutely no time to transcode ) So when you say super tight turn arounds I say HELL YA lets do this.
See what made it extra special was the Coloring capabilities that the RED settings offered.
The DP and I took some time to set up the colors in the camera specific to his desired look on his monitor.
And what he saw in his directors / DP monitor at his table was exactly what the editors were getting in post, there for the color grades were set, dialed in and approved on the spot. HUGE WIN for all of us on set and in post. Clients were just pleased as they were part of the process.
I had multiple editors taking footage moments from when we called cut. Handed them over ProRes 422 files done ready to go they loaded the files into their computer and cut immediately.
1 project was even all Green Screen. You can go PR 4444 however in this case 422HQ was the way the editors wanted it.
( you can also go DNXHD if you desire )
They were absolute total successes each time each shoot.
Here is how I pulled it off.
Today with the REDcolor 3 REDgamma 3 the results are even more pleasing. I did this actually over a year ago so the improvements are amazing today,
and for those who prefer a flatter look to work with and choose to color grade with more elasticity you have REDfilmlog.
So if you feel you CANT do it with REDone, Scarlet or EPIC dont be alarmed.
You can give this a test run and see how you feel about it.
Today I like this choice for various reasons.
But you dont have to take my word for it. Give it a whirl and see what you think.
All the best.
Fan noise should be in the test,
I'd bet the Alexa with its slower , quieter, larger fan will beat Epic in terms of design.. but will still be noiser than a HDHero ;)
I really wish RED was marketing the rest of their system, too - not only the pixels.
We use REDs for TV drama a lot, and opted to stay RED when the Alexa came out, because the differences in quality was neglectable (for practical results), and with the improvements with the Epic, we're really satisfied. Not one of the reasons were the pixelcount in itself...
Scalability of workflow from quick turnaround "direct delivery" to "full DI" from the same signal depending on production, was one of our reasons. After all the R1MX RAW files are about the same size as the Prores 4444.
The practical results from the cameras weren't really different back then...
But the artefacts introduced in the Alex through internal debayering (still there last time
I lokked) and compression (improved a lot) affected both apparent sharpness and use in a VFX pipeline...
With the Epic, we have an even more compact onboard RAW recording machine, that actualy handles overexposure the way we want it, First camera I have used that doesn't distort in the last stop before clip. So all is fun and good.
I still like using the Alexa a lot, only wish it was more handleable/pricecompatible for a RAW workflow, where I think it shines compared to its prores/uncompressed modes...
The Alexa design, is a lot more userfriendly out of the box, though with nice places to place fat and clumsy fingers, like mine... I like that.
And the Old Bomb, lost RED a few sales here in Norway, that I know of.
Glad they decided to upgrade that solution!
Great Job Mr. Jim! Totally Agree, and await for the real test to show the local film makers here in Mainland China,
Just done a tvc in Beijing Mainland China, I'd changed their mind to use Epic Camera instead of Alexa, at the end client, production and director loves the footage,
and the new Feature Film I just start shooting today, I had been explaining for many times to director, finally I can get to use 2 of Red Epic cameras for this project,
the first day - today I got a great feedback from the Director, he loves the Epic footage...
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