Ah, I was omitting the E.. Thanks.
Ah, I was omitting the E.. Thanks.
The old guard film community does not like RDC with their low prices, fantastic images, and cutting edge tech. So they use venues like this one to discredit RDC to the public and to blind the eyes of possible future RED owners. It happens all the time in the corporate world. If you can't beat them, discredit them. Now if the EPIC was $100k then their would be no problemo, but $30k!! Unthinkable.
Just think if they would have shown crystal clear 4k images in full 4k on those screens... Well the proverbial shoe would be on the other foot now wouldn't it? But sadly no, no one is going to do that, except for RED, and if RED does do it, the only people that would show up will be RED customers, and the only place it would be publicized is right here on RedUser.
People can have all the contests they want. It will be just like the video that says the GH2 images are not discernible from EPIC images... It's all poppycock. If they yell loud enough, and say it enough times, they hope that the general public will believe that RED is crap.
Like in pro audio today, everybody is a "music producer "or "engineer" because tools are more accessible. In the film / video world it's the same and a lot of people don't have the experience or eye just yet to be able to make intelligent observations. Not pointing fingers at anyone in this thread or forum at all but I think that as it was said before you should really shoot your own tests and also take "joe smith" opinion's with a grain of salt. With that said here's my "Joe Smith" account of the Zacuto screening... The GH2 was close to the bottom of my list and the Epic 3rd with Alexa 1st and F3 2nd.
The live Rec709 feed onset videovillage is exceptionally amazing. Producers get thrown off once they get to post and see an uber flat image. if you don't debayer and transcode well, you might be in for a surprise. like all highend tools there is a slight learning curve to using the red.
My POV is this :
1. I'm not an A list cinematographer, but i'm working hard to achieve such a goal. RED is the only company that gave me enough courage to put ALL my savings in their gear, BEFORE thinking of buying a house for my family. The window the opened is HUGE. The creatives that they "unlock" are growing in number everyday. I truly believe in the path they traced. Even if the company shut down today, i have a camera (better to say a SYSTEM) with quite endless possibilities, enough for a lifetime career. This takes me to the second point...
2. The Zacuto test results look a lot like a kind of battle against Jim who refused to involve RED. Technically, he knows why. I don't. I don't have the knowledge to get it. But i do know that RED's images can't be that awful if it's shot and graded correctly. I love my Epic and i consider it as a tool. Full stop. A great tool though. A tool that allows me to express myself with a quality that was then the apanage of companies and wealthy enthusiastics. With a 5K camera, huge dynamic range, 300fps, etc... i don't care anymore about quality. I have Hollywood cinematic quality in my bedroom just like an "iPod". I do care now about ideas, concepts and stories. That's what it's all about now. We don't say it enough, but spending thousands of dollars in gear having nothing interesting to express is ridicule. Shooting an entire feature film with an iPhone with a great story is outstanding. The same story shot in RED will be a marvel and bring a lot of dollars within the entertainment industry. An amateur who buys an Epic without trying to make money with it is either a rich guy interested in cinematography or a fool. The pros are the main target of RED. So a real pro can't ignore the current storm created by RED in digital cinema. He can't honestly think that the Zacuto test is fair.
3. RED brought us freedom of creativity with uncompromising quality. The image quality they gave us is REALLY enough for two decades. I'm not a brainless fan of RED. I just love the "obsolescence is obsolete" way of thinking. It gives me enough confidence to dive into cinematography and directing as a Pro. A pro who wants to create and pay his bills. I love my job and everyday i feel lucky to do it. Even more with an Epic not far from my sight. Thanks Ted, Jarred, Jim and everybody at RED for your commitment to brighten my creative future. You've done enough for me. I feel that i should now "honor" my epic. He's simple and open minded enough to stand by me here in Africa.
CONCLUSION : Don't forget that a lot of "invaluable" images are still in VHS formats. People love what's recorded in those tapes. Not the tapes. Because CONTENT IS KING.
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