RED Announces 5K Scarlet W

red-scarlet-w_lcd_top_handle_0By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

When RED announced the Weapon platform, they said that conversions would first be available for the EPIC, which would give REDHeads the ability to shoot up to 8K and in Vista Vision. Scarlet users feared that they would be left out, and although it’s slightly smaller in scale, RED hasn’t forgotten them with the new 5K Scarlet W.

SCARLET-W is to WEAPON just like SCARLET is to EPIC. You can’t have a SCARLET EPIC, Just like you can’t have a SCARLET WEAPON. The –W is not just an evolutionary amendment, it is also an indicator that you can use all the same bits from the new DSMC2 accessory and module line as is shared by the WEAPON, including interchangeable mounts, interchangeable OLPFs, etc. – Jarred Land to NFS

scarlet-w_frontright_olpfDesigned to be the bridge between the lower end 4K RED Raven and the RED Weapon, the Scarlet W offers 5K recording at up to 60 frames per second in a wide angle aspect ratio of 2.40:1. Users can also go full frame at 5K at a slower 48fps, or as high as 150fps at 4K.  Other features of the Scarlet-W include:

  • 5120 x 2700, 13.8 Megapixel RED DRAGON Sensor
  • Sensor Size: 25.6mm (h) x 13.5mm (v) x 28.9mm (d)
  • Interchangeable Mounts & OLPFs
  • MINI-MAG Media Bay, Record RAW & ProRes Simultaneously
  • Dynamic Range: Same as Other DRAGON Sensors (Listed at 16.5+)
  • Range of Aspect Ratios Including 2:1, 2.40:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 2X Anamorphic and 1.3X Anamorphic
  • 48 fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700) and 8:1 REDCODE
  • 60 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160) and 8:1 REDCODE
  • 100 fps at 4.5K Full Frame (4608 x 2412) and 14:1 REDCODE
  • 120 fps at 4.5K 2.4:1 (4608 x 1944) and 13:1 REDCODE
  • 120 fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160) and 13:1 REDCODE
  • 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728) and 13:1 REDCODE
  • 160 fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620) and 10:1 REDCODE
  • 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296) and 10:1 REDCODE
  • 240 fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080) and 7:1 REDCODE
  • 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864) and 7:1 REDCODE
  • Minimum REDCODE Compression: 5K/24fps/4:1, 5K/48fps/8:1, 4K/24fps/3:1, 4K/60fps/7:1
  • ProRes 2K (2048×1080): 422 HQ, 422, or LT up to 60 fps (Not cropped — this uses the entire frame of a given resolution)
  • 17x17x17 3D LUTs
  • Audio: Integrated Dual Channel Stereo Microphones (Uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
  • Remote control via Wireless, Ethernet, RS232, GPI Trigger with Expander Module
  • Auto Black Calibration
  • Compatibility with All DSMC² Modules
  • Body type: Alluminum Alloy
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs. Brain with Media Bay

Users can go with the Scarlet-W conventional package or the special Monochrome variant.  Users can add the cable less monitor and electronic viewfinder attachments, as well as having the option of swapping out your Panavision PL or Canon AL or EF mounts, and even OLPFs according to need. The only thing really missing in the design is that the Scarlet-W cannot record in 4K ProRes like the Weapon can, so users will have to record in 2K if they prefer that format. Users can also record in RED’s proprietary REDCode Raw. Additionally, RED is offering the RED Scarlet-W Monochrome, which uses a 5K Black and White Dragon sensor for improved image quality for those who like the arthouse/noir style look of Black and White.

Pricing for the RED Scarlet-W starts at $9,950 for the brain only to existing Scarlet users,, which also includes a media bay slot and AC adapter. Users will have to decide on which “optional” lens mount to add, but the interchangeable optical low pass filter is included and users will be able to choose which one of the three available that they want.

Package wise, RED is offering an all up version which includes:

  • SCARLET-W BRAIN w/ Media Bay
  • AL Canon Mount
  • DSMC2 Base I/O V-Lock Expander (costs $1,900 separately)
  • 1x RED MINI-MAG – 120GB
  • DSMC² RED Touch 4.7″ LCD
  • DSMC2 Universal Handle (Brand new “dumb” handle without Start/Stop, costs $150 separately)
  • Your Choice of 1 of RED’s 3 OLPFs (Low-Light, Standard, or Skintone-Highlight)

Cost of the all up package is $14,500, but current Scarlet Dragon users can get the Scarlet W system at a $2500 discount, without having to trade in their existing rig.

Availability: February 2016 Brain Only, March 2016 for Camera Packages


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