RED Developing Faster, Smaller MiniMag

Support for Select Canon Lenses also announced

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

RED has been working on a smaller, faster MiniMag even though they just announced the new Raw recorder at NAB last Spring and haven’t even launched it yet.  The side mounted SSD slot will take MiniMag SSDs and also be able to handle uncompressed Raw, completely replacing ProRes.

… the MiniMag isn’t going to be released till the end of the year, but If I were to guess: No PRORES.. we still believe in a RAW workflow and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.  Speeds increased.. so much so the readers are now 6G. Which aids in lower compression on camera, and much quicker offloading. Pretty nice since the cards are now half the size. – Jarred Land, RED User Forums

RED Fire Chief Jared Land let the news slip during an exchange this week talking about an update to the RED Camera firmware for Dragon, Epic and Scarlet. Build 5.1.29 will support 512gb and 1TB mini mags, which caused REDheads to jump for joy that the proxy recorder was moving out of vaporware status and into the light of day. And it also means that users can upgrade their existing camera platforms.

“This is an upgrade… just like it was when we went from CF to SSD on the RED ONE,” Land wrote as he addressed concerns of a RED user who didn’t relish selling his new gear to take advantage of it. “Media is technology driven. We are offering an optional solution to get faster media at a smaller size.”

Land even posted a video on the forums which shows just how easy it is to install the slide in MiniMag housing. And while the minimags have definitely gotten smaller, Land says that they will have the same speeds as the original design.

Further details on the minimag will be coming in December, according to Land, who just wanted to give his faithful REDheads a heads up as to what’s coming (and to foster about 14 pages of conversation on the forums!).

And Land says that the new Minimag will be about the same price as the current Epic side SSD module. Meanwhile, Land also announced support for the following Canon lenses, as well as that plucky Sigma 18-35 that’s turning heads:

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF_24mm f/2.8
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8
  • Canon EF 500mm f/4
  • Sigma 18-35mm

Land also addressed delays in supporting 3rd Generation Canon extenders, which was mentioned back in 2012. “There was a technical issue with the amount of pins getting that done,” Land said. But Land also wants to know from the forum members what lenses they’d like to see support for. “You guys need to give me a list of lenses you want supported so we can get them in,”  Land said.

Other features in the firmware update include image quality and calibration enhancements for the Dragon 6K sensor as well as:

  • Fix player hang with invalid in/out set points
  • Fix intermittent startup failure with Motion Mount installed
  • Fix help when displayed on 9″ LCD
  • Fix focus size when center point is selected
  • Fix HDRx stop changes causing monitor artifacts
  • Fix PRO IO AES audio not working
  • Fix Serious Error message on shutdown

Faster, smaller, and at the same price? REDheads must be in nirvana again.

Hat Tip – NFS

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