RED Reveals Monochrome Monstro VV Cinema Camera

8K. HDR. Super Sharp. And now … Monochrome. That’s the epic new RED Monstro VV Monochrome camera. And one look at it’s footage and you’ll pray for the return of Film Noir.

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O hell yes. It’s finally here. Monochrome Monstro.

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A year after releasing the RED Monstro 8K VV cinema camera, RED is stripping it of all its color filtering and creating a black and white image that looks to redefine the standard.  By removing the color filters that enable the Monstro to record the red, blue and grey color data, the entire 8K image sensor is fined turned to record simply light value. And RED says that, freed from the color filters, the sensitivity of the Monstro image sensor nearly doubles.

Other specs for Monstro VV:

  • 8192 × 4320 maximum resolution
  • 40.96 mm x 21.60 mm (Diagonal: 46.31 mm) sensor size
  • IPP2 processing
  • 60 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320),  300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 × 864)
  • .r3d, ProRes, and DNx internal recording
  • 17+ stops of dynamic range

RED did the same with it’s RED Epic Mysterium X processor back in 2012, with results that were, although very narrowly defined, still quite impressive. The Monstro VV Monochrome sensor turns this up to eleven.

The result in an amazing dynamic range in light and shadow. Check out this Justin Timberlake video, shot on what is now being referred to as the “MonstroChrome:”

And here’s another music video, by U2, shot on seven Epic Monochrome’s for comparison:

Amazing, isn’t it? I don’t want to come off as a RED fanboy here, I’ve never used the camera. But it really shows how much detail you can grab in the black and white spectrum, when get the color out of the way and instead focus on light, shadow and distance. RED says that with the monochrome sensor, RED is getting an image data read out of 3:1.

The downside is, that the RED Monstro VV M0nochrome brain will run about $55,000. That’s a steep price for use in the occasional artistic black and white project. But rental houses will no doubt stock a few, for those who wish to paint in black and white from time to time.

This one is killing me. Trust me. The 1st run of Ti is a disaster. All fail. I told you how difficult Ti was to make but I was assured by our ODM and vendors we would make enough for the pre-orders. We didn’t. – Jim Jannard, “The post I don’t want to make” RED Hydrogen User Forums

Meanwhile, in other RED news, Red Founder Jim Jannard apologized to those who preordered the titanium Hydrogen One 4-view mobile phone.  Writing in a post on H4VUser forums, Jannard issued a mea culpa on the high end mobile phone’s delay.

“If I were a Ti pre-order customer, I would be pretty pissed off,” wrote Jannard. “So I assume that is the common reaction for all of our customers in this position.” Jannard laid the blame on the production schedules for the phone’s factories in China, stating that while RED can control of all camera manufacturing here in the US, they are the mercy of smartphone manufacturers overseas.

Moreover, putting his money where his mouth is, Jannard did something truly unprecedented.  He told those who preordered the Titanium Hydrogen that they’ll get an aluminum model while they wait.

“We will send all Ti pre-orders an aluminum HYDROGEN 1st when we begin shipping them,” Jannard wrote. And then said that they will not only get the Ti model when available, but that users will be able to keep the aluminum model at no extra charge!

WOW.  Aluminum models ship to preorders in October. Carriers begin selling a month later.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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