RED TECH: Learn More About Their Cameras

RED TECHBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

RED Cameras are great, but from what I’ve heard, many complain about how complicated they can be to operate. So it makes sense that RED would seek to demystify that perception by offering series of videos called RED TECH, released on their YouTube channel, which gives us a peak behind the curtain of how they operate the way they do.

“The series will range from basic ideas to advanced concepts,” says Dan, from RED, who says that RED TECH will cover everything from cameras, to post, third party tools and integration. The idea being to familiarize users to RED Cameras, the REDCode Raw Codec, the the post production workflow. They could’ve easily called it RED 101, and it’s a great idea.

So far, there are five videos, an introduction RED TECH (see the video above), plus videos on Core Components, Resolution and REDCODE Raw, principles of HDR, and using accessories like G-Tech’s G-Dock and the file formats it will write on when saving your RED videos. Take a look:

Core Components walks you through the Brain, Lenses, power, Media and monitors of the RED camera system. Since the system is modular, it’s designed to give you the flexibility to build the best camera setup for your project needs. This video will help you know why and how to do that.

Resolution-Raw-REDCODE walks you through the benefits of shooting in 8K or another higher resolution RED format, and the advantages of shooting in RED’s own flavor of RAW, which enables you to manipulate meta data and get an image with visually lossless compression. You’ll also learn how to write those files to RED’s RED Mini Mags and how to use REDCINE X-PRO for advanced color grading in those higher resolution environments.

RED TECH’s HDR examines the high dynamic range of the RED platform.

“The beauty of the RED camera is that it always captures enough dynamic range to support HDR delivery,” says the RED TECH video description, “without any additional settings or unique hardware needed.” Shooters will learn how to monitor HDR through step by steps covered in the fourth video.

The fifth and final (so far) video shows off the G-Technology EV Series Mini Mag reader, which is able to transfer and offload REDCODE Raw files. The EV series Mini Mag reader can be powered by phantom power to connect via USB 3.0, or it can connect via  over Thunderbolt 3 into the G-Tech Thunderbolt housing. From there, the EV Series can read the RED Mini Mag’s .RDM folder and from there, you can drag and drop all the images and R3D clips over to your storage folder. It’ll also move over Apple ProRes and AvidMXF files as well.

So far, that is the extent of the videos they have in the series, but more are planned. To follow the series, go to the RED Digital Cinema YouTube Channel and add the playlist. You can also set your subscription notifications to send you an email every time a new video gets uploaded to the series. And RED wants to hear your ideas for topics on the series. To request a video on a specific topic, email REDTECH[at]

Hat Tip: RSN

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
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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