RED Updates Tools App and Adds Android Support

red toolsBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

RED is getting the ground ready for their HYDROGEN ONE multi-use device by announcing that their RED Tools app will be available in Google Play for the very first time as a free update.

A multipurpose digital tool kit for fine tuning and simulating your RED camera rig, RED Tools comes with a host of cool utilities including Crop Factor, Recording Time, Flicker-Free Video, Depth of Field, Panning Speed and Exposure.

RED Tools ver. 2.0.0 breaks down as follows:

  1. Through Crop Factor, users can insert the focal length of the lens they are using on their RED, as well as the sensor size and get a preview of what the image will look like before even rolling a frame of video.
  2. Recording time enables the camera operator to input based on data rate and card type, so you can determine just how much recordable media to stock up on for the day’s shooting schedule.
  3. Flicker-free video lets you dial in the shutter speed and frame rate in order to keep your video image flicker free under any lighting conditions.
  4. Depth of Field calculator – Preview a shot and see what the depth of field will do with any aperture and lens combination.
  5. Panning Speed – test your panning speed in advance, so you can avoid nasty pronounced juddering. “The goal is to provide a more accessible tool than the charts and tables commonly referenced in cinematography manuals,” RED states. “It uses the standard rule of thumb that camera panning should not cause objects to transit the entire horizontal extent of an image in any less than seven seconds.”
  6. Adjust other camera settings when your exposure settings have to be changed according to lighting conditions. Example usage scenarios include when a higher frame rate needs to be used for slow motion, when the T-stop has to change for depth of field, or when the shutter angle has to change to minimize flickering in artificial light.

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But the new version also offers a new light and dark mode, to adjust viewing based on your current lighting conditions. The App also supports 11 different languages, including English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Netherlands, Portugese, Russian.

 The app is also compatible with RED’s DSMC2 and older DSMC camera systems, with each tool fully customizable based on your RED camera and sensor type. The company even adds standard film formats for comparison.
It’s going to be interesting how many apps make the move to Android once RED’s HYDROGEN ONE makes its big splash next year. Android is actually more popular worldwide, but it’s been lagging behind in the production industry world, due to widespread iOS acceptance. It also means developing an app for different variations of Android. But it could only be a matter of time a seed change takes place with more popular Android devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy series. And RED Tools may be leading it.
The app is available on the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPad, and for the first time on Google Play for Android devices.
About James DeRuvo 671 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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