The above sample clip demonstrates the HDRx voodoo that RED is working in its new EPIC camera. The shot from dimly lit tunnel to a sunny afternoon maintains the aperture and other exposure settings during the transition. No one is pulling aperture via a remote during the transition.
Using the new HDRx feature in the EPIC, the camera makes the previously-impossible now possible. The HDRx functionality works by recording two exposures and blending them together, which allows the camera to hold the highlight details in the clouds after emerging from the tunnel in the above video. The exposures are captured simultaneously, with the underexposed frame recorded at a fraction of the shutter speed of the “normal” frame. Not even film has this kind of latitude.
The New York Times has a video gallery of 14 actors shot as classic screen types. Featured actors include Natalie Portman, Jesse Eisenberg, Matt Damon and Robert Duvall, among others. The project was directed by Solve Sundsbo and shot with RED EPIC and RED ONE cameras. Check it out on the New York Times website.
Last week, RED’s Jim Jannard provided an update to the EPIC’s serious firmware “bug issues” that had adversely affected the production schedule of the ambitious RED ONE followup. The bug has been killed and the production of the EPIC appears to be back on track. [click to continue…]
In a forum posting discussing bugs associated with the, yet-to-be-released, RED EPIC and Scarlet cameras, RED’s Jim Jannard says that cinematographers should be embarrassed for shooting 1080p on DSLRs. [click to continue…]