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> Oakley lance un caméscope HD, Source : http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/36805/135/
posté Jul 12 2008, 03:33 PM
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Mountain House (CA) - The story of RED reminds me of a story from the automotive industry. Back in 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini complained to Enzo Ferrari about the quality of the clutch on his Ferrari 250 GT, and Enzo angrily answered: "You build tractors. How can you know how to manufacture a sports car?". Then, Ferruccio decided to beat Il Commendatore in his own game, and the tractor manufacturer turned into a company that builds fantastic sports cars.

Jim Jannard, founder and CEO of Oakley, known for its sun glasses, wanted a compact and durable HD camera. Oakley is well-known for its relationship with sports, so this wish was not too surprising. Jim's idea did not find any friends at broadcast equipment manufacturers such as Sony, Canon and JVC.

Left with his idea, Jim founded RED Digital Camera, a company that aimed to create a high-resolution "Beyond HD" camera that can capture the fast pacing world of sports - in an affordable way.

The first product, RED One, does not yet achieve this goal, but is an indication of what we can expect to see from this company in the future. The compact and durable HD camera should come with the upcoming debut of RED Scarlet, a "pocket-sized" professional digital video camera. (More details about the Scarlet will be released at this year's NAB convention in Las Vegas - lectures starting on Friday, April 11th.)

In this story, we will focus on the experience of assembling RED One, one of the most fascinating video cameras you can buy today.

What's all the fuss about?

If you are wondering what is so revolutionary about RED, and why Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh can't imagine their life without this camera, there’s a fairly simple reason for that: This is the first digital video camera that has a resolution that exceeds 35 mm film, while the dynamic range is coming very close to traditional cameras. At its core, the camera uses a Mysterium CMOS sensor: The physical resolution of this monster is 4900 x 2580 pixels, for a total of 12.64 million pixels. The sensor measures in 24.4 x 13.7 mm (334 mm2).

Depending on your point of view, the camera also does not cost an arm and a leg. Of course, the camera is not in the same category as average HD handycams that currently sell for less than $1000. You have to remember that the RED One gives you the possibility to become a movie maker. The complete product sells for about $25.000 ($17.500 for the body) and records movies in 4K resolution. As a sidenote, a 4K movie feature is something you otherwise can’t get, even if you have $100.000 in the bank.

Some unique features

RED Users will have to get used to RAW workflow, similar to what is done in professional SLR photography. A software interface to access RAW recordings is provided with the firm’s RED ALERT! and REDCINE applications. To capture the proprietary Redcode RAW codec and process it with decent results, you need to get used to the RAW workflow, using the supplied software software. Of course, the downside is that the transcoding will take quite some time, but it appears that RED is actually working on some ideas to improve the workflow.

Needless to say, you will need a Ninja PC or a Mac Pro with a ton of memory to go through the transcoding. A Quadro FX SDI card could be your ticket to ride, too.

The results, however, speak for themselves. We had a chance to give the camera a quick test run and found that the camera creates fascinating image quality, given the fact that the Redcode RAW codec actually floats between 215-288 Mb/s.

4K at 30fps or a 2K resolution at 120 fps for slow- and superslow-motion works like a charm, and this is just one of options that come as firmware upgrades. Oh, we forgot to mention, the camera comes with a 512 MB SD card, which is used to upgrade the operating system of the camera.
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posté Jul 31 2008, 10:21 AM
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Il y a quand même un petit raccourci.

Ce n'est pas Oakley qui lance un caméscope, mais RED.
RED a été fondé par Jim Jannard, également fondateur d'Oakley, mais les deux boîtes sont complètement indépendantes.

Ceci dit, la petite soeur de la RED Camera, la SCARLET devrait arrivé courant 2009. Les perfs descendront un peu, mais le prix beaucoup !

Et puis arrivera également courant 2009 l'EPIC dont les perfs sont au dessus de celles qu'offre la RED.

==> http://www.red.com/
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