Technology Update: State of the Art for Video

October 3rd, 2007 · No Comments · Tools and Tech


Mikes’s HD for Indies blog is a blog I read daily for the latest video technology info. It’s full-on geek talk–sometimes over my head–and tends to focus on filmmaking gear that requires a budget noticeably higher than Megan and I can generally muster, however, it’s the best way to learn about what’s in the pipeline for the future, which will be here eventually.

One project Mike has invested a lot of energy into over the last year is a new 4K (that’s a technical imaging moniker-not price) camera designed by a new startup camera company called Red. The Red 1 HD camera starts at $20,000 (but that doesn’t include all the necessary features, like a lens). The significant thing is it delivers the nearly same quality as a $100,000 film camera. It has the potential to create a revolution for independent filmmakers.

The quality of this camera is actually comparable to a digital still camera. Check out Mike’s blog here to see test images. Click an image to see the actual video quality. Note: Mike’s a purist and has posted images without any image sweetening: these are raw images straight from the camera before color correction so they will lack the wowzo punch of a great photograph. The thing to look at is the detail.

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