Kvibe Productions finally was able to get hold of the Red Scarlet X. We went outside to the park at high noon in the bright sun to test. We shot without using any filters or ND filters. We wanted to see what we were going to face if we didn’t have any of it. We packed it with just the bare minimum. Battery, Shoulder Rig, 1 Lens 85mm, follow focus, and a lot of excitement to using it in candid style.
1) We had to shoot everything at F16 (max aperture for zeiss 85) because we didn’t have any ND filters.
2) Everyone says you have to shoot at iso 800 to avoid clipping since it’s the neutral setting when bringing it in post. I tested and also tested going against that common rule and shot at iso 250 and 320. Didn’t seem to have any problems in post.
3) Hard to focus without an EVF. The monitor on the camera is awkward which is mounted on the top of the camera. It’s just extremely hard to see and focus.
4) I didn’t have the back mount for my red brick, so I bought this rope from home depot and tied it around my rails. Yes it was pretty ghetto and it had a chance of falling off ripping the cord with it. But eh, we wanted to shoot!
5) The Cinevate Durus follow focus has a problem using short lenses. The LCD cord is attached to the front part of the Red Scarlet X. The Durus Follow Focus has a very large body which gets in the way. It’s unfortunate because it’s a good follow focus.
6) The LCD could have a better touchscreen. It’s no IPAD that’s for sure.
Great things about this camera:
1) The number one thing we noticed when we used this camera was the latitude of this camera. We are so use to the DSLR that seeing footage not clipping and being able to see the details in the shadows in the BRIGHT SUN was utterly amazing!
2) It’s not heavy as I expected it to be with the rails, battery, and other gear.
3) You really don’t need a Red Rocket Card. We transcoded and edited this all within 4-6 hours.
4) Red Cine-X is a really nice free app from Red to use with this camera. The color grading is amazing without having to lose detail compared to DSLR or other compressed formats
5) The camera is built like a tank. I have so much confidence in this camera.
6) 4k lets us crop or re-frame when needed
7) It’s future proof until cinema are ready for 8k resolutions.
Stay tuned for another blog about the workflow from Red Cine X to Avid MC6. We will provide complete documentation step by step!