RED Cameras are used by people and projects so far beyond my own capabilities – and budget — that I might as well be writing about rocket science. With its new entry-level Raven, however, RED enters the increasingly crowded sub-$10,000 4K market. The Raven's footage looks, well, RED stunning just like its more expensive siblings.
Still, I’ve learned enough over the past 18 months to recognize the non-camera components of this footage that contribute mightily to it, from on-screen talent to lighting, styling, set design – and skill.
Right – RED was the camera that broke a score of 100 at DxO Labs. It’s the camera that everyone wants to shoot a selfie with at trade shows.
It is designed to do only one thing: capture stunning footage.
And it does. Even on my 15” non-Retina display MacBook Pro, the footage from their new entry-level Raven is incredible eye-candy.
With a price $5,995 for the camera body only but $9,950 for a usable package called Base I/O if you’re not already a RED operator, the Raven is squarely in Sony FS5 /FS7 territory while priced 1/3 less than a Canon C300 Mark II.
Now THAT is an interesting comparison.
Or the mind-blowing, vastly more expensive — but perhaps just as compact — ARRI Alexa Mini.
Back to the footage.
Make no mistake: every element of this footage is operating at the same level as the Raven, including post. Gorgeous on-screen talent, fantastic lighting, beautiful composition and use of slow motion – wow.
Which just goes to show, yet again, that gear without skill is pointless, while skill without gear (well, not great gear, anyway) will still shine through.
I wonder if the Raven is good enough and priced accessibly enough (for those of us who have projects worthy of its capabilities) that it can raise our game just by osmosis, even when we don’t have the budget for everything else.
I’d love to get my hands on one to find out, wouldn’t you?
“CARRION” – Shot on RED RAVEN 4.5K
Via Youtube Description:
“Carrion” unveils footage from the 4.5K RED RAVEN™—RED's most compact camera to date. Shot completely on a RED RAVEN fitted with the new Zeiss Milvus lenses, “Carrion” showcases the versatility and capture capabilities of the camera through stunning images shot in an array of lighting conditions and frame rates. Boasting the incredible dynamic range and color science of the RED DRAGON® sensor, RED RAVEN empowers shooters to achieve best-in-class image quality without having to compromise.
Read the full article at: www.red.com/news/carrion-unveils-red-raven-capture-capabilities
First RED ‘Raven' 4.5K Camera Footage Hits YouTube in the Film ‘Carrion'
Since it was announced a few months ago, the budget-friendly (relatively speaking here) RED Raven has been on the radar for many indie filmmakers and production crews, for good reason. Boasting a dynamic range of 16.5 stops and a max resolution of 4.5K, for a body-only cost of $5950, it's easy to see why. The film here was shot exclusively with the Raven camera.
As the most compact RED camera made to date (and weighing about 3.5lbs), many future owners can see themselves using this for aerial work, on jibs, gimbals, and in other places where every inch and every pound of weight matters, as does the ability to get an amazingly high quality image. The Raven comes equipped with the RED DRAGON sensor, which was the first camera sensor to score over 100 on the DxOMark sensor score.
Read full article at fstoppers “First RED ‘Raven' 4.5K Camera Footage Hits YouTube in the Film ‘Carrion'”
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)