RED EPIC FROM VINCENT LaFORET
Here is a quick video of some of my initial camera tests with the RED Epic – (serial number 308, that’s where we got the title…) We spent a little over a week driving around California thanks to Eric Kessler who sponsored our little project and shot a lot of behind the scenes footage that we will be sharing with you over the next few weeks on this blog.
We initially ran into 4 days of very bad weather (rain and high winds) and it took me a little while to configure the camera in terms of handles, rods etc as well as to get to get to know it and the workflow that followed. We’ll be sharing a lot of what we’ve learned with you (most of them will apply directly to HDDSLRs, Sony F3 etc by the way.) We’ll be covering a variety of the gear we used as well as time lapse techniques (that were shot with the Canon 5D MKII and 1D MKIV.)
After the video I’ll discuss two of the most impressive features of the RED Epic – the incredible 5K resolution, as well as their HDRx technology.
EPIC #308 from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.
Shooting video at 5K is nothing short of an eye opener. The images you get are simply stunning. In fact it’s difficult to see the video stream on what is one of the cleanest players on the web (Vimeo’s.) No matter how good the compression – there’s no technology out there today that can do the footage justice. Here is a still frame grab from one of the shots below (make sure you click on the image to see it at full resolution)- it will speak to this much better than I ever could.
Once you start to shoot with a camera like this – almost all video/cinema cameras quickly pale in comparison.