December 11th, 2015

Here’s What Footage from the RED Raven Looks Like

RED is known for its modular cinema cameras that push the boundaries of resolution. What they haven’t been known for are compact cameras that don’t break the bank (by cinema camera standards).

The  Raven looks to change that.

It has a starting weight of 3.5 pounds (body only) with a body-only price of $6,000. Designed to ease newcomers into the RED eco-system and to give experienced users a camera they can mount on a drone or gimbal, the Raven records 4.5K at up to 120 fps using the REDCODE RAW format. It has a dynamic range of 16.5 stops and a Canon EF mount.

While the Raven won’t ship until February, RED posted the first footage from the camera this week. The film was shot using Zeiss Milvus lenses. Have a look:

August 19th, 2013

RED Founder Jim Jannard Steps Down, Says He’s Tired of Criticism

In a “final post” in the REDUSER forum for RED Digital Cinema cameras, Jim Jannard announced today that he is stepping down as “the face” of RED Digital Cinema, the company he founded in 2005.

“I read on CML and other idiotic forums, that I an [sic] a hypester, a scam artist,” Jannard writes in reference to Cinematography Mailing List, the mailing list for professional cinematographers founded in 1996 by cinematographer Geoff Boyle. “I just have to wonder what these guys are smoking. But I have to say… they have gotten to me. I don’t need this. I don’t deserve this. Life is short and I am tired.”

In the post Jannard singles out critics, in particular Boyle and director of photography Art Adams, as well as other members of “CML and other idiotic forums.”

He also outlines his reasons for founding RED, and delineates what he believes are the company’s accomplishments. “My thought was to create a film alternative that actually was the equal or better to film in every aspect,” he writes.

According to Jannard, RED president Jarred Land will take over as the public face of the company. “I will now sink into the background, I hope with my reputation intact,” Jannard concludes. “I will work on the future of digital cinema… behind the scenes.”

Jannard previously founded apparel and eyewear company Oakley, Inc., which he sold in 2007 for more than $2 billion.