NAB 2015: 8K Full-Frame Red WEAPON Camera Was Just Announced With R3D Raw and ProRes

Even though many of us have a few ideas what to expect from RED at this year’s NAB in regards to new cameras, the official announcement of the Red WEAPON is indeed one of the biggest and highly anticipated news. The new (future upgrade) Vista Vision sized 8192 x 4320 sensor inside the new RED WEAPON camera will be capable of outputting the impressive 75fps at the maximum 8K resolution. Plus, the camera will provide ProRes recording internally along with the well-known R3D RAW files similar to the 6K WEAPON Dragon cameras.

Obviously, there will be multiple versions of the WEAPON 6K camera, with Carbon Fiber having higher recording frame rate options in ProRes (up to 120fps) over the WEAPON Magnesium (up to 60fps). Plus, WEAPON is backward compatible with all the existing power options such as batteries, chargers and power adaptors, RED MINI-MAGs, DSMC lens mounts, cables, and most mounting and support components.

WEAPON Upgrade packages include replacements for critical modules and components while Carbon Fiber WEAPONs support new upgrade paths as technology advances. The 8K cameras will be shipping by the end of 2015 whereas the 6K WEAPON cameras should be available this summer.

8K VISTA VISION FORGED WEAPON from RED Digital Cinema on Vimeo.

Here’s what Jarred Land posted on Reduser.net:

Full Frame / Vista Vision 40mm x 20mm ( 40.96mm x 21.6mm )

8192 x 4320 60fps full sensor, 75fps 8K 2.40:1

NAB price for the upgrade is $10k additional to Weapon CF or Weapon CF upgrade during NAB only. Upgrade Price when 8K ships at the end of the year will be $20k.

If you order 8K now, you will receive 6K Weapon when 6K ships the beginning of July and be upgraded when 8K ships.

See me tomorrow in our booth and ask about the limited edition FORGED CARBON option

WEAPON 6K Carbon Fiber

$49,500 Brain + Media Bay + CF Sidekick + Magnesium PL mount

RED-Weapon-6K-Carbon-Fiber

Trade-in credit amount:

  • If you own EPIC CF DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $22,500. If you own Epic CF After NAB
    starts, the price is $20,000.
  • If you own EPIC-M DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $17,500. If you own Epic-M Dragon After NAB
    starts, the price is $15,000.
  • If you own EPIC-X DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $15,500. If you own Epic-X Dragon After NAB
    starts, the price, is $13,000.
  • If you own SCARLET-X DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON is $5000. If you own Scarlet-X Dragon After NAB
    starts, the price is $2500.

WEAPON 6K Carbon Fiber features

  • Simultaneous R3D and Apple Prores recording in-camera
  • Records R3D and scaled version of the same footage as ProRes. For example 6K master, and 2K ProRes up to 120fps.
  • Files recorded simultaneously to same media
  • Consistent naming and internally accurate timecode (easier workflow than external recorder)
  • Apple ProRes 444XQ, 444, 422HQ, 422 or 422LT
  • As well as tethered streaming ProRes – ProRes recorded proxy can be sent to Ethernet while R3D master sent to media
  • 33x33x33 3D LUTs
  • Faster Data throughput. Up to 50% higher data rates to a card. Existing RED MINI-MAG 512GB cards are already ready for transfer speed increase
  • Dual monitor ports on Brain for EVF/LCDs.
  • Automatic sensor calibration. Select exposure times from 1/8000s to 1/8s without calibrating. Wider operating band for sensor temperature
  • Better thermal management, Lower fan noise with no front fans and more stable operating temperature
  • Integrated top plate
  • Integrated wireless control connectivity
  • Interchangeable and removable I/O options with accessible port placement.
  • Interchangeable OLPFs with smart detection of which OLPF is installed.
  • Monitor flip and mirror on all outputs, including SDI.
  • Integrated dual digital front microphones

WEAPON DRAGON 6K Magnesium

$34,500 Brain + Media Bay
red_weapon_6k_dragon_magnesiumTrade-in credit amount:

  • If you own EPIC CF DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $22,500. If you own Epic CF After NAB
    starts, the price, is $20,000.
  • If you own EPIC-M DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $17,500. If you own Epic-M Dragon After NAB
  • starts, the price, is $15,000.
  • If you own EPIC-X DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON CF is $15,500. If you own Epic-X Dragon After NAB
  • starts, the price, is $13,000.
  • If you own SCARLET-X DRAGON before NAB, credit towards WEAPON is $5000. If you own Scarlet-X Dragon After NAB starts, the price is $2500.

WEAPON 6K Magnesium features

  • Simultaneous R3D and Pro-res recording in-camera
  • Records R3D and scaled version of the same footage as ProRes. For example 6K master, and 2K ProRes up to 60fps.
  • Files recorded simultaneously to same media
  • Consistent naming and internally accurate timecode (easier workflow than external recorder)
  • Apple ProRes 4444XQ, 4444, 422HQ, 422 or 422LT
  • Tethered streaming ProRes – ProRes recorded proxy can be sent to Ethernet while R3D master sent to media
  • 17x17x17 3D LUTs
  • Faster Data throughput. Up to 50% higher data rates to a card. Existing RED MINI-MAG 512GB cards are already ready for transfer speed increase
  • Dual monitor ports on Brain for EVF/LCDs.
  • Automatic sensor calibration. Select exposure times from 1/8000s to 1/8s without calibrating. Wider operating band for sensor temperature
  • Better thermal management, Lower fan noise with no front fans and more stable operating temperature
  • Integrated top-plate
  • Integrated wireless control connectivity
  • Interchangeable and removable I/O options with accessible port placement.
  • Interchangeable OLPFs with smart detection of which OLPF is installed.
  • Monitor flip and mirror on all outputs, including SDI.
  • Integrated dual digital front microphones

RED are showcasing the performance and versatility of the 6K RED DRAGON sensor, as well as the latest product innovations and technologies at NAB, Booth #SL1517.

[via Cinescopophilia and NFS, source: RED]

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