More than a year since its official announcement, the RED Raven is still the go-to option for those passionate filmmakers who want to join the RED ecosystem at the most affordable price. The camera comes equipped with a premium Dragon sensor that is capable of shooting 4.5K RED Raw camera at 3:1 compression, providing 4608 × 2160 maximum resolution, 16 stops of dynamic range alongside the proprietary RED color science. Besides that, the unit features REDCODE RAW internal recording in 4.5K at 120 fps (15:1 compression) or in 2K at 240 fps, Apple ProRes 422, 422 LT, or 422 HQ support (limited to 2K and 60fps), fixed Canon EF Mount, 3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI outputs and more. But, what about rigging you may ask? Well, Greg from LensProToGo will help us to sort things out by showcasing three different setups for the RED Raven starting with a studio build, a shoulder mount, and a handheld setup.
The suggested studio setup consists of a sturdy build professional tripod such as the Sachtler FSB 6 Carbon Fiber Tripod System that offers incredibly smooth pan and tilt movements. Because of the extra springs and tension knobs the fluid head on top provides, you can quickly set the camera in multiple positions in seconds as well.
The next item is the Wooden Camera Easy Riser Plate that not only gives you a plenty of options to attach different accessories, but it also provides the ability to put two 15mm rails and mount effortlessly a follow focus or a matte box at correct lens height on the RED Raven. To complete the studio setup, you’ll also need the Cinevate Durus Follow Focus along with the SmallHD 502 field monitor and the custom LensProToGo Better Israeli Arm to complete the setup.
The shoulder mount, on the other hand, is similar to the studio setup, but unlike the latter, comes with the Zacuto VCT Universal Shoulder Rig. The place of the genuine Red Touch 4.7-inch LCD is also changed. To be able to put it in front of your eyes while holding the camera, you will need the Wooden Camera RED Monitor Relocation Cable. You can keep the Cinevate Durus Follow Focus along with the SmallHD 502 field monitor or use related accessories depending on your personal preferences and project requirements.
And finally, to attach the RED Raven to an Easyrig, you can remove all the accessories from the previous setups except for the rail system, follow focus and the Blueshape BV090 Granite battery on the back. Another important detail is to switch around the top handle to face forward to be able to get the right balance of the camera and keep it level while shooting.
Optionally, if you can’t afford all those accessories, LensProToGo give you the option to rent them all out instead. Get the full list and quotes for the suggested setups by visiting the LensProToGo’s official website here. To wrap up this article, here’s another video produced by LensProToGo that will walk you through the layout of the camera menu system in case you still haven’t got a chance to play around it.
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