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We are now coming up on the March 8th deadline to enter the straight 8 2020 contest, which means your last chance to send in your cartridge of unedited Super 8mm film is only a month away.
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We first saw the Rotolight Titan X2 when it was unveiled at IBC 2019. The X2 Titan is the British company’s first RGBWW fixture, and it comes with a suite of industry-first features. Finally, it is ready to purchase. The Titan X2 has been heavily pre-ordered by a lot of rental houses around the world. … Continued
The RED Komodo seems to be in the final stages of development and it looks like RED started the production process. Mechanical development is done and RED released dimensional drawings for third party manufacturers to start working on accessories. Read further for latest update about the RED Komodo cinema camera.
Komodo Latest Update. Source: RED
It can sometimes be a bit difficult to find new relevant information on the Reduser forum. Even more so in case of the new RED Komodo camera. Its original Reduser forum thread with all the information has grown to a whopping 3709 posts on 371 pages. Thankfully, Jarred Land finally decided to open a new category about the Komodo camera to make things a bit easier to follow. I followed the Komodo thread over the last couple of weeks and gathered all the new information in this update post. What do we know so far?
RED Komodo was first mentioned in July 2019. What was initially supposed to be just a camera module for the RED HYDROGEN One phone and for the planed RED HYDROGEN Two phone, became a standalone new cinema camera. We already published two articles about Komodo – if you want to refresh memory before reading my new update post, check them here:
Phil Holland posted a roundup of known Komodo specs on Reduser in November 2019. I based the following list on his roundup and added new information as they got revealed by Jarred Land later.
Sensor Technology: New 6K Sensor that features global shutter and rolling shutter modes as well as Phase Detect Auto Focus
Max Resolution: 6144×3240 (full sensor with DCI aspect ratio)
Max Framerate: 6K FF @ 40fps, 6K WS @50fps, 4k @60fps shouldn’t be a problem, there should be 48fps modes available
Anamorphic Support: Yes, but it will not be officially available till around two months after initial release
Codec Support: Internal Compressed RAW (REDCODE RAW, R3D), unknown if other codecs are supported as of now
Lens Mount: Integrated Canon RF Mount. Jarred said they are doing the EF protocol first, so native support for RF lenses will most likely not be there at launch.
Media Type: CFast 2.0 (body features a media slot compartment w/ door). Jarred later said they are also testing CFexpress for future use, but for Komodo they decided to stick with CFast 2.0.
Power Options: Dual slot Canon BP style batteries (various capacities) with hot swap and ability to run off one battery, DC input 12V (LEMO), Lower power draw than DSMC2
Camera Control: Integrated Touch Screen, On Camera Buttons, Some sort of Smartphone Interface, WiFi Control, EXT Port
Monitoring: Top Side Pogo Cableless Display Tech, 4K 6G or 12G SDI Out
Audio: Mic In 3.5mm jack, Headphone Jack, Internal Scratch Mic
Camera Cooling: It appears there’s an internal heat sink and fan w/ vent
Form Factor: < 4x4x4″ with magnesium/aluminum alloy body
Body Weight: < 2lbs
Buttons/Indicators: on/off switch, power/status indicator, record button, tally light, menu, menu selection up/down, funtion set, playback (probably toggle), 2X eject buttons for batteries, media compartment open
Wireless Camera Inteface/Control: WiFi w/ Antenna
Mobile Phone Support: Android and iOS
Rigging: 1/4″-20 around Pogo, 4X M4 around front of camera, 1X M3 for focus hook, general base plate form factor of DSMC2-style bodies
RED Komodo AC Adapter
Komodo’s AC Adapter. Source: RED
The Komodo’s AC adapter is considerably smaller than the AC adapters for previous RED cameras. Jarred posted a photo of it next to the 33mm RED COIN for size reference. The adapter’s specifications are 15v @ 3 amps. It connects to Komodo via 12V LEMO connector.
New External Antenna
Last mechanical update on Komodo’s body was the addition of an external antenna for wireless camera control as the original internal antenna was too weak. Jarred posted a photo of the external antenna with SMA connector. The connector lets users put longer antennas if needed.
Komodo’s last mechanical update – Antenna. Source: RED
According to Jarred, with the little antenna RED was able to send the signal to 300 feet (in perfect unobstructed conditions). Jarred was testing the range in an environment with lot of signal interference in his office and got somewhere between 80 and 100 feet. The range is important as Komodo is designed for example for drone use.
Mechanical Drawings Published
Komodo Dimensional Drawings released. Source: RED
On February 4th, RED published dimensional mechanical drawings for the Komodo (full resolution version is available here). All third party manufacturers can therefore now start designing the accessories for the camera. Bright Tangerine, for example, immediately confirmed working on some accessories. We can be sure, that RED’s accessories brand Global Dynamics United (GDU) will also offer enough stuff for komodo.
First Footage from RED Komodo
There is no official Komodo footage available yet. Jarred said, they are still not 100% done with refining Komodo’s R3D color science, but we should see first official footage very soon.
Komodo Bayhem – Special color for Michael Bay. Source: RED
In the meantime, Michael Bay was playing with pre-production Komodos and he used it on his Hard Rock Superbowl commercial. It was shot with RED Komodo, RED Helium and RED Monstro cameras. In terms of grading flexibility, Jarred said he was in the DI during postproduction and they pushed the raw color 200% and it was an equal opportunity across all sensors. Can you spot Komodo shots in the video?
Price and Availability
From the very beginning, Komodo was supposed to be available for RED HYDROGEN One owners at a discounted price. This still remains the plan. The discounted price was supposed to be under $5,000. The first price estimate was $6,000 for customers who don’t own HYDROGEN.
During the development of the camera, Jarred Land, however, stated, that these prices will most likely be higher due to many added features. The real final prices for RED Komodo with and without discount further remain unknown.
When it comes to HYDROGEN discount, according to Jarred it is tied to the serial number of the phone. There is one discount per serial number, and as soon as that serial number is used the discount is retired. It is regardless of the version of the phone and the fact if it was pre-ordered or bought later. If you bought HYDROGEN One second hand before the cut off then you can get the discount but the original owner cannot, and vice versa.
Komodo pre-production camera tested by Don Burgess. Image credit: Phil Holland
The exact release date for the camera has not been fixed yet. There is a certain possibility that the release gets slightly postponed by the production delays due to the coronavirus in China. Jarred said, however, that RED has alternative production paths for those components which are made in China – some other parts are made in the US, in Mexico, Japan, Europe, and Singapore.
On February 4th, 2020 Jarred wrote on Reduser, that they put up the 12-week target calendar up on the weekend after they locked mechanicals, which would mean the release date to be around April 27th, 2020 (my guesstimate only) if the production does not get postponed by any unexpected delays. That would be just after NAB Show in Las Vegas.
What do you think of RED Komodo so far? Are you planning to invest in the camera? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.
BSC Expo 2020 is now over, but it was the first stop of the DaVinci Resolve European Tour 2020. Indeed, between January and June of this year, Blackmagic Design’s truck will go to every major city in Europe to train everyone interested in learning the bases of Resolve, for free.
DaVinci Resolve European Tour 2020
During BSC Expo 2020, we caught up with Simon Hall from Blackmagic Design to talk about their new DaVinci Resolve European Tour 2020 that launched only a week ago. Over the next six months, the giant Blackmagic truck full of gear will stop to more than 35 cities.
DaVinci Resolve European Tour 2020 dates.
The idea is to train everyone that wants to learn the software for free. All the sessions will be held by a DaVinci Resolve certified trainers. Also, don’t worry, the local instructor will speak in its native language.
So, where does Blackmagic earn money with free software (with limitations) and free training? Moreover, the full Resolve Studio version – worth $299.00 – comes with every Blackmagic camera you purchase.
Free Software – Paid Hardware
The DaVinci Resolve European Tour 2020 will teach you everything you have to know to get started: how to import/organize your footage, how to use Resolve as an NLE, and how to finish your project, including color correction, VFX, and audio treatment.
After the training session, you should be ready to dish every other NLE you are currently using, and switch your workflow to Resolve. That’s the idea behind these free training sessions, and Blackmagic is doing something amazing for the community with these workshops.
Of course, if you want to unleash the Resolve beast fully, you have to buy 3rd party accessories, like a control panel or a monitoring card. Also, you must want to buy the Studio version if you haven’t yet. This is the other idea behind those sessions, and there’s nothing to blame about it.
Blackmagic Design educator Simon Hall doing his thing at the first stop of the DaVinci Resolve European Workshop Tour in London next to the BSC Expo.
Fujifilm found itself in the middle of a heated debate about ethics and street photography yesterday, when one of the promo videos it released for the Fuji X100V sparked outrage among a certain segment of the company’s fans on YouTube. The video has since been taken down.
Alongside the X-Summit livestream and official X100V promo video, Fujifilm yesterday released several “My Milestone” and “My Approach” videos featuring various photographers using the new camera. You can still find most of those videos on the Fujifilm X Series YouTube channel—most, but not all. According to FujiRumors, a “My Milestone” video featuring street photographer Tatsuo Suzuki has been removed, ostensibly because of the negative reaction from commenters who felt Suzuki’s photographic style was too intrusive… even offensive.
The rumor site reported on the removal earlier today, and managed to find a mirror of the promo that has been uploaded to YouTube.
We don’t expect the copy of the video to stay up for long—it is technically copyright infringement—but the promo video, the pushback from commenters, and the video’s subsequent removal brings up some interesting questions about what is and is not okay when it comes to street photography.
Some styles of street photography—most notably Bruce Gilden’s highly-aggressive style, which makes the above seem tame—have always been contentious. But as cameras become more widespread, social media ubiquitous, and privacy concerns more intense, people’s reactions to this kind of photography have only become more severe.
Fuji found itself right in the middle of this debate after releasing the Suzuki promo, which could be interpreted as condoning this shooting style. And through you may or may not agree with how the company chose to handle it (i.e. taking down the video), it’s a debate worth having, and one that photographers should be a part of.
We’re reached out to Fujifilm for an official comment or statement regarding the promo video and why it was pulled, and will update this post if and when we hear back.
Access, access, access — be it physical, emotional, or preferably both — is the doc filmmaker’s equivalent of location. And Brazilian director Petra Costa manages to get it in spades. Currently streaming on Netflix, her Oscar-nominated epic The Edge of Democracy, the third film in a personal, award-winning trilogy that began with the 2009 short Undertow Eyes, followed by her debut feature Elena three years later, is easily Costa’s most ambitious to date. With fly-on-the-wall camerawork, and guided by her eloquent voiceover narration, Costa captures up close and in real time the democratic car wreck of recent corruption scandals in Brazil that led to the […]
If you’d like to use your collection of lens filters not only with your DSLR or mirrorless lenses but also your smartphone camera, Moondog Labs’ latest product might be worth a closer look: the company’s new Multi-Camera Filter Mount lets you attach photo filters, for example neutral density or polarizing filters, with a standard 52mm diameter to your smartphone.
The holder works with any phone for which bayonet mount cases from manufacturers such as Moment, Rhinoshield or Sirui are available. The Moondog filter holder then clips onto the bayonet mount and, with a filter attached, covers all lenses in a multi-lens array, allowing for use with smartphone ultra-wide, standard-wide and tele lenses. Larger filters can be attached using a step-up ring.
Following hot on the heels of Instagram’s new (and at times controversial) “False Information” warning, Twitter has just announced its own policy around labeling and warning users about photos and videos that have been “deceptively altered” and manipulated.
The new policy was revealed in a blog post and a tweet/video released by the @TwitterSafety account:
We know that some Tweets include manipulated photos or videos that can cause people harm. Today we’re introducing a new rule and a label that will address this and give people more context around these Tweets pic.twitter.com/P1ThCsirZ4
“We know that some Tweets include manipulated photos or videos that can cause people harm,” reads the video caption. “Today we’re introducing a new rule and a label that will address this and give people more context around these Tweets.”
The rule itself is pretty straightforward:
You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand the media’s authenticity and to provide additional context.
“Deceptive” images and video will be evaluated on three criteria:
Are the media synthetic or manipulated?
Are the media shared in a deceptive manner? and;
Is the content likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm?
Once something has been identified as “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated,” Twitter will take one or more of the following steps.
Apply a label to the Tweet;
Show a warning to people before they Retweet or like the Tweet;
Reduce the visibility of the Tweet on Twitter and/or prevent it from being recommended; and/or
Provide additional explanations or clarifications, as available, such as a landing page with more context.
“In most cases,” explains Twitter, “we will take all of the above actions on Tweets we label.”
The new rule will go into effect on March 5th, at which point you may start seeing these labels pop up, just like we have on Instagram. And just like Instagram, Twitter expects to make some mistakes along the way as they implement this new rule/policy.
“This will be a challenge and we will make errors along the way — we appreciate the patience,” reads the announcement. “However, we’re committed to doing this right. Updating our rules in public and with democratic participation will continue to be core to our approach.”
To read more about the new policy and how it came about, head over to the Twitter blog. And if you regularly share heavily edited or manipulated photography on Twitter—be they digital art, composites, or something else—be prepared to fall on the wrong side of this rule once or twice before Twitter gets their house in order.
The publication of the Komodo Dimensional Drawings is a clear sign that the machines are starting to build the parts for the new camera from RED, as users discuss specs, lenses, and adapters.
Since August 2019, when first news about the RED Komodo camera were published, RED has been mostly – officially – silent about the camera, despite the fact that the REDUser.net forum grew, page after page, with rumors, dreams and some bits of information. It’s moving faster now, as the first available footage shows what the camera can do – or some of what the camera can do – and Jarred Land, from RED, shared a file with the “Komodo Dimensional Drawings”.
Sharing the file with the exact dimensions of the camera is a clear invitation to all those who want to start thinking about building their kits around the Komodo. As Jarred Land wrote in his blog post, “Hope this helps all of you curious about size fitting into / onto / over things and those of you that want to start building stuff for Komodo.”
So, while not a complete image of the final product, the drawings give essential information about placement of controls and connections, while also creating some new questions that, to a certain extent, have been answered online, at the forums. It’s not always easy to follow the conversation, though, as it continues to grow – it’s 373 pages long now, with a lots of posts – and even the fact that a new Komodo thread was opened does not help to get the whole picture. So, and because there is no official press-release – yet – from RED, we’ve looked through the multiple posts at REDUser.net to publish this summary of Komodo’s developments.
The first footage from the Komodo
Jarred land wrote, recently, that users would “start seeing finished Komodo footage very soon” and so they did. The video now available on YouTube, “Hard Rock | Big Game Commercial 2020 “ Starring JLo, Arod, DJ Khaled, Pitbull and Steven Van Zandt has shot with the Komodo. “Yes… Shot on Komodo Bayhems, Helium Bayhems and Monstro” says Jarred Land, adding, to those worried about the burn highlights, that “Its an aggressive grade. I was in the DI and they pushed the raw color 200%. And it was an equal opportunity heavy hand across all sensors 🙂 ”
One movie alone does not give the whole story, so users want to see more footage. One user noted that “it’s hard to really assess with the horrible compression artifacts compliments of YouTube, but honestly, all the cameras seemed to match very well. Quality seems on par across the board so that is definitely a positive” while others say that “I wouldn’t judge Komodo solely on that commercial either as Michael Bay has a pretty extreme style. I would wait for more footage.”
Still, the community has now a new reason to discuss the Komodo. And they have more information, as the images shared also give some hints about what the camera offers. External antennas are now confirmed, and Jarred Land confirmed that “wireless is a pretty important part of Komodo… and the flush little internal antenna we had just wasn’t cutting it. The SMA connector lets you put longer ones if needed as well. We tucked it in the side so its a bit protected. Was a bit of a pain in the ass to change that side panel to accommodate but there is nothing I hate more than those stupid right angle antennas that just always seem floppy and always stick out to far and always get broken off.”
External antennas with 300ft reach
It’s not just about getting the design right, though, and Jarred Land adds that “anyways the range increase is significant. Our engineers put the range increase to 300 feet. But they literally test in a perfect field in the middle of nowhere away from any other RF signals and no metal and no walls and no animals or people in the way and I am pretty sure they even cut the grass a little shorter on testing day to get that 300ft” to continue sharing his own experience, saying, “I’ve been testing this all week in my office ( a sound stage ) which is an absolute warzone… worst possible environment ever for wireless and I am getting anywhere between 80-100 feet with this short little stubby antenna. That is direct connection to a phone, Using a router will (obviously) dramatically improve things.”
With a new fresh thread and more news about the camera, users at REDUser.net are also starting to discuss lenses, and the advantages of using Canon’s RF or EF lenses. Jarred Land noted that “we are doing the EF protocol first since that is the majority of lenses out there right now. It will take us time to get those all EF lenses programmed in and the new autofocus on top of that, so native support for RF lenses will most likely not be there at launch.”
Time to start up the machines
While some users appear to prefer the smaller size of some of the new RF lenses, others appreciate the fact that the EF mount is present. The new discussion created around the optional mounts for the Komodo lead RED to open new threads, one about lenses the other about adapters, and the number of messages there is growing, both with questions and some answers that point toward more options users will like to explore. Like when Jarred Land states this: “Just did a “test” for a feature with the Leica M mount adapter on Komodo today with that insane pancake Japanese lens and I wish I could show you the test. It blew my mind. One of those “there is no way this is possible” moments….”
So, it is apparent, the Komodo is on the way to become something users can touch. On the first day of February Jarred Land posted that “this morning I just approved the last mechanical update to Komodo and it was an important one. Time to start up the machines, kick-off tooling and start narrowing in on a date. Lots to still do… but this was an important week for Komodo”, adding that “early next week we will be releasing mechanical drawings and 3D models to our approved 3rd party partners so everyone can start making their own bits and pieces and be ready when we are.”
Find more at REDUser.net
The drawings are here, too, so if the original schedule is to be followed, the Komodo may be available soon. When asked, in the forums, if the spread of the Coronavirus could delay production, Jared Land replied that “… we do use some Chinese components and some of our vendors do have factories in China so it could definitely cause some turbulence.”
“As of yesterday though China is saying all is back to normal come next monday… so we need to wait to see what happens Monday ” he said, adding that “obviously the workers safety should (hopefully) be the priority. But even if the shut down extends, our manufacturing and sourcing team has done a great job already making a backup plan, and most of our external vendors have done an incredible job spinning up alternative paths for the stuff we don’t do here in the USA in Mexico, Japan, Europe and Singapore. Mexico is really impressing us right now… we may do a lot more there down the road.”
Jarred Land also added to his reply, published on February 4, this: “So.. lets wait till next week to see what happens. We just put up the 12 week target calendar up on the weekend after we locked mechanicals, and everything is still in the green. If China needs to shut down for another week or two, then we will just pivot to somewhere else with minimal delay. Stormtroopers might end up costing a few hundred dollars more if we do need to relocate those parts, but the normal production cameras should be unaffected, even if China goes completely sideways. “
If you want to find more about the Komodo, pay a visit to the REDUser.net forums which are packed with users searching for answers, eager to see more details about the newest RED camera.