Is RED 3D going to be the next HD for movies around the world? It looks like it may be heading in that direction…
Last month, RED announced yet another module for it’s RED Epic and Scarlet rigs which will provide wireless and 3D functions and keep both camera platforms current with what shooters are looking to add to their workflow. It’s called the Meizler Module, and it’s packed with features worth taking a look at. Now they’ve put out a video that goes over these greater features, including – get this… wireless transmission of uncompressed 1080p HD SDI video, and connectivity to third party gadgets like iPad and iPhone and even allow shooters to control the cameras wirelessly. Let’s take a look.
Let’s take a look at some of what this $13,000 accessory can do:
•Proxy Recording – Record Proxy files to a RED MINI-MAG card and record REDCODE RAW to side SSD simultaneously.
•Wireless Motor Control – Integrated Wireless communication between 3rd party hand controller and Meizler module. Internal wiring to front outputs for clean cable routing.
•Wireless Video – Transmit 720p or 1080p uncompressed video at 5Ghz. Wireless video system has •Wireless Audio – Receive audio signals from REDsync Master (optional purchase)
•Wireless Timecode -Receive wireless timecode from REDsync Master ( optional purchase )
•802.11b Compatible – Receive system control commands from custom iPad/iPhone/iTouch app through REDsync system
•System power is provided by V-Lock IDX battery plate , (IDX and RED data switch), or RED standard 6 pin power port.
•Smart Hot-Swappable Power supported (battery can be switched when plugged into DC power without shutting camera off)
•CAN Port – Allows for Hardwired communication between the 3ality Technica hand controller and Meizler module
•RS232/422 Port – Hardwired communication for iPad, iPhone and iTouch apps and 3rd party devices
•3D Port – Sync two Meizler modules together to create a 3D lens control system
•HD-SDI Port – Output HD video
•REDmote Port – Charges and Communicates with REDmote via direct hardwire
•RED Monitor Port – Support Dual RED EVF/LCD operating simultaneously via monitor ports on Meizler and Side SSD. Touchscreen control capability on the RED monitor.
•Gig-E Port – Master/Slave the RED cameras
•4 unregulated AUX power outputs◦Two 12V output power on right sidecar,
◦One Left side D-tap on battery plate,
◦One Front 3-pin Fischer for Cinetape or other accessories
•Audio Port – Hardwired 2ch balance audio input
•Headphone Jack – Outputs audio signals 3.5mm
•Lens Ports Front◦Control 3rd party lens motors for Focus, Iris and Zoom
•LEDs◦STATUS Indicates the Meizler module status state
◦8.02.11 Indicates the wireless connection for Wireless.
◦PROXY Indicates the proxy recording status to the MINI-MAG
◦THCL Indicates the wireless connection for wireless hand controller
◦WTCL Indicates the wireless connection for wireless timecode
◦WVL Indicates the wireless connection for wireless video
◦FOCUS Indicates the focus motor status
◦IRIS Indicates the iris motor status
◦ZOOM Indicates the zoom motor status
•Wireless Internal Antennas◦Interchangeable 6 external antenna module
•Switch from internal or external timecode◦Internal timecode – Receive wireless timecode from REDsync Master (optional purchase)
◦External timecode – Receive timecode signal from an external source (i.e Lockit, Denecke and etc) via a BNC and genlock is produced internally
•Report camera state back to iPad app (optional purchase)
•Receive sidebar file metadata from REDsync Master (optional purchase)
In addition, RED showed off the RED SyncMaster, which, for $2900, provides wireless transmission of audio and timecode from the iPad to the RED Module, as well as deliver the same data wirelessly to multiple third party devices like an audio recorder. The video below goes into greater detail, but what I really liked is the RED Sync App for the iPad, which is a clapper board app with a ton of features including GPS data integration, meta data tags for inputted notes and details. It enables DPs to control their RED via iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch but unfortunately, you have to have the RED SyncMaster accessory for it to work. But it may be worth it because that app is packed! And according to Jarred Land, they “keep adding stuff.” So there’s bound to be way more functions before it ships next month.
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