V-RAPTOR XL [X] and V-RAPTOR [X] — Global Shutter and Full Frame VV.
RED introduced global shutter in October 2020 on the KOMODO which has a Super35 global shutter. With a global shutter, all the photosites of the sensor are exposed simultaneously. A global shutter is good when you’re filming fast movement or explosions, fire, flashes, strobes, stunt sequences and even handheld work. With a rolling shutter, you might get artifacts from flashes, skewing and bending of objects.
Traditionally, global shutter meant less dynamic range. RED says the V-RAPTOR [X] and V-RAPTOR XL [X] “provide even softer and more subtle highlight roll-off when in uncontrollable environments, and an overall dynamic range of over 20 stops.”
The V-RAPTOR [X] compact body is similar to the original V-RAPTOR, with added in-camera audio pre-amps and a lens/sensor cavity with improved contrast (less internal “barrel” veiling glare. This is the modular model. The V-RAPTOR [X] has 2x 12G SDI outputs, locking Canon RF style lens mount, and records to CFexpress Type B media at data rates up to 800MB/s at 8K 120fps.
V-RAPTOR XL [X]
The V-RAPTOR XL [X] is the bigger brother, all-in-one SUV (single unibody version :). It accepts on-board 14V or 26V V-Lock or Gold Mount batteries and has an internal electronic ND filter.
The [X] sensor can capture 8K full sensor height up to 120 fps (150 fps in 2.4:1 aspect ratio), 6K up to 160 fps (200 fps in 2.4:1), and 2K (2.4:1) at 600 fps. Wow.
RED Digital Cinema President Jarred Land said, “Ever since our sensor team cracked the code for a no-compromise global shutter sensor design in the original KOMODO, customers have been pushing us hard to bring our global shutter technology to our large-format sensors, and today we are happy to deliver beyond our wildest expectations. We are very proud to not only be at the forefront of global shutter technology but also to be the first company delivering large format global shutter cameras to filmmakers.
“Creating a global shutter sensor while maintaining dynamic range is almost impossible and then on top of that is the addition of an optional Extended Highlights mode. It shows we are pushing image processing far past the limits that were once believed and exceeding 20 stops of dynamic range. V-RAPTOR [X] and V-RAPTOR XL [X] are the result of years of incredibly difficult work internally by our world leading engineers and from the ongoing collaborative work with preeminent partners who bring invaluable experience and perspective to the process from cinema technology to virtual production, volumetric capture and live sports.”
The standard V-RAPTOR [X] costs US$29,995.The XL version is US$44,995.
Current V-RAPTOR and V-RAPTOR XL owners can upgrade directly via RED. The upgrade program is priced at $12,500 for both V-RAPTOR 8K VV and V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV customers.
New EVF and AKS
RED also announced the new RED Compact EVF Pack. It uses a single cable for power and video, with a 1080p micro-OLED display and user-assignable buttons. These buttons let you turn functions on or off, such as peaking or magnify-for-focus-check. They can also be assigned to control camera settings such as ISO, FPS and White Balance. The EVF Pack is $4,950. the standalone EVF is $3,450.
RED’s Advanced Adapter Plus will include a 6-Pin DC-IN port for external power to the camera and auxiliary power outputs. New accessories also include V-RAPTOR Advanced V-Lock Plus and Gold Mount Adapter Plus battery adapters.