RED has simply launched a serious Beta firmware replace (1.7.0) for his or her most accessible cinema digicam, the KOMODO. Together with the anticipated .R3D ELQ setting and Gio Scope publicity instrument, the replace brings Digital camera to Cloud integration, help for gyro knowledge in .R3D information and extra.
Only a few weeks in the past, RED Digital Cinema’s CEO Jarred Land posted an image on his social platforms teasing a number of the options that may be included within the subsequent RED KOMODO firmware replace. Although, he couldn’t promise a “Christmas miracle” for the replace to reach earlier than then.
Nicely, proper on time, Beta Construct 1.7.0 for RED KOMODO is out of the oven. As a RED KOMODO proprietor, that is the right Christmas present and I’m glad to see the corporate persevering with to increase the digicam’s capabilities, thus making it a long-term funding. So let’s check out the brand new options!
RED KOMODO Beta 1.7.0: .R3D ELQ & Digital camera to Cloud
All year long, RED has launched two main firmware updates for his or her flagship V-RAPTOR cameras (Lab Check right here), specifically v1.3.4 and, extra just lately, v1.4.1 beta. What’s nice is that the KOMODO is now inheriting a few of these options, similar to .R3D ELQ and even Digital camera to Cloud.
.R3D ELQ is a brand new low-quality compression possibility for REDCODE RAW information, which joins the already out there HQ, MQ, and LQ settings. ELQ compression ought to present roughly 50% extra recording time than LQ mode. Thus, it’s nice for documentary filmmakers taking pictures lengthy interviews and, extra usually, every time space for storing is perhaps a priority. I’m curious to check it and see how noticeable the upper compression really is.
Furthermore, it should now be potential to immediately add .R3D or ProRes information to the cloud by way of body.io or Amazon S3, whereas additionally sending .WAV audio information and CDL/LUTs. In fact, it will require a blazingly-fast web connection. Nevertheless, it’s good to have the choice to experiment with this expertise, particularly contemplating that body.io depicts a future the place hard-drive-free workflows will dominate.
Gio Scope, Gyro knowledge and different options
As teased by Land, Gio Scope is making a comeback to the DSMC3 lineup. This RAW-based False Shade publicity instrument may also help you nail your publicity, because it exactly shows every cease within the sensor’s dynamic vary with a special coloration. The overlay is calibrated to show 16 increments, though the KOMODO solely information about 12.5 usable stops (try our Lab Check right here). Every cease will be turned on and off from the devoted Gio Scope menu, whereas a Instruments quick-access button has additionally been added in the primary UI.
One other attention-grabbing addition is the help for accelerometer and gyro knowledge, which is now embedded into .R3D information. With different cameras, just like the Sony FX6, this data can be utilized to stabilize footage in post-production. That is excellent news because the KOMODO’s 6K international shutter sensor lacks any type of in-camera stabilization. Nevertheless, it seems to be like this perform would require future implementations to totally develop into useable.
Different noteworthy options embrace the power to ship external-only audio over SDI, which will be helpful for streaming, new Fundamental and Customary overlay modes with opacity changes, and the addition of Inner Handbook timecode.
Full record of enhancements
These are solely a number of the most related enhancements that include Beta Construct 1.7.0. Additionally, the replace brings some bug fixes and normal stability enhancements. Right here’s a full record.
- ELQ R3D High quality
- Cloud Add functionality (Body.io and S3)
- Autofocus enhancements
- accelerometer and gyro knowledge to R3D
- Gio Scope
- enhanced Timecode conduct
- Timecode Out
- Exterior Solely Audio over SDI Enhancements
- Sensor Sync Shift
- PTP Timecode Assist
- ‘Fundamental’ Overlay Mode
- ‘Customary’ Overlay Mode
- Overlay Opacity
- Information Pixel Dimensions in UI
- Person-assignable Low Voltage Warning over SDI
- RCP2 exterior lens knowledge help
- RCP2 help for sensor time and publicity time
- Play/Pause indicators in Playback
- USB drive help for logs, presets and calibration information
- ‘Neglect’ not clearing cached community password
- Lowest Lens aperture not displayed in UI
- Livestream freezing after altering format
- Playback button with button lock
- Identified situation in 1.7.0beta: Low Voltage Warning over SDI will happen with the usage of any BP-style batteries
- Warning message will happen with unapproved Media and Batteries
Value and availability
Beta Construct 1.7.0 for KOMODO is now out there to obtain freed from cost from RED’s web site. Please needless to say it is a Beta launch and that it’s normally not advisable to improve your digicam firmware in the midst of a manufacturing. Lastly, the digicam is presently listed on B&H/CVP for $5,995/€6.350 (physique solely).
For the total firmware launch notes, please go to RED’s web site right here.
Have you ever ever shot on the RED KOMODO? What options are you most enthusiastic about? Tell us your ideas within the remark part under!