RED introduces V-RAPTOR [X] 8K VV and V-RAPTOR XL [X] 8K VV with global shutter

RED has released the V-RAPTOR [X] 8K VV and V-RAPTOR XL [X] 8K VV cameras, which includes a new 8K VV global shutter sensor.

The cameras include the introduction of the RED Global Vision system, which is designed to exploit the capabilities of the global shutter. This includes an Extended Highlights mode, that allows the camera to see more colour and detail, provide softer and more subtle highlight roll-off when in uncontrollable environments, and an overall dynamic range of more than 20 stops.

The Phantom Track dual-capture also streamlines any virtual production environment employing GhostFrame or frame-remapping, capturing distinct R3D clips per LED wall view, as well as allowing for monitoring of either view live on-set over each SDI.

The V-RAPTOR [X] cameras include similar low-light performance, dynamic range, high frame rates and the form factor of its V-RAPTOR predecessors, with the addition of increased exposure times, a further optimised optical cavity and improved audio performance. The V-RAPTOR [X] has 2x 12G SDI’s, capable of unique monitoring views, a locking Canon RF style lens mount for rigid and flexible lens selection, and CFexpress Type B media for up to 800MB/s formats such as 8K at 120fps.

Both cameras feature dual-voltage battery support, including both 14 V batteries and high-voltage 26 V V-Lock or Gold Mount options. A premier feature remains the built-in electronic ND which allows cinematographers to precisely select their density in 1/4, 1/3, and full-stop increments.

The sensor captures 8K full sensor at up to 120 frames per second (150fps at 2.4:1), 6K up to 160 fps (200fps at 2.4:1), and 2K (2.4:1) at an incredible 600 frames per seconds. As with the other cameras in RED’s ecosystem, it harnesses RED’s proprietary REDCODE RAW codec, allowing users to capture 16-bit RAW and leveraging RED’s latest IPP2 workflow and color management tools.

“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” said RED Digital Cinema president Jarred Land.

“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.” 

Alongside the V-RAPTOR [X], RED announced new accessories including the RED Compact EVF Pack and V-RAPTOR Advanced V-Lock Plus & Gold Mount Adapter Plus battery adapters. The EVF Pack, currently available to order at $US4,950 (standalone EVF: $US3,450), is a single cable monitoring solution for all DSMC3 camera systems, featuring a 1080p micro-OLED display, and user assignable buttons to quickly access tools such as peaking and magnify or assignable to control the camera’s setting such as ISO, FPS and White Balance. 

The Advanced Adapter Plus, available soon for $US1,768, will be sold with the V-RAPTOR Tactical Top Plate and includes all new features including a 6-Pin DC-IN port for continuous power to camera and auxiliary power outputs for additional flexibility and use with external power sources.

The standard V-RAPTOR [X] is priced at $US29,995, with the XL version at $US44,995, and is available from RED-authorised premium dealers.