The Red Dragon Takes Flight (UPDATED)

UPDATE:  Peter Collister has posted his test footage from the Red Dragon and WOW.  THIS is the footage people wanted to see. Jaw-dropping stuff

Dragon from Peter Collister on Vimeo.

Though it has been a long time coming, the Red Dragon has taken flight and Mark Toia of Australia has posted the first real look at some of the footage.

RED EPIC DRAGON – ITS THE REAL DEAL ! from Mark Toia on Vimeo.

For those wondering what’s impressing us filmmakers the most, it would undoubtedly be the dynamic range and light sensitivity, especially when paired with 6K resolution. There is, at this time, nothing like it.

Mark shot at a 17:1 compression ratio, which, in laymans’ terms, means he opted to save space on his hard drives by compressing the image 17x over from it’s original, true, 1:1 form, where there was no compression (compression being the changing of a file, normally reductive, by getting rid of some of the information that was in the orignal file. In terms of photography, it normally means getting rid of redundant parts of a photo or video to save space (i.e. when shooting a red apple fully framed, compression will drop some of the red pixel information because it has enough other red pixel information to make up for it). Everyone of course would want to have completely uncompressed footage all the time, but that’s just somewhat impractical seeing as Mark said in his post over at Reduser that even these files (per frame) were coming in at 109MB a piece, which, if you are doing the math and know about file sizes, amounts to 2.6 GB per second if shooting 24fps (normal cinema mode)! Now, imagine shooting at 100fps (slow motion)! That’s nearly 11GB per second! And, if I’m understanding Mr. Toia correctly, that’s at the 17:1 compression. Imagine shooting double that data (using compression like 8:1 or 9:1)!

That above paragraph, which was supposed to be in laymans’ terms, basically means this camera gives you the absolute biggest bang for your buck. (the only camera that Mr. Toia claims comes even close is the Sony F65, which starts at a cool $65,000). Landing somehwere between $27k to $30k for the body, this more than halves the price of the F65 and outperforms it in seemingly every way ( pictures, resolution, color fidelity, camera size ).

Now this is the Epic Dragon (which either comes as the Epic M Dragon or the Epic X Dragon), not to be confused with the Epic MX, or the Epic M MX, or the Epic X MX, or the Red one MX or Scarlet MX. Confused? Basically boils down to this: Epic X vs Epic M refers to how it was manufactured, either by Machine (X) or by hand (M). Then you have the sensor types: Mysterium, MX (Mysterium-X) and Dragon. So if you Got an Epic X Dragon. You’d be getting an Epic Camera body with all of it’s internal processors (which provides for much better Slow Motion and other feautres as opposed to the Scarlet camera body), that was crafted by Machine with a Dragon Sensor inside. Scarlet X Dragon would have the Scarlet Body, machine made, with the Dragon sensor.

Very excited to see more in the next week (i’m sure there will be footage galore soon)

Brennan

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