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Jordan McGehee
RED Scarlet X setup for documentary
on Mar 20, 2013 at 9:13:07 pm

I am going to film a documentary which I will have some indoor interview shots and some outdoor shots. I am pretty well sold on the scarlet x and love the entry price point for 4K. I was wondering if some of you experts out there could tell me what additional accessories that will accomodate my shooting conditions., in addition to the brain which can do nothing on its own. I also am looking for an "all in one lens" or something close to it. Is the RED Pro Zoom a good choice? I realize I will probably need a RED workstation fitted with the Rocket card as well. The reason for this is because I need to budget the total cost. I have absolutely nothing right now, no lenses, no covers, etc... Any help would be appreciated. I am an amateur right now who has only filmed with HDV so I am not real familiar with the kind of setup.

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David Battistella
Re: RED Scarlet X setup for documentary
on Mar 20, 2013 at 10:18:37 pm

You might be best to go with a CANON or nikon mount.

As to lenses.

The stills lenses will be less expensive so maybe a short zoom and a longer zoom.

I'd say a Nikon 24-70 F2.8 is a good all round lens, if you only have one lens.

When it comes to outfitting the camera.

You can buy accessories from

Wooden camera
Action products

Lots of options for putting a package together that way.

You probably need a mixer and shot gun microphone with all the cables.

Budget about three thousand for accessories.

a couple thousand for batteries

About a thousand for audio cables and accessories

Two to three thousand for media.

4500 for Redrocket
1500- 2500 for computer with REdrocket.
Fast storage and lots of it - two thousand.

It adds up fast.


The shortest answer is doing.
Lord Herbert

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Sareesh Sudhakaran
Re: RED Scarlet X setup for documentary
on Mar 21, 2013 at 3:10:24 pm

The guide in my signature might be of assistance as well.

Get the Free Comprehensive Guide to Rigging ANY Camera - one guide to rig them all - DSLRs to Reds to the Arri Alexa.

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