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Oliver Peters
Re: RED 8k camera, a sign of things to come from apple?
on Oct 8, 2017 at 3:23:39 pm

[Tom Sefton] "Arri wins for most features, red wins for VFX based work and for Netflix/amazon."

I don't know about that. I've worked with both and will take ARRI any day of the week. It's just simply the better-looking image. As far as VFX, that's not universally true. All sorts of cameras are used for VFX, even when the prime camera might be something else. Where RED is used for VFX, the REDCODE RAW files are usually first transcoded to something else, like image sequence files, so that the color science is properly managed throughout the pipeline.

As far as Netflix/Amazon, that's only because they request true-4K sensor acquisition, which also means an FS7 is acceptable over an Alexa, regardless of how the image actually looks. There's more that goes into this than just a raw pixel count. Bayer-pattern sensors, which are largely what everyone uses, make it very tricky to really make accurate claims on resolution just by pixel numbers. If you go by equivalencies, the older GVG Viper camera, which generated a 1920x1080 image, was a 6K camera, because it used 3 full-resolution 1080p CCDs for image pick-up.

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