Red Digital Cinema discloses V-Raptor [X] and V-Raptor XL [X] as the first large format global shutter cinema cameras

Red has introduced the new V-Raptor [X] 8K VV and V-Raptor XL [X] 8K VV cameras equipped with Red Global Vision technology. These cameras inherit the celebrated low-light capabilities, dynamic range, resolutions, high frame rates, and form factor from their predecessor, the V-RAPTOR. However, this new development brings forth Red Global Vision, featuring a cutting-edge 8K VV global shutter sensor, enabling innovative functionalities like Extended Highlights and Phantom Track. Additionally, both new cameras systems offer extended exposure times, an optimized optical cavity, and enhanced audio performance.

Global Vision

The Red Global Vision leverages the global shutter sensor in these new camera models to unlock new capabilities. The Extended Highlights mode within Global Vision allows the camera to capture color and detail in extreme highlights like never before, resulting in smoother and more subtle highlight roll-off, especially in challenging environments, with a dynamic range of over 20 stops. The Phantom Track dual-capture feature streamlines virtual production setups using GhostFrameTM or frame-remapping, enabling the capture of distinct R3D clips for each LED wall view, along with live monitoring of either view on-set through each SDI.

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The new camera maintains the compact form factor of the original V-Raptor platform and now includes engineered in-camera audio pre-amps and an optimized sensor cavity for improved contrast. It features 2x 12G SDI ports for monitoring options, a secure Canon RF style lens mount for versatile lens choices, and CFexpress Type B media for speeds of up to 800MB/s, supporting formats such as 8K at 120fps.

Designed for high-end television and motion picture productions, this new Red’s development serves storytellers seeking an all-in-one solution. It boasts dual-voltage battery support, accommodating common on-set batteries, including 14 V batteries and high-voltage 26 V V-Lock or Gold Mount options. A standout feature is the built-in electronic ND filter, offering precise density selection in 1/4, 1/3, and full-stop increments, granting filmmakers control over exposure and depth of field.

The [X] sensor capabilities deliver great frame-rate performance, even with global shutter readout. It can capture 8K full sensor at up to 120 frames per second (150fps at 2.4:1), 6K at speeds up to 160 fps (200fps at 2.4:1), and 2K (2.4:1) at 600 frames per second. Like other Red cameras, it utilizes the proprietary Redcode RAW codec, enabling 16-bit RAW capture and harnessing 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 to exceed 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.”



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