RED introduces V-Raptor [X] AND V-Raptor XL [X]

Jan 26, 2024

RED Digital Cinema has released the new V-Raptor [X] 8K VV and V-Raptor XL [X] 8K VV cameras with RED Global Vision. Featuring the low-light performance, dynamic range, resolutions, high frame rates and form factor of its V-Raptor predecessor, the V-Raptor [X] introduces RED Global Vision, which includes an all-new 8K VV global shutter sensor, enabling features including Extended Highlights and Phantom Track. Additionally, the V-Raptor [X] and V-Raptor XL [X] systems offer increased exposure times, a further optimised optical cavity and improved audio performance.

Global Vision’s Extended Highlights mode allows the camera to see colour and detail into extreme highlights, providing even softer and more subtle highlight roll-off when in uncontrollable environments, and an overall dynamic range of over 20 stops. Phantom Track dual-capture 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] compact body is built with the keystone features found in the original V-Raptor platform, now bolstered by newly engineered in-camera audio pre-amps and an optimised sensor cavity for improved contrast. 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.

The V-Raptor XL [X] is designed to support high-end television and motion picture productions, as well as storytellers requiring an elite all-in-one solution. It features dual-voltage battery support compatible with a wide range of common batteries found on set today, 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, for better control of exposure and depth of field.

The [X] sensor capabilities reach the same frame-rate performance levels of the V-Raptor line even with its global shutter readout. Capturing 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 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 colour 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 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.”

The standard V-Raptor [X] is priced at $29,995, with the XL version at $44,995.

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