This is the best thread I've ever read on these boards.
I'm looking for right angle mini-xlr connectors so those tiny things don't break off my Red. Something that keeps them tucked along the body like Brook said is the only way to go. Cables sticking out just sucks. I remember the first few months I had my Reds I was obsessed with getting right angle power cables, eventually I just forgot about this issue but it's still the worst. What ever happened with this anyway, is it just not possible due to the keying of the ports? I hate how I cringe whenever I tilt the camera back and the powercable gets crunched a bit. Totally unacceptable. I feel bad nit picking like this but it's only because I love this camera so much and want Epic to rule like it should.
Right angle mini-xlr adapters anyone? I recently got my right angle HDMI on and it's nice. After reading this thread I realize I shouldn't have to be buying this stuff anyway...
It would be great to see more renders and more development of Epic/Scarlet, even more discussion and refining of the body using the forums. I can see why that doesn't happen though too
Thanks for the kind words, Zak.
It's worth noting again that it's not just some crazy idea... it's something everybody universally agrees with. Not just the people on the board... but every professional I've worked with [and trust me, since I wrote this post months ago... lots of people have seen it].
Two more things:
EPIC+battery+red-drive should be light and ergonomic something that is closer to ARRIFLEX 235.
Also P+S Technik's IMS on EPIC with PL optical viewfinder of course.
And you'll get the most ergonomic and mount versatile cine digital camera in the industry for the next 5 years.
There's nothing ergonomic about a film mag. It shifts the weight back but that's about it. I don't see why epic has to be like a film camera when it doesn't need a big mag stuck on it. There are functional reasons why film cameras are shaped in certain ways. It's because they have constraints to work with like movement, motor, spinning shutter etc. The rest is just molded around that to make it reasonably ergonomic. Why do you think the D20 is practically a box? Because electronics fits to box better and doesn't need to have funky shapes inside it.
I like EPIC because it's small and it's a black slate to mold the camera into what you want with accessories. Hard to believe you all want a more restrictive form factor than one that's more customizable.
instead of a film magazine on EPIC back you get RED drive+Battery.
That's a balance between lens+matte-box+viewfiner in front to RED Drive+battery on back.
I a middle is EPIC body.
Hope this help to imagine.
My point is that the battery/drive can go anywhere. Why overdesign it so that's the ONLY place you could put it.
And yes the EPIC will have a battery and drive in the back and if that can be designed ergonomically for handheld balance, just like mags for the 235 well.... we don't need to say more.
Edit: And I think it should be like the normal mag design not the steadicam mag as shown in third mans pic
Ariana ! Without supposing what Brook was saying my take on his design is that it allows for the most comfortable and ergonomical use of the Epic.
It does not follow that the mag/battery/red drive must be the same size mag on a 235, it just must be balanced and proportional. Personally I like Brooks idea. Sure the Red One is modular but this does not mean it is the optimal design for ergonimical use. Good but not as natural a feel as the 235.
One reservation I would have is that whatever design form the Epic takes please make sure the old fashioned tripod configuration is rock solid.
I think Red is a lucky company to have so many dedicated supporters helping them develop and improve their products. keep up the good work !!!
I'd like to ad that if it's done cleverly it can still be modular. Now ARRI has the same with the possibilities for normal, steadi and 435 mags. So all it needs is to be slightly shoulder "cut out' to match a shoulder cut out on Epic. Then it can always be placed elsewhere. Maybe there can be a shoulder pad solution for when you want to go handheld and have it in the back.
Lets say it's "underslunged" on top rods for shoulder cut out and top mounted for an 435 mag feel. When it's underslunged there's a solution for "sliding in" a shoulder pad for handheld (just an example), as a soft cushion.
If you want it "top" mounted on base rods you could do so as well. It's possible if it's all "click on" based, like V or goldmount.
Just throwing ideas out there.
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