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  1. #1 Teradek RT ACI...first impressions 
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    Teradek and CSNY have started shipping the new RT ACI for DSMC2 bodies...we received our last week, and I thought Id post some first impressions.
    Advertised as an "ASSISTANT CAMERA INTERFACE FOR RED DSMC2"...id say this pretty much sums it up. Teradek is shipping two versions, The base ACI model, and the MDR.ACI which integrates the Teradek RT MDR interface for full 3 ch motor integration. We ordered both versions but only the base ACI is shipping right now. I'll expand this post into a full review once our other units ship.




    My first reaction was literally why didn't someone think of this sooner. It's seriously a must have interface for any RED DSMC2 body. It gives you full control of your RED right from the Assistants side...but its more than this as its actually thoughtfully laid out to grossly simplify setting up your RED. Not only is it easier to setup basic parameters, but its actually faster than using the RED LCD...not sure how this is possible, but once you use the ACI you will never want to give it back.



    In addition to the basic functions on the home screen via soft buttons above and below the screen:
    FPS
    Resolution
    ISO
    Shutter Angle
    Color
    WB

    You can dig into the full RED menu structure, quickly access playback, lockout control and define up to 6 user buttons via hard buttons below the display. Its so well thought out, you forget its an option after a day of use and it becomes part of the camera. It actually should be part of every camera.

    I have my user options set to:
    PEAKING
    MAGNIFY
    LCD OVERLAYS
    RAW VIEW (on/off)
    EJECT
    SDI OVERLAYS (on/off)

    And if English isn't your first language, it also offers the option of multiple languages.

    Brilliant Teradek...this is absolutely the best option you can add to your DSMC2 body.



    I'll post a video soon of the menu structure and once our MDR unit arrives a full review.

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    The display has a Dark and Light Theme with brightness control to prevent it from glowing on set in a dark studio yet bright enough to use in full sun:

    DARK THEME:


    LIGHT THEME:
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    Thanks for sharing, looks great.
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    Thanks for the photos and info! the photos show how well this unit integrates with the DSMC2 body.
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    Phil, when does the group buy start? :)
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    Thanks for sharing Something else I want. Its never ending
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    Here is a quick iPhone video scrolling thru some of the settings...I'll shoot a better version tomorrow:

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    Thanks again Greg!
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    I thought they had three models of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David J. Buchanan View Post
    I thought they had three models of this?
    The 3rd module is the wireless one I believe, but it doesn’t come out for a while.

    Great roundup! Definitely having me think about selling my sidekick for one of these. The price is pretty awesome, but not a fan of the extra cables.
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