It's the first impression that is really important. I think RED already anticipates the Scarlet to be their biggest thing...more than the EPIC and the RED One. They also know that due to the anticipation, EVERYTHING has to be perfect or those bloggers and your DSLR friends will start asking you "And this is what you've been waiting two years for?" just before their laughs.
Also, I believe due to the economy, it was said that RED had some difficulties with the companies they were working with, which caused them to have to slow down a bit and find new vendors.
I still say that Jim wants these cameras out more than we do, and when they can get us news, they give it to us...sometimes prematurely, according to their critics. That's how much they want us to be in the loop.
Boy is this exiting times! I wonder whats going to be in the update. I'll bet its to early for hoping for the final delivery schedule. But you can always dream, can't you? So hopefully some framegrabs from the fixed. Anyway I hope we get the missing peaces to get the info out soon.
Jarred since the monitor is a touch screen can I control the menus from there or always from redmote? Would be cool if you could touch and hold youre finger on the iso number on the screen, and a droplist would show up with a list of iso alternatives to choose from.
I would love to se a video of the touchscreen with touch focus (when its ready).
Mean while I wait patiencely
I think the only mistake Red made was announcing Scarlet too early. That's not how we expect the industry to work. We expect the manufacturers to be completely detached from the customers, and keep everything confidential. Panasonic, for example, must have had their 4/3" camcorder in development for years. They only went out and announced it once they had a good idea of where it was headed. So, we expect these companies to release their products within a few months of announcement.
Red is different. There's no company out there in this industry that is as open as frank with their customers as Red is. If Scarlet were a Sony product, you wouldn't hear about it till, say, Nov 30th 2009, even if the product had been in development since 2007.
The whole idea is that we have to appreciate Red's policy - they will tell us exactly where they are in the process, but we have to realize that those information are only "as things stand now" and majorly liable to change. Other companies simply don't publish these interim details.
The biggest mistake of all is publishing dates, as that forces even greater expectations. I am sure this is something Red has realized, and we are unlikely to see any more date estimates unless we are at a late stage in development and everything is finalized.
I don't blame Red at all, they have done a stellar, almost extraordinary job for the industry. I am sure they are doing their very best. These delays are most normal and completely beyond their control, but perhaps, in the future, they should not advertise loose estimates. I don't mind, as I understand the frank communication with customers policy, but many are used to the way things are normally done.
- If we are to insure a fully modular and upgradeable system, do we upgrade the body by sending it into RED, or do we have to buy a whole new setup if/when we work with an EPIC?
- What about when you release a Scarlet with a larger sensor size?
- Do we send the body back into RED to upgrade?The Scarlet program will have to become obsolete because you probably can't fit the larger sensor in a body that is going to be as compact and light as possible.
However inconvenient these questions might have been, they were important questions that were needed to be met head on. RED took the challenge, kept listening, and adapted to bring the idea to fruition.
So, in summary, yes RED is different. Some see it as a demise to their success (I'm not saying you do), but for those who have a true understanding of their company, they realize that it is vital and is what makes RED a truly unique/cool company.
Good things come to those who wait...
Yes, RED is different, RED is daring, RED is unique, and with everything that is new and unique, there will always be a heavy share of criticism. Human beings are inherently prone to be skeptical and resist change. (Ok, this is much debatable...)
I still feel RED should avoid posting rough estimates on anything. I think it is more than anyone would expect that Jim and Co. keep us updated - no need to go into specific numbers that will create tangible expectations, and lead to disappointments/criticism.
Something like "3K for $3K" and then, "Summer 2009", these are only estimates that are likely to change. No matter how many disclaimers there are saying "Subject to change", people will still be disappointed when the targets are not met. Rather, keeping us updated about concrete details is just fine with me. Also, if originally RED had advertised "3K for $5K in 2011", people would be applauding RED for beating all expectations.
Red will announce ... when they announce. Patience is a good thing and as others have said ... better to have it together than arrive too early!
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