Amazing opportunity to get hours of RED Epic exposure with Ted walking us through. Per Ted's request I'm proactively starting this thread to share a bit of the info he's shared with us. Right now we're viewing the menu of a RED One through the HD-SDI feed from the RED Epic. Ridiculousness.
He showed us what appeared to be engineering build 56 with a Canon 85mm 1.2 prime. Ted shared the codec nomenclature could be evolving to reflect the specific compression ration the Epic is recording: "This is 2nd gen, much more advanced stuff [than previous RED models]."
The autofocus system is sick. There are 21 focus cells in the system and three focus menu options: auto, focus and POINT. You do have the ability to drag your finger across the touch screen to follow focus, etc. Wow.
There are two High Dynamic Range formats: eHDR™™ and HDRx™™. HDR is a process of recording two .R3D streams in camera with essentially 18 stops of latitude. The A frame records at normal exposure, the B frame records up to 6 stops (assignable). Easy HDR mode (eHDR™™) combines the two streams in camera, HDRx™™ provides the streams seperately. This may be described as a similar process to beam splitting workflows except that this is all happening in camera. Sweet.
<pausing for REDucation Certificate hand outs and applause>
OK that was cool, big group lots of applause good times. I'd do this again in a heartbeat. Now to some more notes.
There will be the possibility to mount a kipro mini and record the output of the Epic over HD-SDI. You will be able to physically lock two RED cameras for 3D. Someone else may have more details on how this works, though I should stress Ted was seriously excited about this. locking sensors for 3D seems to be his favorite new option.
There will be more flexible frame rates: 3k @ 160 fps and 2k @ 225 fps. There will be multiple viewing outputs so the DP can review false color while the client still sees the redspace image. A lot less confusion and explanation on set. There will be 1080p and 2k outputs (?) I think this is right from my notes but my handwriting is messy here.
Finally, the Epic will support stabilization externally (i.e. from a Canon lens) and there will be a pre-record mode that will potentially trump the 5 second buffer currently available on RED One's.
Overall I can't more highly recommend the REDucation experience. Aside from the great hands on resources, I've had the opportunity to meet and start relationships with some of the best people in the biz. Also got to scren to movies in the 4k theater after class. The bomb. Kudos to Creatasphere, Ted and Mark for putting on an awesome show. Muchos gracias.