After 3 hits outs with firmware build 8 and no dramas we came to grief on the fourth. Which of course had to be our most interesting from a rigging perspective -Motion Control Crane.
Camera had been stable for 4 hours before we got the 'Codec Error' message.
This coincided with a bent pin in the CF module which we at first thought was the source of the fault. Swapped out the CF for another. Fault remained.
Studio was getting pretty hot by now with no ventilation and the camera had spent a lot of time close to the lights (42C/108F) so we figured that heat may be causing the issue. Broke for lunch and cooled the camera. Fault remained.
Now we were beginning to sweat.
Then I remembered iblooms post on his camera test which had the same Codec Error issue which was resolved by going back to firmware 6. Downloaded firmware 6 from Red support and installed into the camera.
Camera up and stable.
The moral of the story is that sharing the good with the bad is a positive thing. Timezone had screwed us with the Red help desk so this board gave us an answer.
I recommend (as Ian did) anyone running build 8 have a copy of build 6 on hand. Red, we look forward to build 9.
Thanks to the crew and the production co who remained (outwardly) cool calm and collected.