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Published : 18th September 2009


I'm posting this because RED didn't want to be accused of hype … It looks like something we've all been waiting for!.....


Red Rocket


1. It demosaics and plays 4K R3D files HQ realtime on your Mac or PC.


2. It transcodes 4K files and renders them faster than realtime. DPX files run about 32fps.


3. It can play 4K R3D files realtime out of a laptop or tower and drive a 2K or 4K projector.


It costs under $5K. It rocks pretty hard. We have released an app called ROCKETcine-X (Mac and PC) that is a combo of RED Alert! and RED Rushes that supports RED Rocket. A new REDCINE-X is coming in a couple of weeks. All are free.


The SDK is just about to be released and many companies are anxious to support RED Rocket natively. It takes the sting out of "R3D waiting"... everything now moves at light speed in the post workflow.


So there you are, it looks like a really useful piece of kit that is being delivered now.
I'd also looking forward to REDCINE-X as an advance in the software.


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Geoff Boyle wrote :


>>So there you are, it looks like a really useful piece of kit that is being delivered now.


Unfortunately, not exactly 'useful' right now, Geoff .... it’s still in beta test phase .... doesn't work with any of the major post apps at the moment.


Specs sound good though ... we're grading a RED movie for Toronto at the moment accessing the .r3d files directly in Apple Color and doing a full 4k debayer to RGB ProRes 4444 .... RR would cut down deBayering times significantly but we can't use it ... it’s the same in Assimilate SCRATCH.


As soon as the SDK has been implemented by the ISV community, then it'll be extremely useful.


Regards,


Neil Smith
Managing Director
Hollywood-DI
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>> I'd also looking forward to REDCINE-X as an advance in the software.


I've seen the preview video and it looks pretty nice.
Nice to see that RED is finding its sea legs!
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Geoff Boyle writes :


>>Red Rocket


Nothing much on their website about it. Did see that RED UNO is no longer back-ordered. They'll send you one as soon as the charge clears.

Anyone know how many units are in the field?


Tim Sassoon
SFD
Santa Monica, CA



The Red post says :

"3. It (red rocket) can play 4K R3D files realtime out of a laptop or tower and drive a 2K or 4K projector".


Though I use an octo-core at home, on shoots I carry a laptop. The installation instructions show a tower unit - so a question for the unusually timid Red people :


What's the proviso for laptops? Whenever I shoot on Red One, I use a 17 inch apple laptop to drop everything on to with back up drives (both 5400 and 7200 rpm). Yep - I like to at least know what a DiT is doing - it doesn't phase me because like all dark arts - just doing it renders it understandable. Necessarily I'd want to be able to do the work on a laptop (at least see stuff real time at 2k on a high end 1920 screen - sort of)... So: Any further information possible on that route and what would the drive/s/raid have to run at to play back? Does 7200 rpm plus a minituarised card really do the trick? Or was the possibility of the existence of one simply marketing enthusiasm?


The reason I ask all of this is that I'm mindful of the recent BSC tests where people were complaining about having to learn a whole other practice to keep up in the field. My attitude was that like photochemical - yes, you've got to learn the data side. But now, learning the dark-side/data-side means that the financial outlay you need to make is getting higher and higher at both ends - but a DP has to be the quality controlling mind across the whole process. So we've at least got to understand what's happening so that we can advise producers directors etc. I know Red owners who are not totally au-fait with the post end of things but these guys are pretty clued-up generally. So maybe Red can give a discount for their post-type kit to DP's? (Just joking...)


Apart from all of that - the prospect of real time playback is really interesting.


Terry Flaxton. DP



>> Red Rocket


A product name apparently selected by someone who doesn't watch South Park.
Bob Kertesz
BlueScreen LLC
Hollywood, California



Bob Kertesz writes :


>>A product name apparently selected by someone who doesn't watch South Park.


One must be careful for how headline writers might use a product name. While one hopes that it'll be "Red Rocket Blasts Through Production Bottlenecks", be also ready for anything from "Red Rocket Fizzles" to "Red Rocket Explodes on Launch".
Tim Sassoon
SFD
Santa Monica, CA



>>While one hopes that it'll be "Red Rocket Blasts Through Production Bottlenecks", be also ready for >>anything from "Red Rocket Fizzles" to "Red Rocket Explodes on Launch".


Ewww, and let's hope it's not liquid cooled....


Simon Sommerfeld
DP, Editor
Redwood City CA



Bob Kertesz wrote :


>> A product name apparently selected by someone who doesn't watch South Park.


Yeah, I thought these guys were unbearably hip.....


Kent Hughes
DoP
CA/CO


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