RED Scarlet Gets $1000 Price Hike, HDRx Capability

A couple of days ago, RED Leader Jim Jannard, announced a $1000 price bump for the upcoming Scarlet.  The reasonably-priced RED camera will get HDRx capability and, as Jannard puts it, “The extra money will go to more boards and another ASIC plus development. The improvement is more than worth the effort. The image possibilities and capability are incredible.”

When asked about the requirements for SSDs on the Scarlet, Jannard responded, “Because the image size is smaller, Scarlet 2/3″ will work HDRx™ at some REDCODEs with CF. SSD will certainly offer more options, but CF will work.” –Jim Jannard

There seems to be a couple of camps among pro and prosumer users in the forum thread.  Most posts seem to welcome the additions of these features in a sub-$6000 camera; however, some critics bemoan that the addition of the $1000 hike puts the Scarlet out their reach.  To which, Jannard responded:

We thought we might get into the “volume” business… but we realized we cater to professionals. –Jim Jannard

So, yes, the 3K camera for $3K is dead.  RED is what we’ve always known they were . . . niche, pro camera company.  I guess it just took them a while to figure that out for themselves.

$6K is still cheap for the current spec list on the Scarlet; however, as we’ve come to know with RED . . . this is still subject to change.

Zacuto Announces Z-Finder EVF

Zacuto has announced an EVF for use with HDSLRs via the HDMI port.  This product looks to be very similar to Redrock Micro’s microEVF from a couple of days ago.

The product is currently in the prototype stages, but it will feature a 800×480 resolution screen magnified by a traditional Z-Finder and powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery for half-day power.  The estimated price is currently $775, which is nearly $200 more than the similarly spec’d Redrock Micro microEVF.  The Z-Finder EVF should be available in February/March 2011.

Check out the video below for more. [Read more…]

PluralEyes 1.2 Now Available for Final Cut Pro

Singular Software has released PluralEyes 1.2 for Final Cut Pro.  The new version adds a number of features, including merged master clips, more convenient project and sequence sync options, locked tracks support and more.

PluralEyes 1.2 is a free upgrade for version 1.1 users, and still retails for $149 for new users.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Redrock Micro microEVF

Redrock Micro just announced a new microEVF that is a true EVF for HDSLR cameras with a HDMI output. The microEVF can attached directly to the camera with a outboard hotshoe mount, or it can be mounted elsewhere on your HDSLR rig. The price is expected to be $595 when it becomes available.

Check out the video of the new microEVF from DSLR News Shooter below. [Read more…]