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RED: Not a vampire camera at all. It loves daylight!

I’ve now had independent confirmation from a couple of people who watched my RED build 14 exposure tests and have had great luck treating their RED as a daylight film stock. Apparently clipped highlights are significantly less of a problem and noise in the shadows drops way down. It’s a much smoother look.

If you haven’t had a chance to test your RED before shooting to see how well you can recover clipped highlights, it might be a good idea to go HMI or daylight if at all possible. I’m hoping to test recovering clipped highlights and blue filtration by the end of the week, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, look back a couple of posts in this blog if you need to learn how to recover clipped highlights in Red Alert, and remember that the same control in Red Cine, called “highlight,” does work–but you need to “jiggle” or double-click another control before the new value takes effect. That is slated to be corrected in the next build.


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Art Adams is a cinema lens specialist at ARRI, Inc. Before that, he was a freelance cinematographer for 26 years. You can see his work at http://www.artadamsdp.com. Art has been published in HD Video Pro,…

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