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RED Dragon-X DSMC2 Cinema Camera Review

RED Dragon-X DSMC2 Cinema Camera Review

hey guys I’m Patrick I’m the lead editor and producer at luma Forge and today we’re talking about the red dragon X now here at luma forge we shoot on red Ravens we’ve been using them for a number of years and the thing I love about the Raven is the fact that it comes in a ready-to-go kit so this allowed us to immediately go under the field and start shooting which was awesome thankfully the dragon X also comes with a kit so the question is is it time to upgrade to the dragon X so when we got our hands on one the first thing we found out was that the sensor size is actually larger than that of the Red Raven we’ve got the ability to shoot a larger image with the exact same lenses and because I’m working in a faster body the DSM C – I can write more data to the card at any one given point in time which means that I can shoot at higher frame rates at lower compression or I can shoot at regular frame rates at lower compression all this means that I have the ability to shoot with less artifacts from compression and I’ve got the ability to see more detail and texture in the image for the same image size and composition next we discovered that the dragon axe actually has an interchangeable lens mount the red Raven comes with an EF mount built-in but with the dragon X we have the chance to move to things like Nikon or PL if we so desired one of the hidden benefits of having interchangeable lens mounts is the ability to change your olp f or optical low-pass filter so the question is what is an optical low-pass filter right well it’s a little piece of glass that fits between your lens and your sensor that does two things it prevents dust from getting to your sensor and it filters out UV and IR light which is ultraviolet and infrared light now if you didn’t have one of these in front of your sensor you would have all sorts of weird colors that your eye as a human is not used to seeing hitting the sensor and being processed on a computer just looks really really weird so you need to need to have an optical low-pass filter in your camera in fact most cameras come with them built-in so why would you want to change them well we got to play with three different olp FS with the red dragon X the first one is the standard the standard is very good in many situations for the most part you aren’t going to want to change this one out most of the time however there are situations like we’re in right now where you’re working with high contrast and you’re in a low light situation and the standard may not allow enough light in without causing noise so there’s the low light optimized the low light optimized gives you less noise and actually opens up more light to the sensor than is available on the standard by having a sharp cutoff on the IR portion of the light spectrum now the way that they do this is by reflecting light off of the o LPF which can cause all sorts of lens reflections back onto the sensor the skintone highlight filter is great when you’re in abundant light and you’re wanting to get your colors as accurate as possible the skintone highlight is called the skintone highlight because it requires an abundance of light but it does reproduce skin tones in a way that the others who just don’t now believe it or not the skintone highlight used to be the standard across all red cameras but because it requires so much light it actually increases the noise floor of the sensor so if you don’t have a whole lot of light you are gonna see significantly more noise with the skintone highlight than with the standard or the low-light optimized now a cool thing about the skintone highlight is that instead of reflectivity it uses absorption to prevent IR and UV light from hitting the sensor which means that you have less reflection artifacts from the lens with a direct source so just like the olp F’s give you creative control red also gives you creative control over color using their brand new IP p2 color pipeline now built directly into the dragon ax IP P 2 gives us a new life that we’ve never had with any previous sensor in any previous body because we have new debayering algorithms which change how texture and detail are perceived additionally you can control how the contrast is mapped for the entire image and we’ve got new algorithms for how highlights are handled and while you’ve got the access to both the high light roll-off and contrast controls you can also bring in creative Luntz into the camera alongside your IP p2 controls so whereas on the Red Raven you can either have a camera light that brings you from log rec709 with the dragon you can go from log to rec.

709 using IPP – and then bring in a camera LUT to do any sort of flavoring of the color that you want to do right there inside of camera you don’t have to wait to post it’s really pretty awesome thanks to IPP – we now have the ability to do color graded dailies inside the camera right out of the box with the red Raven I could record proxies but I was limited to 2k and I had no ability to burn in any other sorts of color pipeline information it just was what it was now with the dragon X I can record in 4k for my proxies or I can record them 2k and I can burn in either just the log image using IP p2 s controls – the 709 conversion or I can do IPP – with my rec 709 conversion and any sort of CDL changes or creative luck that I’ve applied to the camera that all can be burned in directly into my dailies which means that when I go into post I’ve got exactly the DPS intents baked into the image for the producers to see I don’t have to worry about doing any grading to make the image look right now the beautiful thing about working with red is that I can at the end relink back to my our 3d files and I’ve got full control in the coloring process so the question is is the dragon acts right for you if your budget conscious you might still go with the Red Raven just because you can get that full-blown kit for $15,000 but the dragon kit is only twenty thousand and if you’re still on a tight budget and you don’t need all that stuff you can get the dragon axe brain for the same price as the Red Raven kit so what do you think about the features in the dragon axe let us know in the comments below don’t forget to Like share and subscribe for more luma forge goodness thanks so much you


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