RED ONE Overview

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What material is the RED ONE made of?

Cast aluminum.


How does the RED ONE differ from HD cameras?

In the very highest quality HD cams, the RGB signal is not sub-sampled, offering the best HD quality at 4:4:4 (HDCAM SR). Typically, the chroma is sub-sampled at 4:2:2 RGB (DVCPRO HD) and 4:2:0 (HDV). Effectively, where HD tops out, resolution-wise, the RED ONE® begins, offering 2K (2048 x 1152), 3K (3072 x 1728), 4K (4096 x 2304) and 4.5K (4480 x 1920) recording options.

RED® uses a sensor measured at 4520 x 2540 pixels, more than five (5) times the number of pixels of an HD camera. All information travels in a single channel, as opposed to three separate RGB paths. Where a video camera requires the "baking in" of white balance, color and gain before recording, these are adjustments that can be made after the fact with a RED ONE.


Is the RED ONE considered a video camera?

No. The RED ONE is described as a Digital Cinema Camera because the RED ONE more resembles a RAW file-based still DSLR. The RED ONE can convert RGB video to its EVF, LCD, HD-SDI, and HDMI monitor outputs.


What is REDCODE?

REDCODE® is a visually lossless, wavelet-based compression codec that compresses the enormous 4K files into a more manageable size, allowing long recording times on media as small as a Compact Flash card. RED provides three compression settings in the RED ONE: 28, 36 and 42.

For more information, go to the RED ONE Operation Guide.


Does the RED ONE allow for user-definable buttons?

Yes. For more information, go to the RED ONE Operation Guide.


Is there a standard definition output on the RED ONE?



What are the sizes of the screws on the RED ONE?

The tripod screw threads of the camera are 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 X2, while the base plate, top mount, and side handles attach with 1/4-20 Hex screws.

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