Yesterday it was teased by Jarred Land www.slashcam.de/news/single/RED-DSMC3-mit-8K-120p-und-CFexpress-Cardslots-im-A-16741.html, today it is already official, the new camera from RED, the first model of the DSMC3 series. V-Raptor is the name of the new 8K full-frame camera. Its most significant innovation is the ability to shoot 17:9 8K (8,192 x 4,320 pixels) REDCODE RAW at up to 120 fps - previously, only a maximum of 60 fps was possible with the RED DSMC2 Monstro 8K VV.
RED V-Raptor ST
At lower resolutions, as always, recording at even higher frame rates is possible such as 240 fps at 17:9 4K (4,096 x 1,728) or 480 fps at 2K (2,048 x 864). At 40.96mm x 21.60mm, the V-Raptor&s 8K sensor is the same size as the sensor on its predecessor, the Monstro 8K.
Recording to CFexpress 2.0 Type B cards
. The recording medium is also new - here RED offers for the first time the possibility to record on CFexpress cards with up to 800 MB/s - RED itself already lists two suitable RED CFexpress 2.0 Type B cards with 660 GB and 1.3 TB capacity in its store, which support the maximum write rate of the V-Raptor.
RED CFexpress card
The cards themselves come from Angelbird (who also offer the 3-year warranty as well as free data recovery in case of problems) and are rebranded by RED. For users who often criticized the high prices of the proprietary RED Mini-Mag storage solutions, this swing, which had already been hinted at with the RED Komodo with its support for CFast 2.0 cards, is definitely good news.
. Not possible, however, according to the spec sheet, seems to be recording via Apple ProRes or Avid&s DNxHR as an alternative to RED&s own REDCODE, unlike the RED Monstro 8K VV (though perhaps this option will be added in a firmware upgrade). The latter can store 17:9 (8192 x 4320) 8K video in HQ, MQ and LQ compression modes at up to 60 fps. With this, RED has now adopted the simplified nomenclature of the different compression levels introduced with the Komodo (analogous to Avid and Apple) for its large cameras as well, jettisoning the old designations (such as 2:1, 5:1 or 22:1 REDCODE). The dynamic range is also 17+ stops, as with the RED Monstro 8K VV sensor.
RED V-Raptor ST
Interfaces of the RED V-Raptor
. Another positive innovation concerns the interfaces: RED is providing a dual 12-G SDI output here for the first time (which also handles 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI and 1.5G-SDI modes). And like the RED Komodo 6K (here&s our field test) for the first time, it has live 1080p preview capability via 2.4Ghz/5Ghz WLAN; via WLAN, the camera settings can also be accessed and the camera controlled remotely. And like them, it also has a small integrated 2.4" LCD for camera control (but without live preview like the Komodo).
RED V-Raptor ST
Like the Monstro 8K VV, the RED V-Raptor ST has two integrated mono microphones, but additionally (without an extra module as before) an integrated two-channel microphone/line/+48V input via 5-pin audio connector for uncompressed 24-bit 48 kHz sound. The camera can be controlled via USB-C or transfer its recordings via Ethernet. A 60 mm fan is supposed to provide quiet and better thermal management than before.
Price and variants of the RED V-Raptor
. The price for the V-Raptor (Brain) in the limited white ST edition is ,500. Weighing 1.82kg and measuring 15.2x10.8cm, the case is rugged as well as water and dust resistant. The Starter Pack including a new 7" DSMC3 RED Touch Display, a RED CFexpress 660 GB card, a RED CFexpress card reader, two REDVOLT Micro-V batteries, a battery charger and two V-Raptor Wing Grip handles is around ,580.
Orders can be placed with RED or RED dealers - orders for the V-Raptor ST from RED will ship in 3-4 weeks. The RED V-Raptor should be available in larger quantities in a black case before the end of 2021, and an XL version (with presumably a larger case) is also in the works, which should hit the market in the first half of 2022.
RED V-Raptor ST in size comparison with the RED Komodo.
Official unveiling of the RED V-Raptor in live stream
. Today (9/1/2021) the official unveiling including Q&A of the RED V-Raptor Limited Edition ST by Jarred Land, Cleigh Reed, Jonathan Petts, James Lucarelli and Dan Dura will take place on YouTube at 23:00.