Red Releases V-Raptor 8K VV

The camera is the first entry in the next-generation DSMC3 platform. A white ST version is available now; a black version will be released later this year.

Red Digital Cinema has unveiled the V-Raptor 8K VV camera, its first entry in the next-generation DSMC3 platform. The camera features the highest dynamic range, fastest cinema-quality sensor scan time, cleanest shadows and highest frame rates of any camera in Red’s lineup. 

Priced at $24,500, a white ST version of the camera is now available for purchase on the company’s website and from its authorized premium dealers. A black version will be available before the end of the year.

Red also announced it will release an XL camera body in the first half of 2022 that will be ideally suited for studio configurations and high-end productions.

The V-Raptor features a multi-format 8K sensor (40.96mm x 21.60mm) with the ability to shoot 8K large format or 6K Super 35. This in-camera option allows users to leverage any of large-format or S35 lenses with the push of a button and deliver at over 4K resolution. The new camera exceeds previous sensor capabilities, presenting users with the option to capture 8K full sensor at up to 120 fps (150 fps at 2.4:1), 6K at up to 160 fps (200 fps at 2.4:1) and 2K (2.4:1) at 600 fps while still capturing more than 17 stops of dynamic range. 

“V-Raptor reflects the ferocity of our team, who have spent the last two years forced apart,” says Jarred Land, president, Red Digital Cinema. “Through everything, we found a way to work together better than ever before, fueled by the incredible passion and support of our community of filmmakers. This camera takes an impressive array of silicon and mashes it together with pieces of the heart and soul of every Red camera that has come before it.”

Land will host a live Q&A about the camera on YouTube at 2 p.m. PDT today.

The V-Raptor harnesses Red’s proprietary RedCode Raw codec, allowing users to capture 16-bit raw and leveraging Red’s latest IPP2 workflow and color-management tools.

The camera is built on a newly integrated, modernized form factor while featuring a robust professional I/O array that includes two 4K 12G-SDI outputs, XLR audio with phantom power capability via adapter, and built-in USB-C interface, allowing for remote control, ethernet offload and more. All features are packaged in a rugged design that measures 6" x 4.25" and weighs just over 4 pounds.

Other highlights include an RF lens mount with locking mechanism, wireless control and preview via Wi-Fi, phase detection autofocus, and a new integrated display (located on the side of the camera) that allows for comprehensive controls, including in-camera format selection, customized buttons and status updates.

The V-Raptor utilizes updated, streamlined RedCode Raw settings (HQ, MQ and LQ) to enhance the user experience with simplified format choices. Additional features include data rates up to 800 MB/s using Red-branded or other qualified CFexpress media cards, integrated micro v-mount battery plate, a 60mm fan for quieter and more stable heat management, and wireless connectivity via the free Red Control app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. 

Red has also announced an array of first-party and co-designed accessories. Its engineering team worked with partners such as SmallHD, Angelbird, Core SWX and Creative Solutions to produce purpose-built products specifically to work with the V-Raptor. 

Available accessories include: DSMC3 Red Touch 7" LCD monitor, V-Raptor Wing Grip, Red Pro CFexpress 660GB media cards, Red CFexpress Card Reader, RedVolt Micro-V Battery Pack and Red Compact Dual V-Lock Charger.

Red is currently offering a bundled V-Raptor Starter Pack option that includes the DSMC3 Red Touch 7" LCD, the Red Pro CFexpress 660GB card, the Red CFexpress Card Reader, two RedVolt Micro-V Battery Packs, the Red Compact Dual V-Lock Charger, two V-Raptor Wing Grips and an EXT to T/C Cable.

In addition, a Red RF-PL Adapter with an electronic ND filter will soon be available.

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