RED Launches V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV

RED Digital Cinema has officially announced the availability of the V-RAPTOR XLTM 8K VV camera.

The V-RAPTOR XL harnesses RED’s current flagship V-RAPTOR 8K VV + 6K S35 multi-format sensor within a large-scale, unified XL camera body designed to support high-end film and television productions.

Filmmakers can shoot in 8K or 6K S35 large format, with the sensor boasting the highest recorded dynamic range and cleanest shadow performance of any RED camera. The V-RAPTOR sensor’s scan time is 2x faster than any previous RED camera and allows users to capture up to 600fps at 2K.

The V-RAPTOR XL continues to feature RED’s proprietary REDCODE RAW codec, allowing cinematographers to capture 16-bit RAW and take advantage of RED’s latest IPP2 color management and workflow. As with the RED KOMODO 6K and the standard V-RAPTOR system, the V-RAPTOR XL will continue to use the updated and optimized REDCODE® RAW settings (HQ, MQ and LQ) to enhance the user experience with simplified format options. Optimized for multiple shots. scenarios and needs.

The new XL system features an internal electronic ND system from 2 to 7 stops with precision control of 1/3 or 1/4 stop increments. It has dual power options with 14V and 26V battery compatibility, an interchangeable lens mount, wireless timecode, genlock, and camera control for remote and virtual production staging. The XL features a robust, integrated professional I/O matrix with front 3G-SDI auxiliary power outputs, 2-pin 12V and 3-pin 24V, and a GIG-E connector for camera control and PTP sync. The Unified XL System packs all of the above into a 7.5” x 6.5” body.

Director Zack Snyder, who is currently shooting his latest movie with the V-RAPTOR sensor, got a sneak peek at the new XL system.

“The V-RAPTOR XL has everything we need,” he said.

“We already knew that the V-RAPTOR sensor produces great images, but with the additional features that come with the XL, we’re even more excited. The in-house ND system has an incredible benefit to our production methodology. We’re rolling wide open all the time, so that’s vital. The XL is an amazing studio camera. With technology like this, there are no more excuses, now it’s up to you.”

Additional features include smart focus options such as a phase detection autofocus system. The XL also features a three-stage cooling system with thermoelectric heat exchanger designed to more effectively maintain sensor temperature in extreme environments. The new system also has seamless wireless remote control via the free RED Control or RED Control Pro apps.

“The XL is one of the most innovative cameras we’ve ever released and I’m excited to get it into the hands of filmmakers,” says Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “The XL builds on our mighty V-RAPTOR and adds more output, extra power flexibility, and an awesome in-house ND system. The entire RED team is very proud of the advancements this brings to cinematographers, and we can’t wait to see what they create.”

The standalone camera system, available in V-Lock and Gold Mount options, is priced at $39,500. The pre-packaged, ready-to-roll Production Pack costs $49,995.

The production package includes:
• V-RAPTOR XL camera system
• DSMC3 RED Touch 7.0” LCD monitor with DSMC3 RMI cable (18”) and sunshield
• REDVOLT XL-V (or XL-G) RED Compact Dual V-Lock or Gold Mount Charger batteries
• RED Pro CFexpress 2TB card and card reader
• V-RAPTOR XL top handle with extensions
• V-RAPTOR XL riser plate
• V-RAPTOR XL 15mm upper and lower LWS bar support brackets
• DSMC3 RED 5-pin to dual XLR adapter

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