Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of C9 Rewind, your weekly source for current news in the film and tech industries.
This week, RED starts shipping its new Super 35 6K cinema camera, the RED “Komodo,” good news for the future of 5G smartphones, and more!
RED Starts Shipping the “Komodo”
RED has teased it’s 6K for $6K camera many times over the past year, and while we still don’t have a full spec sheet for the RED “Komodo” more details have arisen and the first prototypes have officially been shipped out.
Many wonder if the many months of teases will help or hurt the Komodo as there are potentially more enticing options out there for around the same price.
There have been a few reviewers who have teased footage shot on the Komodo, and the response from the filmmaking community has been mostly divided.
Many note the underwhelming image quality, lack of high frame rates at higher resolutions, and question what the market is for this type of camera.
I could see RED users using this as a B-cam to keep the same codec as their A-camera but other than that, it will be tough for RED to try and convince filmmakers who aren’t RED enthusiasts to make the switch.
I think the main question to ask here is will it be solid enough to overpay for a brand with the reputation RED has, especially when there’s so many great alternatives for a similar price? 6K and even 8K aren’t unicorn resolutions any more, with selections from Black Magic, Sony and Canon (just to name a few) either already out or soon to be released.
While REDCODE Raw is probably one of the finest codecs out there, the big camera companies out there aren’t letting up by continuing to develop their own codecs. RED has long been fighting against ARRI [pronounced ah-ree) for position at the highest end of the cinema camera market, and their competition for the prosumer market is even more fiercely competitive. Their track record has been anything but good in the space.
Anyone remember the RED Raven? Yeah… Didn’t think so.
Adobe’s New Creative Cloud Updates
Adobe rolled out a new Creative Cloud update on June 15th. I won’t get into the specifics and let you try them out for yourselves, but the update enhanced the interface for the Adobe Camera Raw app, local hue adjustments and adaptive ISO presets for Lightroom, and an updated Select Subject Tool for Photoshop.
For Premiere and After Effects, we not only got updated icons, which to me look like a little kids game, but the introduction of music purchasing through Adobe Stock in Premiere.
I updated Premiere and immediately crashed so it’s safe to say Adobe needs to polish this updated version a little, overall this update improved the apps that I barely use anyway but according to sources it made remote-working and collaboration easier so we’ll chalk it up as a win for Adobe for now.
OpenCore Releases Hackintosh PC
In a world where people are constantly trying to push the limits of technology and save money in the process, it’s no surprise that Hackintosh is a thing.
If you aren’t familiar with Hackintoshes, it is essentially installing macOS on a system that wasn’t designed to run the macOS software, people do this to avoid paying the couple extra thousand for Apple products. Since Macs use standard pc hardware for the most part, the only real difference is the grade of gear Apple uses and their configuration of the specs. Other than that, no real difference.
That being said, a new entity has emerged offering a new workstation which has both Windows 10 Pro and macOS Catalina pre-installed. This will certainly result in a lawsuit, as Apple has previously cracked down on companies manufacturing Hackintosh products.
This company, OpenCore Computer, is offering the Velicoraptor at an affordable $2,199 which is $4K cheaper than the base model Mac Pro.
Whether this product will last is the question as OpenCore is only taking Bitcoin as payment due to Apples licensing agreement. Only time will tell. As of this video their site is no longer online.
Oscars 2021 Pushed Back
Let’s take a step away from tech for the moment and dive into some film industry news. The 2021 Oscars have been delayed by 2 months due to the ongoing pandemic. They also extended the release date eligibility rules to February 28th, 2021.
Academy president David Rubin said in a statement: “For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times.
They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control.”
We wonder if we will ever see the Oscars as a ceremony ever again, they might just decide to go virtual to cut costs and cater to a younger audience. It wouldn’t be a bad idea and a shift in format might revitalize public interest in the legendary award show.
Until Next Time
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