I was just updating our main website to reflect the fact that the Red ONE is now gone and the Red EPIC has taken its place, and I was struck by just how much the new camera can do. The Red ONE could do up to 30fps at its highest resolution, 4K, which meant that in order to get any meaningful true slo-mo, we had to shoot at 3K or 2K.
Shooting slow motion “in camera” will always generate better results than software interpolation, because the in-between frames are actually recorded, and the term “overcranking” came from film cameras that were actually cranked faster than normal. Here’s a quick primer on how it works: if the base rate of the camera is 23.98, which is what we typically shoot, then shooting at 30 fps allows you to have about 6 “extra” frames every second. When you play every frame back in order, the end result is a 25% slowdown. Typically, 25% is not slow enough to look purposeful, so we might drop down to 3K, where we could shoot 60 fps. At 60, we had 36 extra frames every second, which resulted in a 2.5X slo-mo… generally good enough for slowing down sports action and making it look very sexy. Although we could drop down to 2K (basically just bigger than HD) to get 120 frames (5X slower), we usually didn’t because we wanted the benefits of the extra resolution at 3K.
The EPIC, however, will do 120 fps at 5K(!) and that’s one of the differences between the EPIC and the other new camera from Red, the SCARLET. And when you drop the resolution, you can go all the way to 300 fps at 2K – a whopping 276 “extra” frames every second! To put it another way: one second of action will play back in 12 and a half seconds.
I hope that knowing we can capture silky-smooth slow motion on the new camera gets your creative juices flowing! Feel free to drop in or give us a call at 405-842-3343 to arrange a demo – we can’t wait to put it to work for your next project!