Monday, October 5, 2009

Hot Girls, the Red One Camera, and the End of Photography As We Know It?

Technology is crazy. Like super crazy. You want an example? How about the Red One camera? It's the super high def video camera that is so high def that single frames of video can be used as digital photos fit for magazine spreads and other stuff that requires really high def photos. Here is some techno-babble about the camera
Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color subsampled video at up to 30fps. We deliver 11.4M pixels at up to 60fps and record RAW, or 2x over-sampled HD in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 - your choice. That's more than 5 times the amount of information available every second and a vastly superior recording quality. Don't need all that data for your workflow? Dial it back, and keep all the other advantages of the Mysterium Super 35mm cine sized (24.4 x 13.7mm) sensor. You get the same breathtaking Depth of Field and selective focus as found in film cameras. Mysterium boasts a greater than 66db Signal to Noise Ratio thanks to its large 29 sq. micron pixels. And 11,480,800 pixels deliver resolution that can only be called Ultra High Definition.
I first learned about the Red One camera a few months back when a photographer came to speak to us at school (can't remember his name for the life of me but he was foreign and had a funny accent and the girls were crushing on him). He showed us this video of Megan Fox looking all sexy doing stuff that I imagine rich hot chicks do (wake up, walk around in panties, chill by pool, roll around in bed sheets). The video was shot using the Red One camera for Esquire magazine and stills pulled from the video were being used in the magazine as the photos (cuz they so high def, yo!). Here is the video.

Oh Snap! That is pretty cool, but the quality of the video isn't that good! Well it just so happens that Esquire decided to do another video, and I found a pretty good quiality embed for it so BOOM! This one features Kate Beckinsale and a big TV with Kate Beckinsale on it.

So does this mean that photography as we know it is about to change? Is this post a harbinger of things to come for photographers everywhere? Is it time to panic in the streets? Probably not. I dunno, maybe I just wanted to put these two videos up.

1 comment:

  1. You know Public Enemies was shot on Red Cam. I love the ability to pull single frame high res stills from the video, but I'm not sure if I like the look of Red Cam. I haven't seen enough stuff yet though to really tell. I think photographers will be fine, this just adds another capability to video production. Cool videos though