RED Build 16: A Camera Whose Time Has Come
By Art Adams | July 04, 2008
Ah, sweet 16. How I've waited for thee. Finally, a camera I can work with.
It's not perfect yet. Not by a long shot. There's an error in the software that causes crashes attributable to "Codec Faults" and "Codec Errors"--I'm told one has to do with errors reading data off the sensor and one has to do with writing the data to the drive or card. Supposedly a fix for this will be out any day now. (I'm told that three builds of Build 16 have been released over a one week period.) But the usability improvements are long overdo and worth the pain we've suffered through.
Today saw a meeting of minds at Chater Camera in Berkeley: Dane Brehm (DIT/DAS), Adam Wilt (guru of all things videographical), Tim Blackmore (factotum and Adam's cohort in crime at film company "Meets the Eye"), and myself--your humble narrator. We sought to plumb the depths of the mythical (and Mysterical) latest software update for the RED ONE camera. This is the build from which there is no return: once you install it, you can never go back. Never.
But that's okay. (Or it will be when the bugs are ironed out.) Dane showed us why, on the next page:
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