Explore one of the first implementations of the RED Digital Cinema V-Raptor as a camera array in aerial cinematography applications. The array of 3 cameras with Zeiss CP.3 lenses was integrated into a SHOTOVER K1 to get a shot of a big scenic background plate for a feature film.
A camera array of 3 RED V-Raptors to capture 12K resolution
These pictures were posted by freelance aerial director of photography, Phil Arntz in the RED V-RAPTOR / DSMC3 Users FB group. This array of 3 RED Digital Cinema V-Raptor 8K cameras was assembled by The Aerial Film Company. As stated in its Instagram post: “We’re excited to introduce the world’s first RED V-Raptor 8K Vista Vision aerial camera array. Integrated into our Shotover K1, this 3 camera V-Raptor array offers the same class-leading stabilization as our single-camera payloads. 12K resolution, 17+ stops of dynamic range and capture of lens data offer ultimate flexibility in post-production”. Furthermore, The Aerial Film Company elaborated that: “To meet the fast-paced demands of the production environment, our array arrives as a pre-configured payload. The 3 in house RED V-Raptors and a matched set of Zeiss 21mm CP.3 xD lenses offer consistency and repeatability. 50TB of media ensure no crucial moment is missed”.
Application: A big scenic background for a feature
According to Phil Arntz, this camera array has been used for a feature film. “We are utilizing this for big scenic background plates and the request was maximum Field of View and coverage” Arntz added. Check out more pictures of this RED V-Raptor array below:
An array of cinema cameras to maximize field of view
The utilization of an array assembled from cinema cameras is pretty common in high-end production when a maximized field of view is needed for specific applications (VR, IMAX, SFX, etc).
For instance, check out the above 9-DXL2 array for capturing plates for driving sequences implemented on the “The Little Things” film (Panavision Unveils Crazy 9 DXL2 Array on “The Little Things” Set). Also, explore below the impressive 6 camera aerial array involving RED Helium and 21mm Zeiss CP.3 lenses to capture a massive field of view that is ideal for use in VFX-driven productions for “Black Widow” (The Aerial Cinematography of Black Widow: Orchestra of VENICE + Premista, RED + Zeiss, on Drones and Helicopters).
However, we wrote about an experiment of the ACHTEL 9×7 camera to try and replace those ultra-complicated arrays, in order to facilitate issues like size, weight, post stitching, setup time, and more (Read: ACHTEL 9X7 Replaces an Array of 6 Cinema Cameras).
What are your thoughts about these arrays? Is it overkill? Do you think it’s strengthening the need for more super-resolution cinema cameras that can replace (or reduce) this heavy and complicated setup?
Here’re the products mentioned in the article, and the links to purchase them from authorized dealers.
- Red Digital Cinema V-RAPTOR ST 8K VV DSMC3 Camera
- ZEISS CP.3 21mm T2.9 Compact Prime Lens