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RED DSMC2-Helium 8K Camera Package

RED Weapon Helium spec 8K Helium Camera with choice of camera backs

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Latest RED DSMC-2 Helium 8K large sensor digital film camera complete with choice of camera backs depending on application.

Please note that this used to be called a RED EPIC-W camera but has been upgraded to Weapon spec and is now known as a RED DSMC2 Helium, as it includes a Helium Sensor and 8K/60 Weapon specifications.

Consider the addition of the Kippertie Revolva quick-change filter system

  • 8K Aquisition: 35 million pixel count of Helium 8K sensor with advanced colour science allows 30/60p capture at 8K and below, allowing reframing in post production without 4k image compromise.
  • Multiple Codec Capture: Shoot in RED R-3D REDCODE RAW or 4K Apple Prores 4444 or AVID DNxHR/HD formats at up to 275MB/second onto new RED Minimag 512GB SSDs.
  • New Module Construction: DSMC2 modular format allows the camera to be fully accessorised or totally stripped back - how far you go is your choice.
  • Excellent Slow Motion Capability: 300fps slow motion capability and 6K images with the streamlined RED workflow. Upto 100p in 6K, 150p in 4K 200p in 3K or 300p in 2K - your choice.
  • Up to 16.5 stops of dynamic range - New Helium Sensor
  • Superb detail in the blacks

RED Helium Lens Coverage, 8K, 6K, 4K and crop factor

The Helium Sensor captures 6K with a regular S-35 image size without any crop, though acquiring at 8K may still produce vignetting with certain lenses.  See Crop Factor with RED Dragon.

Proxy/Alternative Codecs

Whilst the RED workflow is very well established, sometimes the quality of the RED codec is too good for small screen productions and it can sometimes be easier to use simpler codecs if you are shooting for TV or the internet.  

The DSMC2-Helium allows multiple Codec Capture using the internal SSD minimag storage to permit R-3D REDCODE RAW, 4K Apple Prores 4444 or AVID DNxHR/HD formats at up to 275MB/second.  2 x RED Minimag 512GB SSDs are included as standard and more storage is available at additional charge.

Compatible DSMC2 Camera Backs

The RED DSMC2 camera platform is completely modular and as such, offers a variety of different camera backs at a nominal additional charge to suit the specific application.

  • RED RED DSMC2 Base I/O V-Lock Expander (720-0045).  This is a compact V-Lock back with limited inputs and outputs to use in a very portable configuration.
    • Constructed from lightweight and durable magnesium, this expander module mounts directly to the rear of the camera BRAIN® and offers connections for the following: DC Power input (DC-IN), HDMI 1.2 output (Type A socket), 3G-SDI output (HD-SDI, 75 Ω BNC), CTRL & SYNC ports (2x 00B 4-Pin, Timecode and Genlock support), AUX Power output (P-Tap 2-Pin female), USB Power output (Type A, 5 V at 1.5 A for powering HDMI transmitters or small mobile devices), Stereo Headphone output (3.5 mm jack), Stereo Analog input (3.5 mm jack)

 

  • RED DSMC2 Base I/O Expander (720-0033).  This is an enhanced V-Lock back suitable also for compact portable configurations. 
    • Manufactured from lightweight and durable magnesium, this low-profile module mounts directly to your DSMC2 BRAIN® and offers interface connections for power (DC-IN), HDMI, 3G-SDI (HD-SDI), CTRL and SYNC ports (for Timecode and Genlock), as well as a 3.5mm microphone input and a 3.5mm line-level headphone out.

 

 

  • RED Jetpack back for DSMC2 (720-0048).  The most portable camera back with HDSDI camera output but no battery clip.  As such, the camera must be powered by 12V power supplied by 4 pin cannon cable and is only really suited to gimbal and similar applications.
    • Featuring connections for power (DC-IN), SDI (3G-SDI), Gigabit Ethernet (GIG-E), AUX power, SYNC, and CTRL, the DSMC2 Jetpack-SDI Expander provides a low-profile expander solution. The 3G-SDI connection provides support for providing a signal to a remote monitoring solution, while the Gigabit Ethernet connection offers increased bandwidth for streaming high-quality footage. The DSMC2 Jetpack-SDI Expander is ideal for housings and low-profile configurations that require 3G-SDI outputs or computer tethering.

 

  • RED Production Module (720-0056) offers a comprehensive array of video, power, communication, and pro audio connections, suitable for cinematography productions.
    • Constructed from lightweight and durable aluminum alloy, this module includes three BNC video connectors for maximum monitoring flexibility on-set. Two connectors output a cloned 3G-SDI signal, and one connector serves as an independent monitoring output.
    • To support production demands for on-board monitors, wireless video transmitters, wireless lens control, and focus assist systems, the module includes multiple auxiliary power outputs.
    • Two front-facing 3-Pin Fischer R/S ports support Remote Start/Stop functionality, and provide 24V power out up to a combined 2.5 Amps, A front-facing 2-Pin 0B AUX PWR port provides power out up to 3.0 Amps, A 2-Pin P-Tap connector on the top provides power out up to 3.0 Amps, A rear-facing USB 2.0 port with support for fast charging offers 5V at 1.5 Amps for powering small mobile devices.
    • Two standard 3-pin XLRs with preamplifiers are included for most professional audio needs. Each XLR input features a 3-position selector switch to designate the incoming audio signal type: Balanced Line Level, Balanced Mic Level, and Balanced Mic with +48V phantom power. Additionally, a 3.5mm line-level headphone jack allows users to monitor audio during takes and in playback mode.
    • The module features ports for power in (DC IN), Genlock (BNC), Timecode (5-pin 0B), GIG-E, and CTRL.
    • The module also features a selector switch that enables the BRAIN to automatically boot when power is provided via the DC IN connector on the module. This feature allows operators to use a connected DC input supply to turn the BRAIN on and off when the camera is mounted in remote or difficult to maneuver locations.

 

  • OFFHOLLYWOOD COMMAND RT Option.  The most functional back ever which offers integrated wireless lens control facility with Teradek RT WLCS systems. 
    • THis offers RED PLUS functionality with OFFHOLLYWOOD COMMAND RT back

The introduction of the OFFHOLLYWOOD OMOD Command module takes integration to a whole new level with RTMotion WLCS, and other soon-to-be announced Lens Control systems all effectively built into the latest RED cameras.

The RED DSMC2 camera docked with this new device creates a similar functionality to the integrated ARRI camera/WCU-4 system to effectively make a RED PLUS camera and VMI can include this module with DSMC2 cameras without additional charge.

Read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

Integrated RED PLUS system allows the lens control motors to plug directly into the camera system and add the following functionality:

  • Connect Lens Control servo motors directly to the camera, since the wireless lens control receiver is built into the camera and this will integrate with RTMotion WLCS systems without external brain being fitted to camera.
  • Wireless timecode and meta-data functionality from with AMBIENT’s ACN.  This includes a built-in lockit box. 
  • Extended range of Fool Control of camera via a powerful, fully-configurable dual-band wifi module.
  • Wireless Live Color grading for HDR and SDR with leading software solutions such as Pomfort Live Grade, Pomfort LiveGrade, FilmLight Prelight, Colorfront On-Set Live!, CODEX Live and Qtake
  • 3 x HD-SDI outputs as standard

This is the ultimate in camera integration to make the systems extremely elegant and devoid of the ‘rats nest’ of cable and peripherals that drama crew have been accustomed to working with.

Compatible Memory Cards

VMI DSMC2 Helium Camera System

  • RED 8K Helium Brain with titanium PL mount
  • Bomb EVF® with cable
  • 7in Touchscreen LCD with cable
  • Twin EVF/LCD viewfinder outputs
  • RED Wooden Camera D-Box for multiple inputs and outputs
  • ARRI Pro kit with 15mm bars system
  • ARRI DSMC-2 Top Handle For RED K2.0008903 
  • ARRI K2.0009664 Top Plate For RED DSMC2
  • ARRI DSMC-2 Monitor Bracket For RED K2.0009582 
  • ARRI Bottom Plate for Red DSMC2 K2.65263.0
  • RED Lemo adapter block B 720-0038
  • Arri 15mm support  K2.65264.0 bracketArri 15mm support  K2.65264.0 bracket
  • ARRI Sliding Plate / Dovetail  K2.0000324
  • Arri BP8 Plate with sliding plate
  • RED Wooden Camera Side Cheeseplate
  • AC Adapter for Red DSMC2
  • RED Cable DC Power in - Straight
  •  Wooden Camera LCD/EVF cable Male Pogo To Lemo 221700
  • Data Cable USB 3.0 Flat End (Micro B)
  • Firewire 800 Data Cable
  • 2 x RED OLED EVF/LCD Cable 790-0153
  • 2 x 19mm Support Rod  340mm
  • 19mm Support Rod  440mm
  • 15mm, Support Rod , 170mm
  • 15mm, Support Rod , 340mm
  • RED T20 Torque Driver
  • RED T10 Torque Driver
  • RED OLED EVF/LCD Cable Long for Gimbal
  • RED OLPF KipperTie S35-FS  Full Spectrum False Colour 
  • 2 x 512GB Minimag SSD storage
  • Redmag 1.8” redstation with mains adapter (Firewire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA)
  • Choice of 5 x Hawkwoods 98WH batts and 2 x Hawkwoods 2-way chargers
    or 4 x Hawkwoods 150WH batts and 2 x Hawkwoods 2-way chargers
    or 5 x Anton Bauer Dionic HC batteries with Anton Bauer TM-4 charger
  • Choice of camera back, depending on camera application

Latest RED DSMC-2 Helium 8K large sensor digital film camera complete with choice of camera backs depending on application.

Please note that this used to be called a RED EPIC-W camera but has been upgraded to Weapon spec and is now known as a RED DSMC2 Helium, as it includes a Helium Sensor and 8K/60 Weapon specifications.

Consider the addition of the Kippertie Revolva quick-change filter system

Read VMI's article: WLCS Systems, All you need to know to explore the question of how to choose between the various systems and to introduce the range of WLCS systems which VMI arguably considers the best in their field and explain why we think that they work very well in given scenarios.

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Optional Accessories

Guides

Wireless Lens Control Systems - all you need to know

Everything you wanted to know about 4K but were too afraid to ask...

Do we adopt 4K now or wait for 8K?

The Case for and against 4K

Shooting with HD Video lenses on large sensor cameras

Large Sensor Cameras - Everything that you need to know

 

Guides:

RED EPIC-W Specs

SENSOR  
SENSOR TYPE HELIUM 35.4 Megapixel CMOS
EFFECTIVE PIXELS 8192 x 4320
SENSOR SIZE 29.90 mm x 15.77 mm (Diagonal: 33.80 mm)
DYNAMIC RANGE 16.5+ stops
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE-RATIO 80 dB
   
   
RECORDING  
MAX DATA RATES Up to 300 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (480GB & 960GB)
Up to 225 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (120GB & 240GB)
 
REDCODE RAW MAX FRAME RATES  1 60 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)

60 fps at 7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 75 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)

75 fps at 6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)

96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)

120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)

150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)

240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)
 
   
 
   
   
   
PLAYBACK FRAME RATES  4:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps
REDCODE RAW ACQUISITION FORMATS  8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x 
  7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 
  6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x 
  5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 
  4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 
  3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x 
  2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
APPLE PRORES 422 HQ, 422 and 422 LT at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps 
4444 XQ and 4444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps 
422 HQ, 422 and 422 LT at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
AVID CODECS  3 DNxHR HQX at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 29.97 fps 
DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 29.97 fps  
DNxHR 444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps 
DNxHD 444 and HQX (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps 
DNxHD HQ, SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps 
   
   
GENERAL  
CONSTRUCTION Magnesium and Aluminum Alloy
WEIGHT 3.35 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)
RELATIVE HUMIDITY 0% to 85% non-condensing
   
   
FEATURES  
COLOR MANAGEMENT Supports 33×33×33, 32×32×32, 26×26×26, and 17×17×17 3D LUTs 
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module 
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs 
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing
AUDIO Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz 
Optional 2 additional channels with DSMC2 expander module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
REMOTE CONTROL Integrated REDLINK WiFi antenna 
Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with DSMC2 expander module
MONITOR OUTPUTS 3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with DSMC2 expander module 
1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2 
480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI Only) 
SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio
MONITOR OPTIONS DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7" LCD, DSMC2 RED Touch 7.0" LCD and DSMC2 RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection. 
RED Touch 9.0" LCD, RED Touch 7.0" LCD, RED Touch 5.0" LCD, RED PRO 7" LCD, BOMB EVF (OLED) and BOMB EVF (LCOS) compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
   
   
SOFTWARE  
REDCINE-X PRO  4K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin) 
DELIVERY FORMATS 2K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin) 
  1080p RGB 4:2:2, 720p 4:2:2 : QuickTime, JPEG, AVID AAF, MXF 
  1080p 4:2:0, 720p 4:2:0 : H.264, .MP4
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE  Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer 
COMPATIBILITY  4

DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vegas Pro

 

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