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Red Announces Red Connect

The solution enables users to stream raw R3D files in real time direct from the V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL systems over IP to a camera-control unit.

ASC Staff

Red Digital Cinema has announced the availability of the Red Connect Module for its V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL cameras.

Red Connect enables users to stream raw R3D files in real time direct from the camera systems over IP to a camera-control unit. The Red Connect Module offers a compact form factor and easy connectivity, attaching to the back of the V-Raptor or V-Raptor XL via the camera’s V-Lock battery mechanism. The high-speed data connection is created by connecting the module to the camera’s CFexpress media slot.

The module allows for live streaming of up to 8K at 120 fps or 4K at 240 fps, as well as all other frame-rate and resolution combinations offered by the camera. It also supports simultaneous streaming and recording from the CCU. The module offers Genlock and timecode synchronization of multiple cameras using PTP (SMPTE ST 2059-2) and up to 10 Gbps connection via a single-mode LC connector.

“Live streaming of full-quality R3Ds over IP at every resolution and framerate, combined with Red’s sensor capabilities, creates an entirely new paradigm for content creation and broadcast,” says Jeff Goodman, Red’s vice president of product management.

The Red Connect system extends the camera’s capabilities in virtual productions and new production environments such as live XR. Users can simplify their camera setup by reducing SDI cables, timecode and genlock devices and other connections to a single ethernet cable. In the world of XR, users can stream 8K 60p content straight from the camera to any end device.

Red’s partners, including COSM, Media.Monks and Nvidia, have been testing Red Connect and the module in real-world applications over the past 18 months. “The opportunity to leverage uncompressed 8K end to end presents a tremendous opportunity for broadcasters, filmmakers and immersive video in particular,” says Lewis Smithingham, senior vice president of innovation for Media.Monks.

The Red Connect Module can be deployed by adapting the CCU design. The flexibility of the CCU allows for real-time AI processing using Red’s SDK and Nvidia professional GPUs for graphic-intensive workflows with complete SMPTE 2110 implementation or options for one to two frames of latency for 8K and 4K IP broadcast — and everything in between.

The Red Connect Module lists for $14,995, and Red Connect licenses are available for one year or as a perpetual license. (A one-month option will also be available soon.) Pricing varies based on the length of licensing agreement.

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