The news that Peter Jackson would begin shooting his two film adaptation of The Hobbit this year, with the technology the RED EPIC-M cameras feature, first came from an article written back in November last year.
The director was reported to have snapped up thirty of the machine, each costing $58,000. If you’re not familiar with the RED EPIC-M happen to have a spare $60,000 to do a bit of directing yourself, you would be getting a pack of four 128GB SSDs that fit into the solid state storage module provided, a charger, four-pack batteries, a REDmote, 5” touchscreen LCD Bomb EVF with a titanium PL mount.
The camera has a 5000 resolution and is capable of shooting 96fps. A video of what it is capable of can be viewed at Vimeo by clicking here. Although these state of the art cameras will not be available to the general public until April time the first 5,000 models were hand assembled and full assembly lines have begun.
You can read more details about the RED EPIC-M being used for the shooting of The Hobbit at REDuser.net where Jim Jannard explains that the relative lightweight of these cameras makes them perfect for 3D shooting as dual mounting is needed. You can also check out the video below for a closer look at these machines.
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