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Camera Technical Series: Get the Best Out of Your RED Dragon Sensor

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

We are releasing a series of content focused on becoming a better Camera Assistant, MōVI Technician, or DIT, and up first, understanding the RED Dragon sensor. Many of you have come to me for guidance around the Canon EOS Cinema platform, and most recently, I have been utilizing the RED Dragon sensor on many of my projects. The Dragon Sensor gives me the versatility to move quickly and light as if I am shooting for film, allowing me to deliver beautiful skin tones with this camera sensor.

In this series, you will get a bundle of content ranging from extensive camera tests to videos of camera technician Chris Herr explaining how he manages heat control, black shades, and what’s in his toolkit when he handles the RED Dragon sensor. You will also receive LUTs that you can use for your RED Weapon, Dragon, Scarlet, or Raven.

In this packed series, you’ll get:

  • Camera Tests: Over 2.5 Hours of detailed video content
    • Compression Test
    • Day ISO Noise Test
    • Night ISO Noise Test
    • IR Pollution Test
    • IR Pollution Test Low Light OLPF vs Standard OLPF vs Skin Tone OLPF
    • IR ND Filter vs Non-IR Filter Test
    • IR ND Filter vs Hot Mirror IR ND Filter Test
    • IR ND Filter vs True ND Filter Test
    • IRE Value/Skin Tone Test
    • IRE Value vs Canon C500 IRE Value/Skin Tone Test
    • Under-Exposure Latitude Test
    • Over-Exposure Latitude Test
    • Day Backlight
    • IRE Value/Skin Tone Test: Standard OLPF vs Skin Tone Highlight OLPF
    • IRE Value/Skin Tone Test: Standard OLPF vs Low Light OLPF
    • Each Test includes comparisons of the Standard OLPF, the Skin Tone Highlight OLPF and the Low Light OLPF.
Screengrab from “The RED Dragon Sensor: Turning the RED EPIC from a ‘Jack of all trades’ to the master”

Screengrab from “The RED Dragon Sensor: Turning the RED Epic from a ‘Jack of All Trades’ to the Master”

  • Camera Tech: RED Technician – 46 minutes of detailed video content and 63 pages of written content
    • What to Have in Your RED Toolkit
    • Black Shading Protocol
    • Red Dragon Heat Management with Chris Herr
Screengrab from “What to Have in Your RED Toolkit”

Screengrab from “What to Have in Your RED Toolkit”

A Look at the Look Up Tables

A Look at the Look Up Tables

  • Look Up Tables (LUTs) – 13 pages of written content and 14 RED Dragon Sensor LUTs to download and use in your workflow
    • A Look at RED Dragon LUTs
    • Neutral
    • Skin Tone
    • North Light Neutral
    • North Light Cool
    • North Light Crush
    • North Light Wash
    • Gold
    • Gold Crush
    • Cyan
    • Cyan Night Interior
    • Neutral Day Interior
    • Dawn Interior
    • Gold Interior

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Get the Best Out of Your Dragon Sensor

All videos were edited on HP Z840 workstations using HP Z24x DreamColor monitors.

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