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of purchasing the
camera Brain only
and building a kit
that best fits their
needs, or choosing a complete
package. Package
options include the
Red Raven Base I/O Package and the Red Raven Jetpack Package;
the latter is specifically designed for use with
drones, jibs, cranes and handheld gimbals.
Pricing begins at $5,950 for the camera
Brain only, and a complete Raven package
costs under $10,000.
For additional information, visit
www.red.com/red-raven.

Telecine &
Color Grading
"Jod is a true artist with
a great passion for his craft."
- John W. Simmons, ASC

Contact Jod @ 310-713-8388
Jod@apt-4.com

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Aurora Camera Goes Beyond 4K
Aurora Camera has introduced the
Aurora 4K+ camera system, which has a
full-gate 35mm-size (24.5x18.4mm) 4:3
sensor capable of capturing images up to
4Kx3K (4096x3072). The camera is
currently being field-tested and is expected
to be available in the first quarter of 2016.
Measuring only 2.5" wide, 2.5" high
and 5" long (excluding the lens mount), the
Aurora 4K+ runs on 12/24-volt DC power
and boasts a global shutter and raw Bayer
10 bits/pixel color sampling. The company's
tests have shown the camera's sensor to
have a base sensitivity of 800 ISO with
approximately 11 stops of dynamic range.
The camera can shoot at resolutions of
4096x3072 (4K+), 4096x2160 (4K),
3840x3072 (UHD+), 3840x2160 (UHD),
2048x1080 (2K) and 1920x1080 (HD).
Additionally, it is Bluetooth-addressable and
currently features Dual 3G-SDI (10
bits/pixel), HD-SDI, and USB interfaces.
Currently available camera speeds are 24,
25 and 30 fps, with future upgrades
planned for time-lapse and 60 fps, as well
as gen lock. There is no internal recording,
but the camera can be easily paired with
systems such as Convergent Design's
Odyssey7Q+.
"We knew there was going to be an
external monitor anyway, so we chose to
make the camera as small and lightweight
as possible," says ASC associate Al Mayer
Jr., an Academy and Emmy Award-winning
designer of motion-picture camera systems
and the president of Aurora Camera. The

impetus to develop the camera came
about when "we were approached by
some of the folks from Mission: Impossible
[Rogue Nation] to create a camera with a
roll axis that would fit on a motorcycle," he
adds. Although the system could not be
completed in time for that production's
schedule, the Aurora Camera team -
which includes partners Joe Cicio, Richard
Volp and Jack Schakett - continued the
development process.
The Aurora 4K+ can work with both
anamorphic and spherical lenses, and the
mount can be changed to accommodate
PL, Panavision, Canon EF, Nikon F and other
lens mounts. The camera and lens mount
together weigh less than 15 ounces; when
the camera is rigged with a Panavision LWZ2 zoom lens, an IDX Endura 10S battery, an
Odyssey 7Q+, a base plate, two 15mm rods
and all requisite cables, the system weighs
only 10 pounds 5 ounces.

In addition to the sort of action
photography for which the Aurora 4K+ was
conceived, Mayer says the camera will be
"great for location scouting, because you
can use the exact same lens [that will be
used for principal photography] and you're
recording in 4K, so you've got the bigscreen feel." Additionally, Mayer says the
camera has already piqued interest from the
sports, surveillance and agricultural industries. "It can be flown on a drone, and
[users] can get 4K, 12.6-megapixel
imagery."
In addition to the Aurora 4K+, the
company has partnered with RF Films to
develop a custom-built, GPS-controlled roll
axis. Mayer notes, "It always maintains horizontal [positioning], either through internal
metering or using up to 12 satellites at any
one time."
For more information and to see
unprocessed footage from the Aurora 4K+
in action, visit www.auroracamera.net.
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