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RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor (2018 Unified DSMC2 Lineup)

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RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor (2018 Unified DSMC2 Lineup)
Key Features
  • 8K Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 8192 x 4320 Recording up to 60 fps
  • REDCODE RAW, ProRes, and DNx Recording
  • Includes PL Lens Mount
Bundling high-performance raw video recording in a compact camera body, the RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor is part of the 2018 unified DSMC2 lineup and is designed to be built up the way you want, to tell your story in almost any way possible. Since the DSMC2 form factor is standard, accessories from RED and other manufacturers can be easily attached to accessorize your camera. The MONSTRO 8K full-frame sensor boasts up to 17 stops of dynamic range and can record the full image circle of full-frame 35mm lenses. You can also use Super35 lenses with a windowed capture area for high frame rate recording. Sitting in front of the full-frame sensor is an interchangeable PL mount. This way you can use industry-standard cinema lenses right out of the box or exchange the mount to use alternative photo and video lenses.
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RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN Overview

  • 1Description
  • 28K MONSTRO VV Sensor
  • 3REDCODE RAW
  • 4Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Formats
  • 5DSMC2 Form Factor
  • 6Color Management

Bundling high-performance raw video recording in a compact camera body, the RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor is part of the 2018 unified DSMC2 lineup and is designed to be built up the way you want, to tell your story in almost any way possible. Since the DSMC2 form factor is standard, accessories from RED and other manufacturers can be easily attached to accessorize your camera. The MONSTRO 8K full-frame sensor boasts up to 17 stops of dynamic range and can record the full image circle of full-frame 35mm lenses. You can also use Super35 lenses with a windowed capture area for high frame rate recording. Sitting in front of the full-frame sensor is an interchangeable PL mount. This way you can use industry-standard cinema lenses right out of the box or exchange the mount to use alternative photo and video lenses.

REDCODE RAW is the format of choice for DSMC2 cameras. RED's versatile raw codec uses wavelet compression to reduce data rates while maintaining a visually lossless image rendering. This efficient codec can be edited on many available NLE software programs without transcoding, though if you prefer a proxy workflow, ProRes or DNx files can be recorded simultaneously to the MINI-MAG media. Lowering the recording resolution allows the sensor to capture higher frame rates for dramatic slow-motion footage. The DSMC2 cameras use sensor windowing to record slow motion in lower resolutions, requiring wider or smaller-format lenses to compensate for the additional crop. The MONSTRO 8K VV offers recording rates ranging from 12 fps and up, including 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps and higher.

8K MONSTRO VV Sensor
8K MONSTRO VV Sensor RED's MONSTRO 8K sensor can take advantage of full-frame 35mm lenses, and then some, with its 40.96 x 21.6mm surface area. Despite its size, the MONSTRO can be driven up to 60 fps at full resolution. Higher frame rates, up to 300 fps, can be made available by windowing the sensor to lower resolutions. RED measured the MONSTRO sensor as having 17 stops of dynamic range, able to represent both deep shadows and bright highlights in the same frame. Recording rates range from 12 fps and up, including 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps and higher.
REDCODE RAW
The cornerstone of RED's workflow is the robust REDCODE RAW file format. Using wavelet compression with ratios ranging from 2:1 to 22:1, REDCODE RAW offers the versatility of raw files without the overwhelming storage requirements of uncompressed image data. Since REDCODE RAW has been around since the days of the RED ONE cinema camera, many common NLE software programs including Adobe Premiere Pro, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer can import and edit REDCODE RAW footage without transcoding, saving production time in the edit suite. Capture rates range from 12 fps and up, including 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps and higher options.

Note: Not all compression ratios are available at all resolutions and frame rates

Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Formats
For projects requiring proxy files or quicker turnaround times than raw files permit, Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats can be recorded at 4K and 2K resolutions directly to the onboard MINI-MAG media. Since these debayered video files can be recorded alongside the raw files, no extra time is required for transcoding the proxies. Bring the debayered files straight into your NLE and begin editing.
DSMC2 Form Factor
Like the preceding DSMC cameras, RED designed the DSMC2 camera line to be modular to fit a wide range of production workflows. Smaller and lighter than the original DSMC design, when stripped down to the BRAIN itself, you have a high-resolution gimbal workhorse. Likewise, add DSMC2 modules to the rear to gain professional I/O connections and battery power. Many other parts of the DSMC2 design are meant to be interchangeable. Swap out the lens mounts to open up new libraries of lenses. Exchange the included standard OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) for alternative image renderings at the sensor level. Mount an EVF without cables that can get snagged or use a separately available adapter to attach RED LCDs via LEMO cable. Since the DSMC2 form factor is standardized, any accessories that you have for this DSMC2 body will work with any other DSMC2 body, should you upgrade or acquire an additional body in the future.
Color Management
Supports 33x33x33, 32x32x32, 26x26x26, and 17x17x17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
User-programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
ARRI PL
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 35.4 Megapixel (8192 x 4320)
Image Sensor
40.96 x 21.6 mm (Vistavision) CMOS
Internal Recording Modes
ProRes 4444XQ
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 4444
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422 HQ
4096 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422
4096 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422LT
4098 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
REDCODE RAW
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps [300 Mb/s]
8192 x 3456 up to 75 fps
7168 x 3780 up to 59.94 fps [300 Mb/s]
7168 x 3024 up to 75 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 75 fps [300 Mb/s]
6144 x 2592 up to 100 fps
5120 x 2700 up to 96 fps [300 Mb/s]
5120 x 2160 up to fps
4096 x 2160 up to fps [300 Mb/s]
4096 x 1728 up to 150 fps
3072 x 1620 up to 150 fps [300 Mb/s]
3072 x 1296 up to 200 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 240 fps [300 Mb/s]
2048 x 864 up to 300 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: RED MINI-MAG
Mobile App Compatible
No
Imaging
Lens Mount
ARRI PL
Lens Communication
Yes, Cooke /i
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 35.4 Megapixel (8192 x 4320)
Image Sensor
40.96 x 21.6 mm (Vistavision) CMOS
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter
Advertised Dynamic Range
17 Stops
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
ProRes 4444XQ
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 4444
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422 HQ
4096 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422
4096 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
ProRes 422LT
4098 x 2160 up to 29.97 fps
2048 x 1080 up to fps
REDCODE RAW
8192 x 4320 up to 59.94 fps [300 Mb/s]
8192 x 3456 up to 75 fps
7168 x 3780 up to 59.94 fps [300 Mb/s]
7168 x 3024 up to 75 fps
6144 x 3240 up to 75 fps [300 Mb/s]
6144 x 2592 up to 100 fps
5120 x 2700 up to 96 fps [300 Mb/s]
5120 x 2160 up to fps
4096 x 2160 up to fps [300 Mb/s]
4096 x 1728 up to 150 fps
3072 x 1620 up to 150 fps [300 Mb/s]
3072 x 1296 up to 200 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 240 fps [300 Mb/s]
2048 x 864 up to 300 fps
Sensor Crop Modes
Super35 / APS-C
Sensor Crop While Recording
8K (8192 x 4320) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 3:2 / 4:1 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 8:9 / 14:9 / 16:9
8K (8192 x 4320) in 1.25:1 / 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
7K (7168 x 3780) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 4:1 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 8:9 / 16:9
7K (7168 x 3780) in 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
6K (6144 x 3420) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 3:2 / 4:1 / 4:3 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 8:9 / 16:9
6K (6144 x 3420) in 1.25:1 / 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
5K (5120 x 2700) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 4:1 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 8:9 / 16:9
5K (5120 x 2700) in 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
4K (4096 x 2160) in 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
3K (3072 x 2160) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 3:2 / 4:1 / 4:3 / 5:4 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 16:9
3K (3072 x 2160) in 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
2K (2048 x 2160) in 2:1 / 2.4:1 / 3:2 / 4:1 / 4:3 / 6:5 / 8:1 / 16:9
2K (2048 x 2160) in 1.3:1 / 2:1 When Recording in Anamorphic
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Broadcast Output
NTSC
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
IP Streaming
No
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9
Image File Format
JPEG
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: RED MINI-MAG
Video I/O
No
Audio I/O
No
Wireless
No
Mobile App Compatible
No
Viewfinder
Type
Optional, Not Included
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF, Touch AF & Shutter
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Operating Humidity
0 to 85%
General
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
3/8"-16 Female
Accessory Mounting Thread
17x 1/4"-20
Netflix Approved
Yes
Material of Construction
Aluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.66 x 4.9 x 3.7" / 143.85 x 125.5 x 95 mm
Weight
3.4 lb / 1.54 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
13.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.7 x 12.5 x 12.3"

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN Reviews

Flexible, incredible

By Allen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-18

Sony FS7 to RED Helium to RED Monstro and have been amazed by every step. The image feels...organic, just lovely.

Great camera

By Sander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

Great build. Great quality

A Dream Cinema Camera

By Delack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-10

LOVE this camera. The image coming out of it is amazing. Be sure you get the new DSMC2 6K 2020 Version. Bought all of the accessories together that are pictured below.

Pro choice without giving DIT's 8k headaches

By Noah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-02

Low light is mind bending (what you see with your eyes is what it sees) and all of your lighting more than doubles in relative output. Anamorphic has more vertical sensor space and therefore less cropping. Plus, 5k won't have you buying a new 30TB Raid every month. First time I've dropped res in a new camera, and so happy I did.

Great

By Akihiro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-25

Good stuff. Thanks,

love it

By Codak
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-12

great camera best investment  and the 2 batteries last me for about 3 hrs . i had one issue i had to send back for a new unit . but now were all good . but also now the g drive card reader usb port has came unsoldered but this isnt  apart of red products  , im kind mad though because without it you cant read the red mag . hope someone sees this and gives me a new one because this is only 3 weeks old ..

Great product!

By Maria
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-11

Wonderful camcorder takes excellent pictures to record my movies!

red gemini

By Johnattan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-10

Best purchase ever

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what kind of lens aspect to shoot 8k full frame

what kind of lens aspect to shoot 8k full frame
Asked by: Efren
Please use the following tools to calculate your shot based on your requirements when using the RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor. Also a lens line that would cover the full frame sensor of the RED MONSTRO 8K VV are from Tokina https://bhpho.to/3zafMPH Calculators and RED tools: https://www.phfx.com/tools/ https://phfx.com/tools/formatCompare/ https://www.red.com/tools#crop-factor
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2023-04-27

What gold mount battery would you recommend for ...

What gold mount battery would you recommend for this camera?
Asked by: Jens
If you have a Gold Mount Battery Plate on this camera here is a great kit with 4 Batteries and a Duel Charger. https://bhpho.to/2NMjbjo
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-02-21

What file size if record 8k full format 23.98fps ...

What file size if record 8k full format 23.98fps 5:1 redcode compression?
Asked by: villamarzo
A 480GB Red Mag would store 32min of video.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-05-05

What compatible software editing this camera?

What compatible software editing this camera?
Asked by: villamarzo
You can use Premier Pro, Davinci Resolve, and Final Cut Pro to edit footage from the RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN with MONSTRO 8K VV Sensor (2018 Unified DSMC2 Lineup).
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-05-25

With this kit, is there an XLR input or is a ...

With this kit, is there an XLR input or is a separate module required for that?
Asked by: Sean
There isn't an XLR input on any of the RED DSMN2 brains, it will require the purchase of one of the RED expansion modules that includes XLR inputs
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2021-02-01

Does this come with a Red Sidewinder tool?

Does this come with a Red Sidewinder tool?
Asked by: Ryan
No, it is not in the box. You can get if for separate sale. https://bhpho.to/2TWaGoY
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-06-14

Is camera kit in there include 18-35 sigma lense?

Is camera kit in there include 18-35 sigma lense?
Asked by: executive
Sigma 18-35mm EF is included with the kit.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2019-01-20

Can play? 6k in 4k format?

Can play? 6k in 4k format?
Asked by: villamarzo
No. Changes in resolution will result in changes in the active sensor area that can be down scaled. You can do that in your NLE.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-12-01
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