RED Announces V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV Cinema Camera and Accessories


B&H is excited to announce an enhanced line of V-RAPTOR cinema cameras in the RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC3 family for high-end digital film production, pushing sensor technology boundaries with the new V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV all-in-one cinema camera. The new camera streamlines the V-RAPTOR camera brain, adding auxiliary power and mounting options and featuring more built-in accessories such as internal ND filters, a dedicated lens mount system, wireless genlock and timecode, and added video outputs for even more monitoring and recording options. The new models come with integrated V-mount or Gold mount plates, and they also come in full Production Packs with V-mount or Gold mount plates. A series of new accessories has also been released to complement the V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV, including an EF mount, a riser plate, a top handle, a top 15mm LWS rod support bracket, a bottom 15mm LWS rod support bracket, a REDVOLT 12-24V V-mount battery, and a REDVOLT 12-24V Gold mount battery.

Added Features

Like its predecessor, the XL features a large 8192 x 4320 CMOS sensor with 17+ stops of dynamic range, 12G-SDI outputs, REDCODE Raw recording at high frame rates, ProRes recording, up to 8K120 resolution, 1080p streaming, and contrast and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF). The XL expands its feature set by adding an interchangeable PL mount with an optional EF mount, widening your cinema lens options. It also features a versatile internal electronic ND filter that ranges from 2 to 7 stops, selectable at 1/4-, 1/3-, or 1-stop intervals. Each brain comes default with a PL lens mount, and it includes a PL mount shim pack, an AC power adapter, and an XLR power cable.

Power and Monitoring Options

In addition to the Gold or V-mount battery input options, its power output options include regulated 12V and 24V outputs, two 3A combined D-TAP outputs, three 2-pin outputs of multiple voltages on the rear, and one 3-pin 3A Fischer output on the front of the camera. Its updated video outputs include the DSMC3 Touch 7" LCD monitor connector, three 12G-SDI with 6G/3G/1.5G-SDI modes, and one 3G/1.5G-SDI output, and the 12G/6G-SDI ports can send up to DCI 4K60 resolution to high-end monitors. In addition to its physical genlock, timecode, and control ports, it can also utilize wireless genlock and timecode to save unnecessary cabling. Other features include 5-pin audio input ports, built-in dual microphones, 3D LUT import, and wired control via USB Type-C.



Two Production Packs

The two production packs provide everything you need to get started with your V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV production, and they include either the V-mount or Gold mount brain, the DSMC3 RED Touch 7" LCD monitor, four REDVOLT batteries, two PRO CFexpress 2TB cards, a CFexpress card reader, an XL Top Handle with extensions, an XL riser plate, top and bottom 15mm LWS support brackets, a 5-pin to dual XLR adapter, an 18" RMI cable, and a RED Touch LCD hood. 

Accessory Options

Numerous accessories take the camera’s configuration up a few notches, including the new 156Wh REDVOLT V-mount and Gold mount 12/24V batteries for high-voltage operation and long shoot durations. The top and bottom 15mm LWS brackets allow you to add more 15mm rod-mounted accessories, such as a matte box or focus motor, and the bottom riser plate provides the correct height for optional 15mm or 19mm studio baseplates. The cheese-style top handle provides numerous 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 accessory mounting threads, as well as 1, 3, and 5" extension pieces to add even more length and accessory options. The titanium EF mount rounds out the powerful accessory options by providing a solid, locking lens mount for EF or EF-S cinema lenses. There are also two versions of an extended warranty available that can be purchased during the initial 2-year standard warranty period or after the initial warranty period.

Explore the new RED V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV's features and accessories. Let us know in the Comments section, below, what you think of RED's latest offering.