RED Unveils the V-RAPTOR [X] and V-RAPTOR XL [X] Cinema Cameras


It's here: a new cinema camera release from RED. Introducing the V-RAPTOR [X] and V-RAPTOR XL [X] cinema cameras, which combine the frame rates, low-light performance, and 8K resolution of the V-RAPTOR line with the global shutter of the KOMODO to create an all-purpose powerhouse.


The V-RAPTOR [X] is a large format camera with an integrated global shutter and 8K VV image sensor. Familiar features from its predecessor include two 12G-SDI ports, a Canon RF lens mount, and a CFexpress Type B media slot for recording up to 800 Mb/s of content up to 8K 120p. Updated audio pre-amps and a redesigned sensor cavity improve audio and video performance.


A new host of global shutter sensor tools are enabled via RED's Global Vision. Global Vision enhances your highlights for more detail in HDR finishes with the ability to soften roll-off for SDR applications. Phantom Track streamlines virtual production by recording at 120 fps and splitting the monitor feed to show the green screen effect to support your talent's reactions and the actual green screen and motion markers for your visual effects team's use. This works in tandem with GhostFrame or Frame Remapping, allowing you to capture distinct R3D clips per sub-frame and monitor live over each SDI port.

The V-RAPTOR [X] and DSMC3 platform are IP connected for remote control and monitoring in camera-embedded integrations. Other functions include AWS direct upload, RED Connect for live 8K R3D video over IP, or live 4K over SMPTE ST 2110.

A base camera system and a starter pack for the V-RAPTOR [X] are included with this release. The base system includes the main camera, a travel adapter kit, and a 150W AC power pack. The starter pack expands upon this configuration with a DSMC3 RED 7" LCD monitor, a 2TB CFexpress card, CFexpress card reader, two MICRO-V batteries, a dual V-mount charger, timecode cable, and two wing grips.

The V-RAPTOR XL [X] places the same features of the [X] into a large-scale, production-ready camera body. This means dual-voltage battery support, built-in electronic ND filters, auxiliary power outputs, and front-facing 3G-SDI and 2-pin power connectors for camera monitor integration. Wireless timecode, Genlock, and camera control, along with four SDI outputs, make it easier for DITs to pull footage off the camera for dailies and file intake.


Choose between V-mount and Gold Mount editions of the base V-RAPTOR XL [X] system or the production packs. The base systems feature the main camera with a Gold or V–battery mount of your choice, ARRI PL lens mount, shim pack, 270W AC power adapter, and a 3-pin XLR to 4-pin 2B power cable. The production packs add on the DSMC3 RED 7" LCD monitor, a 2TB CFexpress card, CFexpress card reader, four REDVOLT XL batteries, a compatible dual battery charger, and 15mm LWS rod-support components for handheld configurations.

RED V-RAPTOR XL [X] production packs
RED V-RAPTOR XL [X] production packs

Already own a V-RAPTOR camera and want to upgrade to an [X] model? No worries. RED is offering an upgrade kit for the V-RAPTOR 8K VV and V-RAPTOR 6K Super35 to the V-RAPTOR [X] 8K VV, and an upgrade kit for the V-RAPTOR XL 8K VV to the V-RAPTOR XL [X] 8K VV.

In tandem with the V-RAPTOR [X] release is the announcement of the DSMC3 Compact EVF, a new iteration of the DSMC2 EVF. The DSMC3 EVF is a single cable monitoring solution for DSMC3 camera systems with a 1080p micro-OLED display and user-assignable buttons. Quickly access peaking, magnify, or adjust your camera settings. Included with the EVF is an adjustable diopter, quick-connect mount, and ¼" mount plate for third-party compatibility. Additional mount adapters, cables, and extension arms can help incorporate the new EVF into your KOMODO-X, V-RAPTOR, or V-RAPTOR XL camera configuration.


For more information about the new cinema cameras, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product page for the RED V-RAPTOR [X] or V-RAPTOR XL [X]. Or drop us a line below, and we'll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.