09.29.2021• Introduction/Home • Major Format Chart • Spherical Format Guide • Anamorphic Format Guide • 8K VV Sensor and Format Information Hello all, I find myself in a semi-unique situation. The RED VV format has been my primary imaging format for over 5 years now and prior to that I've had a bit of VistaVision film experience, which is likely why it has seduced me so effectively. For those who have frequented REDUSER over those years I've shared tests, lens coverage notes, and other little discoveries along the way. After spending so much time with format in each of it's generational improvements I've learned much and have gathered a lot of perspective when it comes to practical and applied filmmaking with this format. Much like always, there will likely be some who are totally new to all of this and I'd like to share some thoughts, tips, and guides regarding V-Raptor 8K VV. Also, rather than me posting this is a multitude of places online, I'm going to use this as a repository so it's easier to find and add to. In fact, here's a tiny URL: phfx.com/RR or just bookmark this page. Charts and Guides like this are useful to for Directors, Producers, VFX and Post Houses; or just generally good to have on hand if you don't have this memorized. I've also added V-Raptor to my tools like formatCompare, useful for working with multiple formats as well as multiple camera systems.Major Format Chart
This chart illustrates the Major Formats found on the V-Raptor sensor as well as their film format relevance and equivalence.Spherical Format Guide
This guide details the Major Spherical Formats as well as their Film Format counterparts. I've included some useful notes and some of my mindset as well.Anamorphic Format Guide
RED V-Raptor 8K VV has a great deal of Anamorphic Modes allowing for usage of pretty much any anamorphic lens released in the last century.8K VV Sensor and Format Information
Some quick background info. RED V-Raptor 8K VV is the 3rd generation of the RED 8K VV format. Their first VV sensor was built off of the popular Dragon 6K S35 sensor technology increasing the dimensions of the S35 format outward to the larger format VV sensor. This format has some lovely synergy with film and digital workflows and features a maximum image plane of 40.96x21.60mm, image circle of 46.31mm, a pixel resolution of 8192x4320, with a total 35+ megapixels captured per frame. DSMC 2 Dragon 8K VV was announced in 2015 and released in 2016 and is able to capture the full 8K frame at up to 60fps. That film format synergy I mentioned related to Dragon featuring a 5 micron pixel pitch that for many holds real value in providing a digital to film alternative experience as the resolving power and formats that align nicely with motion picture film. RED built on this further with a new sensor technology called Monstro in 2017. Monstro 8K VV is also built on the same 5 micron pixel and tops out at 60fps at full 8K resolution, but there were notable improvements in color capture and reproduction, improved image quality in shadows, and in general was a generational leap in image quality. Monstro is the flagship sensor technology of the DSMC2 lineup and still today is one of the best sensors found in digital cinema cameras. Dragon and Monstro 8K VV sensors found their ways into DSMC2 style camera bodies, RED Rangers, custom cameras for prominent filmmakers, as well as being the sensor technology that Panavision's DXL and DXL2 cameras have been built around. In 2021 we are now presented with V-Raptor 8K VV. A new sensor design that further builds on Dragon and Monstro. V-Raptor 8K VV makes a huge leap into the new DSMC3 body that features much higher data rate bandwidth allowing for increased image quality as well as a maximum of 120fps at full 8K 17:9 resolution with an even faster sensor readout.