Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom Line – Sample Footage & Review

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Aug 172017

In this guest review, DP and Director Thomas Schweighofer takes a look at the Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom line during a documentary shoot with a RED EPIC-W Helium 8K. Please also read Graham Sheldon’s extensive review of both Sigma zoom lenses, which we published a few months ago. 

I recently had the chance to shoot a documentary project in the US featuring Austrian musician Dominic Muhrer and American Superstar Joshua Ledet. In order to achieve a better image quality in this particular project, I wanted to get my hands on some of the new Sigma cine primes, but at that point in time it was just too early to get a set. Instead, the folks at Sigma contacted me and told me to test their Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom cine line. I agreed but, being so used to shooting with primes, I didn’t expect too much. 

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RED raw R3D import supported by Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6

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Nov 162012

The Red Epic digital cinema camera HDRx feature  allows and additional 2 to 6 stops in extended dynamic range. Now Final Cut Pro X supports Red raw file import! Now Final Cut Pro X supports importing native Red R3D raw files.


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HDRx is a RED invention that is built into every EPIC and Scarlet camera giving the user an option for extended dynamic range when the situation calls for it… from 2 to 6 stops over native by preset.


In a single camera, HDRx simultaneously shoots two image tracks of whatever resolution and frame rate you have chosen. The primary track (A-track) is your normal exposure. The secondary track (X-track) is a “highlight protection” exposure that you determine in the menu settings. You select the amount of highlight protection you need in stops… 2,3,4,5, or 6. Each stop represents a stop less exposure in shutter speed. Example… if you select 2 and your primary exposure is 1/48th sec, the X-track will be two stops less exposure at 1/192 sec. The ISO and aperture remain the same for both exposures.

During recording, the two tracks are “motion-conjoined”, meaning there is no gap in time between the two separate exposures. If they were two alternating standard exposures, there would be a time gap between the two tracks that would show up as an undesirable motion artifact. Both tracks (A & X) are stored in a single R3D. Since there are two exposures, the camera is recording double the amount of frames. For example, if you are shooting 24fps, the camera is recording 2-24fps tracks, the data equivalent of 48fps.* After combining the two tracks for playback you see only one 24fps motion stream.”

Read more here: FAQs about RED Digital Cinema’s HDRx


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Local Hero Post: Red Epic HDRx Test

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Jun 042011

Leandro Marini founder and head of Imaging at Local Hero Post in Santa Monica, has created a very useful tutorial on post processing HDRx images from the new Red Epic digital still and motion camera.

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If you click on the Vimeo icon in the lower right you can see this presentation in High Definition on Vimeo.

For more info please visit the Digital Cinema Blog and Local Hero Post at the links below:

Digital Cinema – MAIN


HDRx with the new Red Epic Digital Cinema Camera

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Mar 212011

HDRx demo piece filmed in Sydney by fxphd: Jason Wingrove Dir. Tom Gleeson DOP, graded by Ian Vertovec. EPIC #123.

This is best seen in full-screen and 720p.