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RED V-RAPTOR and V-RAPTOR XL Camera-to-Cloud Firmware Now Out of Beta

RED V-RAPTOR and V-RAPTOR XL Camera-to-Cloud Firmware Now Out of Beta

RED have just rolled out firmware 1.4.2 for their flagship 8K cameras, namely the standard V-RAPTOR 8K VV, the studio-oriented V-RAPTOR XL and the recently-released V-RAPTOR 8K S35. It’s the first official firmware iteration to support frame.io Camera-to-Cloud (C2C) integration.

Back in October, the Adobe-owned remote collaboration platform frame.io announced a partnership with RED to bring native Camera to Cloud integration to their flagship V-RAPTOR cameras (by the way, make sure to check out our Lab Test here). This feature soon became a reality with the release of a Beta firmware version for V-RAPTOR (1.4.0beta) and eventually made its way to the “entry-level” KOMODO (firmware 1.7.0beta).

However, if you found yourself in the midst of a project, it is likely that you wisely decided not to upgrade your camera. And rightfully so! The good news is that this Camera to Cloud firmware is out of its testing phase and has now been replaced by an official firmware release (v.1.4.2). So let’s take a look!

RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV. Credit: RED
RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV. Image credit: RED

RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV, XL and S35: firmware 1.4.2

With its Camera to Cloud (C2C) technology, frame.io promises to overcome hard-drive-based workflows by the end of this decade. I briefly tested this feature with a couple of 6K .R3D clips shot on the RED KOMODO and I must admit that, although a bit scary at first, the idea of uploading RAW video files directly from set to the cloud without even having to eject your card is pretty mind-boggling.

RED V-RAPTOR XL body. Credit: RED
RED V-RAPTOR XL body. Image credit: RED

Sure, you will need blazing-fast internet upload speeds to actually benefit from this workflow (about 800Mbps for .R3D files and 80Mbps for ProRes proxies is recommended). So for those living and working in remote locations (including, myself), this currently represents a major obstacle to exploiting C2C technology. However, it’s still nice to be able to tiptoe in these new waters, while patiently waiting for these bandwidth limitations to fade.

RED V-RAPTOR users can upload .R3D, ProRes, CDL/LUT, and .WAV files to the cloud. Credit: RED
RED V-RAPTOR users can upload .R3D, ProRes, CDL/LUT, and .WAV files to the cloud. Image credit: RED

Nonetheless, V-RAPTOR users can now upload .R3D files in up to 8K resolution, ProRes proxy files, CDLs, LUTs, and .WAV audio files directly to frame.io (or Amazon S3) wirelessly or via wired USB-C/Ethernet. Setting up the connection is a pretty intuitive and speedy process, which is explained in this dedicated RED TECH video.

frame.io C2C setup. Credit: RED
frame.io C2C setup. Image credit: RED

Full firmware release notes

Along with the new Cloud Upload feature, firmware 1.4.2 brings other functionalities, new compatible media supports as well as a few bug fixes.

Here’s the full list of enhancements:

Added:

  • V-RAPTOR 8K S35 Support
  • access to Cloud Upload menu without media inserted
  • Cloud Upload capability (Frame.io and S3)
  • DSMC3 RED Touch 7″ OS 5.1 upgrade
  • TCP Streaming Option for RED Connect
  • OWC 325GB and 640GB support
  • Lexar Professional 1TB and 2TB support
  • Wise 640GB support

Improved:

  • Sensor Flip Calibration Process

Fixed:

  • Side UI battery percentage accuracy
  • incorrect ND value during Playback
  • blank LCD when first entering Playback
The new RED V-RAPTOR 8K S35 "RHINO" edition. Image credit: RED
The new RED V-RAPTOR 8K S35 “RHINO” edition. Image credit: RED

Price and availability

Firmware version 1.4.2 for RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV, V-RAPTOR XL and V-RAPTOR 8K S35 is now available to download free of charge. Also, please keep in mind that you will need an active frame.io or Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to benefit from the C2C feature.

Have you tested the new Camera to Cloud feature on RED V-RAPTOR cameras yet? What’s your take on this technology? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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