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RED EPIC, Scarlet hit by major bug, dropped manufacturer

updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon June 14, 2010

RED cameras set back twice

RED's EPIC and Scarlet cameras have been dealt double blows, company founder Jim Jannard said today. A significant firmware bug is now known to have been holding up both of the greater-than-HD cameras for at least two months. Jannard wouldn't describe the bug but was determined to have it fixed.

"We have an army working on this. 24/7," he said. "Trust me when I tell you that we have been humbled. I have questioned our aggressive goals every day."

The CEO also warned that the issue was compounded by manufacturer problems. He wouldn't name the builder but said it had "significant issues" and that an attempt to build the EPIC camera in the US wasn't working. RED is now looking for a new partner and may see additional delays without a replacement arriving in time.

Speculation exists that the contractor is Foxconn, which raised wages lately and is asking for higher device prices to compensate. Talk has existed of the company moving from mainland China.

EPIC and Scarlet are both considered the spiritual successors to the original RED One and promise both steps above and below the original camera. Scarlet is designed as a camcorder-sized platform with a 3K resolution and optional modules that could turn it into a pseudo-DSLR. EPIC shoots at 5K or higher, depending on the sensor module, and is intended for traditional pro video shooting with options like stereoscopic 3D capture.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More cr+p from Jannard?

    The fact that RED are in deep financial doo-doo seems to have been over-looked.

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple should

    buy out Red then lower the prices across the board, have Final Cut support only. Then they would really own Hollywood.

  1. Fonejacker

    Joined: Dec 1969




    I'm with you on this one. Can't see it happening though. Apple would have to redesign all the cameras and kit, even though I like their designs, Stevie will hate them. Jonny Ive would be busy for a long time. It would be fantastic for Apple to have this great kit with great software, aka Final Cut Studio, come on Stevie, spend some of that money on RED.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Red in financial trouble ?

    How can that be? Considering they are backed by a billionaire. And - how is that I know tons of people that are just waiting to buy the next product - they seem more like a company ready to take off....IF they ever get their next product(s) to market...
    Lets see....year 2 or 3...whatever it is...and still waiting...
    Meanwhile, I've known many people putting the 5d in major commercials etc - times' a wasting! Two years ago the scarlet (idea) was innovative - now...not so much...

    A few more tweaks in the overall market place by leading camera manufacturers (that usually deliver Final products and not BETA tests) and REDS vision could be quickly overtaken....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Apple should

    Why the h*** would Apple want to buy RED? h***, if they're in such a financial precarious position, Apple taking them on won't magically make it a profitable venture.

    And there's no reason to sink money into an industry where Apple already supposedly has good market penetration for their software.

    Of course, if Apple bought every company posters here say they should buy, Apple would have no money left over.

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