Factory Tour: How They Make the RED Cinema Cameras

A black rugged box that costs $50,000, has an "8K" label, sometimes it's called а "weapon," and it also shoots. What is it? A RED camera, of course. In this video, you will see the process of how these professional cinema cameras are manufactured.

"The Hobbit" trilogy, "Gone Girl," "Transformers," "Birdman," "Godzilla," and "The Great Gatsby" are just a few of the Hollywood movies shot on a RED camera. It is one of the obvious choices of pros when it comes to producing great visuals. It is always fascinating to take a peek behind the scenes not only on how movies are made, but how tools used in the production are made.

Although there are no explanations in the video, the visuals are pretty much self-explanatory. You can see the process starting from a blank piece of metal being machine-cut, assembling the circuitry, placing it inside the black box, laser engraving the body of the camera, the production of the REDMAG SSDs, and the final packaging.

I've never had the pleasure of working with RED, but I'm looking forward to the time I'd be able to personally assess the craftsmanship of these precision devices.

While watching the video, I've wondered if they've shot it with a RED camera. Probably they did. These cameras were all over the place.

[via NoFilmSchool]

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Chris Kennedy's picture

And all made in the US

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

Not being a US resident doesn't trigger that string in my heart, but it is true. It's made in the US. From my point of view all cameras are made abroad :)

It should mean something to you too as it could have also been made in China. Having so much of the world's manufacturing being done not just in one country but a communist one at that, is not a good thing.

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

When a product is as expensive as a cinema camera, they can afford to have a domestic production. If a manufacturer aims for the general public and try to sell quantities, they make it in China, because manufacturers in general love profit at all costs.

When a product is made in China and is still as expensive as if it were made in domestic plants, that is a greedy manufacturer.

Sure, but that wasn't my point.

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

Mine either.

RED makes great cameras and makes you, guys, proud of that it's a US product.

michael buehrle's picture

i enjoy behind the scenes/how it's made videos, but this one was boring.

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

That's correct. They indeed bore parts of the metal housing.

Tom Lew's picture

Nice dude

True, and most of the employees looked pretty bored too.

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

Just another day in the factory assembling a RED Monstro 8K VV...

How do you know it's just another day in the factory? Maybe some of them got layoff notices.

Tom Lew's picture

LOL. What did you expect? That's everybody working there would be going WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

What I was not expecting were the general expressions of a German TV game show audience from the 90s.

Paul Elliott's picture

...and now I just want to work in the RED factory.

Tihomir Lazarov's picture

That's worse than watching countless BTS RED videos. You will touch them, but you won't be able to own them :)