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Red One In The Jungle


I'm planning a shoot for 6 weeks in the Jungle on Panama, and I have no idea about how can affect all the humidity to the Red One camera. Any suggestion?

Does anyone know a way to protect the Camera? Any special case? It is going to be hot as well.

Thanks to all of you!

Josele Bernab
Spain - Marocco

Jungles are a tough one as the weather fluctuates so much in a day.

Since its going to be cool to hot I would black balance once in the morning to decrease any noise in the image, more so on 30C+ days.

- Anytime its more than 27 C ambient then have the internal fan on HOT.
- Keep the top of the camera open to the air as much as possible.
- Grab a *Harrison Microfiber Camera Cover* for any drizzle, lite misting, as well as any connector protection. If you need heavier then I say build it from "bag its" & Velcro, tried and true.
- For extreme days have a few sweatless icepacks on hand.
- Your batteries will decrease charge faster because of internal cooling so have extra's.
- The RED has a tendency to exhibit visual artifacts when hot and really hot so take note of those as a firmware install may be necessary I've noticed these in B20/B21 more. be prepared.

If you see the temp icon say HOT also followed by a blinking rear light of the camera then Cut unless the shot is worth more than the few minutes you have before the internals melt:). Once you've Cut, Fan the top of camera unless you have a small fan then blow air till the temp icon turns green again.

If your good at electrical then I would build & wire 2 small "laptop" fans into the cheese plate that sits on top of the camera to pull hot air from the heat syncs. Use the 12v P-tap output to power them.

Good luck,

Dane Brehm
Binary Camera Assistant
San Francisco, CA

Dane Brehm wrote:

>> If your good at electrical then I would build & wire 2 small "laptop" fans into the cheese plate that >>sits on top of the camera to pull hot air from the heat syncs. Use the 12v P-tap output to power >>them.

That sounds like a great idea.

I never built that exact rig, but put together a couple of PC fans to move air out of an equipment cabinet. It was an easy, simple build and was extremely effective. These fans are available at just about any size, cost under $10, and are quiet (with a bit of luck you'll find dB ratings).

Do remember that what makes such a system effective is air *flow*; I'm not that familiar with the internal build of the Red, but it might be more effective to mount one fan to push exterior air into the camera and another to pull hot air out.

Drew Lahat
Broadcast technician and part-time AC
Homerun Media, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

P.S. hmmm... wonder if you could adapt one of these gamers' liquid-cooling systems to wrap around a Red.

It would be good to know what the internal air flow design is on the RED so you don't end up counteracting it. Perhaps holding a cigarette around one will show one where air is being sucked in ... and vented out. I would imagine in at the bottom, out at the top ?

I've shot in 100+ weather with a RED without any issues ... build 17 if I recall correctly. If you're shooting outside, typically one can leave the Fan on High as opposed to Auto and not annoy the sound dept.

Mako, Makofoto, S. Pasadena, CA

The red has heat sinks on the top of the camera which represents a large portion of its cooling surface. Vents on the bottom pull air inside and then fans push the hot air out.

Any added cooling on the topside in a hot environment is better especially during takes.


Dane Brehm
Binary Camera Assistant

Mako, Makofoto, S. Pasadena, CA

Thanks Drew!

I'll see how good can I be with the liquid system, not to bad idea, and yes one fan in one fan out, this is good as well.


Josele Bernabé

Blue South Esp.
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