Peter Jackson's Crossing the Line shot on the Red One

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

A while back (2007) Peter Jackson directed a short film entitled Crossing the Line to test a new model of digital Cinema camera, the RED ONE. The film takes place during World War I, and was shot in two days. "Crossing the Line" was shown at NAB 2007 (the USA National Association of Broadcasters). Clips of the film can be found at

The Red Digital Cinema Camera Company manufactures digital cinematography cameras and accessories for professional and cinematic use. The company's main product is the Red One, capable of recording at resolutions up to 4096 horizontal by 2304 vertical pixels, directly to flash or hard disk storage. It features a single Super 35-sized CMOS sensor and a cinematography industry standard PL mount.

The Red One does not capture at standard definition or high definition resolutions. However, as part of the process of delivering the raw image data recorded by the camera, the RedCine desktop software can downscale to these resolutions. This process yields extremely high-quality output due to significant oversampling.

On November 13, 2008, larger formats were announced, including a proposed expansion of up to 28,000 horizontal pixels, for a 261 megapixel sensor.

For comparative purposes click the image for a graphic representation of various shows the image resolution of camera outputs. Pixel range from NTSC to 28K resolution shown in comparison at one-tenth scale to other digital video formats. "K" means thousands and refers to the horizontal pixel count, rounded.