High-end camera firm Red is the latest broadcast equipment manufacturer to be affected by the Japanese earthquake, with deliveries of its digital camera, Epic-X, delayed.
Red founder Jim Jannard said that while only 18 of the Epic-X’s 18,000 parts are manufactured in factories in northern Japan, the lack of components would push shipping of the cameras from April to “summer’s end.”
Posting on the Red User forum, Jannard said: “We have a handful of production parts for Epic-X and will deliver [those cameras] before NAB in April as promised.”
A small number of handmade versions of the camera – Epic-M – are currently in use on productions such as The Hobbit and Spiderman 4.
“We are now looking at how to make more Epic-Ms available to Epic-X customers because there will be a delay in Epic-X production due to the ‘Japan effect’,” Jannard said.
Red first demonstrated the 5k digital still and motion camera off-site at last year’s NAB trade show.
Production was previously delayed due to a bug affecting the camera’s firmware.