05.05.2011 11:00 AM
FCC Guts the RED Epic-M

WASHINGTON: Imagine buying a $58,000 camera and taking it apart piece by piece. That’s what the Federal Communications Commission has done with the RED Epic-M cinema camera. The latest camera from RED Digital Cinema is shoots in 5K resolution in a chassis not much larger than a DSLR, weighing in at just five pounds without a lens.


The expensive camera is not widely available. “Lord of the Rings” director, Peter Jackson, is shooting “The Hobbit” in 3D on 30 hand-machined RED Epic-Ms. “Avatar” director James Cameron ordered 50 Epic-Ms, according to engadget. Digital FX, a post-production house in Baton Rouge, La., has Epics available for rent.

Compatible Electronics of Lake Forest, Calif., did the breakdown and provided the test report for the FCC. The complete set of breakdown photos is at the FCC’s documentation website. The FCC broke it down to certify that is was Part 15 compliant.


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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 05-18-2011 10:06 PM Report Comment
Can you please share the link to the report? I don't see it on FCC.GOV (it is a big site) or on the site of the testing org. Thanks
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 05-18-2011 11:07 PM Report Comment
OK, I found the test report. Obviously, as an electronic device it emits radio frequencies - as all electronic devices do. The camera needed to be tested to certify to the FCC that it "doesn't emit signals that can interfere with important things like police/fire/rescue radios, for example. The particular rule actually also states that such unlicensed devices must accept signals from important public safety operators' devices - and lots of other non-public safety devices too - even though they may compromise performance of the camera. Such devices as this cannot even reject signals from public safety radio operators except by physical shielding but cannot legally reject signals electronically which can cause public safety radios to not work correctly. In the case of cellphones, police scanners, CB radios and other consumer radio devices, unlicensed devices must actually be designed to accept interference from higher priority radio devices. They can't be shielded or they won't work. Those devices just have to accept interference and live with it. So they tested it for radio freq. emissions. Standard procedure. The report identifies the tested camera as S/N 95. That means that 94 were shipped to the guinea pigs prior to the test. I don't know whether to be surprised that 94 units were shipped (or otherwise out in the hands of users without the testing certification.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Fri, 05-06-2011 10:02 AM Report Comment
Part 15 compliance shouldn't require opening the device. As long as they have an identifiable configuration that passes their test a black box should be enough.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 05-05-2011 02:54 PM Report Comment
What does this have to do with the FCC???
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 05-05-2011 03:44 PM Report Comment
I am thoroughly confused by this story. Why would the FCC do that? And how is that related to the "Lord of the Rings"?

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