Me and my gadget: RED Scarlet-X

Joe Hitchcock with his favourite gadget.
Joe Hitchcock with his favourite gadget.

Joe Hitchcock, one of the production crew behind two locally made films, tells Chris Gardner why the RED Scarlet-X video camera is his favourite gadget.

What's your favourite gadget?

I have a video camera called a RED Scarlet-X, which is similar to the camera Peter Jackson is using to shoot The Hobbit trilogy. The resolution is four times larger than high definition, known as "4K" because the video is 4000 pixels wide. The cinema size resolution means you can project a quality image on to a big screen, but it also means you have more flexibility for post production and visual effects.

What do you mainly use it for?

I freelance as a director of photography and camera operator, so I use it for work on commercials and music videos, but the main reason I bought the camera was to make a movie called Penny Black. It's a low budget feature film, but we're making it for the big screen so wanted to have the high picture quality that people expect when they see a film at the cinema. (If you're interested, you can find out more about the movie at

What would you do to make it better?

Being a high-end camera based on the style of 35mm film cameras, it's missing a few simple things that normal consumer cameras have, such as the ability to delete clips on the camera. Although the camera firmware is constantly being updated, so hopefully that will be a feature they enable soon.