Tim Wilson had a demo in Atlanta last month. It did not have audio but the vector script and write on was way cool. The interface has changed a little but still basic Boris stuff. We did'nt go over any of the rotoscopeing but as a RED user I was impressed. I just hope the 3D has sped up some on the redraw.
Re: RED 2.0 is amazing by Ron LIndeboom on Apr 30, 2001 at 9:16:56 pm
Kathlyn and I saw a demo of RED 2 under the deft hand of Tim Wilson and we were blown away by it. I have to admit (as I said in my article on the Best of Show stuff we saw at NAB) that Kathlyn and I love Tim Wilson but never shared his level of appreciation for Boris FX. (Don't get me wrong, I liked it but I wasn't a zealot or anything.)
But RED 2 was one of the five very best things I saw at NAB. (Check out my review in the "Features" section of the Cow for the other four.) And it completely changed Kathlyn and my opinion about compositing on the Mac (or Windows). This thing simply rocks and the ability to work with Illustrator files is unsurpassed. Flat out breathtaking to see. To map vectors to a path and work within and through objects is just simply something we can't do in AE.
Kathlyn and I have always been 100% committed to using AE for compositing. Now, we have to learn a new program because we'll be adding RED to our toolkit as well.
Re: RED 2.0 is amazing by Tim Wilson on Apr 30, 2001 at 11:30:20 pm
I was really glad that our ridiculously full schedules at NAB could overlap, Boomies. RED really is in some ways an altogether new beast. For one, it's both a plug-in AND a standalone app, and it allows for some uniquely flexible workflows.
But your very positive notes on RED as among your top 5 show picks point to one of my favorite things about R2: that it's been rebuilt from the ground up as a vector animation tool.
On the one hand, that means that imported Illustrator files retain ALL of their vector information. You can change the stroke and the fill, for example. But you can also add or subtract stroke and fill, animate control points for morphing, and extrude anything, any way you like. It not only offers vector control AE doesn't - it offers Bezier controls that Illustrator doesn't. :-)
It also means an enormous amount of flexiblity for creating sharp, scalable graphics quickly and easily without going to an extra program.
The vector tools are also the basis for custom masks (rotoscoping) and vector paint that's far more animatable than others you'll see. Combined with RED's industry-leading 3D compositing, it's a total gas.
As well as catching up on my postings at the Cow, I'm working to add more web pages showing some of this stuff in action. Look for news soon, maybe next week or so.
Re: RED 2.0 on order by Tim Wilson on Apr 30, 2001 at 10:10:23 pm
Thanks Mark! The dealer meeting was one of the most gratifying things I did at NAB. Folks out in the world tend to think of Boris as bundled, but in fact, the largest portion of what we sell is through resellers - and the *only* way we sell RED is through the retail channel. You guys have done a great job with RED this year....
.....and it's going to get a whole lot more fun this year, isn't it?
The one sad thing about the dealer meetings is the vast number of features I didn't even get to touch - new natural filters, 3D particles, animated charts, motion tracking and image stabilization, PS and Illustrator layers, new title container animations, and much more.
Thanks so much for the good words, Mark. We're going to have a riot.