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David Brook
ProRes 422 or Red Quicktime files?
on May 29, 2009 at 11:06:15 am

Hi,

I'm a newcomer to editing Red, about to start my first project next week. I've been looking through the Red website's whitepaper to get myself prepared, and I'm just wondering what people's opinions were on which filetypes to work with. The whitepaper gives 2 options; 'Transcode to ProRes 422' or 'Ingest Red Quicktime files'.

I'd just like to know people's thoughts and opinions on which method is generally best in which situations.

We're shooting in 4K in 2:1 ratio framing for 2.35.1 at 25fps (or equivalent). It's a short film mainly for festival screenings, with the possibility of a 35mm transfer as well as HDCAM, DigiBeta/Beta SP and obviously DVD copies required.

We're using a MacPro 2008 model with 2x quad core processors and 8GB of RAM, storing the footage on eSata drives.

Any advice would be welcome.

Thanks

Dave
Blueprint: Film


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Noah Kadner
Re: ProRes 422 or Red Quicktime files?
on May 29, 2009 at 6:02:26 pm

Test both methods. ProRes transcode typically performs better but then you cannot access the RED metadata directly in Color when you color correction. Native-wrapped files allow this but you may find playback performance quite slow in FCP. One thing you can do is edit ProRes and then use Clipfinder to conform to 2K proxies. Then when you color correct in Color you'll have access to the RAW settings.

Clipfinder:

http://www.daun.ch/software/

Noah

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Patrick Ortman
Re: ProRes 422 or Red Quicktime files?
on Jun 7, 2009 at 7:02:52 pm

" Native-wrapped files allow this but you may find playback performance quite slow in FCP"

Boy, that's an understatement. My 4 core Mac Pro doesn't even like playing a single stream in FCP.

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Russell Lasson
Re: ProRes 422 or Red Quicktime files?
on Jun 1, 2009 at 5:50:41 pm

How will you be doing your final color correction?

-Russ

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