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brigitta boccoli
RED Rushes to edit 4K in FCP7
on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:17:04 pm

Hi All,
I read a lot about Red camera workflows in the past 2 years, from XML conforming to Red proxies and so on... including Clipfinder, Monkeys and Crimson.
Yesterday I finally plugged my hard drive full of red footage and ended up editing 4K material in a laptop timeline quiet easily, so I said: I am probably doing something wrong here! it can be so simple..

So, here is what I have:

- 17" Macbook Pro Intel, 2.8 GHz (with a slow slow 5400 primary Hard Disk)
- 8 GB ram
- Dulce System Q (4Tb) external Raid 5 drive


Here is what I did:

- Processed R3D files with Red Rushes at Full res (4K, with camera settings) to obtain a quicktime file
- Imported the new 4K quicktime files into FCS7
- Matched the sequence settings with the file settings
- ready to edit without rendering

Everything is working fine, I can edit my footage in 4K on a laptop.
Filters and transitions need rendering, so I am using Apple Pro Res 4444 (4K)... it takes a while but nothing compared to the pain of reconforming, and the back and forth from RedCine and FinalCut to go to Color.

I can basically export my 4K master directly from FCP7's timeline, or send it to color and export DPX or Cineon files.


Now the question is, am I doing something wrong?
Did I miss something that I am going to regret at the end of the journey?


Happy and scared at the same time.

Thanks!



Brigitta Boccoli
- G5 dual core 3Ghz/4Gb ram -
OSX 10.5
RED ONE


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Noah Kadner
Re: RED Rushes to edit 4K in FCP7
on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:48:23 pm

The only drawback will be not having access to the RED tab for metadata level grading within Color which you might want if you're planning a 4K finish to film for example. But that's not a dealbreaker, it just means you should have your ProRes 4Ks exported using the gamma and color profiles you intended to use when you shot. Though you can relink your edit back to the R3D files in Color via Clipfinder or via CinemaTools if you wish to.

Just out of curiosity what hard drive are you using? ProRes 4444 4K shouldn't play exactly smoothly off the system drive of a MacBook Pro. Oh wait- I see the Dulce RAID 5- yeap that would do it.

Noah

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brigitta boccoli
Re: RED Rushes to edit 4K in FCP7
on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:04:20 am

Thanks Noah,
now I am more relaxed!

Yes, Dulce 4Tb with Express card. It seems to work smooth!

Thanks for the quick reply.

Is it too much if I ask you where I can find some info about the workflow to
relink editing back to the R3D files in Color via Clipfinder or via CinemaTool?


Brigitta Boccoli
- G5 dual core 3Ghz/4Gb ram -
OSX 10.5
RED ONE


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Noah Kadner
Re: RED Rushes to edit 4K in FCP7
on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:44:36 am

Two places- one would be my book (of course):

RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera

and the other is the FCS white paper that comes with RED's Final Cut Studio 3 Installer:

http://www.red.com/support

-Noah

Check out my book: RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera!. Unlock the secrets of the 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio.
Now featuring the Sony EX1 Guidebook, Panasonic HVX200, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and Panasonic DVX100.
http://www.callboxlive.com
DSLR Cinematography Blog


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brigitta boccoli
Re: RED Rushes to edit 4K in FCP7
on Oct 1, 2009 at 1:03:13 am

I have been thinking to buy your book many times..
I guess it's time.

thanks!

Brigitta Boccoli
- G5 dual core 3Ghz/4Gb ram -
OSX 10.5
RED ONE


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