The .R3D files are not "under NDA." If a particular company wants to support the format they need to work with Red just like any other proprietary format. Scratch is the first DI suite to provide native support for .R3D.
You can look at the .R3D files directly in Red Alert and export .TIF or .DPX sequences. Or in the QuickTime player with the Redcode plugin which is provided to all Red owners.
Sounds like the "camera people" didn't RTFM. And if they are not handing over the footage they're shooting to the producers, they should be replaced. Plenty of Red owner/operators out there who know how to use the camera and provide proper files for output.
If you email me the contact info of the folks who are doing the shooting, I'll forward to Red directly so they can set them straight about 'NDAs.' No one who has a camera in the field is under NDA anything...
I would be surprised to know that Red is using NDAs for anything. After all those months of weekly 3D renders of what the daily design of the camera was... In the middle of the much ballyhooed (there! I said it! Ballyhoo!!!) initial release (oft referred to here as "beta test)... It would just seem so... out of character.
Now in post: Peristroika, a film by Slava Tsukerman