I'm working on a 2x2.8 quad-core xeon macpro with 6gb ram running OSX 10.6.7...
Transcoding EPIC R3D files to ProRes 422HQ (1080 23.98). There's 485GB worth of R3D files. On average, it's taking about 30-60min per clip to run them out of REDCINE-X.
Seems like the plugins for RED injest in FCP and Premiere only work with REDONE through builds 30 and do not support EPIC... according to the RED website, REDCINE-X is really the only option at this point for transcoding EPIC footage.
Am I missing anything important? Is there some secret magic trick I'm missing with working with EPIC?
Red files, particularly with the Epic, are huge and take a great deal of processing power. The Rocket is made specifically to deal with R3D files, and nothing else (that I know of).
With a Red Rocket card a 10-minute clip will take 10 minutes to render. Without it the clip will take all night. I know, I've tried it. Without the Rocket (and with 500GB of footage) you will still be rendering a week from now.
If you don't want to spring $5000 right now (and I can understand that) then see if you can find someone locally has a MacPro/Red Rocket setup that you could hire by the day/hour. I've taken my rendering rig on-set, rendered footage in my own office (Denver, CO), and also rented it to local post houses for use in their own shops.