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Brandon Morris
AE and RED footage codecs
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:39:16 pm

What is the best codec for using RED footage with AE?
DPX, Animation, TIFF, ProRes 4444?

I just downloaded the RED Epic Importer and it seems to allow import of both Epic and Scarlet R3D footage with CS5.5. Any downsides for using the raw R3D files?

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Conrad Olson
Re: AE and RED footage codecs
on Feb 23, 2012 at 6:57:20 pm

I would use image sequences over QuickTimes, they are more flexible, and I would pick my image sequence based on the colour space that I am working in and that other elements will be delivered in.

If you are comfortable with converting to and from log colour spaces then you can get the same colour range in a log DPX file and a linear TIF but the DPX files will be smaller.

As far as I know decoding R3D files is very processor intensive and slow and you are much better converting the files to something else. I don't know how much effect a Red Rocket card has or if it works in After Effects.


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