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Ross Dickinson
Exporting RED from AE to FCP for grade in Resolve
on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:59:55 am

I was wondering what the best settings were when exporting RED from AE.

So far - parts of the edited sequence that needed AE have been taken through XML's and into AE.

The footage used in the comps were the RAW files from the camera.

Now I need to take these back into FCP for grading in Resolve.

The idea is to make files as close to the RAW setting as possible to it fits in with the rest of the FCP project.

Some of the settings I am confused about...

- Animation vs. ProRes 4444
- Millions vs. Trillions of Colors
- Straight vs. Premultiplied

and so on.

Does anyone know how to help me?

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Jeff Kay
Re: Exporting RED from AE to FCP for grade in Resolve
on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:59:20 pm

Export raw from AE. Use compression/media encoder/other to encode the large intermediary to the same standards as the rest of the FCP project.

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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Exporting RED from AE to FCP for grade in Resolve
on Jul 17, 2013 at 7:45:27 pm

1) Animation vs ProRes 4444
I would export a DPX 10-bit full range image sequence. If you need to re-edit any portion in FCP then also export a second ProRes file in whatever flavor your project is currently in. I assume the goal in Resolve is to online all your RED footage; in this case these VFX image sequences would just replace the original RED footage.

I don't suggest exporting uncompressed from After Effects. If you don't know what you're doing then you'll run into a lot of uncompressed video formats that are 8-bit 4:2:2 color when you could have stuck to DPX at 10-bit 4:4:4

2) Millions vs. Trillions of Colors
Trillions of Colors or, if you need alpha then Trillions of Colors+

Millions of colors is 8-bit, Trillions is 16-bit (truncated down to 10-bit for many high quality export formats), and floating point is 32-bit (used mostly for OpenEXR image sequences).

3) Straight vs. Premultiplied
This only comes into play if your file has alpha (transparency). Since this is a finished VFX shot, you shouldn't have any transparent spots in your image (once elements and plate are combined) so this setting means nothing in practice.

Angelo Lorenzo

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Kleo Morgan
Re: Exporting RED from AE to FCP for grade in Resolve
on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:41:36 am

I believe that you shoud export as premultiplied, thus it's most unlikely that you'll face any problems further. Different programs can treat ProRes in a different way, and "premul" can save you some nerves.
In all the rest I agree with Angelo.

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