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Greg C Neumayer
import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:21:28 pm

I'm having trouble importing r3d files to AE CC 2014.
It keeps telling me it's an unsupported format. Where do I start?

Thanks,
Greg


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Todd Kopriva
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:45:48 am

There are a lot of different RED cameras and formats. Give us the details of the camera and footage.

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Greg C Neumayer
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 4:55:07 am

According to the Metadata of the clip in Red Player, here's some of what looks significant, although I'm new to RED footage, so I'm guessing a bit here about what may be significant:

Res: 4800x2700
REDCODE: REDcode 5:1
Cam Model: EPIC-M
Cam Network: DRAGON
Cam PIN: 102-97A-C84
Firmware V: 5.1.51
FirmWare Rev: 74945


Does this tell you anything important about it's compatibility? I'm afraid I don't know what some of it even means (REDCODE, PIN).

Also, I'm running AE CC 2014
Mac Pro 10.8.5 (late 2010)
Nvidia GTX680
96GB RAM

Thanks for your help.
-Greg


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 6:43:21 am

How are you trying to import it and what exact file are you trying to import?


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Greg C Neumayer
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 6:37:13 pm

I have an XML file (provided by the editor), which I'm not exactly sure how to handle. I'm assuming the XML gives me an EDL and more, which I was hoping AE could interpret - find footage for, and build a comp by. Is this a fair assumption of it's purpose? Will AE do that natively?

I also have (in a sub-folder) all the shots pertaining to the XML. (e.g. a folder called A008_C013_07221Z.RDC and then a .R3D file by the same name inside that folder.) [What is the RDC folder for?]

Thanks for the help. Please feel free to guide me to a tutorial on workflow if my problem is simply non-education about RED-to-AE workflows. I'm not exactly sure if I'm having file problems, or education problems (or both!)

Thanks,
Greg


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Todd Kopriva
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:08:32 pm

So, you're trying to import an XML file, not a .r3d file?

That is a different thing entirely.

If someone gave you an XML file that represents an entire project (e.g., an FCP XML file from an NLE), then that is not a file that you import like a piece of footage. After Effects does come with a feature for interpreting FCP XML files; File > Import > Pro Import After Effects. This feature is based on Pro Import AE from Automatic Duck.

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Greg C Neumayer
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:20:47 pm

I'd be happy with either!
The XML file is only 54KB and looks like an edit decision list. It's in the parent folder of the clips, which are all .R3D. I thought maybe there was a feature I'm unaware of that would take that XML and use it to go find the clips.

At risk of restating the obvious:
I would like to import a bunch of received .R3D clips into AE. They seem to be in a subfolder to a small XML file that contains metadata like duration, ins and outs. This would obviously be helpful to have automatically come in so that I don't have to re-build the edit manually.

I HAVE tried >Pro Import> selected the XML >
It said..."looking for footage"...
Then... "Error. Unknown or unsupported file format!"

Where would you go from here?


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 21, 2014 at 4:14:00 am

The folders have a bunch of camera created metadata and those have nothing to do with whatever the editor has done. You'll need a proper XML, EDL or AAF from the editor that has the edit information in it.


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Gus Capote
Re: import RED r3d to After Effects CC (2014)
on Aug 25, 2014 at 6:37:42 pm

I'm having the same problem here, I have .r3d files from a epic dragon, I can see the files on the red viewer but when try to import in AE got an unsupported format error


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