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Ace BilletR3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 1:08:23 am

I'm working on a project shot on Red.
I got some converted ProRes files to work with that were blu-ish.
They were converted on FCP.

When I import the original R3D file to AE CS5, it comes out in a different color - much more warm. Not to say scalding hot.
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Is there any way to change settings for the original file so they import and will look like the rest of the files that were converted ? Or maybe the ProRes files were converted to this color on FCP ?
The guy that give me the files says that on his computers the R3D files import fine and look bluish.

I have the Red QT codecs installed and also have RedCine.

cheers
Billet

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Cory PetkovsekRe: R3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 8:48:09 am
Last Edited By Cory Petkovsek on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:36:21 am

Ask the person who gave you the Prores files what process they went through to create them. What tool did they work in? What color and gamma spaces did they work in? What other steps did they do to the image before giving it to you?

The right image is not white balanced and the blacks have been lifted. The DP should have white balanced the camera. If that is the r3d then either it's been interpreted in the wrong color space, or there is an RMD file accompanying the r3d that is providing an interpretation of color.

In AE Interpret the footage and click the more options button in order to access the RED sdk. Select "as shot", which will show you the clip default ignoring any RMD files.

Now apply the same settings the person who gave you the prores used. For instance if they used redspace/redspace, or redcolor/redgamma, use that. If they changed white balance or lifted the blacks, do it here.

If they used redcolor2/redgamma2, these aren't in AE yet and you'll have to open the footage in redcine-x and export prores from that color and gamma space.

It may be useful to load the files into the latest beta version of redcine-x so you can see the clip defaults and read the meta data. You can see a lot of this directly in the red sdk options, but there's more you can do in redcine-x, including access the new color/gamma spaces.

Cory

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: R3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 9:33:26 am

Besides what Cory recommended , I would ad this: use the r3d files directly in AE and not the converted ones, there's no need for that extra step.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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Cory PetkovsekRe: R3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 9:34:59 pm
Last Edited By Cory Petkovsek on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:36:35 am

Also, I forgot to add, check "Preserve RGB" on the color management tab for all the r3ds. You can use color management in your working space and output if desired, but you'll get accurate results if you let the red sdk manage the color space.

Cory

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