Looking for best practices workflow to get RED 4K original files (shot with Scarlet) into a 1080 Avid media composer project. Not looking to crop a 1080 area of the original 4K frame but instead "shrink" 4K into 1080 frame size.
Understood that 4K is a slightly different aspect ratio than 1080 HD (1.89 vs 1.77), so will need to crop some minimal part of the original.
Looking for simplest method, that involves least transcoding. End codec would be some kind of Avid-friendly HD mxf file type like DNxHD.
Looking to preserve color bit/sampling as well.
I guess the big question is - am I really earning anything by doing this? Should I just shoot 1080 in the RED to begin with?
Footage is for project intended for 1080 broadcast, so this 4K footage will be edited and output/mastered at 1080. I'll probably never make a version where I edit 4K and output 4K. Again, I'm not looking to crop out a portion of the 4K frame to 1080; I want the entire original 4K frame as 1080.
In the past we kept it at AMA level and transcoded to 1080p DNxHD 220x.
But of late we keep everything at AMA and at 4K but only fiddling around.
Just about to cut our first 4K project in MC, crossing fingers :)
In the end it all ends up in HD from this workflow.
All my past 4K finishing (personal stuff) was done in FCPX.