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Mónica Calderón
First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 23, 2015 at 6:01:05 pm

Hello guys,

I'm a video editor that has worked mostly with footage from HDSLRs. I was asked to be a footage downloader on a project but they are using the Red Dragon and shooting 5K. I have never worked with that on my life. Can you direct me to a tutorial on what is the best practice for downloading these 5k r3d files. The equipment needed for this and the best way to back up on set. Thanks.

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Mónica Calderón
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 23, 2015 at 6:03:05 pm

I'd like to add that I won't be the editor on this project and I don't know yet the NLE that he is going to use.

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Tom Sefton
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:22:25 pm

Hi Monica,

If you are on Mac, the best way to work would be with a thunderbolt RAIDs and specialist DIT software like shotput pro. This means you can transfer from the redmags via usb3, have shotput pro run checksum tests on the data as it is written to the thundrrbolt drive and then once it is verified hand the card back to your DoP for re-use. It's good practice to use a simple system like red and green electrical tape which you can stick to the red drives to indicate whether they are safe to format (green) or still requiring backup verification (red). Once transferred to a thundrrbolt raid, you could then perform a secure backup to an external usb3 drive.

The transfers won't happen quickly - 256GB of data with shotput pro could take over 30mins to transfer and verify so make sure the DoP has plenty of media.

Good luck!

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Mónica Calderón
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:30:31 pm

Thank you for the reply Tom. I have a Macbook pro with 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7, 16 GB Memory and the GPU is Nvidia GeForce GT 750M. Will this be enough?

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Tom Sefton
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:41:55 pm

It will be fine for transferring rushes.

If you are being asked to transcode the r3d files to ProRes then that is something that will take a long time with a MacBook Pro. A red rocket x with an external thundrrbolt enclosure would be perfect for this, but probably the same price as purchasing a new Mac pro 8 core with d700 GPUs to chew through them...

When we encode footage with our new Mac pro it takes around 10hrs to process 8hrs of rushes. If I was you, I would ask the producer immediately whether you are required to encode or not...

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Mónica Calderón
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:47:46 pm

Yeah they wanted to encode to prores. They were thinking of getting another person with a better computer for download, but now you tell me that trancoding is the more heavyweight part of this workflow. So I will advise them on getting a Mac Pro for that. Do you use redcine x for all transcodes?

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Tom Sefton
Re: First time Epic Dragon 5k Download Workflow
on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:18:25 pm

Yes redcine x is as fast as any other piece of software for encoding to ProRes. You can also figure out your looks for each shot before encoding and then load looks back to the camera so your DoP can quickly switch between them and save time doing a grade pass to each shot. You can batch encode in RedCine x but as I've said, even a top spec Mac pro will struggle to encode at real time even with a lightning fast raid.

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