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Scott Clements
Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 12, 2015 at 3:34:57 pm

Hi,

I edited a film in Premiere that was a combination of 2K Alexa and Red 4K and 5K. Some of the Red shots had to be slowed down and stabilised in After Effects. I brought the R3D files into After Effects and did the effects. However, I don't know how to prep these shots for the grade. In order to make them remotely watchable, I had to change the RMD files (via the "source settings" controls in Premiere) to brighten them up. I imagine I should render them out from their Raw state to ProRes 4444? But, how do I get the R3D files to the rawest form possible? I'm not too familiar with Red Metadata or Redline X. How do I get them to their "milkiest" state for rendering to ProRes 4444? Any help would be appreciated.

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David Battistella
Re: Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 13, 2015 at 6:30:11 am

The best thing to do would be to set the files to the DragonColor 2 for the colorspace and REDLOG film for the gamma space. You might want to set the ISO to 800 and remove curves, etc. Set the color temperature to 3200 or 5600 depending on the shot.

This can be set in Redline X or probably also within premier. AE reads this sidecar file that this data is stored in.

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Scott Clements
Re: Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:01:15 am

Thanks, David. So, setting to "Default" in Red Cine X is not a good idea, right? There's no one setting in Red CineX to make things the way, for example, Log C appears in Alexa 4444 Quicktimes?

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David Battistella
Re: Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 13, 2015 at 7:40:45 pm

Default might be what the camera was set to.

To get to the "defaults" you want I might open the clips in RCX. Get the first clip how you want it. Save that look and apply it to all looks. RCX will default to camera metadata.

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Scott Clements
Re: Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 13, 2015 at 8:54:09 pm

Thanks, David.

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David Battistella
Re: Color Grading R3D Files in Film when they need to be first Processed with After Effects?
on Jul 14, 2015 at 11:30:51 am

No problem,

On thing I like to do is open up the first shot and set a WB, and then do a quick test grade. After that I leave the WB adjustment and get rid of curves, etc and reset it back to Redlogfilm and export

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