View Full Version : Script Sup needs RED advice.
06-07-2010, 10:24 PM
I'm a digital script supervisor getting ready to shoot my first film using RED cameras. Currently on my rig, I bring a BNC cable with an RCA connector into a Canopus ADVC 55 that I connect to my MAC through firewire to capture stills in my ScriptE Program.
I've heard conflicting info about how to do this with RED. Do I need to use a decimator or can I just get an HDMI to RCA cable and use that, or do I not need to do anything?
Also, in regards to clip numbers, are they consecutive or random. I'm used to logging camera rolls, but how do I keep track of the clips.
06-08-2010, 12:23 AM
The Red will output 720P from HDMI or HD-SDI. On playback it can output full 1080. There are a few ways you can convert this. Not a Red thing so I don't have any specific advice as to the best method.
Regarding clips, yes they are consecutive. You start with the camera letter, followed by reel, followed by consecutive clip numbers, followed by a random set of characters to ensure you don't accidentally start erasing clips if you reuse those numbers.
06-08-2010, 02:37 PM
The RED ONE outputs HD only, and the ADVC55 supports SD only.
So yes, unless the camera department already has one for feeding SD to video village, you will need a Decimator to convert HD to SD.
06-12-2010, 09:02 AM
If you have a DIT or playback person On-set they may be able to provide an SD signal.
If not you can still use FCP, but will need to convert...AJA makes several units including the AJAHD-IO and K2, ( If you want to record HD ). You can also use any HD to SD-SDI converter to down-convert the RED's HD signal to SD.
06-12-2010, 04:32 PM
What I've done for Script Supervisors with your configuration is to down-convert a signal from the Camera unless you have a VTR person who can do that for you. Your ScriptE software as far as I know only accepts SD signals. A HDMI to RCA will not work. A Decimator, AJA HD-10 or BM HDlink are the most common down-converters.
06-15-2010, 12:02 AM
I ended up using a Red Byte Decimator, which did the job wonderfully. To Jim, Stephen, David and Dane, I really appreciate your advice and help!!
06-15-2010, 04:34 AM
I'm happy you had a good Red One experience!