Because people see me as the "Premiere PC guy" with post in regard to RED, I thought I would point out something I am seeing, and offer some advice.
I'm seeing a lot of people jumpinig over to the PC camp to get on board and be ready for the new Premiere / AE plugin that RED is promising next week.
But what exactly are you getting ready for?
Do NOT misunderstand, I think the release of the plugin is going to be wonderful. But I also think (This will shock you) that right now FCP has had considerably more development with RED post than Adobe.
I'm just saying, why not wait and see what this Plugin really does before you spend thousands of dollars on a new system. For the plugin to be useable in a real-world post situation you will need the following:
Real time playback and basic transitions in realtime (like dizzolve)
SOUND SUPPORT, all four tracks
Some sort of LIVE output to a broadcast monitor via HD-SDI realtime
Support for deep color and color grading
Now Jim and the boys have been doing their level best to warn us that this plugin will be "the beginning" and they are getting faster in development. But this is a major laundry list and may take some time to do.
Please understand I am not telling anyone here this is not cool. I am saying it may not be what you expect... NEXT WEEK.
I'm sure RED is seeing the incredible excitement everyone is showing, and I am sure that will push development up a few notches in the priority list, but you will need to give them some time to get this thing to work with all the bells and whistles.
Right now, at this moment, FCP is still the most developed post system for the RED, and if you are looking to buy a machine, take the same attitude you would with production: Don't do anything based on what MIGHT happen later. Deal with what's in front of you today.
When the plugin comes out next week, we'll all have a better idea of where we are starting, and how far there is to go.
One thing I know for sure, it will be great.. Perhaps not today, or tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life!