I have so far managed 3 red post projects which we have conformed in Baselight/Flame. 2 were cut on FCP and managed them ok using the crimson workflow to DPX in redcine and conform and grade in Baselight finish or Flame. 1 was cut in Avid after some head scratching manged to work through the Crimson route again after converting EDL in FCP to XML.
I have another job pending in which they want to cut on Avid and post and grade in Flame/Baselight. The offline house are very nervous to use files to edit as they have been burned with the last 2 Red jobs ( I think down to the Post house being not up to speed) so they want to transfer to tape and cut as you would for telecine material. They have been advised to choose a Scratch workflow to get them to tape. We do not have scratch as we have chosen Baselight as our main DI route.
My concern is that when we conform we want full control over the debayered material so we can get the best starting point for the grade. To do this we need to go back to the R3D files and I want to use Crimson to produce our pull list. If the EDL is cut from tape and not the files how do we match back to original R3D files as none of the metadata is going to be preserved I know timecode will match the originals but how does this get round duplicate timecodes if you do not have original reel metadata. Also how will my EDL work for the conform without matching reel id's. Are we tied to going back to Scratch to conform and produce DPX from the EDL or am I worrying about nothing.