We're just finishing up post on the first New Zealand feature shot on Red - "Until Proven Innocent".
The true story of David Dougherty, a famous criminal case where a man was wrongly convicted and spent several years in jail until he was freed after a long campaign by a journalist, lawyer and scientist.
Director was Peter Burger and the cinematographer David Paul.
Here's the workflow breakdown:
- Shoot on build 15, 4K 2:1, internal audio
- Copy footage from Redrive to network using finder
- Retrospect: backup to LTO3, dual copies, and verify
- Red Rushes: create Quicktime Proxy '_h' in one folder
- Metacheater: create an ALE file from the Quicktimes
- Avid media composer: import ALE, then import Quicktimes as DNxHD 120 1080p
- Avid: edit film, export EDL file
- Monkey Extract: Load EDL, export DPX 1080p files from the cut
- Apple color: Import EDL and DPX files, grade
- Apple Color, export uncompresed quicktime
- Final Cut Pro: Import Prores and 5.1 audio, play down to HDCAM SR master
During the shoot, DVD rushes were created using this workflow:
- Red Rushes: Create Quicktimes 1080p prores
- Apple Compressor: load "_p" files and batch convert the audio to AIFF
- Final Cut Pro: load the Quicktimes and AIFF, add a slate, export using compressor as M2V and AC3 files
- DVD studio Pro: import M2V and AC3 files, export DVD PAL 16:9
The movie was shot at 25fps so there were no time compression steps for the DVD or the final deliverable.
All in all, worked pretty smoothly. All footage fit on 7 LTO3 tapes. Media costs are therefore pretty much non existent. The cost to shoot on film would have been about $380,000.
Footage is stored on the network on a RAID 6 dual parity drive, on 2 LTO3 tapes, and also copied another copy to a RAID 5 drive for added paranoia :)
- M2V takes a long time
- DVD gamma was a bit washed out, could have experimented with gamma settings in compressor
- The initial copy step from Red Drive to the network used finder. We had no problems, but we have before - if something fails it doesn't exactly deal with it very well. We're going to build something simple with some verification steps, which will also save to lto3.
If anyone would like further info on the setting used, let me know!