As many of you know, I'll be attempting to put together a RED workflow guide for projects that are not finishing on film, i.e. HD and SD deliverables. One of the ways I'm putting this together is through case studies. Here is my first. I had to shoot a project this past weekend with a very minimal rig. It consisted of.
4 lenses (11-16, 17-35, 50mm 1.4, and 105mm 2.5)
A small microphone
Battery belt pack
(5) 8GB CF cards
.6 and .9 ND screw-in filters (pola available if needed)
I decided to shoot most of it in 2K, 16:9, RC36 23.98. I did a few shots in 3K and 4K, but the bulk of it is 2K. I used Rec709 mostly, occasionally switching over to RAW view. Did my best to keep exposure within range, with some success and some failure.
Turnaround time is quick. Need to have this cut and color graded in 2 days and that includes any pre-processing, transcoding, etc. Want to maintain very high quality. Final deliverable will be Blu-Ray and SD DVD.
Total amount of footage - 1.5 hours
Editing Style/Needs: There will be some speed changes, overlapping dissolves, some looks applied. Text will be used throughout. And some graphics may be used as well.
Due to shooting in 2K mode, I'll need to squeeze out the most quality I can. This would lead me to believe that I'd want to debayer the 2K footage at Full to maintain the best 2K image I can. The 3K and 4K footage would be transcoded to 2K at half/high to save time.
In order to maintain flexibility during the edit, it seems to make sense to generate the files in a format that will be considered final. Don't think there will be time for a comprehensive conform process.
This will have to be done on FW800 drives. RAID is not available for this particular project.
Given these parameters, how would you approach this project? Keep in mind, the 2K limitation.
Thanks for the contributions!