Hi folks -
I just managed to open a .r3d file in Sony Vegas - whee.
It was a bit complicated, here's how i did it:
I installed AviSynth, R3D source plugin for AviSynth and ffdshow. I created an .avs AviSynth frame serving script to open a .r3d file, and used makeAVIS.exe that comes with ffdshow to wrap it into an avi.
The resulting avi (which is actually just a reference to the original .r3d file) could now be opened in Vegas, or any other windows program theat supports avi files, as long as decoding properties were correct (i.e. Vegas doesn't support resolutions over 2K and will crash if you try).
It worked, yeah, but it was also very, very clumsy. Not an ideal workflow...
Now, i assume it should be a (relatively) simple task to write a standalone program that would do the same - wrap .r3d files into an avi or mov container, making them accessible to any windows application. The interface could have the same parameters that are available for the avisynth script (resolution, ISO, color temperature etc.), and it could be batch run for a red footage folder, creating avis with specified parameters from all the files.
One could run the software with low resolution parameters, and get footage that's easy and fast to edit - then rerun it with top quality settings for online.
I'd pay for a piece of software like this - or code it myself if i had the chops... any takers??