The Red Rocket looks like a very nice addition to the RED workflow, but I wonder if it is wrongly positioned for the general post-production workflow, and there is still a gap to be filled.
It seems like it's best use would be for screening 4K dailies, archiving rushes to HDCAM SR and creating offline rushes.
For colour grading it obviously alleviates the pressure on the GPU to do the debayering, but as I assume the GPU/CPU still has to handle the grading, masking, tracking and other computations, the Red Rocket's DVI, SDI outputs become redundant. The monitoring outputs would have to be taken from the existing, AJA, BMD, Nvidia, ATI outputs already present in the system.
Is there any chance of a Rocket Lite ithat is purely a debayer and does not have any outputs for around 2K US.
Think of the Red Rocket in terms of a 1.2GB/s RAID that can deliver 4K files to Color in RT but it only requires a 50MB/s RAID
The bottleneck then happens in the processing of the individual machine. You will need a whopping great GPU to process all those pixels with primary and secondary grades, geometry and tracking info to get anywhere near RT grading.
I haven't tried the new Nvidia 4800 but plan to get it. I am guessing it will come close to rendering RT the 4k files, with at least a primary grade attached.
And of course Color can only output 2K at the moment.
I wonder how much the price could be lowered by moving the DVI connections to the breakout box as well. Is that what you're getting at?
My guess would be probably not by much. I'm sure most of that $5K is going towards the de-bayering processors and other speed-ups.
Maybe not a Rocket Lite, how about a 'Red Jet'
Deanan can you confirm that this is the case as far as the workflow goes please.
As both Abobe Premiere/AE CS4 + RED installer 1.7 operate under Vista 64, I take it there will be Vista 64bit driver support for the RED Rocket, correct?
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