I recently had to export an EDL for a RED test at a lab.
I used FCP to quickly edit the footage for the grade and limit 35mm print to only what was necessary.
The lab told me Avid systems were able to output special RED EDLs with 16 characters in the REEL field thus containing the full R3D clip name (like A003_C043_0615BJ). Was much easier for them to refer to the original clips (even if I just did the edit with proxys) using the EDL for the conform and to convert the required R3Ds frames + handles in their DPX mac mini farm.
Don't know if those kind of EDL are used a lot or not, i think they are non-standart CMX...
Final Cut Pro exports only EDLs with truncated REEL names showing only 8 characters, respecting the CMX EDL specs and adds a comment to warn the user :
001 A001C004 V 01:10:12:08 01:10:31:15 10:00:00:00 10:00:19:07
FINAL CUT PRO REEL: A001_C004_042317 REPLACED BY: A001C004
after a quick search here and around the web I could not find any tool to get a RED16 EDL out of FCP... so I wrote an Applescript that does just that. It scans your edl, replace any 8 characters long reel with the full lenght RED name, delete the obsolete comment and save a copy on your desktop. :
001 A001_C004_042317 V 01:10:12:08 01:10:31:15 10:00:00:00 10:00:19:07
it did the trick with the lab so i guess it kinda works. so until an FCP update offers support for RED16 EDLs, if it can be useful to anyone...
update (jan 2011) :
New version with a much faster engine (the previous one could be very slow with long EDLs...)
No need to email me... You can now download directly the free RED16 FCP EDL script here :
Download, unzip and run the script, it will ask for the EDL file then will convert it to a new RED16 EDL and save it to your desktop.
Please get in touch if you experience any problem with this script so I can fix it... any feedback (good or bad) is always welcome.