Could it be that in the new builds something is different with the proxies, or is there something different going on in the QT plugin? I would guess that working with proxies only has something to do with it.
Could you try exporting the same clip out of FCP via proxy and out of RA/RC to see if you notice a difference?
That's a possibility, except that we never use RA or RC, so if that's an issue, we'll be cooked.
Going to do the upgrade now. . . I'll try to report sometime tomorrow, but my Macbook Pro really isn't capable of running this stuff and my editing station is at my editor's house and he's out of town just now.
I have to tell you, it really stinks. The new footage, which should have been the best, looks awful.
I'll second and third that statement. I am amazed at the crispness and clarity in build 20. It really was like a new camera going from build 17. Much more data to work with and DR.
Could it be the sensor's protective surface needs to be cleaned after the Nikon to Birger switch?
I emailed Nate Heartt about this thread so that he can confirm (or correct if necessary) what has been said about resetting the black shading back to factory if you're having significant problems.
I'm in no way saying that it's something that has to be done all the time, I usually just do a new black shading, but after doing all those additive processes, it never hurts to start at the factory setting, then do a fresh one (usually after every firmware upgrade).
The real thing here is that if your camera wasn't noisy, but now it is, and something simple like a black shading calibration doesn't fix it, then have it looked at.
i'm noticing similar issue. we have build 20. the image was clean prior to sending the red one for the upgrade. after getting it back shot some footage and found the images nosier. we did a black calibration. i'll try posting some images, even r3d files. we had less noise at 2k footage iso at 800 than new footage iso 320.
also notice with colour balance set to 5600 our day light images were over exposed and very blue.
Bal makes an interesting point that I had not really considered until now, but have noticed.
Setting the white balance to daylight (5600) never looks right now. It is, as he has stated, always VERY blue. To get a daylight scene to look properly, we have to crank the white balance up to 10,000K, and sometimes wish we had the ability to set it up to 20,000K.
Prior to upgrading, setting the camera at 5600K always looked good in bright light. Now it looks pretty awful. I'm not sure if this is a related issue or not, however.
What I do know is that I despise noise. What I will definitely look into, though, is that proxies quality setting. Although, frankly, there would never be any reason for us to change that setting.
The real question, of course, are what are the possible causes of excessively noisy proxies? If we knew that, we might know where to look to fix it. I don't know. Does anyone?
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