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    This is a new thread designed to make it easier to find new or critical information and tips for a better RED experience (hopefully). Responses won't be allowed.

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    3 important things to do to get the best image from a RED camera are:

    1. Expose properly. "Stay inside the goal posts".
    With the new "goal posts" in-camera and the addition of FLUT Color Science, you now have a TON of exposure tools. USE them. There is no excuse to miss exposure and cut short the latitude available to you. If you do not clip RAW, you will not clip RED footage at any ISO.

    2. Set White Balance BEFORE converting to RGB space for grading.
    Color science is based around White Balance. If you lock in a twisted (rotated) color matrix to RGB space for grading, there are no tools to un-twist the color. If you set 5600 and the real WB is 5000, you will only be off a little bit and probably not notice. But if you mistakenly set 3200 and the real WB you want to achieve is 7000, you will NEVER get there with any grading tool in RGB space. You will need to go back and re-white balance your R3D and try again. People who complain about RED's color usually find out that they have made this tactical error. The easiest thing to do is hit AWB in camera and/or shoot a white or grey card in the scene and hit it with the WB tool in REDCINE-X or other app that uses the SDK.

    3. ALWAYS do a full resolution debayer output for grading and finished work. Half-res ONLY for offline editing.

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    Last edited by Jannard; 01-19-2010 at 03:01 PM.
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    RED spinning Drives are a "no go" at concerts and on helicopters. The sound levels and/or vibration will cause dropped frames. For long takes use RED Ram or 16GB-64GB CF cards only.

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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

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    RESOLUTION.

    RED 4K-RAW cameras have 4096 horizontal pixels. Since RAW is a Bayer pattern, the actual measured resolution is less. You can use 80% to figure out exactly what the final measured resolution will be. For example, 4K-RAW will end up as roughly 3.2K (4096 x 80% = 3276) measured resolution. 5K RAW (EPIC) will actually measure 4K (5120 x 80% = 4096).

    4K delivery.

    We believe that 4K delivery (4096 x 2160) is the future of cinema, both in theaters and in the home. 4K is roughly 430% more resolution than 1080P. We also believe that it is not a good idea to acquire in 1080P or 2K for a 4K delivery.

    A 4K film scan has measured resolution of about 2.8K for fast film (ISO 500) and about 3.2K for slow film (ISO 100). We do believe that 3K of measured resolution will scale to a 4K delivery with no problems. 3K of measured resolution is 256% greater than 1080P (3072 x 1728 = 5308416 vs. 1920 x 1080 = 2073600)

    We don't believe that we are alone in this thinking. Sony, Christie, Barco, Meridian, JVC and Epson have 4K projectors (the newest Sony T Model is incredible). Panasonic has just introduced their 152" 4K plasma. Samsung, Sony and Sharp have all shown 4K displays. Now all they need is RED 4K (RED Ray) to deliver the content.

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    Last edited by Jannard; 01-19-2010 at 11:16 AM.
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    RED Ray has been re-named "RED 4K". We have successfully shown RED 4K delivery at 10 mbits/sec. We now prefer to deliver at 15 mbits/sec because we can do a one-button encode at that data rate and include audio.

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    RED LCD. You need to use the arrows on the top of the LCD to gain up to maximum brightness... then tick down 4 clicks to get proper brightness that matches the rest of the system.

    Jim
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    Why you need this.



    You don't really. But it is nice to know that you can configure an EPIC or Scarlet just about any way you can think of... there are millions of ways to set up your system. You just have to open up your mind.

    Jim
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    "The camera is arguably one of the most important of all inventions… it is the single tool that has the ability to stop time, record history, generate art, tell stories, and communicate messages that transcend language like nothing else ever conceived."

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    FLUT Color Science. A Graeme Nattress special. The beauty of this is that you don't need to learn anything. It is behind the scenes magic. If you don't clip RAW (with help from the new "goal posts")... you won't clip at any ISO. The highlight control is incredible. Included in this program is an updated color science, for both Mysterium and Mysterium-X sensors. Since EVERYTHING you have shot on RED is REDCODE RAW... you can use this new science in it's entirety on old footage. Select REDcolor in camera (Default actually) and REDgamma is automatically selected. These selections will show up when you open the footage in REDCINE-X. If it is old footage, change your color space and gamma to these choices. Then adjust (if necessary) using the FLUT Control to "center-up" your image in the histogram. We have added Lift, Gamma, Gain to REDCINE-X for initial grading along with the existing controls.

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    Last edited by Jannard; 01-19-2010 at 11:16 AM.
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    The wonderful thing about REDCODE RAW is that when color science improves... you can go back and old footage becomes NEW. This is an example. This was shot two years ago. The 1st one is Camera RGB and REC 709. The 2nd one is REDcolor and REDgamma. No other changes...

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    Last edited by Jannard; 01-20-2010 at 09:30 AM.
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