As of this writing Redcine-X is the only application that supports the new color science (FLUT, etc.), and it is the only program that can process the MX footage until the other applications are updated via the SDK. So, with that being the case, I wanted to get peoples input and advice on the best practices of using RCX and the integration with other grading apps.
From what I have read so far, at this point in time these are the recommended settings for RCX:
- Use RedColor & RedGamma.
- White balance to a grey card
- Use High Debayer
Then you should export out in the resolution and codec you need for your editing / grading app. From what I can tell, DPX is the preferred codec. However, I have seen some impressive results from ProRes 444 ...
Here are some questions I have:
- Is there anything else that should be done before leaving the R3D world?
- Is it best to just render out a flat "grade" with no other adjusted settings and then grade the footage accordingly in your grading app or should a complete one light grade be done?
- If doing a complete one light grade on the clip, I assume that I should treat this as my primary in room in the grade and get the clip balanced in the direction I want to head- is that correct?
- If this is the case (one light), then what is the best way to set my Lift, Gamma, Gain points? I'm use to working with a waveform not a histogram. I assume that I would use the Lift control to slide the histogram down to the blacks, then adjust the Gain, and balance the Gamma. But should I use the FLUT control instead of adjusting the Gamma? Or should I use the FLUT first, then adjust the Lift, Gamma, Gain?