First, please excuse if I'm posting this in the wrong forum, I'm still a bit new here.
So, I work for a company who has recently upgraded their RED One to the Mysterium-X sensor and is getting more and more business renting out the package. We're now looking to upgrade our editing system so that we can also make available post services such as editing, coloring, etc.
My current assignment is to investigate the best way to maintain an R3D workflow from the first HD dump through editing in FCP, to Color, and then output to whatever format the client might want.
I know this is a bit of a basic question, but I've reviewed the workflows listed on the whitepaper that came with the FCS installer build 30 and still have a few questions.
If we purchased a Redrocket, would we be able to edit in FCP natively with R3D without rendering? It seems that in setting the sequence compressor to Prores 4444, we must render the entire timeline to view it anyway, which makes the native editing seem a bit pointless. Am I missing something here?
The only way to view the R3D footage in a timeline (without having to render) is to set the sequence compression to REDCODE, which the whitepaper advices strongly against. I believe this is only due to the fact that FCP could not then render any bit of data as it does not have the capability to transcode in REDCODE. However, if there were no dissolves, titles, etc., would it ever make sense to use REDCODE as the sequence compressor?
I guess my overall question is, is there any real way to edit R3D footage natively, without rendering? I understand the offline processes, it is this question that is particularly confusing to me.
Thanks for your help, and more likely, your patience.