I got the impression from MAXX Digital on Twitter that they had one working and they where looking at about 3-6 months but obviously its going to be longer.
My thoughts on the Mobile RED Rocket are this:
- If you only have a few SSD's with you and you need to off load the media and backup then you don't need a Mobile RED Rocket.
- If you want to transcode the media to say ProRes 442 / 4444 whilst out on the road, then it will get the job done. As others have said, its slower than if you had a MacPro with a RED Rocket in it, but will get the job done nicely whilst mobile.
- If you are editing in AVID MC or Adobe Premier, then remember, they can read the R3D files in the timeline, so providing your editing from those files in the backup, (say from a Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID), then you don't need transcode unless you want to view in the highest possible resolution.
Questions I would ask are:
- how much storage can you afford to carry with you?
- do you need to transcode?
- where are you keeping your R3D negative files?
- what are you editing on?
- what is your deliverables?
I always start at the end and work my way forward - deliverable / format, sound, colour, edit, transcode, capture...
From what I think I understand, you are shooting and then editing on FCP? Correct? If so, then you can either use the MRR to transcode to ProRes 422/4444 to edit in FCP, or don't transcode and edit from the R3D in AVID or Adobe Premier.
Brian make a good point, I don't see any reason why something like a Sonnet Expansion Chases wouldn't work, when they ship, but as far as I know, there is no timescale for them at the moment.
No problems - hey thats way REDuser is here for - to help others.
My workflow (when my Stage 4 EPIC shoots off the production line!) is to have a Mobile RED Rocket with a MacBook Pro but get it with the HBA kit, which means that I can use it with my MacPro for larger productions. That way, I can offer a log & transfer option with the MBP and a full transcode service with the MacPro and then use the MBP with the Teradek for iPad Dailies.
I'm also going to be running FCP, AVID and PP - best options for the client, together with RCX & Davinci for grading - but with the aim t work with SCRATCH at some point in the future.
I'm personally hoping that Sonnet bring out their TB expansion chases as I prefer to go the route of using TB then backup to TB drives like the Pegasus on set.
I think the best advise, certainly from someone who is on a budget of getting a DIT setup together with a basic EPIC package, is research fully and speak to people who have the products as much as possible to make sure that the $ spent is worth it.
Test, test, test - I have already allocated at least 30 days of continually daily testing of the camera and workflow before taking it out to clients - that way, it gets you comfortable with your process & solution. And remember, the solution will always change with time - which is not a bad thing. Always ask questions - everyone (well most) on here are only to happy to help.
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We are working on Thunder Bolt for expansion with mobile Rocket. Just remember that concepts or one off prototypes will not get you through a project. The word we are getting is that Intel will release the second gen chip sets to the highest bidder so we will see when the dust settles who can actually go to production first. Also remember we do not want to be first ,we want to be the best and we will continue to support RED USERS with the highest regard for customer satisfaction.
This might do the trick, although I don't know if it has some bandwidth or latency issue.
Aren't there thunderbolt PCIe portable ones coming that could work with RR?
So if it takes double the time to transcode how does it handle playback? Not an option on an Epic-M so you have to use a computer. Can it handle FULL or do you have to bump down to 1/2 resolution?
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