As an err.. 'avid' user of the Avid editing software anything Bill wants to do to enable Red compatibility would be welcome by me.
Maybe call some friends work out a partnership... I'm sure RED would be more than happy to work with NLE providers to even further extend interoperability.
In the mean time it'll be offline 720p DVCPRO HD in Avid with an online conform in combustion or smoke for me.
Secondly REDCINE will output to most QuickTime codecs besides the support for image sequences.
The ideal solution for off line with Avid Media Composer would be to have direct generation of DNxHD from REDCINE. Hopefully sometime soon Avid and RED can collaborate on that, although I realize the RED team may be too busy for that right now. HDxHD is open source (or community source) and I believe (perhaps incorrectly) that the license is not restrictive.
For online (Avid DS Nitris) DPX files will work fine.
The license is very restrictive. Take a look at it yourself... it's publicly available on the Avid website. A corporate entity that wants to use the DNxHD codec must work with Avid corporate to "do a deal." The public license only covers individual users.
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I believe the key here is determining what resolution people want to edit at, and that's been discussed in other forums. It's like having your film transferred to whatever tape format to ingest with burn ins -DVCam, Digi Beta, Beta SP or HDCam...from there you determine what is acceptable to you as a resolution format to work in. I would think something as simple as Xpress Pro would be sufficient to work in -at least to edit and maintain the info you need for your online.
The import function with Avid seems to be the only real way at this point to bring media into the system. We've abandoned the physical asset of a tape in this workflow...unless of course you can afford to archive to HD SR or D5.
From my POV, I have 3 Avid's with the highest level being MC Adrenaline with the HD board. So it has an output limitation...sure it can handle HD resolution but not an on line level. So my question is, we use either FCP or Avid to lock picture, then where will we go, and what will be the most cost effective way to do color timing? I see Luki is repping Scratch, so perhaps there is one answer. Perhaps with most FCP users there may be word about Final Touch being integrated...hard to say but what I do know is that I will need a new system that is both affordable and can handle at the very least 2K output. So far an FCP system with Aja or Blackmagic appears to be the answer. Anyone else?
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