I am at Bournemouth university studying computer animation. often we have "master-classes" were representatives and professionals from the industry deliver a lecture on their respective practices and experience. we have had visits from The foundry, dreamworks, Double negative, prime focus and more!
recently we had a talk from prime focuses R&D and pipeline engineers - these guys have worked on many blockbusters. I am like many of you a big fan of red and the innovation of these fine Cameras. and thus decided to blow my summer earnings on shooting my final degrees major project on RED (Red one) at 4k. this film is a VFX and features effects done in NUKE and Houdini.
Personally on the post side i have undertaken compositing and editing and have gained some experience of the work-flow with only the internet and limited experience as a training DIT.
I have encountered many learning experiences with my much loved R3D files through the post pipeline and decided to ask the pipeline engineers a couple of questions regarding Working with RED cameras, seeing as it seemed the perfect opportunity to get some professional advice on the matter. i have to say i was disappointed.
I asked the guys - "i have some 4k red footage, and am using it in NUKE for my VFX film, i have had to learn a lot to optimise my work-flow, while trying as hard as possible to retain the RAW capabilities and resolution while working on modest workstations - how do you guys deal with RED footage"
to which they replied - "do a preliminary grade then render out HD tiffs work with those, RAW files are too expensive to work with."
The reason i was disappointed is that i want to be able to use the raw files and resolution right through my compositing pipeline, i want to grade during my nuke scripts and use the parameters (which you can do to an extent with the read node.) to me it seems an incredible waste to go to all the effort of having a red camera and then doing away with all advantages and render them as standard TIFFS or DPX's is RED not supposed to be glorious for the post pipeline?
maybe i am being silly here, maybe it is the 'best way' but i long to be able to utilise the the RAW codec right through my pipeline. i made some propritry tools in python to help my workflow import looks etc stuff that doesnt yet exist, i would love to have the time to develop a tool that grades the RAW files somewere down the line in my nuke script.
I want to utilise red in the best way possible and not take a step backwards.
Best Louis Eguchi.